Greatest Hits : Christine Nagel
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16th July, 2014

Originally a research chemist, Christine Nagel has worked at Firmenich, Creations Aromatiques, Quest, Fragrance Resources and Givaudan. She has spent the past 4 years at Mane, where she has been responsible for most of Jo Malone London’s output in that time.

At the end of last year, an announcement from Hermès had many of us perfumistas intrigued: Christine Nagel would be joining them as in-house perfumer alongside Jean-Claude Ellena (Signalling that JCE may well be looking to retire soon) - as she begins her tenure at Hermès, I take a look back at her best works of her career so far.

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About the author: Nick Gilbert

Nick has been working in the world of fragrance for over 15 years. He is co-founder of Olfiction, a creative scent agency offering fragrance development, training, copy and content production. He is frequently quoted in the press and has provided perfumery training globally, from London to Seoul.


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    • cacio | 16th July 2014 17:13

      Great article - and spot on descriptions!

      To me, Christine Nagel is the master of the overripe (as you wrote), if not outright rotten accords. A turn-off at first, but then they make you want to go back and smell again and again. Which is a proof of her talent in creating solid structures with interesting twists. To me, the two best examples are Theorema (as you stated) and Archives, where I also perceive a powerful overripe/rotten note.

      Jo Malone seemed the opposite of this style (to my nose, she did try to slip some potent note in a couple of them, like the chocolate one from the English dessert series, but to me they smelled all wrong). In Hermes, I hope she will be able to break from the transparent style of the house and return to her bolder intentions.

      Wishes for her work there: perhaps, given the origin of the house, a dirty leather-an animalic leather with rotten fruit ovetones?

      Also, I think in the lemon pie Jo Malone she had a tarte au citron accord that reminded a bit of Feu d'Issey. But then there was nothing else there. Perhaps she can create something as varied as FdI?

      And of course, a Theorema 2.0 would be most welcome.


    • Gink11 | 19th July 2014 04:40

      IMHO these one are another Greatest Hits by Christine Nagel

      Eau de Cartier Concentree

      Madness Chopard

      Lalique White

      Mauboussin By Mauboussin

      B*Men Thierry Mugler

    • Gblue (article author) | 19th July 2014 21:05

      Never had the pleasure of smelling Mauboussin, or Madness, but I agree all of the others are pretty marvellous too!

    • Gblue (article author) | 19th July 2014 21:07

      Thank you, cacio! A new FdI be welcomed onto the marketplace now, it's ok for there to be something so different. I know what you mean about the overripe / rotten accord in Archives, too. I'm looking forward to seeing her first work for Hermes.

    • amv10 | 4th August 2014 10:03

      Histoire d'Eau - Mauboussin.

      Spicy light leather oriental, superb.

    • Kotori | 17th June 2015 13:50

      My two favorites of hers are With Love- Guerlain, and Wood Sage and Sea Salt- Jo Malone.

    • pluran | 25th August 2015 08:01

      Just saw this. Something fairly interesting anyway. Great perfumer. Unlikely these days but hope she makes something decent at Hermes. Never knew of Archives 69. Must try.

    • hednic | 25th August 2015 14:26

      Very interesting article. Enjoy her creations.