You’re very tough on yourself.
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“No. It’s part of the process. The most difficult thing with creativity is choice. Choosing is the most difficult thing. Because when you choose, you have to throw away a lot of things. If you are not able to do that, don’t be a perfumer — because 95% of what I do is brought to the garbage. Otherwise, we'd make nothing that's interesting.”
Is it difficult to do that, putting an idea in the garbage?
Going back to when you were just starting as a perfumer, what do you know now that you wish you had known then?
“When I started in perfumery, I had a very complicated way of doing things. The formula was complicated, the way I thought was complicated. After a time, I learned how to be simple. Simplicity, they say, is the most important thing. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity. Not only simplicity in the way of doing things, but simplicity in the way of thinking, and simplicity in the way of being.”
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