Jean-Claude Ellena - Perfumer

Jean-Claude Ellena

Perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena

Jean-Claude Ellena is a fine fragrance perfumer who works for Hermes. He was born on April 7, 1947 in Grasse, France and worked as a perfume apprentice at age 16 with his father at the Antoine Chiris factory. In 1968 he studied at the Givaudan perfume school. We has worked as a perfumer at Givaudan in Dübendorf, Switzerland, Harmann & Reimer (now Symrise) in Nördlingen, Germany, and in 2004 joined Hermès as their in house perfumer. His father, Peter Ellena was a perfumer for Chiris, his brother, Bernard Ellena, and daughter Celine Ellena are also perfumers. Learn more...


All Perfumes created by Jean-Claude Ellena


Acqua de Parma

  • Colonia Assoluta - 2003 (with Bertrand Cuchaufour)
  • Colonia Assoluta Edizione Riviera - 2007

Amouage

  • Dia Pour Femme - 2002

Balenciaga

  • Rumba - 1988 (with Ron Winnegrad)

Bvlgari

  • Eau Parfumee au The Vert - 1992
  • Eau Parfumee au The Vert Extreme - 1996

Cartier

  • Declaration - 1998

Christian Lacroix

  • Bazar - 2002 (with Bertrand Duchaufour and Emilie Copperman)

Decleor

  • Aromatic - 1999

Frederic Malle

  • Angliques Sous La Pluie - 2000
  • Bigarade Concentree - 2002
  • Cologne Bigarage - 2001
  • L'Eau d'Hiver - 2003

Giorgio Armani

  • Emporio Armani Night - 2003 (with Lucas Sieuzac)

Hermes

  • 24 Faubourg Eau Delicate - 2003
  • Caleche Fleurs de Mediterranee - 2003
  • Eau Claire des Merveilles - 2010
  • Eau d'Orange Verte - 2009
  • Eau de Gentiane Blanche - 2009
  • Eau de Pamplemousse Rose - 2009
  • Elixir des Merveilles - 2006
  • Hermessence Ambre Narguile - 2004
  • Hermessence Brin de Reglisse - 2007
  • Hermessence Iris Ukiyoe - 2010
  • Hermessence Ormanthe Yunnan - 2005
  • Hermessence Paprika Brasil - 2006
  • Hermessence Poivre Samarcande - 2004
  • Hermessence Rose Ikebana - 2004
  • Hermessence Santal Massoia - 2011
  • Hermessence Vanille Galante - 2009
  • Hermessence Vetiver Tonka - 2004
  • Jour d'Hermes - 2013
  • Kelly Caleche - 2007
  • Kelly Caleche L'Eau de Parfum - 2009
  • L'Ambre des Merveilles - 2012
  • Parfum des Merveilles - 2005 and 2006
  • Rocabar - 1998 (with Bernard Bourgeois and Gilles Romey)
  • Terre d'Hermes - 2006
  • Terre d'Hermes Parfum - 2009
  • Un Jardin Apres La Mousson - 2008
  • Un Jardin en Mediterranee - 2003
  • Un Jardin Sur Le Nil - 2005
  • Un Jardin Sur Le Toit - 2011
  • Voyage d'Hermes - 2010

Jean-Claude Jitrois

  • Jitrois - 1988

Korres

  • White Tea Bergamot Freesia - 2011

Lalique

  • Eau de Lalique - (with Emilie Copperman)

L'Artisan Perfumeur

  • Ambre Extreme - 2001
  • Bois Farine - 2003
  • L'Eau d'Ambre - 1978
  • La Haie Fleurie de Harmeau - 1982

Laura Ashley

  • L'Eau by Laura Ashley

Lily Prune

  • Sublime Vanilla - 2001

Paul & Joe

  • Blanc - 2003

Rochas

  • Globe - 1990

Sisley

  • Eau de Campagne - 1974

The Different Company

  • Bergemote
  • Bois d'Iris - 2000
  • Divine Bergamote - 2003
  • Osmanthus
  • Rose Poivree

Ulric de Varens

  • Eau de Varens No.2 - 1997
  • Blue Lagoon (with Christophe Raynaud)
  • Rectoverso Mystery Secret - 2001
  • Rectoverso Sun Sea - 2000
  • UDV For for Men - 2000

Van Cleef & Arpels

  • First - 1976
  • Miss Arpels - 1994

Yves Saint Laurent

  • In Love Again - 1998
  • In Love Again Edition Fleur de la Passion - 2005


Jean-Claude Ellena - about the perfumer

Articles featuring Jean-Claude Ellena:

Going Rogue - Francis Kurkdjian, a rogue perfumer himself, explores the world of professional "noses" that think outside the box - and because of that have brought us some of the world's most celebrated fragrances.

The Descendants - When you grow up in a family of perfumers, just about every memory evokes a symphony of scent.


Books by Jean-Claude Ellena:

Le Parfum - Presses Universitaires de France (Sept. 2007)

The Diary of a Nose: A Year in the Life of a Parfumeur
By Jean-Claude Ellena
Rizzoli Ex Libris (Jan. 22, 2013)
List Price: $24.95

On The Nose: Hermes perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena muses on the world of scent and where he finds inspiration for the fragrances he creates.

Go to Hermes Perfumes


Q&A from Allure Magazine March 2013 issue.

Do you smell your own perfume on other people?
"I once sat next to a woman who smelled strongly of cigarettes and also of First [his perfume for Van Cleef & Arpels]. They were parallel scents -- not necessarily agreeable, but I accept it."

Does scent ever influence your opinion of a person?
"There are odors that influence me enormously. Alcohol. Of course I detect that at once, and along with that, understand the melancholy, the unhappiness of a person I meet. I am not talking about a little alcohol, but the smell of habitual dependency."

Are there any fragrances that give you a false impression of someone?
"Yes, very strong perfume. That may lead me to believe the wearer is a very strong woman with a strong personality. However, that may not be necessarily true. The perfume defines the woman at first, but sometimes that really isn't her."

Can perfume make a woman more attractive that she really is?
"Perfume is an artifice, like lipstick or a new dress, except unlike lipstick, it's an invisible artifice. It's all a very subtle game that can make a man thing, I am attracted, or, There's too much character in her, I need to distance myself. It's a game men and women play, and they don't even know what they are doing."

(Bachrach, Judy. "Insider's Guide: On the Nose." Allure Mar. 2013: 120)




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