“Let me start by saying I don’t see my job as work, rather I define it as my passion and my life. I am a trained perfumer and it’s what I have been doing for all of my working career. I have been fascinated by perfume since a very young age. I started collecting everything relating to perfume during my childhood in the 90’s from small bottles of perfume to vintage bottles I found at flea markets, to old perfume adverts. I was just fascinated by this world. My obsession and love for scent and ingredients came later when I started studying it and spent time understanding the intricasy of perfumery.
I started my journey at the prestigious ISIPCA in Versailles, where I learnt the science and secrets of fragrance creation. Post-graduation I travelled the world, collaborating with some of the most esteemed perfumers, working as a Scent Design Manager for brands such as L’Oreal and Puig in Paris, Barcelona and New York.
For a while, I wanted to bring education and the art and science of perfume to the public. I was finding increasingly the people I came across in my day to day life were fascinated that I was a perfumer. They would ask me a million questions about perfume, and I started to realise that people knew very little about the science of it, but really love scent, so the idea was seeded that I should do something to educate people about perfume by running workshops and showing people that putting together a fragrance is hard, but possible.
And so that’s what we do here, we make perfumes and show people what’s inside for them to then create their very own scent.”
Emmanuelle is a classically trained nose with 15 years’ experience working in the fragrance industry. She teaches during the EPC workshops, design fragrances for businesses and EPC’s own brand, Layers. She is a public speaker and is often cited in press as an industry expert. She also judges in panels at industry awards.
Em is a member of several perfumer’s associations, SFP (French Society of Perfumers), BSP (British Society of Perfumers) and IFRA UK (International Fragrance Association).
Use your instincts and push your boundaries. The aim is in the name – so tinker, play and concoct your future fragrance today.
Fragrance is an art form with logic at its heart, ensuring it’s possible for everyone to get a basic knowledge and learn at their own pace.
Open-session workshops bring the world of fragrance to the people, letting those who have loved it from afar get hands-on just as they would in other art forms. It’s a community of creators.
The EPC Lab is a working perfume lab located in East London. Here, you can come create fragrances and we provide the perfect environment for you to experiment with scents.
The EPC Lab hosts a number of monthly perfume-making workshops and one-to-one private consultations, as well as open-access perfumery sessions.
We are open to the public:
Naomi St. John
Studio Manager & Content Creator
Some say she’s a superhero, others say she’s just dedicated to the job. Naomi joined the team in 2017 and keeps all things ticking over at the EPC lab.
With her new venture into the creative world it’s been full steam ahead helping EPC grow, from managing social media to answering messages from our lovely community of curious noses.
‘Working with Em is an eye opening experience into the world of perfumery! Every day is busy and no day is the same! It’s a wonderful brand to be apart of and I can’t wait to see what we get up to next!’
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