March 8, 2012
Profile: I recall my early teenage years, collecting perfume ads, miniature perfumes, and even trying to extract oil from the fragrant flowers in the yard. I remember my Aunt had a dresser filled with the most exquisite scents. Every time I had a chance to visit her, I was drawn to this dresser. Perfumery was my early love and I knew this was the industry I wanted to be part of. I started my career at Marilyn Miglin in Chicago. Marilyn created the classic perfume Pheromone made with 179 ingredients, using mostly natural oils. Her formula is based on an ancient recipe from a Pharaoh’s temple that she uncovered with a team of archeologists and Egyptologists in the 70’s. She is an incredible woman and inspires me.
With Marilyn Miglin and a client
I like the simple pleasures of life: eating a homemade dinner and drinking wine by the fire place, walking in a forest in the fall, finding little details that no one sees in paintings, and spending time with my husband and daughter. These memories are captured not only in thoughts, but also in scents. For instance, I believe looking at a landscape, touching things, or listening to your surroundings will trigger some olfactory memories. This is the key idea behind my creating a scent or a new collection of accessories.
My mother, Claudie, was born in Chateauroux in the “coeur” of France. She was a teacher for 20 years and an artist all her life. She shared her passion for art with my sisters and me.
From Left to Right: Diane, Sabine and Ariane Poncet circa 1980s
We spent hours in art museums all over Europe; all the while she would show us the important and hidden details on each work of art. Growing up in this environment, I was influenced by her passion and art became a part of me. That is why all my creations are inspired by art.
What does my mother wear? A classique, Eau de Cologne.
Sabine's father Bernard climbing into a Mirage III E – 1987
My father, Bernard, was born in Germany as my grandfather was stationed there after the Second World War, but his roots are from the Burgundy region of France. He was a pilot in the French Army Air force for 35 years. I always looked at him as if he was Superman. Our family moved every 2 to 3 years and lived all over France. Going from place to place allowed me to grow and mature my sense of smell. Every region of France had its specific scents. Most notably I remember Alsace and the Vosges Mountains for its wild blueberries, in the “Landes Region”, south of Bordeaux, I can recall its unique, wonderful odor of pine tree sap.
What does he wear? Brut Musk from Faberge
Sabine is expecting her second child any day, here with daughter Zoe and husband Cesar
I had a wonderful childhood and I am blessed having a wonderful family. We are expecting a baby boy in March.
Favorite American artist: I love Grant Wood’s unique style and bubbly landscapes. His art is so much fun, and that is what I like about America. You can make everything fun.
On American Perfumery: The US can be proud of its so many great perfumers and perfume houses: Keiko Mecheri, Neil Morris, Yosh, Ulrich Lang, Bond No9, Estee Lauder,and Marilyn Miglin to name a few. It is an honor for me to be listed among these names, and to share my passion for art and fragrances with perfume connoisseurs.
-Sabine Poncet Hernandez
For our draw Sabine is offering one commenter a hand painted silk scarf, which was created by her friend California artist Katherine Betinis using the ancient method of Batik, and is made of silk chameuse, (one of 100 ever made) with hand rolled hems just like an Hermes carre (a $295 value) and a sample of her perfume Eau Eternelle.
CaFleureBon launched Eau Eternelle, read our review and more about Sabine's background with Amouage, Nejma and Molinard here
Please leave a comment about what you learned about Sabine and you are eligible. Draw closes March 11, 2012
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