Parfums de Nicolaï, established in 1989 in Paris, is a familiar and beloved name among niche perfume enthusiasts. Patricia's creative vision has no bounds, and she personally creates her perfumes in the laboratory inside her first boutique, located at number 69 Avenue Raymond Poincaré. Her niche fragrances are loved around the world and have proven to be timeless and elegant. She's also the president of the Osmothèque, a perfume museum in Versailles, France.
Popular Nicolaï fragrances include the Fig Tea, Patchouli Intense, and Musc.
All Nicolaï perfumes are contemporary revelations, made with the best raw materials and innovative synthetics. Patricia is known to use Indonesian patchouli, Cambodian oud, and Turkish rose in her creations as a hallmark of the brand.
Patricia de Nicolaï is regarded as a visionary in the world of perfumery. She is renowned as an expert perfumery whose creations never fail to enchant the wearer. As the founder and owner of Parfums de Nicolaï, she has managed to take her creativity to the next level.
A descendant of the Guerlain family, Patricia is the great-granddaughter of Pierre Guerlain and niece of Jean-Paul Guerlain. Chemistry was her subject of choice at university and she then went on to attend the Institut supérieur international du parfum, de la cosmétique et de l’aromatique alimentaire (ISIPCA), the famous perfumery and fragrance school in Versailles. After working for Florasynth and Quest International, she became the first woman to win the International Prize for Young Perfume Creators in 1988. While she was a worthy candidate for the position of Guerlain's in-house perfumer, she was seemingly passed over when the time came since the brand did not work with women at the time. Being a ‘nose’ was considered a man's forte, and de Nicolaï had to face gender discrimination at every turn.
Patricia de Nicolaï and her husband Jean-Louis Michau decided to become entrepreneurs in 1989. At the time, it was a valiant effort because she was a woman who had decided to create, sign and sell her own perfumes. Instead of backing down, she continued in the footsteps of her ancestors. Perhaps the most admirable thing is how Parfums de Nicolaï managed to integrate the entire perfume-making process while being one of the first brands to embrace unconventional, artistic perfumery.