Sophia Grojsman has created some of the best known fragrances in the world for the past thirty years.

Born and raised in a Russian village too small to be on any maps, Sophia joined International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) in 1966 as the personal assistant of Ellie FoxI a senior perfumer. Her mentors were Joséphine Catapano and Ernest Shiftan, two legendary American perfumers.

Eternally fascinated with flowers, Sophia naturally embraced a career as a perfumer. She says that her passion for this job is fueled by her absolute love for people! Her ultimate dream is to invent a genuine love potion, one that will spread love and peace all around the world.

Many of her perfumes have won FiFi awards, the industry's most prestigious honor, both for new launches and classic fragrances that have joined the global Hall of Fame. In 1994, Sophia Grojsman received the Cosmetic Executive Women's (CEW) Achiever Award for her lifetime contributions to the perfumery business. In 1996, she received the American Society of Perfumers' Living Legend Award. In May 1999, she was once again honored with a CEW award for her brilliant creations.

WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR PERFUME COME FROM?

"As a child, flowers were my only toys. It was with them that | created this perfume that has become a classic."

WHAT DOES PARIS EVOKE FOR YOU?

"The first time I came to Paris was in 1982. I was dazzled. When I saw the Eiffel Tower, I was struck by the colour of the surrounding - an amazing violet. Nobody said the name "Paris", but everything I sensed about this fragrance was right there in front of me."

WHERE DID THE IDEA OF THIS NOW-CLASSIC FRAGRANCE COME FROM?

"The sight of that violet combined with Monsieur Saint Laurent's fondness for Russia and the memory of the first flower I smelled when I was a child led me directly to it, to violet. I was so inspired and excited that I created the fragrance as fast as possible, spending days and nights in the laboratory."

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE COMPOSITION OF PARIS?

The composition of the fragrance came to me very quickly. I started with the violet accord and then I added rose. A touch of bergamot gives it that element of freshness, and amber and sandalwood are the signature base notes of this floral fragrance.