After Francesca Bianchi graduated from studies in art history in Florence, her passion for perfume making started, with a book on natural perfumery and a handful of essential oils. At the time, Francesca was also into alchemy, though it took her a while to understand the connection with perfume making. Since then, she has been studying and experimenting. She has has resided in many cities - Florence, Berlin, Luxembourg, Amsterdam - while working in art-book publishing.
"My perfumes are conceived and fully handcrafted by me from initial spark to final bottling and packing in my laboratory in Amsterdam. I take care not only of the creation, but also of producing the concentrate, filtering it, and packing each perfume by hand. The constant search for quality material is not just crucial for the achievement of the perfume, but is an ever-lasting passion to which I am compelled to surrender.
Actual circumstances, states of mind and intuitions fraught with a troubling, sensorial, emotional or spiritual meaning are the source of my inspiration. These are my epiphanies. I am not interested in merely copying their smell, but in conjuring them up and, at the same time, expressing the emotional thrill I experience during these epiphanic occurrences.
The creation of a perfume is a very long and complex process, and it takes me a hermit's life to devise a formula that I then blend, holding my breath at every drop I add, as in a sacred ritual. At those ecstatic and silent moments, I feel like an alchemist which through a transformation gives birth to something new, which is not the simple addition of different materials." - Francesca Bianchi