To be honest, I don’t know how I want to present myself. I didn’t realize until now that answering the question « Who are you? » is the hardest one in life. I am 28 years old and I have all my life to build. I already know that love is the most important thing in life. I got married this year. I began the year in the UK in January, and I am going to finish this year in China. Life is surprising: you never know what will happen.

When I was a child, the question « What would you like to be when you grow up? » was easy. There are no bad answers. You can say anything, because everything is possible when you are a child. Personally, I wanted to be a gynecologist. Yes, I know, it’s strange for a child. I still don’t know why. Probably because all gynecologists earn a very good living.

I decided to be a perfumer when I was 15. And my dream became a reality when I was 23. Rose and jasmine where the scents of my childhood. I grew up in the middle of the mimosa fields in the South of France, near Grasse, where my grandparents lived. Without thinking about it, odors were around me, and I was sensitive to them. I am Florian Gallo and I am a young perfumer.

Well, let’s start. If I was…, I would be:

  • An animal? A black panther sleeping on the trees
  • A plant or a flower? Tuberose, without any doubt
  • A season? Springtime!
  • A daytime? The end of the day, the famous “blue hour”
  • A landscape? The Estérel, in the Southeast of France
  • A book? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (the same book as my wife!)
  • A movie? Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie (“Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain”)
  • A musical instrument? Piano(one of my dreams is to learn piano)
  • A meal? My mother’s traditional Italian Osso Bucco
  • A dessert? Lemon meringue pie
  • A drink? Espresso Martini cocktail
  • An hashtag? #passion
  • A personality trait? Sensitivity
  • A pleasure? Candy (laughs)
  • An odor? My mother’s hairspray she used in the morning before she went to work

15 questions already… but it was cool; I appreciated the game. I did it with my wife and I was surprised; my wife loves spinach and I didn’t know that! I guess we never know everything about someone. Fortunately, it’s just spinach. I invite you to do the same game with your loved ones (especially before your wedding – it might be better). You can be surprised… very surprised!

The last question I would like to answer is:
A next city where you would like to live…? SHANGHAI!
It’s such an amazing city! I came for the first time in August, and I am so excited to start my new life here with my wife and our cat.

Why am I coming to China? Why leave (almost) everything behind?
It’s such a hard decision for anyone. I agree; it’s not simple. I will tell you my story, the beginning of my experience here and all the changes I experience in my next note.

In the meantime, this is my digital travelbook, connected to my Instagram account @young_perfumer. I will be pleased to have you among my followers.
Digital is the easiest and quickest way to share our stories.
Like a travelbook where I will describe my life in China, my experiences, my discoveries, my encounters, my travels, my passions… all the things I willbe happy to share with you in this new country, such as cooking, restaurants & bars, art, etc.
And also, my life philosophy, my feelings, my reflexions and thoughts about my great passion for perfumery. I hope we will share some good times together.

Happy to meet you!

Best,
F.