The Aesthete: Alberto Morillas talks personal taste

The founder of perfume house Mizensir is also master perfumer at Swiss fragrance company Firmenich, where his creations include CK One and Acqua di Giò

Alberto Morillas at home in Geneva
Alberto Morillas at home in Geneva | Image: Beat Schweizer

My personal style signifiers are my colourful socks. I like to change the colour every day, but I also buy some from an ecclesiastical store in Rome – the burgundy colour and the length are perfect so I will buy 10 or 20 pairs at a time. €20; Gammarelli, Via S Chiara 34, 00186 Rome (+3906-6880 1314;

Bulgari: The Perfume of Gems
Bulgari: The Perfume of Gems

The last thing I bought and loved was a flowering dogwood tree for my garden from a nursery in northern Italy. The flowers have a very particular shade of white that appealed to me. Vivai Valdostani, Frazione Maillod 17, 11010 Sarre, Aosta (+390165-258 116;


And the thing I’m eyeing next is a coco fesse, a rare double coconut from the Seychelles that is coming up for auction. I’ve been collecting them for years, but they are hard to find. The unusual shapes of these objects amuse and intrigue me.

La Prairie Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF 30, £178
La Prairie Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF 30, £178

The best book I’ve read in the past year is Bulgari: The Perfume of Gems, a wonderful coffee-table book about the story behind the house’s jewels and fragrances. I am not a big reader as I don’t have much time and also because I am a more visual person. $150;

Morillas’ Patek Philippe 5960P watch
Morillas’ Patek Philippe 5960P watch | Image: Beat Schweizer

The best gift I’ve received recently was a Patek Philippe 5960P watch from my wife for our 40th anniversary. I’d been dreaming of one for a while; the detail in each element is incredible.

Suján Rajmahal Palace in Jaipur
Suján Rajmahal Palace in Jaipur

The grooming staple I’m never without is René Furterer Gel Végétal Fixant for my hair – for the fixing effect, of course, but also for the smell. I have an obsessive relationship with the smell of the products I use, right down to my choice of laundry detergent. In the same vein, my wife introduced me to La Prairie Anti-Aging Day Cream, or rather I steal it from her. Obviously, I always have a lot of scents on the go, but right now I’m hooked on Perfect Oud by Mizensir, the brand I created with my wife. La Prairie Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF 30, £178; Mizensir Perfect Oud, £175 for 100ml EDP; René Furterer Gel Végétal Fixant, £9.10; 

Morillas’ colourful socks from Gammarelli in Rome, €20
Morillas’ colourful socks from Gammarelli in Rome, €20 | Image: Beat Schweizer

A recent “find” is Suján Rajmahal Palace, a hotel I discovered in Jaipur. It was a residence of Jaipur’s royal family and combines world-class comfort with old-world charm.

A rare double coconut from the Seychelles
A rare double coconut from the Seychelles | Image: Alamy Stock Photo

In my fridge you will always find salmon from my fishmonger at La Halle de Rive in Geneva; Icône Caviar by a company that brings sturgeon eggs from the Tibetan plateau and refines them in Geneva; and cheese and black truffle from Bruand cheese shop to make fondue – the truffle has a deep, delicious mineral taste. Icône Caviar, Place de Cornavin 3, 1201 ( Fromagerie Bruand, Boulevard Helvétique 29, 1207 ( Poissonnerie Agu Gonçalves, La Halle de Rive, Boulevard Helvétique 29, 1207 (  


The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a navy Gucci jacket. I have many Gucci jackets in different colours and always perfume the lining; the moving jacket allows the perfect diffusion of a scent. £1,920;

The last meal that truly impressed me was dinner at Can Carlos in Formentera – the atmosphere is lively and the freshly caught fish is exquisite. I like simple food made with fine ingredients – a perfectly ripe tomato, the best olive oil. San Francisco Javier, Formentera 07860 (

My favourite website is for its informative perfume articles. I’ve had an iPad Pro for a year now and it’s a more comfortable format than smartphones for newspapers, so I’ll read and Tribune de Genève,, on that.

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