Jacques Polge

Jacques Polge is a French perfumer, best known for his role as Head Perfumer at Les Parfums Chanel from 1978 to 2015.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Jacques Polge grew up near Avignon, France, where he says he was inspired as a child by the scent of air in the surroundings of Grasse, which was redolent with the scent of jasmine.[2][3] After university, Jacques Polge began a traditional apprenticeship in Grasse under the guidance of Jean Carles.[1]


Polge's perfumes at Chanel include:

inspired by the Parisian home of Coco Chanel[4]
originally launched as a limited edition scent named "Bois Noir"' in 1987, the fragrance was eventually relaunched to the general market under the name Égoïste. Jacques Polge has said Égoïste is his favourite creation.[5]
  • 1996 - Allure
  • 1999 - Allure Homme
including flankers Allure Homme Sport, Allure Homme Sport Cologne, Allure Homme Sport Extreme, Allure Homme Edition Blanche.
winner of FiFi Award for Best National Advertising Campaign / TV in 2008
  • 2002 - Chance
  • 2010 - Bleu de Chanel
  • Les Exclusifs de Chanel fragrances notably Coromandel and Sycomore created with Christopher Sheldrake.
  • 2012 - Coco Noir
created with Christopher Sheldrake


  1. ^ a b KERR, ALISON (2006-04-01), "Channelling chanel", scotsman.com, Johnston Press Digital Publishing
  2. ^ Grinnell, SunHee (2008-09-28), "Chanel "Nose" Jacques Polge", VF Daily, Vanity Fair
  3. ^ Jacques Polge:Interview, The Fragrance Foundation, archived from the original on 2010-06-13
  4. ^ "Coco Chanel, parfum mythique pour femme". Vogue Paris. Condé Nast. 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  5. ^ Gaboué, Stéphane (2010-09-02), "Q&A with Legendary Chanel Perfumer Jacques Polge", Hint, Hint Fashion Magazine, archived from the original on 2012-03-14, retrieved 2011-08-25