Celine Ellena, daughter of Jean Claude Ellena and a perfumer in her own right (see The Different Company Sel de Vetiver, among others), talks to Smithsonian Magazine about what it is like to be a perfumer today, and answers the burning question of whether or not she talks shop with her father. On why humans feel the urge to wear perfume:
At the beginning, I think, we created fragrances to talk with God. Fragrance is mysterious. Now when you wear fragrance, you want to send a mysterious message. You want people to smell you, to be listening.
Read the rest at Smithsonian magazine (link no longer active, sorry!), and many thanks to Aimee for the link!