Excerpt from CNN's "Top dollar for personal scents" - April 25, 2006
Grasse in France is the heart of the world's perfume industry. Here, perfumer Jacques Chabert, creator of Chanel's Cristalle and Guerlain's Samsara perfumes, takes on just one or two clients a year.
"Well, the meeting with the client is important because [of] the first impression [...] he gets from me and the first impression [...] I get from him [...]" he said.
"We [...] start to exchange our liking [...] of perfumes, and I [make clients] define in more detail what [they like] by showing [...] essential oils -- even some synthetic ones, depending on [...] reaction."
Chabert said occasionally the perfumer's first attempt at a formula is a winning one, but in most cases it is the beginning of a months-long process.
"I try to imagine how the combination of those different ingredients which [...] apart do not mean anything, but put together harmoniously could generate a perfume which [the client] is going to adore."
The price tag for bespoke perfumes starts at about $12,000, but at the other end of the scale, clients can expect to pay up to $70,00, depending on the rarity of the chosen oils and the materials used to create the bottle.