Dominique Ropion

Dominique Ropion

Dominique Ropion: The Poet and Adventurer of Perfumery

Dominique Ropion is one of the most acclaimed and respected perfumers in the world. Born in Paris in 1955, he grew up in a family of perfumers and learned the art of fragrance creation from his grandfather, who worked for Coty. He studied at the prestigious Roure Bertrand Dupont (now Givaudan) perfumery school in Grasse, the cradle of French perfumery, where he honed his skills and developed his signature style.

Ropion is known for his mastery of natural ingredients, his technical precision, and his artistic sensibility. He has created some of the most iconic and successful fragrances for various brands, such as Givenchy, Christian Dior, Thierry Mugler, Lancôme, Frédéric Malle, Issey Miyake, Yves Saint Laurent, Paco Rabanne, and The Body Shop. Some of his most famous creations include Ysatis (1984), Amarige (1991), Alien (2005), Pure Poison (2001), Flowerbomb (2004), Carnal Flower (2005), La Vie Est Belle (2012), Portrait of a Lady (2010), and Olympea (2015).

Ropion is often described as a poet and an adventurer of perfumery. He sees himself as a composer who creates harmonies with different notes and chords. He likes to explore new territories and challenge himself with complex and innovative formulas. He is also inspired by the interplay of mind and skin, the mechanisms of desire, and the emotions that perfume can evoke. He says: “Perfume makes people desirable, it’s a fabulous power. to create emotion in my fellow men and women, contributing to building bonds of community, religion or love, generating self-confidence, bringing people together and inviting them to take an interest in each other, even just to see what others smell like.”

Ropion has received many awards and recognition for his work, such as the Cosmetique Magazine Oscar (2010), the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2012), and the Cosmetic Valley's International Fragrance Prize or Prix François Coty (2008). He was also honored with the title of Master Perfumer by International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) in 2018, a rare distinction that acknowledges his exceptional talent and contribution to the industry.

Dominique Ropion is a true legend of perfumery, a visionary who has shaped the history and future of fragrance with his creations. He is admired by his peers and loved by his fans. He continues to surprise and delight us with his unique and unforgettable scents.

Honors Dominique Ropion with Prestigious Master Perfumer Title