Dominique Ropion

Dominique Ropion


Name: Dominque Ropion
Gender: Male
D.O.B: 1955
Home Country: France
Status: Alive
Residence: Paris
Employment: Chief perfumer at International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (I.F.F.)

Dominque Ropion is a Master Perfumer from France. He is noted for creating some of the most renowned fragrances for brands like Christian Dior, Givenchy, The Body Shop, Thierry Mugler, among others.[3]

Early Life

Dominique Ropion was born in Paris, France, in 1955. Dominique first encountered perfumery at an early age from his mother and grandfather. They both worked in the administrative department at Roure, now known as Givaudan, in Argenteuil.[2] He also took summer jobs in the company. However, he didn't see himself in that line of a profession until much later.[2]

Growing up, Dominique was fascinated by the smell of the metro in his hometown. According to him, cleaning agents used in the metro contained high amounts of cresol. It also inspired his love for ylang ylang as the essential oil contains para-cresol. [4]

Education and Career

Dominique Ropion was a physics and mathematics student. While working as a lab assistant at Roure, Dominique had the opportunity to meet renowned perfumers Jean-Louis Sieuzac and Pierre Bourdin, who worked as the company's perfumers at the time.[1] Dominque learned about the perfumery profession from them and was intrigued by the process. However, he did not imagine himself creating perfumes for a living. [2]

Upon getting his baccalaureate at age 16, he decided to major in physics and became an engineer. After that, he got an internship at the Roure-Givaudan research center. His journey as a contemporary perfumer began when he took a training course at Roure Bertrand Dupont (now Givaudan perfumery school) in Grasse.[2] At that time, the company's president, Jean Amic, was looking to fill a vacant space at the school with someone who had no background knowledge of perfumery. After three years at the perfumery school, he took up a job as a junior perfumer at Roure.[1]

Dominique Ropion

Dominique's initial breakthroughs came with his first projects, and he was able to display his skills with home fragrances, followed by hairspray and shampoo.[2] After 12 years at Roure, he joined Florasynth from 1989 through 1998, where he collaborated with Jean-Louis Sieuzac, based on the strength of his previous connections. [1]

Fame came knocking one more time when Givenchy picked one of his contributions at the end of a tough competition. His scent, Ysatis, went on to become one of the brand's stars. [2]

Dominique joined International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (I.F.F.) in Paris in 2000 as a member of the fine fragrance team. [1] Since then, he has worked on both niche and mainstream scents, earning him several prizes, including the coveted International Fragrance Prize (which used to be known as the Prix Francois Coty). [5]

Contributions To The Perfume Industry

Since the dawn of his career, Dominque has created some of the finest fragrances for world-class perfume houses and bagged several prestigious awards. Ropion has worked for fragrance brands including Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Frédéric Malle, Christian Dior, Thierry Mugler, Lancôme, Issey Miyake, Paco Rabanne and The Body Shop.

In addition to megahits such as Thierry Mugler's Alien and Armani Code, he has crafted niche classics like A Lab On Fire's, What We Do In Paris Is Secret and Costume National Homme. [5]

Dominique Ropion

Ropion was awarded the International Fragrance Prize or Prix François Coty by Cosmetic Valley in 2008, the Cosmetique Magazine Oscar in 2010 and the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2012. In 2018, he was awarded the title of Master Perfumer. [3]

Dominique Ropion Perfumes

His notable perfumes include:
● Yardley London Lace (1982)
● Givenchy Ysatis (1984)
● Givenchy Amarige (1991)
● Kenzo Jungle Elephant (1996)
● Calvin Klein Euphoria
● Thierry Mugler Alien
● Frédéric Malle Vétiver Extraordinaire (2002)
● Cacharel Amor Amor (2003)
● Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb (2004)
● Frédéric Malle Carnal Flower (2005)
● Frédéric Malle Geranium pour Monsieur (2009)
● Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L'Homme (2009)
● Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady (2010)
● Lancôme La Vie Est Belle (2012)
● Frédéric Malle Cologne Indelebile (2015)
● Elie Saab Girl of Now Forever (2019)

"Like painters, we put our hands in the material, and like architects, we make real constructions, foundations. Like the sculptors, we have to cut in the smells, file them, break them. A formula can be triturated in all directions. We see agreements emerging. We have surprises. Poets do the same with words."

- Dominique Ropion. [1]

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