Perfume is the story of Jean‐Michel Duriez’s life. Jean‐Michel used to put together mixtures of mint leaves with rose petals, picked up from the family garden already at the age of 10. Slowly years after years, he improved his olfactive sensitivity, an emotional relationship towards perfumes and the sense of smells that has led him naturally to his job, as a perfume composer.
In 1986 Jean‐Michel Duriez becomes officially a perfumer creator. From 1997 till 2011, he became house‐perfumer to Jean Patou perfumery house. In 2008, he also becomes house‐perfumer at Rochas until 2015. Ever since 1997, Jean‐Michel Duriez created numerous fragrances for Jean Patou, Yohji Yamamoto, Lacoste, Escada, Dolce&Gabbana and Rochas.
In 2016, for his 30 years of perfumery, he realized a dream and created “L’Étoile et le Papillon”, the first composition that he signed on his behalf. Jean-Michel Duriez likes to build up olfactive emotions. Emotions stimulate him, stimulations inspire him. « Perfume is a fluid emotion; our existences vibrate according to their waves. Perfumes glorify the imagination, that is why I make perfumes with bits of dreams. ».
His search explains most probably his keen eye for details, that Jean‐Michel Duriez puts into the writing of his formula. He works with one the best suppliers of natural ingredients in perfumery and uses their ingredients with an optimum concentration, in each of his creations. « I create my fragrances by selecting the best possible raw materials ; I give priority to the highest quality of ingredients. They play the most important part in the great romance of my perfumes. »