Fragrance expert Ghassan Hajjaj on his top scents
Words by Rob Chilton
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EDGAR caught up with Hajjaj at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Beauty Week.
Giorgio Armani’s Eau Pour Homme. It’s a classic men’s fragrance that oozes Italian refinement, elegance and style. It makes you feel like the perfect gentleman.
Working in the industry, wearing and testing new fragrances, has made it difficult for me to choose a day-to-day scent. Fragrances are really important as the sense of smell brings out memories, which means that every moment in life is impacted by the scents that surround us. I love to travel and experience the world and I have the same curiosity when it comes to discovering fragrances.
Right now I’m wearing a new fragrance from Valentino that is about to be launched. It’s called Born in Roma Yellow Dream. It has some fun ingredients like pineapple and gingerbread, the kind that make you feel happy.
It’s impossible to mention only one – I’d have to say bergamot, cedarwood and vetiver.
Mainly on my torso, arms, neck and shoulders. If I’m going out, my shirt or the inside of my blazer may get a few sprays as well.
I change fragrances a lot, which varies depending on my mood. However, I don’t categorise by time of day or even season – it’s all about how I feel in that moment.
I have always been a huge perfume lover and have the tendency to own way too many.
We’re talking over 150 different perfumes currently sitting in my cupboard – they are best stored in dry and dark places with a stable temperature.
I do end up using most of them – some I might not wear for more than a year or two, but I keep it around for variety and use it when I feel like it depending on my mood. For me, fragrances are a love story. I would never throw one out. And if ever I felt like I could not use a certain fragrance, then I would rather gift it to someone who I know would appreciate that scent.
I take a few with me. And sometimes I buy a new fragrance for a specific destination. That way when I smell it in the future, I remember that trip.
I have indeed. I loved the experience, but it’s a lot harder than one expects. Just one drop too many can alter the whole scent.
I believe that perfumers are true artists – there are some real masterpieces out there in the world of fragrances that could be compared to an opera by Mozart or a painting by da Vinci. It’s so much fun to try and express moods and feelings by mixing all these heavenly scents and ingredients.
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