Jean-Christophe Herault grew up in France adjacent to the fragrance industy- while his father's business involved producing concentrates for perfumery, he was not himself a perfumer, and Jean-Christophe was never heavily involved in the business. That changed in his teens, when his father gave him a bottle of Joop for Men, which first awakened him to the power and personality of fragrance. Later, while studying chemistry in university, his father procured for him an internship in a laboratory in Grasse, where he really fell in love with the industry. He met legendary perfumer Pierre Bourdon and begged him to mentor him, which Bourdon agreed to under the condition that Herault discover the wider world of art and culture as well- literature, cuisine, visual art. Herault credits this with developing his artistic sensibilities and furthering his creativity in his own work.