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PERFUMER, IN-DEPTH: I don't Use Any Synthetics or Chemicals

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Laurie, a Perfumer, shares what she likes most about her job, its challenges, her key decision and her work-life balance. She loves making beautiful things for people to give and receive. For those interested in becoming perfumers, they can follow the traditional path and get trained in France, or join a small but growing group of perfumers, mainly on the west coast of the United States, who are also making cosmetics using natural, cruelty free ingredients.

Job Title: Perfumer
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Chemical Technicians

Job Description

Chemical technicians use special instruments and techniques to help chemists and chemical engineers in researching, developing, and producing chemical products and processes.

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Moderate-term on-the-job training

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$25,000 - $70,000
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Full-time, Long hours
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Office, Outdoor, Physically demanding, Military, Indoor
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Analytical skills, Public speaking ability, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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m='13640'>be</span> <span m='13780'>able</span> <span m='13950'>to</span> <span m='14070'>give</span> <span m='14320'>them</span> <span m='14530'>as</span> <span m='14640'>a</span> <span m='14710'>gift</span> <span m='15090'>or</span> <span m='15270'>receive</span> <span m='15700'>them</span> <span m='15830'>as</span> <span m='15960'>a</span> <span m='16010'>gift.</span> <span m='16910'>So</span> <span m='17960'>that</span> <span m='18160'>feels</span> <span m='18450'>really</span> <span m='18680'>wonderful.</span> <span m='20530'>I</span> <span m='20650'>love</span> <span m='20960'>the</span> <span m='21040'>work.</span> <span m='21620'>I</span> <span m='21740'>love</span> <span m='21960'>the</span> <span m='22030'>packaging.</span> <span m='23640'>I</span> <span m='23790'>love</span> <span m='24030'>pretty</span> <span m='24220'>much</span> <span m='24470'>all</span> <span m='24790'>parts</span> <span m='25240'>of</span> <span m='25390'>it,</span> <span m='25590'>except</span> <span m='25900'>for</span> <span m='25990'>a</span> <span m='26030'>lot</span> <span m='26190'>of</span> <span m='26250'>the</span> <span m='26360'>technical</span> <span m='26880'>stuff,</span> <span m='27180'>which</span> <span m='27380'>I</span> <span m='27440'>need</span> <span m='27660'>to</span> <span m='27760'>do</span> <span m='27940'>too ,</span> <span m='29000'>but</span> <span m='30266'>I</span> <span m='30744'>love</span> <span m='31222'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='32060'>Challenging</span> <span m='32680'>is</span> <span m='32850'>probably</span> <span m='33920'>getting</span> <span m='34200'>the</span> <span m='34280'>word</span> <span m='34570'>out</span> <span m='34830'>there.</span> <span m='35580'>I'm</span> <span m='35740'>a</span> <span m='36300'>very</span> <span m='36600'>small</span> <span m='36850'>business,</span> <span m='37310'>like</span> <span m='37500'>I</span> <span m='37540'>said.</span> <span m='37770'>I</span> <span m='37840'>pretty</span> <span m='38080'>much</span> <span m='38320'>do</span> <span m='38440'>everything</span> <span m='38830'>myself.</span> <span m='39390'>I</span> <span m='39440'>have</span> <span m='39560'>a</span> <span m='39590'>little</span> <span m='39790'>help</span> <span m='40100'>on</span> <span m='40200'>some</span> <span m='40620'>things,</span> <span m='41480'>but</span> <span m='42020'>to</span> <span m='42140'>get</span> <span m='42340'>the</span> <span m='42410'>word</span> <span m='42700'>out</span> <span m='42950'>is</span> <span m='43100'>probably</span> <span m='43520'>the</span> <span m='43820'>most</span> <span m='44120'>challenging</span> <span m='44570'>part.