October 20, 2021

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

A digital platform for dialogue about fragrance, and the way that it relates to community and culture.

The Reimagineer: Michael Clinton

“I appear to have struck a chord,” says Michael Clinton, whose book ROAR Into the Second Half of Your Life (Before It’s Too Late) is currently—and with considerable zeitgeist-capturing buzz—climbing best-seller lists. ROAR (an acronym that stands for four actionable steps towards a more fulfilling future: Reimagine yourself, Own who you are, Act on what’s next, and Reassess your relationships) was born when Clinton stepped away from his role as president and publishing director of Hearst Magazines, and it’s an inspirational, motivational exhortation to view growing older as an opportunity to forge new opportunities and experiences.

The Fragrance Index: Larissa Jensen

The pandemic has had different implications across industries. Today, amid many uncertainties, we are seeing a return to some aspects of normal life, and the beauty industry is experiencing renewed growth across all its categories. Fragrance has emerged as the brightest star, posting unprecedented, double-digit growth against both 2020 and pre-pandemic 2019. We asked Larissa Jensen, beauty industry advisor at The NPD Group, to help us understand fragrance’s strong growth.


For this edition of ACCORDS, Perfumers Fanny Bal (IFF), Jessica Reichert (Robertet), and Christine Hassan (Givaudan) share their stories about their dream careers prior to training as perfumers – Fanny as a pastry chef, Jessica as an actor, and Christine as a florist – and the inspirations that feed into their current careers reimagined as Perfumers.


This edition of Accords features varied perspectives and subject matter, but are all interwoven with fragrance, as an important factor in personal or professional paths. Also, all share my personal priority of positivity and moving forward cautiously, with great optimism.


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