Interview with Liz Zorn of Soivohle Perfumes

Great Egret, Charles Audubon

Great Egret, Charles Audubon

Do you have a smell from childhood that you loved-anything
from your Mom’s perfume to your dog’s paws-and what was it?

The most dominant memory smell from childhood would be the
damp musty smell of my grandparents basement. Not that it was anything special,
just memorable.

Are you a synesthete, do you “visualize” odors, or “taste”
colors, and does it affect your output?

Yes: colors and smells.. Colors and musical notes..

How do you see people using your perfumes, as accessories,
personal signatures, or therapeutically?

I really don’t think about it. I am all about the process of creating. the next adventure. How people relate to my work is personal for them.

If perfumes can be categorized as narrative (like Jean
Patou’s 1000) or as abstractions (like No 5) or mood altering(like Eau Dynamisante) or evocative (like L’Heure Bleue) which are yours?’

I am the creator, not the critic, this conversation would best be served by one who is observing. I am inspired by various things in my work, but it is all over the place.
I get bored easily so I am always looking ahead. Once I have finished something it’s over for me artistically. I have no desire to keep drawing it out, going back to it, or
placing more importance to it than is necessary. In my scent installation work I am more inclined to work in abstractions. But these are ephemeral works. Nothing that
would last beyond a day or exhibition run..

Do you have a particular material you prefer to work with or that you always return to?


What is your current best seller?

Without going through an inventory list to check the accuracy, I would have to say Carpathian Oud Cologne.

Which of your perfumes are you proudest of, and why?

None of them. My brain is not wired that way. Pride would suggest attachment.

Is there a particular classic perfume you admire?

I like and wear vintage Caleche.


This is the last in my series of interviews with Us perfumers and I wanted to share it, even though the post on Soivohle ran last week.

I would like to thank all the perfumers who took time out to talk to me and share with readers some thoughts on perfume creation!

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2 Responses to Interview with Liz Zorn of Soivohle Perfumes

  1. Liz says:

    Thank You for inviting me. Love the Audubon image. Such beautiful work. LZ

  2. Blacknall Allen says:

    You’re welcome, thank you for sharing a little bit of the backstory of some of the perfumes.

    Btw old Caleche is a favorite of mine as well!

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