Calice Becker is a French master perfumer and the creator of well over one hundred fragrances, including the iconic Dior J’Adore, By Kilian’s Love Don’t Be Shy, and Tom Ford’s Velvet Orchid, to name a few.
Vice President Perfumer at the 250-year-old Swiss maker of flavors and fragrances Givaudan, Becker was appointed Director of its prestigious Givaudan Perfumery School in 2017, where she has been teaching perfumery to the future noses of the fragrance community.
She is also serving as the President of the Société Internationale des Parfumeurs-Créateurs, a French association that’s been bringing some of the greatest perfume makers in the world together since its formation in 1901.
Born to Russian parents in Paris, France, Calice Becker (her given name Calissa Asancheyeva) developed an early curiosity for scent. “I wanted to know how flowers got into a perfume bottle,” she tells ÇaFleureBon in an exclusive interview, “So funny that, now, I can actually answer my own question!”
Calice Becker received her fragrance education from the renowned Roure Perfumery School in Grasse, a picturesque small town on the French Riviera located in the hills north of Cannes, France, in 1985.
She found herself under the tutoring of Françoise Caron, who, in 1994, joined Quest International and invited Becker to work with her. In 2006, Quest International was acquired by Givaudan for 2.6 billion Swiss francs.
At the time of publishing this profile, Becker has been contributing as a perfumer at Givaudan for more than 35 years. She is widely recognized as one of the fragrance industry’s top present-day noses.
In June 2021, Calice Becker received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Perfumer Award from The Fragrance Foundation for her celebrated career and visionary leadership in advancing the art and craft of perfumery.