Jack Pickthall
Jack Pickthall

Michael Pickthall
Michael Pickthall

A family heritage

The CPL Aromas story began a century ago, when John Pickthall first experimented with ways to improve the crude toiletry products of his time. This meeting between the art of the perfumer and the new possibilities offered by industrialization was to prove a defining moment – and its fruitful combination of traditional values and new technologies an inspiration for so much of what followed. John’s son Jack – an innovative chemist and world-renowned perfumer – went on to significantly shape the emerging trade, co-founding the BSP and SCS, and it was his sons Michael and Terry who were to found Contemporary Perfumers Limited (CPL) in 1971. It is, to this day, a family-run business with the next generation active in senior positions in the company.

CPL Aromas is now a major international fragrance house, operating from seventeen key locations worldwide, serving over 100 countries and ranking around 10th in the sector's global league – despite being one of the youngest companies in the top tier.

As we’ve grown – pushing both technical and geographical boundaries through innovation and expansion into new regions – we have, nonetheless, never lost touch with those founding values: the passion, spirit of independence and commitment to good service that drove those very first ambitious experiments.