March 16, 2016

2016 Notables

Sophia Gillio, Jessica Matlin, Amanda Sichon, Aida Skalli, Keri Affronti, Allie Gullquist, Ashli Hamilton, Gayathri Balasundar, Clio Ermenidis, Ana Paredes, Brooke Selito

The Notables class of 2016 is young, talented and all female. The leaders-in-training have already made their mark on projects for fragrances from the mass level to ultra luxury. These top executives of tomorrow were honored on March 16, 2016, in the Magic Room at the LVMH Tower in New York City.

Sophia Gillio, MANE

First fragrance: “Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue”

Jessica Matlin, Hearst

Favorite flower/plant: “Fresh cut grass”

Amanda Sichon

Favorite food: “Decadent dark chocolate lava cake with sea salt caramel ice cream”

Aida Skalli, Shisiedo

Favorite smell: “I would say the smell of the beach. I like the smell of the sea but like mixed up with some of the sunscreen and everything. Like when you come back from vacation and you open your suitcase? It smells like a mix of sunscreen, after-sun lotion, beach and sand. I love that smell.”

Keri Affronti, Symrise

Favorite smell: “Anything baking in the oven”

Allie Qullquist, L’Oreal

Favorite smell: “Dryer sheets — clean dryer sheets.”

Ashli Hamilton, Ann Gottlieb Associates

Most vivid olfactory memory: “My dad’s cologne — Brut. It was anywhere he was. If he had left the room you knew that he was there because of the way it smelled.”

Gayathri Balasundar

Favorite food: “Anything spicy – jalapeño spicy, Indian spicy.” 

Clio Ermenidis, Firmenich

Favorite flower: “Rose”

Ana Paredes, Givenchy

First fragrance: “Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile”

Brooke Selito

Most vivid olfactory memory: “The aroma from Sunday dinner. Spaghetti and meatballs. Growing up and being at my grandparents’ every Sunday and just the aroma of, you know, tomatoes simmering and basil — it’s very nostalgic for me.”