Olivier Cresp

Olivier Cresp

Olivier Cresp: A Master of Minimalist and Authentic Fragrances

Olivier Cresp is one of the most renowned and respected perfumers in the world. He was born in 1955 in Grasse, France, the historical capital of perfumery. He comes from a family of perfumers, as his sister, father and grandfather were all involved in the fragrance industry. He started his career as a perfumer in 1975 and joined Firmenich, one of the leading fragrance companies, in 1992. He became a Master Perfumer in 2006 and was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters) by the French government in 2012.

Cresp is known for his minimalist and authentic style of perfumery, which focuses on simplicity and quality. He likes to use natural ingredients, such as flowers, fruits, woods and spices, and create fragrances that are elegant, refined and timeless. He is also very innovative and creative, as he often explores new olfactory territories and challenges the conventions of perfumery. He has created hundreds of fragrances for various brands, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, Nina Ricci, Kenzo, Penhaligon's, Estée Lauder, Thierry Mugler and Paco Rabanne.


Some of his most famous creations include:

• Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue: A fresh and sparkling fragrance that captures the essence of the Mediterranean. It features notes of Sicilian lemon, apple, jasmine, bamboo, cedar and musk. It was launched in 2001 and became a global bestseller.

• YSL Mon Paris: A modern and passionate fragrance that evokes the intensity and romance of Paris. It features notes of strawberry, raspberry, pear, orange blossom, jasmine, patchouli, white musk and ambroxan. It was launched in 2016 and won the Fragrance Foundation Award for Women's Prestige Fragrance of the Year in 2017.

• Nina Ricci Nina: A sweet and playful fragrance that is inspired by the fairy tale of a modern princess. It features notes of lemon, lime, red toffee apple, praline, vanilla, peony, moonflower, applewood and cedar. It was launched in 2006 and became a cult favorite among young women.

• Kenzo L'eau Par Kenzo Feminine: A fresh and aquatic fragrance that is inspired by the purity and vitality of water. It features notes of green lilac, mandarin, reed, mint, pink pepper, water lily, white peach, amaryllis and vanilla. It was launched in 1996 and became a classic among aquatic fragrances.

• Penhaligon's Juniper Sling: A spicy and woody fragrance that is inspired by the iconic London Dry Gin. It features notes of juniper, angelica, orange, cardamom, cinnamon, leather, vetiver and black cherry. It was launched in 2011 and became a popular choice among men and women who love a sophisticated and refreshing scent.

Cresp is not only a master of perfumery, but also a mentor and a teacher. He shares his knowledge and experience with the younger generation of perfumers, and encourages them to pursue their passion and creativity. He also participates in various events and interviews, where he talks about his vision and philosophy of perfumery. He lives in Paris with his son Sebastien, who is also a perfumer. He continues to create new and exciting fragrances that delight and inspire people around the world.