THE WHAT? Pascal Portes, who leads the research & development (R&D) department of the fragrance and natural ingredients division at L’OCCITANE en Provence, will speak at the 2022 World Perfumery Congress in Miami Beach.
THE DETAILS Portes will present a talk titled Forgotten Perfumery Plants: Fragrance Revelation for Innovation on 29th June.
According to a press release, “For centuries, a multitude of plants have been used to create perfumes, which have been largely forgotten over time.
“Today, these forgotten perfumery plants represent an intriguing source of innovation in the development of natural raw materials. L’OCCITANE en Provence has collaborated with the Chemistry Institute of Nice, France, and the International Perfume Museum in Grasse, in an R&D project that not only revives precious historical heritage but offers insights into the link between ingredient sourcing and biodiversity regeneration.”
THE WHY? The R&D project aims to rediscover and explore forgotten perfumery plants, and to evaluate the possibility of reintroducing them as present-day ingredients.
Portes says, “As Nature is the largest R&D laboratory on the face of the earth, at L’Occitane, we’re like explorers who set off towards unknown lands with boundless enthusiasm, never knowing what we’re going to discover.”