I recently discovered the beauty of Hedonist and therefore I wanted to include its lovely creator the young, Hungarian-born, Paris-based perfumer Viktoria Minya in the interview series. Thankfully she was game and here are her very enjoyable answers.
A good day starts with… waking up with twinkles of fading memory from a pleasant dream.
I’d never leave the house without… my keys! It might be obvious for others, but I lock myself out of the apartment way to often… Ever since the last incident, I do an “airplane routine” every time I leave my flat: while holding the door still open, I actually say out loudly “Keys?” “Check!”.
I always feel good when… I am in close proximity to nature. In a park, a forest, a lake, beach, mountains, anything.
My favorite thing in the world is… being surrounded with my beloved ones + home-made banana/strawberry ice-cream.
The next thing I want to buy is… a printer that actually works.
The place I always come back to is… Budapest. As I live in Paris, I come back to Hungary quite often to visit my family. Before living abroad, I thought I find Budapest especially beautiful due to my obvious links to it, but it seems, you do not have to be born there to appreciate its sweet and sour history and the unique atmosphere.
My personal style is… sophisticated with an interesting twist.
My favorite perfume… is always what I am currently working on…! Concerning others’ creations, I am pretty unfaithful when it comes to perfumes: I fall easily madly in love with a new launch, just to get bored within a month and “go home” to my long-time perfume “relationships”. One of my faithful companions is Boss Bottled.
When I travel, I… obsessively note down every scent that hits my nose.
To relax I need… total silence.
I like to gift people with… something that is “researched” and I would be also happy to receive.
When I have a bad day, I… first cry, then try to rationalize, and then feel worse, because I realize I cried about silly matters.
I find my inspiration… quite often in nature and usually when I am alone. But inspiration finds me from time to time randomly: via a person passing next to me on the street, or through a meaningful conversation, or in the form of a refreshing summer night rain at the foot of the Eiffel tower!
Something I would never want to miss… worthy traditional celebration of round year anniversaries within my bigger family + Orange Flower Absolute!
My last mistake was… thinking that I can prepare sushi for 10 people without making a huge mess in the kitchen.
In my fridge there is always… frozen fruit, totally obsessed with them!
On my nightstand I keep… various perfumery-related books + earplugs for guaranteed total silence in my sleep!
The perfect weekend starts with… a grasse matinée, which means word by word “fat morning” in French, it’s actually staying in bed all morning.
My role model is… professionally, it is Olivier Cresp. On a personal level, I am surrounded with wonderful people whose nobleness, big-heartedness and generosity amaze me every single day!
Something I always want to be asked in questionnaires like this is… “Do you really know how to bellydance?” “Oh my! How do you know that?! 😀 I actually had a blooming bellydancing career that I gave up for perfumery.”
Isn’t Viktoria adorable? I enjoyed her answers very much. Who knew there are bellydancing perfumers out there…
I definitely look forward to the perfumes Viktoria will surprise us with in the future.
Have you tried Hedonist? What do you think?