Born in Spain, Alberto Morillas studied at the School of Beaux Arts in Geneva, Switzerland. Seduced by the local perfume businesses in Geneva, he was introduced to the profession of perfumery and joined Firmenich in 1970 as a Junior Perfumer.
In 1988, Alberto was named a Master Perfumer at Firmenich, in 2003 was honoured with the coveted “Prix Francois Coty”, and in 2013, Alberto was bestowed Perfumer of the Year Lifetime Achievement award by the Fragrance Foundation in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to perfumery. His creations include CK One, Pleasures, and the revolutionary M7. He has signed over 120 perfumes for countless brands, as well as having created the Mizensir line of candles with his wife.
Exploring Morillas oeuvre, you can find a distinctive perfumers style, which always bends to the brief and character required of the fragrance for the client. Particularly adept at creating powdery florals, such as Kenzo Flower, Au Lac, Intuition and Carita, and working with resinous notes such as amber and benzoin, Alberto seemed the perfect choice to capture the spirit of the ballet.
Alberto is one of the few perfumers that continues to write his formulas by hand. He says
“My handwriting is my emotion. When I write the formula, I can smell the perfume.” Also interesting about Alberto’s handwritten formulae is his insistence on using different coloured pens to signify a change in mood or style of the fragrance, suggesting that he perhaps experiences scent synaesthetically.
Although Alberto travels the world for meetings with clients, he also has a personal passion for travel, believing that ancient perfumers found their inspiration through travel and through conversation. “In the past, perfume had to take people to another place, another world.” but adds “Today, people travel more easily.”
We are thrilled to have worked with this Master of perfumery to bring the scent of the ballet to life. Our CEO Sarah Rotherham explains her experience of working with Alberto:
“It was both a pleasure and so much fun to work with Alberto on the creation of Iris Prima.
Listening to him interpret dance moves into Olfactory thoughts was incredible. Not only does he have this personal appreciation of the ballet but he conveys it with a contagious excitement.
We have all been living the ballet for the past two years as we worked through the fragrance development, Alberto has created the most intoxicating olfactive portrait of the dancers and romance of the ballet.
I recall having ‘after ballet dinner’ with him and his wanting to add more Iris to capture the whoosh and the feeling of flying through the air into the fragrance.
A true master, and he is one of the most charming men I have ever had the pleasure to work with.”
To read more about other perfumers we have worked with, read The Perfumed Signature.