Edmond Roudnitska

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Edmond Roudnitska
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Nice, France
Died1996 (age 90-91)
Cabris, France
OccupationPerfumer, writer, fragrance historian
Known forEau Sauvage and Diorissimo for Christian Dior Rochas Femme
Spouse(s)Thérèse Roudnitska
ChildrenMichel Roudnitska

Edmond Roudnitska (1905–1996) was a French master perfumer and author. He is known for creating perfumes such as Dior's Eau Sauvage and Diorissimo, and Rochas's Femme. Many of his creations are still in production. He was the father of perfumer Michel Roudnitska.


In 1926, he started his training in perfumery in Grasse. In 1942, he met Thérèse Delveaux, who became his wife. [1] In 1946, he founded Art et Parfum, a private lab for creating perfumes. [2]

Diorissimo, based on lily of the valley, was a notable achievement in the field of perfumery. Unlike rose or jasmine, the smell of lily of the valley cannot be extracted from essential oil of the flower. Roudnitska circumvented the problem by using aroma chemicals like hydroxycitronellal. [3] :142

For Christian Dior

For Elizabeth Arden

For Hermès

For Rochas

Other scents

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  1. Ellena, Jean Claude (May 1999). "Portrait Ellena US". Portrait d'un compositeur de parfum (in French). Art et Parfum. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  2. "Tribute to Edmond Roudnitska". Art et Parfum. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  3. Turin, Luca; Tania Sanchez (2008). Perfumes: the guide. New York, New York: Viking. ISBN   978-0-670-01865-9.