</span> <span m='45010'>And</span> <span m='45820'>I'm</span> <span m='46040'>a</span> <span m='46070'>little</span> <span m='46310'>older</span> <span m='46970'>so</span> <span m='48030'>I'm</span> <span m='48240'>not</span> <span m='48480'>as</span> <span m='48640'>great</span> <span m='48940'>on</span> <span m='49070'>Facebook</span> <span m='49660'>and</span> <span m='49790'>Twitter</span> <span m='50240'>and</span> <span m='50310'>all</span> <span m='50440'>those</span> <span m='50680'>things,</span> <span m='50980'>but</span> <span m='51080'>I'm</span> <span m='51390'>using</span> <span m='51780'>those</span> <span m='52660'>new</span> <span m='52810'>social</span> <span m='53200'>medias.</span> <span m='54870'>But</span> <span m='55480'>it's</span> <span m='55700'>probably</span> <span m='56110'>just</span> <span m='56340'>getting</span> <span m='56580'>the</span> <span m='56670'>word</span> <span m='56940'>out,</span> <span m='57090'>and</span> <span m='57160'>getting</span> <span m='57370'>people</span> <span m='57630'>to</span> <span m='57680'>find</span> <span m='58040'>me</span> <span m='58280'>and</span> <span m='58810'>write</span> <span m='59020'>about</span> <span m='59320'>me.</span> <span m='59570'>And</span> <span m='61190'>then</span> <span m='61810'>just</span> <span m='62030'>get</span> <span m='62170'>the</span> <span m='62260'>word</span> <span m='62470'>out</span> <span m='62640'>to</span> <span m='62750'>their</span> <span m='63400'>customers</span> <span m='64000'>or</span> <span m='64340'>readers</span> <span m='64890'>or</span> <span m='64989'>whatever.</span> <span m='65480'>So</span> <span m='65660'>that's</span> <span m='66220'>the</span> <span m='66290'>most</span> <span m='66520'>challenging</span> <span m='66950'>part</span> <span m='67210'>I</span> <span m='67240'>would</span> <span m='67430'>say.</span> </p><p><span m='67970'>I</span> <span m='68120'>think</span> <span m='68720'>I</span> <span m='68870'>have</span> <span m='69250'>always</span> <span m='70510'>been</span> <span m='70710'>pretty</span> <span m='70990'>independent.</span> <span m='72340'>In</span> <span m='72470'>high</span> <span m='72660'>school,</span> <span m='72970'>when I</span> <span m='73200'>sewed,</span> <span m='74690'>I</span> <span m='74790'>had</span> <span m='74920'>a</span> <span m='74980'>lot</span> <span m='75140'>of</span> <span m='75210'>sewing</span> <span m='75530'>skills</span> <span m='75930'>and</span> <span m='76030'>I</span> <span m='76070'>was</span> <span m='76260'>able</span> <span m='76520'>to</span> <span m='76800'>really</span> <span m='77750'>make</span> <span m='78030'>decent</span> <span m='78400'>money</span> <span m='78980'>doing</span> <span m='79280'>sewing</span> <span m='79780'>for</span> <span m='79980'>people.</span> <span m='80980'>And</span> <span m='81490'>so</span> <span m='81660'>I've</span> <span m='81840'>always</span> <span m='82080'>been</span> <span m='82210'>able</span> <span m='82450'>to</span> <span m='82710'>rely</span> <span m='83050'>upon</span> <span m='83370'>myself.</span> <span m='83920'>And</span> <span m='84740'>I</span> <span m='84920'>tend</span> <span m='85290'>to</span> <span m='85430'>just</span> <span m='85810'>follow</span> <span m='86180'>the</span> <span m='86310'>paths</span> <span m='88280'>and</span> <span m='88490'>the</span> <span m='89110'>turns</span> <span m='89510'>on</span> <span m='89600'>the</span> <span m='89680'>paths</span> <span m='90060'>that</span> <span m='90220'>interest</span> <span m='90660'>me</span> <span m='90760'>greatly.</span> <span m='91390'>And</span> <span m='91600'>I</span> <span m='92120'>feel</span> <span m='92280'>very</span> <span m='92490'>grateful</span> <span m='93040'>that</span> <span m='93230'>I've</span> <span m='93380'>been</span> <span m='93530'>able</span> <span m='93800'>to</span> <span m='93940'>do</span> <span m='94110'>this</span> <span m='94370'>my</span> <span m='94480'>whole</span> <span m='94690'>life,</span> <span m='95240'>and</span> <span m='95420'>make</span> <span m='95620'>enough</span> <span m='95870'>to</span> <span m='95990'>make</span> <span m='96200'>it</span> <span m='96750'>sustainable.