Many have interviewed them, but I had an exclusive quick moment with them (after all I am the first & only Brazilian in the media that had the opportunity to ask them a few questions) and I am happy to be able to share with you.
Luca Turin: I have at the moment some gut problems from lunch because we are traveling in Hanoi. So my smell at the moment is a mixture of emanations of la turista and a very dignified lavender from Caldey Island.
Tania Sanchez: I currently smell like the cleaning products of Hanoi, which unexpectedly all smell like L'Air du Temps. Also, I probably smell like motorcycle exhaust and nuoc mam (vietnamese fish sauce).
+Q Perfume: The first edition of Parfums: Le guide was published only in French and was launched 15 years ago by Luca Turin. The updated version in 2008 was written with co-author Tania Sanchez. In the process of reviewing the fragrances for the book I would love to know if there was any particular moment that you both find it funny, memorable and hard to forget? Have you two ever fought over a particular perfume?
Tania Sanchez: We made a bet as to which was the worst fragrance in the whole book. Luca nominated Creed's Love in White. I nominated Michael by Michael Kors. We also threw in La Prairie Midnight Rain as a wild card. We sprayed all three and smelled them side by side. I won.
Our bang-up arguments were over Pleasures, Beyond Paradise, 31 Rue Cambon, and Tommy Girl, all of which I like somewhat less than Luca does. However, he successfully convinced me that they were all interesting from the standpoint of the art of perfumery, though I probably will never genuinely love any of them.
+Q Perfume: We all are aware that the industry will have to adapt to this economical crisis the world is facing. In your opinion are we going to see less launches (more quality than quantity), even less quality, more creativity, etc...?
Tania Sanchez: Everyone in the industry has said for years there are too many launches, but no one wants to be first to slow down. It's unclear whether perfume will suffer or whether it will benefit from what's known as the Lipstick Index: the idea that when money is tight, lipstick sales (and one assumes perfume sales) go up because people indulge in small luxuries, not big ones. As for the possibility that quality could go down, it is inconceivable. There is no further down.