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Sophia Grojsman is a professional nose who has worked on some of the industry's best-loved fragrances. She's also the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Grosjman grew up in Poland and Belarus, where she says that she first learned to love smells in her mother's kitchen. Even as a kid, she slipped extra spices into the food so that she could further enjoy the scents in the house. The family eventually moved to New York in the 1960s, and Grosjman got her first job at International Flavors and Fragrances. Since then, she has worked on fragrances like Lancome Tresor and Calvin Klein Eternity.
"It was a gift from God," she says of her sniffing ability. "I can't explain it; I can't describe it."