Meet European Flavours and Fragrances Trainee Perfumer, Fernanda Regianini.
When did you start at EFF? January 2017
What’s a typical day like for you at EFF?
I start my day by researching and looking at what is new on the market, it’s from here that I build a personal database to keep track of trends, raw materials, and fine fragrances which acts as an inspiration catalogue for my own creations. I love to keep an eye on industry news. After I have finished this, the perfumery team receive new projects, each project is assigned to a particular perfumer. I then check my previous day’s work and look at what needs to be finished, and what I still need to work on.
Tell us about your education and previous work experience.
I graduated in Naturopathy in 2011 at Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL) Brazil and studied to become an Ayurveda therapist in 2008. When I moved to the UK, I did the ICATS course in the UK. While studying during my second year of university I fell in love for Aromatherapy and decided that I wanted to do perfumery not only because of the natural essential oils but I wanted to learn about the synthetics as well. My first job in perfumery was in the UK in 2014 as lab technician, and then perfumer’s assistant. I spent some time working in fragrance evaluation and also quality control before joining the perfumery team which has helped me understand all aspects of the perfumery industry.
How did you get into the industry?
When I moved to the UK I started studying perfumery at ICATS and from here, I started looking for a job within the perfumery industry in the hope I would one day land a role doing what I know I would love. The more I researched into the industry, the more interest, passion and enthusiasm I had to become part of it.
What was one of your favorite projects?
I like projects that allow me to be really creative. I like to work on-trend fragrances and any new ideas sparked by the marketing team, or a customer project whereby development is in the early stages and you can be free to give your interpretation of their idea and concept.
What advice do you have for new Perfumers?
Learn to love the raw materials and trust yourself. Every person has a different way of learning and working, transparency is key.
What do you think are the best skills that you bring to your job?
Being both open and eager to learn, and at the same time maintaining my passion. I feel I am good at listening to advice and criticism and taking this on board to help me develop as a perfumer.
What publications, blogs, or people in the industry do you like to read or follow on social media?
I love Fragrantica and I follow few perfumers like Quentin Bisch, Sonia Constant, Thierry Wasser, Alberto Morillas, Olivier Cresp, Christophe Laudamiel… so many inspirational perfumers!
What is your favorite fragrance?
This is a hard question as there are so many amazing fragrances. I love Jasmine Sambac so my n.1 fragrance would be Mon Jasmin Noir by Bvlgari. I also love Capim-Limão by L’occitane Au Bresil which is a very light cologne that reminds me of home and my childhood in Brazil.
What is your favorite candle scent?
I like the Amber, Woody, and Leathery types.
What is the best perfumery advice you’ve ever received? What is something about perfumery that you’ve learned over the years?
“We never know everything, it will always be something new to learn, so don’t pressure yourself too much. Something that I’ve learned is perfumery is something different for every single person, due to its subjective nature and because memories are so closely linked to smell. There’s no right or wrong.”