</span> </p><p><span m='97870'>Well,</span> <span m='98250'>there's</span> <span m='98460'>traditionally-trained</span> <span m='99340'>perfumers,</span> <span m='100050'>which</span> <span m='100360'>are</span> <span m='100720'>usually</span> <span m='101110'>trained</span> <span m='101410'>in</span> <span m='101580'>France.</span> <span m='102090'>And</span> <span m='102450'>they</span> <span m='102670'>use</span> <span m='102900'>a</span> <span m='102950'>lot</span> <span m='103170'>of</span> <span m='103240'>synthetics and</span> <span m='103730'>chemicals.</span> <span m='104390'>And</span> <span m='104510'>I</span> <span m='104580'>don't</span> <span m='104760'>use</span> <span m='105000'>any</span> <span m='105230'>synthetics</span> <span m='105510'>or</span> <span m='105790'>chemicals.</span> <span m='106750'>I</span> <span m='106880'>use all</span> <span m='107130'>organic</span> <span m='107510'>alcohols.</span> <span m='108730'>So</span> <span m='109490'>there</span> <span m='109740'>is</span> <span m='109900'>that</span> <span m='110210'>route.</span> <span m='110600'>But</span> <span m='111060'>there</span> <span m='111300'>are</span> <span m='111580'>a</span> <span m='111640'>small</span> <span m='112060'>group</span> <span m='113040'>perfumers</span> <span m='113600'>that</span> <span m='113990'>a</span> <span m='114130'>lot</span> <span m='114340'>of</span> <span m='114400'>them</span> <span m='114570'>are</span> <span m='114660'>actually</span> <span m='114960'>on</span> <span m='115040'>the</span> <span m='115110'>West</span> <span m='115360'>Coast</span> <span m='115740'>of</span> <span m='115910'>the</span> <span m='116360'>United</span> <span m='116680'>States,</span> <span m='117590'>and</span> <span m='117790'>people</span> <span m='118090'>are</span> <span m='118170'>starting</span> <span m='118510'>to</span> <span m='118620'>do</span> <span m='118890'>it,</span> <span m='119070'>and</span> <span m='119270'>it's</span> <span m='119420'>wonderful.</span> <span m='120090'>It's</span> <span m='120870'>great</span> <span m='121120'>to</span> <span m='121210'>see</span> <span m='121410'>people</span> <span m='121750'>that</span> <span m='121880'>are</span> <span m='122310'>interested</span> <span m='122850'>in</span> <span m='123460'>cosmetics</span> <span m='124290'>and</span> <span m='124700'>perfumes</span> <span m='125030'>that are</span> <span m='125370'>cruelty</span> <span m='125710'>free</span> <span m='126100'>and</span> <span m='126270'>also</span> <span m='126645'>chemical</span> <span m='127020'>free.</span> <span m='127490'>So</span> <span m='127830'>I</span> <span m='127970'>feel</span> <span m='128180'>like</span> <span m='128630'>it's</span> <span m='128789'>part</span> <span m='129000'>of</span> <span m='129050'>the</span> <span m='129120'>future.</span> </p><p><span m='130289'>Can I</span> <span m='130370'>talk</span> <span m='130580'>about</span> <span m='130789'>my</span> <span m='130880'>work-life</span> <span m='131360'>balance?</span> <span m='131700'>I've</span> <span m='131860'>never</span> <span m='132150'>been</span> <span m='132310'>able</span> <span m='132500'>to</span> <span m='132540'>have</span> <span m='132710'>a</span> <span m='132750'>great</span> <span m='133470'>balance.</span> <span m='134450'>I</span> <span m='134790'>live,</span> <span m='135150'>eat,</span> <span m='135450'>breath</span> <span m='135750'>my</span> <span m='135870'>work</span> <span m='136150'>always.</span> <span m='136960'>I</span> <span m='137120'>think</span> <span m='137330'>about</span> <span m='137590'>it</span> <span m='137830'>at night</span> <span m='138050'>if</span> <span m='138170'>I</span> <span m='138240'>wake</span> <span m='138530'>up.</span> <span m='139720'>It's</span> <span m='139990'>a</span> <span m='140040'>pleasure</span> <span m='140460'>for</span> <span m='140600'>me</span> <span m='141190'>so</span> <span m='141370'>it's</span> <span m='141500'>always</span> <span m='141790'>a</span> <span m='141840'>part</span> <span m='142080'>of</span> 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