HEALTH CARE - September 2009

"Suggesting fragrances for Japanese people, in perfect harmony with Japan's four seasons and climate."

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One perfume made out of more than hundred fragrance materials

Q: What is the process of perfume making?

A: There are more than 500 fragrance materials commonly used in perfume making, and more than 2000 including all materials. 50 or 100 of those materials are mixed in order to make one single perfume. We have a large variety of formulas in the world of perfumery, some materials are used more than 10% of the formula while some are only used 1/10 0000. For example, let's say we would like to make a perfume with the theme "flower cradle". The image is a basket full of different kind of flowers. The name "cradle" gives us an image of soft and pale colored flowers rather than bright colored flowers. With the whole pastel image of the theme, we can them come out with specific keywords such as pale, or blur... We then pick three to five fragrance materials and mix them in different percentages. We first try to create a pink flower fragrance, then do the same process and create the blue flower, the green flower, the basket...After more than 10 trials, each image turns into fragrances which are then combined together in different percentages to create one perfume.

Q: Do you always use colors to create your image?

A: Not always. Fragrance is invisible. It can be linked to colors, music, pictures, the choice is absolutely free. My students have unique image themes such as "The twelve princesses of the Genji Story" or "The fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido of Hiroshige Utagawa".

Wishing to express true Japanese culture through fragrances

Satori says her lifework is to create perfumes which fit Japan's climate and Japanese people's temperament.

Perfumery originated in Europe. We can now find a variety of perfumes in Japan as well. However throughout its long history, western perfumes were designed to fit dry climates and westerners' strong body odor. They also often have strong self-assertions, which do not always fit Japan's humidity and the Japanese women whose lifestyles tend to prefer discreetness and harmony with surroundings. Japan has four seasons each with very different climate conditions. So it is natural to think that there must be softer and more suitable fragrances for Japanese people.
I have spent seven years to finally complete the creation of the perfume "SATORI", through which I wished to express the Japanese spirit of "DOH (The Way or Path)" through the perfume. The center of its fragrance is the agar wood Kyara. In a softly enlightened Japanese room, a lady's kimono elegantly rustles on the floor... I tried to bottle graceful manners of a Japanese woman.
The bottle is also filled with Japanese spirit and tradition. Made of Arita porcelain, with a special knot called "Kumihimo", carefully put in a wooden box.
My wish is to widely introduce true Japanese essence to the world.

Only caring about the nutrients won't make the heart happy.

Q: Do you have any particular dietary habits?
I believe a meal is not only about what we eat but it is the tableware, an arrangement of flower, the service, which complete a satisfying meal.
The most important element to me is communication with the person who serves the meal. A thoughtful service can even change the taste. Only caring about nutrients cannot satisfy the heart.

Satori had a profound interest in plants and flowers since her childhood.
After working with aromatherapy essences and herbs, she was gradually guided into the world of perfumery.
Perfumer... A profession that creates one perfume by scenting out hundreds of aromas to find one perfect harmony. The reality is that most of them work in fragrance companies and are involved in development of detergent and freshener products. Satori is one a rare free-lance perfumer who devotes herself into creating perfumes.

Satori has studied perfumery under Mr. Kenji Maruyama, former chief perfumer of Firmenich Switzerland. With her profound knowledge of Japanese culture such as "KODO (way of incense)", she dedicates her lifework into creating oriental fragrances which truly fit Japanese people.
She opened her salon "Parfum Satori" in Yoyogi and currently creates high quality perfumes, holds seminars and classes, and actively organizes events and joint exhibitions with glass artists and jewelers. Member of the French Perfumery Association.


In the future, Satori would like to make good use of her fragrances into education and welfare.
More than 1000 natural and chemical fragrance materials are lined up in her atelier.
"SATORI" a perfume introducing Japanese culture.
Satori makes sure to blind check 15 materials everyday before work as an olfactory training.
Books about perfumery found in the antique Marché of Paris.