Fragrance Notes Issue 2, 2018 - Page 13

SLUG SLUG Heather finds inspiration for the fragrances she creates in her travels, from exploring the streets of Paris to swimming with sting rays. such a large role in our memories and our relationships. It sounds like you had a strong nose from a young age. How did you end up in the industry? KILLGO: Yes, whether I realized it or not, I was fragrance typing at 16. For example, in high school, Cool Water was a really popular fragrance, and I remember smelling Lysol Country Scent and thinking, “Oh, this smells similar to Cool Water.” I made the correlation between fragrance types. Obviously, one was a low-priced industrial- type scent, but I knew the main component in both and made a correlation between the two before I even knew anything about them actually being fragrance types. Fast forward a bit, I earned a degree in chemistry and was originally interested in the medical field, possibly pharmaceutical research. Then I stumbled across a job ad for a fragrance and flavor company and found myself sitting in an interview with Bruce Garlick, Vice President of Fragrance Research and Development and Chief Perfumer Arylessence, Inc., who told me about this incredible industry and how amazing it was to find out that you can combine science with art as a profession. It just opened up a whole new world for me, where I could use my science background and my degree, but I could also be an artist, and I could have a job where I can be visionary…. I really just stumbled into it… I have no doubt that this was my calling and my destiny, and I’m one of the lucky ones that actually found that very early on in my life. DANGELICO: Why do you think fragrance or scent has such an impact on us and our lives? Once the world of scent opened up for you, how do you underscore its value and importance? KILLGO: Well I think you can look at a couple of things. I start with just basic biology; our noses are actually really there as a safety mechanism. Early on in the development of man, noses were used to tell if food was spoiled, or to sense danger... but I actually think we’ve evolved to a place where, now, scent is such a pleasurable experience and we have the luxury of experiencing it. We know that just a couple hundred years ago, the only people who had fragrance were royalty and the extremely wealthy. So, when I educate people on fragrance now, I tell them we’re like royalty because we get to experience fragrance all throughout our days. And a couple hundred years ago, the world wasn’t such a pleasant place as far as its smell. I read once that our nose is basically a pathway to our memory because you can smell something and it will take you directly to a moment in time… Fragrance makes moments more memorable. If you think about going to an event, such as the county fair, or about a special relationship with a family member, a lot of what you remember is how something or someone smelled. The limbic system combines our memory of the way things happen and our olfactory bulb, so I think the science is there to prove that the two are closely related. DANGELICO: You’re known as someone who likes to approach your work in different ways, push the boundaries a little bit. How do you challenge yourself to Issue 2, 2018 | FRAGRANCENOTES.ORG | 13