Attracted by art but scientific at heart, this native of Haute-Savoie raised in Nice opted after his baccalaureate for a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. By chance, he discovered the existence of ISIPCA, applied for it and left it in 2010 after an apprenticeship at Givaudan, with “his godmother of perfumery”, Nathalie Cetto. Jérome di Marino will then spend a year in the olfactory cell of Givenchy, evaluating the submissions of the composition companies. An ideal position for this young man naturally turned towards others, and delighted to meet the whole profession, whose personalities and talents he can then appreciate. In 2012, he joined Takasago as Trainee Perfumer alongside Francis Kurkdjian. Two years in the shadow of his mentor, but also in his light, with a requirement and a perfectionism that he is not likely to forget. Jérome is working on Daniel Hechter’s Black project, crowned by a FIFI in 2015. And let’s go. He has been a full-fledged perfumer-creator since 2017, with the desire to prove to those who trusted him that they were not mistaken. As for art, it is still there. Filigree in his daily life, embossed with niche brands.
Jérôme Di Marino’s nose answers you
My olfactory memory
“Marrakech and the souks, orange blossom and spices, boxes in atlas cedars with this woody, dense, almost animal smell. “
“Sri Lanka this year, these magnificent landscapes of terraced crops in the mountain region, tea, cardamom. “
“The Soulages exhibition at the Center Pompidou. This artist has dedicated his life to a single theme, black, with creativity, relief, density … “
My cult perfume
“ Yves Saint Laurent’s Kouros , worn by my father. A real cliché of very animal, addictive masculinity. My mother was wearing Diva, it was a cacophony in the car … “
“White, an absence of color but a symbol of purity. It is also the perfumer’s blank page, which is not scary, but rather fulfilling. “
“Go around the world taking all my time, enrich myself with encounters, see people live, make beautiful memories, backpack. “
” Good things come to those who wait for. This profession requires time, and a lot of patience. “
My favorite raw materials
Tonka bean : I’m a fan of oriental fragrances in general. A rich, hay, creamy, chocolatey, gourmet chic ingredient … I use it a lot in my perfumes.
Cistus Labdanum : it is found in the Amber 83 accord, a base of Laire used for Shalimar. The cistus alone constitutes a palette of great richness.
Almond Bitter : the smell of Cleopatra glue, a regressive pleasure, a very French culture. It’s the olfactory calisson!
Jérome Di Marino, a rising star of modern perfumery
Becoming a perfumer is far from easy. Moreover, this is a profession that is not intended for a few elected officials in the world. Thus, newcomers to the sector are rare. However, Jérôme Di Marino is one of them. He is the little protégé of the great Francis Kurkdjian and is currently ranked among the rising stars of perfumery. Little by little, he is opening up a very promising future and is one of the personalities to follow.
The journey of perfumer Jérôme Di Marino
Jérôme Di Marino followed a rather traditional path to become a perfumer. Born in 1987 in Annemasse, Haute-Savoie, he first obtained a chemistry license in 2008. He then joined the most prestigious perfume school in the world: ISIPCA in Versailles. There, he completed a work-study program while working at Givaudan. He learned a lot alongside Nathalie Cetto. Then, in 2011, he joined the olfactory cell of Givenchy perfumes and worked in collaboration with Françoise Donche. Barely a year later, he was hired by the Japanese company Takasago where he was trained for three years by Francis Kurkdjian, a decisive meeting.
Francis Kurkdjian, mentor of Jérôme Di Marino
Jérôme Di Marino does not hesitate to confide that he owes a lot to Francis Kurkdjian. This master of the olfactory matter taught him in particular to justify the place of each aroma in a perfume. According to him, no scent should be there by chance. Jérôme Di Marino has therefore become accustomed to finding a coherent justification for the use of each ingredient. If he does not find good reasons, it is quite simply that this raw material does not have to be there. In addition to Francis Kurkdjian, Jérôme Di Marino says, however, that he particularly appreciates the work of Olivier Polge, who according to him breathes a breath of modernity into perfumery.
Travel and music as a source of inspiration
Of course, Jérôme Di Marino has these little tips to create his own perfumes. He confides that he is used to working with music. He also enjoys working collaboratively with other people. According to him, it is the interactions that move a perfume forward. However, he says he sometimes needs silence in order to be able to express his own point of view. At the same time, Jérôme Di Marino also explains that travel is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for him. He likes to get lost in the markets, to unearth aromas and tastes, and to conceive of original pairings. From this comes a special love for vanilla and spices in general. Jérôme Di Marino also appreciates orange blossom and the clean freshness of lavender. As for the olfactory notes that he does not like,
The olfactory creations of Jérôme Di Marino
Agatha: Balade aux Tuileries – Amouroud: Lunar Vetiver – Carven: Carven L’Eau Intense (in duet with Francis Kurkdjian), Carven L’Absolu (in duet with
Francis Kurkdjian) – Daniel Hechter: Black (in duet with Francis Kurkdjian), Signature Hechter Malt Cuiré – Elie Saab: Le Parfum In White – Kenzo: Kenzo World Power
– MCM: Orris, Incense, White Tea – Molton Brown: Suede Orris – Morgan: Black by Morgan, Red by Morgan, White by Morgan – Panouge: Perle Rare Intense (duet
with Francis Kurkdjian) – Pedro del Hierro: Pedro del Hierro, PDH Eau Fraîche, PDH Intense, PDH Le Parfum, PDH Peonia – Pepe Jeans: Pepe Jeans London For Him –
First Note: Ambre Kashmir, Aura Tonka , Himalayan Oud, Tasman Santal – Scorpio: Absolute black EDP – Sézane: L’Eau Sézane – William Hunt: Oud de Parfum.
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