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IFF’s Master Perfumer Carlos Benaim Receives Fragrance Foundation Perfumer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award


New York, June 20, 2014 – International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF), a leading global creator of flavors and fragrances for consumer products, announced that Master Perfumer Carlos Benaim has received the Fragrance Foundation Perfumer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. The Fragrance Foundation Awards celebrate the global fragrance industry and its outstanding creative achievements in the world of perfumery. The Awards ceremony was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York City on June 16, 2014.

“Receiving the Perfumer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fragrance Foundation is a high point of my professional career. It is particularly gratifying to be acknowledged for doing what I love every day and to share my creations with others. I thank the Foundation for this recognition and honor,” said Carlos Benaim. “I also thank IFF for providing a culture where perfumers have a lot of creative freedom and where art and science are valued; a culture that encourages collaboration among the perfumers from all our creative centers around the world. It is a privilege to work with so many extremely talented colleagues and I thank them for their support and inspiration. It is also a privilege to work with our customers and the most prestigious brands in the industry.”

“We are very proud to have had Carlos as part of the IFF family for more than 45 years. He understands the synergy between art and technology, which enables him to deliver breakthrough olfactive signature fragrances that become market leaders and classics,” said Nicolas Mirzayantz, Group President Fragrances. “Carlos’ creativity and mastery has been recognized in the industry for many years. He is a master of anticipating our clients’ needs and desires – finding the crucial point between a brand’s tradition and its future, while fully respecting the character and identity of each brand. Carlos has developed strong relationships with our customers at all levels. He. has also coached and mentored generations of IFF perfumers; he is a creative leader who inspires all who have the opportunity to work with him. It is a privilege to know and work alongside a man of his caliber.”

Carlos is the chairperson of the IFF Global Creative Council. He received the prestigious American Society of Perfumers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 and his individual and collaborative creations have received many industry awards including nine FiFi’s from the Fragrance Foundation in the United States and several more in other countries.


Fragrance Creations
Carlos has created a large portfolio of iconic fragrances, either individually or in collaboration with other perfumers that were olfactive breakthroughs for the brands he worked with, often being the leading fragrance in their portfolios. A selection of his many creations and collaborations are listed below. For those fragrances where he collaborated with another perfumer, that perfumer is named also.

  • Polo Green by Ralph Lauren (1978)
  • ETERNITY Calvin Klein for men (1989)
  • Red Door by Elizabeth Arden (with Olivier Gillotin) (1989)
  • Herrera for Men by Carolina Herrera by Puig (with Rosendo Mateu) (1991)
  • White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor by Elizabeth Arden (with Olivier Gillotin) (1991)
  • Fierce by Abercrombie & Fitch (with Bruno Jovanovic and Christophe Laudamiel) (2002)
  • Polo Blue by Ralph Lauren (with Christophe Laudamiel) (2002)
  • Prada Amber by Prada by Puig (with Max Gavarry and Clement Gavarry) (2004)
  • Pure Poison by LVMH (with Dominique Ropion and Olivier Polge) (2004)
  • Solo by Loewe by LVMH (with Laurent Le Guernec and Emilio Valeros) (2005)
  • Euphoria Calvin Klein (with Dominique Ropion and Loc Dong) (2005)
  • Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf by L’Oreal (with Dominique Ropion, Domitille Michalon-Bertier and Olivier Polge) (2005)
  • Very Irresistible Givenchy by Givenchy by LVMH (with Dominique Ropion and Sophie Labbe) (2006)
  • Armani Code for Women by Giorgio Armani by L’Oreal (with Dominique Ropion and Olivier Polge) (2006)
  • Jasmin Noir by Bulgari by LVMH (with Beatrice Piquet, Olivier Polge and Sophie Labbe) (2008)
  • Sahariennne by YSL by L’Oreal (with Anne Flipo) (2011)
  • Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf by L’Oreal (with Olivier Polge and Beatrice Piquet) (2012)
  • Forever Midnight by BBW by Limited Brands (with Clement Gavarry and Jean-Marc Chaillan) (2013)


About IFF
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) is a leading global creator of flavors and fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer products. Consumers experience these unique scents and tastes in fine fragrances and beauty care, detergents and household goods, as well as beverages, sweet goods and food products. The Company leverages its competitive advantages of consumer insight, research and development, creative expertise, and customer intimacy to provide customers with innovative and differentiated product offerings. A member of the S&P 500 Index, IFF has more than 6,000 employees working in 31 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit our website at

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