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Meet Tomoo Inaba, the fragrance journalist & perfumer from Japan

1. Can you tell us briefly about yourself?

I’m a perfumer, I have created several fragrances. Also, I've been writing fragrance reviews, I already wrote over 6,500 review on my website "Profice"

2. What is your daily beauty/scent routine?

During work I test samples to write reviews. At night I enjoy wearing the perfumes I love.

3. What are your beauty tips?

If you try a new perfume and don’t like it, it is important to try it during different seasons. You often unexpectedly fall in love with something which you felt wasn’t good before, and the “boom” always comes suddenly. Also, it is a very natural thing to want to use the perfume in the blooming season of its flower. The best thing is to have fragrances in your wardrobe that match your mood of the day.

4. What is your ultimate addiction?

From the different flowers, it is tuberose. When I visited farmers in Grasse and India, I reaffirmed that it was the most magnetic smell for me. Now I grow both single and double petals every year. I think you will love the fragrance more when you grow its flowers, smell and understand them.

5. What is a fashion faux pas that you assume?

There are few ingredients that I don't like a lot, but there is a thing about all-natural fragrances which is that sometimes they can have a too powerful smell. In that case, I wash off the fragrance and layer another one.

6. Are you a workaholic or a chillout person?

It used to be a workaholic. But moving to the countryside made my life much smoother without stress. Now, I enjoy growing many fragrant plants and vegetables in my garden.

7. What is your stress relief?

Spending time with my dogs while enjoying the smell of flowers and herbs. Also, drinking tasty wine and going on trips.

8. Are you a breakfast, lunch or dinner person? What is your ideal meal?

My main meal is lunch which I cook every day for myself, using the countryside vegetables which are all tasty. I’m not vegan though.

9. What is your signature scent ingredient?

I don’t have a particular one. I don’t only love the smell of flowers, I also love laos spices, tobacco and leather.

10. What made you fall in love with perfumes?

I grew up in my grandmother’s garden which was full of different scents. Osmanthus, many kinds of narcissus, sweet pea, freesia, daphne, wisteria, magnolia, ginger lily, orchid, yuzu tree, orange tree, fig and more. So many smells had been imprinted into my memory naturally.

11. If you can create your ideal scented product, what would it be?

I can think of many ideas. No matter what it is, the most important thing is that it has both an attractive story and a theme.

12. This is a space to feel free and creative. You can share anything you would like.

I always think that charming fragrances are created by charming people, and that a good fragrance is made from a well-balanced mix between both chemical and natural ingredients. A good fragrance takes me into a world of imagination, introducing me to new cultures and histories.

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