STORY - September 2004

"My dream is to create fragrances that would perfectly suit Japanese people."

Article on STORY.

Perfumer SATORI: "My Dream is to create fragrances that would perfectly suit Japanese people" (Conversation interview with a Japanese actress Miri Okada.)

SATORI reckons that western perfumes do not always suit Japanese people, whose body odor is genetically lighter that westerners. In her atelier where more than a thousand scents were blended, was blooming a flower called "refinement".

SATORI designs a perfume unique in the world out of about 700 different kinds of smell. Her equipped atelier was indeed showing her professional attitude toward her profession.
Miri: "This atelier reminds me of my grandmother's place. When I was a little girl, she would bring me back a small bottle of perfume each time she went to Paris. It's a fond memory... This profession sounds like a dream to me! When did you actually start?"
Satori: "My start was actually very late. I started studying 16 years ago, in the middle of my busy days as a housewife raising my children. I opened this salon 5 years ago. But I can say that my interest of smells goes back to my childhood: every time I would find a plant with an interesting smell, I made sure to check the botanical encyclopedia. I was a strange kid."
Miri: "How wonderful. When I walk with my daughter and pass by some roses, I make sure to walk up to it to smell and make comments to attract her attention.
Satori: "You are right to do so. I think it is very important to broaden aromatic experiences from an early age."
Miri: "My daughter is now old enough to find pleasure in perfumes. I personally wear perfume only occasionally, because I still can't find "the" perfume. I heard you make Haute-Couture Perfumes."
Satori: "Yes. The actual foreign perfume brands are made, deriving from the long history of perfume in Europe, to suit western people whose body odor is usually stronger than Japanese people. I don't think the perfumes on the market really suit Japanese women, whose body odor is much lighter and are in general more reserved than western women."
Miri: "What is the blending process?"
Satori: "I first ask my clients to test several fragrances and see their general taste. Then I ask them all kinds of questions in details until I get a specific image of the person."
Miri: "It sounds like a dressmaker's fitting!"
Satori: "Exactly. It takes about 2 months to make a perfume. Recently some people in the market suggest blending 2 or 3 already made fragrances to make original perfumes, but in reality, perfumery is a much more profound world."
Miri: "Just by looking at your atelier we can tell that you are always brushing up your esthetic sense. Can you please make my perfume next time?"
Satori: "With pleasure! I would suggest a simple flower fragrance. No complexity, a simplicity created from a high quality flower fragrance."