David Apel


David Apel



“Welcome the unexpected; surprise in life is usually a gift“

David Apel, Vice President and Senior Perfumer for Symrise, is one of the internationally top-ranked professionals in his eld. He began his career in 1980 in the fragrance labs at Givaudan, where he became captivated by the raw materials of perfume creation and embarked on a journey to study perfumery. After an apprenticeship, studies at home and abroad, and heading the Chromatography laboratory, he became a Perfumer.

From 1993-1997 David worked as a ne fragrance perfumer in Paris. While there, he joined Fragrance Resources, eventually returning to the US and opening their Fine Fragrance Creation center in New York. In 2001 he returned to Givaudan as Executive Perfumer of Fine Fragrance.

David joined the Symrise team in 2007, bringing with him a wealth of international experiences, and of course, his passion for creating beautiful, luxurious fragrances.
David has five children and shares his life and passions for cooking, painting, travel and entertaining with his wife, the Perfumer Caroline Sabas.

Creations include Escape for Men from Calvin Klein, Black Orchid from Tom Ford, White Jasmine & Mint from Jo Malone & Hugo from Hugo Boss.