Edmond Roudnitska

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Edmond Roudnitska (1905–1996) was a French master perfumer and author. He is known for creating some of the most famous perfumes in the world, such as Dior's Eau Sauvage and Diorissimo, and Rochas's Femme. Many of his creations are still in production today. He was the father of perfumer Michel Roudnitska.

Edmond Roudnitska
Edmond Roudnitska
Born 1905
Nice, France
Died 1996
Cabris, France
Occupation perfumer, writer
Spouse(s) Thérèse Roudnitska
Children Michel Roudnitska

In 1926, he started his training in perfumery in Grasse. In 1942, he met Thérèse Delveaux, who became his wife.[1] In 1946, he founded Art et Parfum, a private lab for creating perfumes.[2]

His scents for Christian Dior established his reputation as one of the greatest perfumers of the 20th century.[citation needed] The landmark Diorissimo, a fragrance based on the smell of lily of the valley, marked a formidable achievement in the field of perfumery. Unlike rose or jasmine, the smell of lily of the valley cannot be extracted. Roudnitska circumvented the problem by creating a near-perfect reconstruction of the smell of this flower [3]:142.

For Christian Dior[edit]

  • Diorama (1948)
  • Eau Fraîche (1955)
  • Diorissimo (1956)
  • Eau Sauvage (1966)
  • Diorella (1972)
  • Dior-Dior (1976)

For Elizabeth Arden[edit]

  • It's You (1939)
  • On Dit (1952)

For Hermès[edit]

  • Eau d'Hermès (1951)
  • Grande Eau d'Hermès (1987)

For Rochas[edit]

  • Femme (1944)
  • Mousseline (1946)
  • Mouche (1947)
  • Moustache (1949)
  • La Rose (1949)

Miscellaneous scents[edit]

  • Le Parfum de Thérèse (early 1950s); rights acquired from Roudnitska's wife Thèrèse (for whom it was originally created in the early 1950s) by Frederic Malle, produced from 2000.
  • Ocean Rain Mario Valentino®, a male fragrance for Mario Valentino (1990); Roudnitska's last creation

Bibliography[edit]

  • Edmond Rudnitska. Le Parfum. Collection: Que sais-je?. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France - PUF, 1980 (5th edition 2000). ISBN 978-2-13-046057-2
  • Odile Moréno, René Bourdon, Edmond Roudnitska (André Chastel, préface). L'Intimité du Parfum. Paris: Olivier Perrin, 1974. ISBN 978-2-85053-001-2
  • Edmond Rudnitska. Former les Hommes, Mythe ou Réalité?. Paris: Olivier Perrin, 1975. ASIN B0014MHB8W
  • L'Esthétique en Question: Introduction à une Esthétique de l'Odorat. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France - PUF. ASIN B0014MG4VM
  • Une Vie au Service du Parfum (essays beginning 1938 forward). Paris: Thérèse Vian, 1991. ISBN 2-908883-01-5
  • A number of articles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ellena, Jean Claude (May 1999). "Portrait Ellena US". Portrait d'un compositeur de parfum (in French). Art et Parfum. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  2. ^ "Tribute to Edmond Roudnitska". Art et Parfum. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  3. ^ Turin, Luca; Tania Sanchez (2008). Perfumes: the guide. New York, New York: Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-01865-9. 

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