Timbuktu and Dzongha.
If being a self actualized person means you are someone who is able to effectively act to bring your personal creativity, talent and vision into the real world, then Duchaufour makes a good example, especially since he has found in L'Artisan a partner that supports the independent scope of his creativity.
In many ways Duchaufour leads an ideal life, as he revealed through his discussion of the process he employs to gather references and refine his concepts. He works by developing his ideas through travel and immersion in exotic places that are distinctively and beautifully aromatic. Once there he gathers raw materials, researches, makes notes, photographs, sketches, and even writes poetry. In this way he captures and then refines samples of the physical reality that he translates into scent accords he will then use to build a perfume portrait of a place. He showed us a sample notebook of such personal references he used as an aid in creating Dzongha. L'Artisan provides the resources and the venue for the results of this sensory narrative.
Interestingly, he spoke of coming to his interest in perfume as a late teenager, via his first girlfriends. They exposed him to and educated him about perfume and inspired his pursuit of a career in the field. He grew to become someone who is doing some of the most evocative and compelling creative work in this medium, combining a conceptual approach with an intense involvement in physical materiality.
Thank you to the two Karens of Sniffapalooza for the invitation to this very special L'Artisan event!