Isabelle Gellé, Founder and Principal - Course Leader
Isabelle fell into the perfume cauldron at the tender age of 10, using gardenia flowers and other tropical plants macerating in coconut oil. Two of her ancestors were famous perfumers in France at the end of the 19th century, winning multiple international awards for their perfumes and she draws her inspiration .from their classic and natural perfumes as well as from Nature in all its splendour.
As a perfumer, Isabelle focuses on the Art rather than the Science of Perfumery, creating a bridge between Ancient and Modern scents. Ahead of her time, she anticipated that consumers would want to return to natural ingredients and in 2006, she created her own natural perfume collection, LES PARFUMS D'ISABELLE, only sold to private clients and exclusive boutiques.
Her extensive knowledge of the spices and aromas business in Africa, allowed her to get acquainted to the unlimited scents of Nature. Her career started in West Africa as a country manager, buying and selling spices, Arabic gum, incense and green tea. She lived and worked in many foreign countries and her travels led her to develop her creativity for all what Nature has got to offer as well as for everything beautiful and uncompromised luxury.
Isabelle promotes the use of wild crafted ingredients: botanicals extracted from wildly grown fields without the use of any pesticide. She has a strong interest in the field of natural aromachology, the study of scents on behaviour. She is passionate about sourcing new ingredients from faraway countries to create unique perfumes and is an advocate of Fair Trade for women in poorer countries. She has been actively involved in a pepper, coffee and cocoa plantation development in Togo, West Africa and deals directly with essential oils producers and cooperatives in countries such as India, Indonesia, Madagascar, the Seychelles constantly striving to ensure that someone in the world benefits from her business actions.
She holds a City and Guilds diploma in teaching in the lifelong learning sector and is a qualified practitioner of Indian Head massage. She is an associate lecturer with the Hull College and the University of the Arts, London. She regularly runs perfumery workshops and scent-based activities worldwide and offers consultancy advice to companies involved in the fragrance industry.