Edmond Roudnitska

Edmond Roudnitska (1905–1996) was a French master perfumer and author. He is known for creating perfumes such as Dior's Eau Sauvage and Diorissimo, and Rochas's Femme. Many of his creations are still in production. He was the father of perfumer Michel Roudnitska.

Edmond Roudnitska
Edmond Roudnitska
Nice, France
Died1996 (age 90-91)
Cabris, France
OccupationPerfumer, writer, fragrance historian
Known forEau Sauvage and Diorissimo for Christian Dior Rochas Femme
Spouse(s)Thérèse Roudnitska
ChildrenMichel Roudnitska

In 1926, he started his training in perfumery in Grasse. In 1942, he met Thérèse Delveaux, who became his wife.[1] In 1946, he founded Art et Parfum, a private lab for creating perfumes.[2]

Diorissimo, based on lily of the valley, was a notable achievement in the field of perfumery. Unlike rose or jasmine, the smell of lily of the valley cannot be extracted from essential oil of the flower. Roudnitska circumvented the problem by using aroma chemicals like hydroxycitronellal.[3]:142

For Christian DiorEdit

For Elizabeth ArdenEdit

  • It's You (1939)
  • On Dit (1952)
  • Elly (1955)
  • Arden (1956)

For HermèsEdit

  • Eau d'Hermès (1951)
  • Grande Eau d'Hermès (1987)
  • Hermes Rogue (1988)

For RochasEdit

  • Femme (1944)
  • Mousseline (1946)
  • Mouche (1947)
  • Moustache (1949)
  • La Rose (1949)

Other scentsEdit

  • Le Parfum de Thérèse (early 1950s); rights acquired from Roudnitska's wife Thérèse (for whom it was originally created in the early 1950s) by Frederic Malle, produced from 2000. One of the best chypres with its water fruit accord that was considered way too avant garde and ahead of its time.
  • Ocean Rain Mario Valentino®, a male fragrance for Mario Valentino (1990); Roudnitska's last creation
  • Cristalle EDT for Chanel, with perfumer Henri Robert.

Published worksEdit

  • Edmond Rudnitska. Le Parfum. Collection: Que sais-je?. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France - PUF, 1980 (5th edition 2000). ISBN 978-2-13-046057-2
  • Odile Moréno, René Bourdon, Edmond Roudnitska (André Chastel, préface). L'Intimité du Parfum. Paris: Olivier Perrin, 1974. ISBN 978-2-85053-001-2
  • Edmond Rudnitska. Former les Hommes, Mythe ou Réalité?. Paris: Olivier Perrin, 1975. ASIN B0014MHB8W
  • L'Esthétique en Question: Introduction à une Esthétique de l'Odorat. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France - PUF. ASIN B0014MG4VM
  • Une Vie au Service du Parfum (essays beginning 1938 forward). Paris: Thérèse Vian, 1991. ISBN 2-908883-01-5


  1. ^ Ellena, Jean Claude (May 1999). "Portrait Ellena US". Portrait d'un compositeur de parfum (in French). Art et Parfum. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  2. ^ "Tribute to Edmond Roudnitska". Art et Parfum. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  3. ^ Turin, Luca; Tania Sanchez (2008). Perfumes: the guide. New York, New York: Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-01865-9.

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