Bertrand Duchaufour

Bertrand Duchaufour

Bertrand Duchaufour: A Master of Niche Perfumery


Bertrand Duchaufour is one of the most respected and prolific perfumers in the niche perfume world.

He has created over 200 fragrances for various brands, such as L'Artisan Parfumeur, Penhaligon's, Comme des Garçons, and Amouage, as well as his own line, Mizensir.

He is known for his refined style, his innovation in using different notes and materials, and his ability to create atmospheres and emotions with his compositions.

Duchaufour was born in 1957 in France and discovered his passion for perfumery at the age of 16, thanks to a girlfriend who was passionate about perfumes.

He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Geneva for two years, where he learned about art and aesthetics.

He then decided to pursue his dream of becoming a perfumer and moved to Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, where he trained at the Lautier Florasynth group.

He later worked for Créations Aromatiques and Symrise, where he honed his skills and developed his signature style.

Duchaufour's first signed fragrance was Amber & Lavender for Jo Malone in 1995.

Since then, he has created many fragrances that have received critical acclaim and recognition.


Some of his most notable creations include:

• Timbuktu (2004) for L'Artisan Parfumeur: A woody and spicy fragrance inspired by the African city of Timbuktu and its incense rituals. It features notes of pink pepper, cardamom, incense, vetiver, patchouli, and papyrus.

• Jubilation XXV (2007) for Amouage: An oriental and woody fragrance that celebrates the 25th anniversary of the luxury brand from Oman. It features notes of blackberry, honey, rose, oud, frankincense, myrrh, ambergris, and musk.

• Paestum Rose (2008) for Eau d'Italie: A floral and spicy fragrance that evokes the ancient city of Paestum in Italy and its roses. It features notes of pepper, coriander, incense, rose, osmanthus, patchouli, amber, and myrrh.

• Dzongkha (2006) for L'Artisan Parfumeur: A woody and floral fragrance inspired by the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and its dzong temples. It features notes of cardamom, iris, tea, peony, leather, vetiver, cedar, and incense.

Duchaufour is also known for his collaborations with other perfumers, such as Mark Buxton for Comme des Garçons Series 3: Incense, Olivia Giacobetti for Iunx, and Ralf Schwieger for Etat Libre d'Orange.

Duchaufour has won several awards and honors for his work as a perfumer.

He was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fragrance Foundation in 2003.

He also won the Prix François Coty in the same year.

He has been praised by various magazines and critics as one of the best perfumers of all time.

Duchaufour lives in Geneva with his wife, who helps him run his Mizensir line.

He is also passionate about gardening, which he considers as a source of relaxation and inspiration.

He continues to create new fragrances for different clients and projects, always seeking to express his vision and emotion through scent.