I remember it like it was yesterday. My family and I landed at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on a warm and sunny April day. I was a little immigrant girl from Germany arriving in this new, unfamiliar place and unsure of where the journey would lead me. I remember seeing the commotion, a myriad of people rushing about the arrivals hall, arms brushing each other, as they scurried about to grab their suitcase from the carousel. I remember hearing the many languages being spoken, most notably English, of which I didn't understand but a few words. But what takes me back to that day more than anything else is the smells that greeted me in this new, unfamiliar country. The waft of air as we stepped outside for the first time, smelling of grit and of the exhaust from the cars (this was the early 70's after all). But mixed in was a freshness, a faint smell of spring greenery from the surrounding area. I felt welcomed by these assorted smells and, although different from my home country that I had left behind, they are imprinted in my memory to this day.
My name is Frauke Galia and I believe that the power of scent has been a guiding thread in my life's journey from an early age. The feelings scent evokes, the memories it builds and the connections it creates have been nothing short of awe-inspiring to me. In my professional career, working in the consumer packaged goods industry for 6 years, I saw first-hand what a primary role scent played in connecting consumers to specific brands and how it could make a seemingly mundane task, like washing your hair or massaging your baby, even a little bit more enjoyable. I was hooked and I wanted to learn more. So I joined the fragrance industry and, over the next 14 years, I spent hours and hours with perfumers and fragrance developers, absorbing as much knowledge as I could and providing my clients with guidance on every aspect of scent, from the harmony of the individual ingredients in a composition, to the pivotal role the fragrance could play in a finished consumer product.