She's the #Boss: Spotlight on Perfumer Mair Emenogu
My journey into perfume making and business ownership is far from a traditional one. I don't come from a long line of perfumers and I wasn't formally trained overseas in the art of perfume making. For me, it all started with a former coworker seeing my signature and telling me he could one day see it on a perfume bottle.
In the moment nothing happened, but shortly afterwards and for the next three years, every time I would hear my name, I would hear perfume instead.
Of course this new venture was met with a lot of opposition and heat from people close to me; however the desire and will to do something outside of the monotonous 9-5 was just too strong, I had to do it, so I did.
I studied every perfume book I could get my hands on and watched hundreds upon hundreds of hours of videos on how to master the art of fragrance making and train my nose. Some might call it luck, but it was destiny; one day, when calling different chemists to help me create my scent collection for women, I landed on Fred Cohen, a world renowned nose and master perfumer for several well-known global brands. It was an instant connection, he said yes upon hearing my story and passion to make it happen.
And there you have it, that's how I got started and created my first eau de parfum fragrance called Remember When. I decided to build my brand differently from the other scent pros that give you their scent collections first and accessories last. I built out the Remember When line with an Italian silk scarf, a travel size fragrance and a hand cream (launching in August 2017). I'm currently working on scent number two which is an aquatic scent set to launch in the fall of 2018.