My name is Ruth Mastenbroek.
I am a classically trained perfumer. I have lived and worked all over the world and I use the finest ingredients from across the globe to tell stories about life through perfume. Stories of freedom, love, discovery and celebration. My fragrances can take years to perfect; they offer something exciting and different. They are original and come from the heart – from me to you.
I have created fragrances for many different brands, including Jo Malone, Kenneth Turner and Jigsaw.
For the past 40 years I have worked with oils and essences, flowers and spices to create fragrances. I adore perfume and get to work with some of the most exquisitely scented materials on earth. I have loved fragrance all my life. During my childhood in America I woke up to the scent of woods and creeks, wild flowers and the smell of sunshine. Memories of my childhood in England and America – chocolate cookies, fresh earth, blackberries; of Holland – lilies, narcissus, hyacinth and salty sea air; of France – orchids, roses and wild herbs; of Japan – jasmine, cherry blossom, lotus and green tea. Then there are the influences of the other loves of my life; music and dance, whose rhythms and colours bring an indefinable energy to my fragrances. My perfumery palette is my playground, my refuge, my source of inspiration.
The combination of my degree in chemistry and my subsequent perfumery work have been devoted to developing the art and science of fragrance. As a young adult working in the Perfumery department at Selfridges the world of perfumery began to open up before my eyes and I began to discover the incredible smells of essential oils, absolutes and synthetic ingredients that go into perfumes. The flair involved in creating a fragrance appealed to my artistic side. Understanding the ingredients chimed perfectly with my chemistry degree from Oxford University.
To follow my dream of becoming a perfumer, I spent time training in Grasse, France, and at Naarden International (now Givaudan) learning and memorising the individual smells of over 2,000 ingredients. I studied alongside some brilliant perfumers such as Olivier Cresp, who created Angel, and Jacques Cavallier who created the Jean Paul Gaultier ‘Classique’ fragrance.
After my perfumery career took me to Holland, France and Japan, I returned to England where I set up my own company creating fragrances to order. I have created fragrances for many different brands, including Jo Malone, Kenneth Turner, Prismologie and Jigsaw. Later I was President of the British Society of Perfumers.
Searching for freedom of expression in my work, I launched my own range of fragrances in 2010. My four fragrances are powerful and alluring; you could say they are made up of the scents of my life’s journey – the past and present creating the future.