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Master perfumer: Alberto Morillas

  • Published at 12:48 pm January 23rd, 2021
Alberto Morillas
Photo: Alberto Morillas’ Instagram account

Even if you don’t know the name, this man’s creations have almost certainly reached your nostrils

Creating a perfume is like writing a piece of music. Like a piano with 88 keys which can produce 88 different pitches, a perfumer works with many different ingredients and mixes them together to produce one unique scent. The perfumer, sometimes referred to affectionately as a ‘Nose’ (le nez in French) due to their fine sense of smell and skill in producing olfactory compositions, is effectively an artist who receives in-depth training on the concepts of fragrance aesthetics and who is capable of conveying abstract concepts and moods with fragrance compositions. 

And a master perfumer is the one who has created some unique perfumes that acquired him stunning success in the industry for its uniqueness and for his knowledge on the subject of perfumery. There have been few master perfumers throughout history who created some timeless scents which are still being manufactured widely around the world and being sold everywhere. One of the contemporary master perfumers is Alberto Morillas, whose contribution undoubtedly shaped up the modern perfume industry. 

The average person or even perfume lover may not be familiar with the name Alberto Morillas. But everyone almost certainly came across his creations at some point. Morillas has created many popular fragrances and shaped how we have perceived fragrances since the 1990s.

Photo: Alberto Morillas’ Instagram account

Born in Seville, Spain, Alberto Morillas moved to Switzerland at the age of 10. He began his career at the School of Beaux Arts in Geneva and after that he joined Swiss fragrance and flavor firm Firmenich back in 1970s. 

His inspiration to become a perfumer came from reading an interview of master perfumer Jean Paul Guerlain where Morillas came to know about how fragrances are created, which motivated him to dive deep into the world of perfumery. He was fascinated to learn that it is a real job to make perfumes and he became passionate about it. Since then Alberto Morillas has created almost 7 thousand perfumes, many of which are global top sellers. 

Among his many remarkable creations CK One is probably the most famous, which he developed with Harry Fremont in 1994 for Calvin Klein. From the mid 90s till present, Morillas produced top sellers one after another for different fashion and perfume houses. Morillas loves to create perfumes with natural ingredients and takes years to create his perfumes. According to Alberto Morillas the most important element in a perfume is its “uniqueness”. 

Some of his most famous creations are- Acqua di Gio(in collaboration with Jacques Cavalli) and all Acqua di Gio flankers for Armani, Pleasures for Estée Lauder, 212 for Carolina Herrera, Pi for Givenchy, Flower for Kenzo, BLV Pour Homme and Man in Black for Bvlgari, Mugler Cologne, M7 & Belle d'Opiumfor Yves Saint Laurent, Versace Pour Homme for Versace, Daisy for Marc Jacobs, Ferrari Uomo for Ferrari, Valentinafor Valentino, Musk Oud for Kilian, Uomo for Salvatore Ferragamo, Opus VII for Amouage,  and so on. 

Photo: Alberto Morillas’ Instagram account

Along with being engaged to create perfume for famous brands, Morillas and his wife started a line of scented candles called Mizensir, which offers 80 different candles and 17 perfumes. 

In 2003 he received the coveted Prix François Coty award for his lifetime achievement in the fragrance industry, arguably the most prestigious award in the fragrance world. 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you had a master perfumer like Morillas make one just for you, and bring your imagination to life? Actually, you can. Well, if you have about £35,000 lying around that is. 

In collaboration with British perfume house Penhaligon's, master perfumer Morillas provides a custom perfumery service called Bespoke by Alberto Morillas at the department store Harrods in London, where clients can create their own unique scent, a process that takes 10 month and a ton of money.

Recently Morillas has worked with renowned YouTuber Jeremy who started his own perfume brand. Jeremy’s perfume titled Fragrance One - Office for Men is created by Alberto Morillas which ended up creating quite a noise in the fragrance communities around the world for being overpriced. The perfume was produced and manufactured from Germany through crowdfunding. 

Not everyone, to put it conservatively, can afford to have a perfume created according to their fantasies. Unsurprisingly, master perfumers don’t come cheap. But in reality, there’s much to be excited about Morilla’s creations, because his masterpieces are already out there for much more agreeable prices. And that is excellent news for any perfume lover. 

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