Sophia Grojsman has changed the face of modern American perfumery.
From her Hall of Fame fragrances Estée Lauder Beautiful and White Linen and Calvin Klein Eternity to Lancome’s Trésor and her game-changing Calyx, Grojsman has pushed the boundaries of what makes good scents.
Originally from a small town in Belarus, she arrived in the US as a young woman and started her career as an assistant at International Flavors & Fragrances. She rose through the ranks and is currently Senior Perfumer, Vice President.
She will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement, Perfumer award at The Fragrance Foundation Awards on Tuesday June 7th at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
Favorite smell: “Flowers. Every flower for me is a flower. It’s God’s given gift.”
First fragrance: “I didn’t wear much until I started working. We didn’t have enough money to buy fragrances. I wore my experiments.”
Favorite flower: “I always, always like roses. They call me ‘Queen of Roses.’ It looks very feminine and it looks rich.”
Favorite food: “Chocolate”
Most vivid olfactory memory: “I used to love violets as a child. I loved violets because they grew not too far from where we used to live in the woods. To me that was the most fabulous thing in my life.”