Meet Claudine de Vogel: The niche perfumer behind Chapter VII

Renowned Perfumer Claudine de Vogel is the nose behind Chapter VII, the electric and bright fragrance chapter that opens edition III. The sensational fragrance infuses musky, ambery and woody tones with surprising velvet and icy elements creating a raw, untainted intimacy.

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Discover the new third edition of Yú Parfums niche fragrance subscription, with Chapter VII created by Claudine de Vogel

Edition III of Yú Parfums arrived last week, with three brand new fragrance chapters crafted by our world class Perfume Authors inspired by the Simplify Significant in life and the world around us.

Renowned Perfumer Claudine de Vogel is the nose behind Chapter VII, the electric and bright fragrance chapter that opens edition III. The sensational fragrance infuses musky, ambery and woody tones with surprising velvet and icy elements creating a raw, untainted intimacy.
   
As edition III saw each Perfumer explore discreet and intimate skin-like scents, we spoke to Claudine to find out more about her process and inspirations when creating the opening chapter.
 Discover the new third edition of Yú Parfums niche fragrance subscription released in April 2021
Claudine was no stranger to the ‘hidden world of perfumery’ growing up with family working in the industry. After exploring her own desires, she found herself fully immersed in the same world and became a Perfumer after studying Business of Perfumery at Plymouth University.
  
During her studies, she joined the CPL Aromas family for a placement and has never looked back. “Now after all these years (it’s been a few!) I can still call CPL Aromas my home,” she says.
  

Why niche fragrances?

Claudine tells Yú Parfums she created her first niche fragrance “about 15 years ago, for a haute couture niche brand.”
  
With a new challenge on her hands, Claudine tapped into the boundless nature of niche fragrances and created something simply unforgettable: “It was an ozonic, marine, violet leaf fragrance. Quite polarising but I loved it!”
  

With Chapter VII, you set out to create ‘a fragrance like a second skin’, which ingredients did you go to first?

  “For me, skin has a certain electricity, especially skin of somebody you care about, feel attracted to, love,” she says. “So, I wanted to first create a note that was electric, and had a certain heat to it. For me, the obvious ingredients here are musks, for their warmth and skin-like effect, and aldehydes, for their clean aspect as well as a ‘hot iron’ type effect.”
  
Discover the new third edition of Yú Parfums niche fragrance subscription released in April 2021
  
“I wanted to bring these together in a less obvious way, without making it smell soapy or old-fashioned, so I added a metallic rose accord to the amber and aldehydic notes […] as well as ozonic, fresh and transparent accords to the woods and musks, to keep it light and sensuous at the same time.”
  

Aldambre is the hero ingredient of Chapter VII, how did that come to be?

“Aldambre is such an interesting and multi-faceted material. I recently rediscovered my love for it and here, creating that bridge between clean skin and the warmth from skin, I found that Aldambre works perfectly.”
  
“It has that aldehydic, ozonic clean effect, but it also has a warm, musky amber side, with this hot iron smell. It just pulls everything together in the fragrance.”
  

Edition III embodies clean minimalism, the Simply Significant. With Chapter VII, you created a fragrance inspired by skin, the most natural thing of all. Why did it take you there?

  “We are all born naked. Skin is something that we all have, and everybody has their own unique skin smell. To me, clean, naked skin is the most minimalist [thing] you can get."
 
"I wanted to create a fragrance that conveys that clean, minimalist nakedness by not dressing it up with heavy, cloying ingredients, yet still creating something long-lasting and very intimate.”
 
  Discover the new third edition of Yú Parfums niche fragrance subscription released in April 2021
  

Chapter VII has many electrifying synergistic pairings but which is your favourite?

“Oh, that is hard! There are so many things that I love, that go well together in this fragrance… Never ask a Perfumer to choose between ingredients!” (Note to self and Yú: Never ask a parent their favourite child – sorry, Claudine!)
  
“If I had to choose one pairing, it is actually three ingredients that for me make up the character of this fragrance; the minimalist clean skin with a hint of sensuality. Aldambre with Kashmir Fusion and Orris Fusion.”
  
“Aldambre for the wet, clean skin, Kashmir Fusion for the warm musky skin, and Orris Fusion for a soft powderiness that lasts forever. Of course, there are lots more ingredients that ‘catch’ your nose as you smell the fragrance over time. But I leave that up to you to smell and discover!
 
The unique combinations present in Chapter VII bewilderingly and impressively achieve the desired fragrance Claudine set out to make, proving her a mastermind of niche fragrances. To bottle such a unique olfactory experience replicating the specificity of opposing skins meeting is why Yú Parfums exists in the first place.
  
Time to ‘smell and discover’, as Claudine says?
  

Discover the Simply Significant world of the niche fragrance universe with edition III of Yú Parfums, where you’re invited to explore Chapter VII for yourself.