David Apel started out in 1980 as a compounder at Givaudan, where he fell in love with the raw materials of perfumery. He eventually left Givaudan for Fragrance Resources, then later returned to Givaudan. He has been a Senior Perfumer with Symrise since 2007.
David Apel was the recipient of the American Society of Perfumers Young Perfumer Award in 1991. He is married to perfumer Caroline Sabas.
Fragrances created by David Apel
Alfred Sung Hei
Alfred Sung Paradise for men and for women
Avon Luck for Him (2014)
Avon Passion (2013)
Bath & Body Works P.S. I Love You (2009)
Bond no. 9 Bleecker Street (2005)
Bond no. 9 Wall Street (2004)
Calvin Klein Escape for Men (1993)
Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Men (2011, with Emilie Coppermann)
Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers (1993)
Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint (2007)
Luciano Pavarotti for men
Luciano Pavarotti Donna (women)
Ralph Lauren Blue for women (with Pierre Negrin)
Ralph Lauren Ralph Cool (2004, with Pierre Negrin)
Sean John Unforgivable (2005)
Sean John Unforgivable Woman (2007)
Six Scents Digitalis (2016)
Six Scents Incense by the Sea (2011)
Six Scents Verde (2011)
Tom Ford Black Orchid (2006)
Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur (2007, with Pierre Negrin)
Tom Ford Private Blend Bois Rouge (2007)
Tom Ford Private Blend Purple Patchouli (2007)
Tom Ford Private Blend Velvet Gardenia (2007)
Trussardi A Way for Her (2014, with Lucas Sieuzac)
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