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April 9, 2015

Felix Buccellato

Perfumer and President

Custom Essence Inc.









Buccellato, who served as president of the ASP 1986-1987, is an expert in natural product chemistry, isolation, identification and subsequent reconstitution of natural products. He began his career as a lab tech at IFF in 1965. He left to work for NASA on the Apollo project before returning to IFF in 1968 - where he spent 10 years developing analytical and artistic sensory skills on the fragrance and flavor evaluation teams. In 1976, he joined Alpine Aromatics as a perfumer; in 1981, he cofound Custom Essence.

Vince Kuczinski

Vice President/Senior Perfumer

Mane Fragrances















With over 30 years in the industry, 25 of those as a perfumer, Kuczinski, an ASP board member, has created fragrances for a wide range of products. His fragrance career began at the age of 20 working as a lab technician, where he recognized perfumery as a balance of art and chemistry. Apropos to the ASP's "An Evening of Exploration: Orchid Mystique" and in line with the creative inspiration he takes from nature, Kuczinski's favorite flower is the orchid because each is very unique.

Subha M. Patel

Director, Nature Inspired Fragrance Technology













Subha is Director of Nature Inspired Fragrance Technology, R&D, at IFF. She manages a group of experts who search for novel odorous naturals to develop new fragrance aromas.  At the Corporate R&D Center,Subha oversees the Company’s Botanical Research Garden (greenhouse) which nurtures many unique botanical collections including orchids, roses, tropical fruits, flowers and spices.  These plants are a source of new aroma discoveries via several unique concepts, including Living Flowers®, Living Fruits, Herbs and Spices®, Ultra Naturals™, Botanical Hydroponics Technology, Aura of Aroma™, The Space Flower, and The Romance of Flowers™.


Subha joined IFF in June 1978 as a Senior Research Chemist in the Research Analytical Services Department.  She has held various management positions over her 36-year tenure.  Her many achievements include publications and five U.S. patents.  She is also a standing member of the American Chemical Society (ACS).


She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with Botany from Bhavan's R.A. College of Science, Ahmedabad, India.  She also holds credits from Monmouth University towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

Vanessa Lopez


Flavor & Fragrance Specialties










One of our industries young and most talented perfumers! Vanessa will be presenting her winning orchid inspired creation incorporting ingredients from Bedoukian.



Kev Verspoor










 Super creative and passionate about perfumery Kev seeks out the intricacies in every fragrance inspiration. He has worked for some of our industries most prominent fragrance companies and recently formed his own company. Currently, he is consulting for Berje Fragrances and will be presenting his orchid creation on their behalf utilitizing a select group of their Natural ingredients.








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Come join an Exploration of Orchids through the Nose, Eyes and Mind of the Perfumer!

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