Le Galion - Iris - niche perfume

Main notes
Mimosa, iris, galbanum, cedar

The fragrance of chic, Parisian je-ne-sais-quoi, secret geometry of grace.

Ambrette seed, which acts as a musk for a silky layer over the entire fragrance. A straight line of indubitably elegant iris, precisely facetted by the powdery green character of a galbanum and mimosa duo. Floral details and wooden embellishments are adorned with musk and ambrette to round out the sharp edges.

EDP 100 ml / unisex

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Brand: Le Galion
Category: E-shop
Concentration: Eau de parfum
Fragrances: Balzamic, Smoky, Powdery

Top notes: Bergamot, lemon, mimosa, ambrette seed
Heart notes: Iris, lily, rose, galbanum
Base notes: Atlas cedar, patchouli, musk, vanilla

In 1937, Le Galion was a well-established House, allowing Paul Vacher to try out more experimental ideas in his collection. He started to work on the “soliflore” varieties, in which one flower gets the star treatment. A nod to the Art Deco period, which peaked in the 1930s, Paul Vacher sculpted this Iris in a symmetry of mimosa and galbanum, making Le Galion a reference in French perfumery, attentive to the arts and in step with its time.

A word from perfumer
“A beautifully-balanced iris, neither too powdery nor too earthy. Light as a feather but well and truly present. This is what the iris flower would smell like if a perfumer could extract it.” - Thomas Fontaine

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The French perfume house Le Galion was founded in 1930 by Prince Murat, a descendant of Joachim Murat that was a brother-in-law of Napoleon 1st. The name of this beautiful brand, inspired by majestic seafaring vessels with their vast square sterns, evokes thoughts of freedom and escape.

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Talented perfumer Paul Vacher became the owner of Le Galion in 1935, having bought the perfume house from its founder, Prince Murat. He was experienced in the perfume industry and showed his talent by introducing several successful fragrances previously. In 1936, his perfume for Le Galion Sortilège became an immediate successand remains one of the jewels of the house.

In the late 1930s, he followed up with Bourrasque, Brumes and the beautiful floral fragrances Iris and Tubéreuse. All of his fragrances were produced from the finest, natural, and raw ingredients as well as very famous and well named Snob perfume. In 1946 when Serge Heftler-Louiche and Christian Dior wanted to develop a fragrance for their fashion house, they naturally turned to Paul Vacher. He created a beautiful fragrance for them called simply, Miss Dior.

Le Galion Perfume House also believed that just creating a great fragrance was not enough. The House realized that they also needed to have the best possible container in order to protect the fragility, freshness and longevity of the fragrance. A crystal bottle design was chosen and commissioned for this task. It bore the symbol of the perfume house, one of a galleon sailing on the high seas. Refined and elegant crystal bottles were created in collaboration with then designers and artists such as Julien Viard or Serge Mansau. They work represents elegant and timeless design being inspired by Art Deco. The black cap from a bakelite, very popular in the 1930s, creates a perfect combination with the crystal bottle.

In 1980, Le Galion was sold to an American group. Poorly managed, the company quickly collapsed. Gone with it was an image of France and of perfume, an image of elegance and quality. More than 30 years later, like the phoenix, Le Galion Perfume House is reborn from the ashes. Back are the original, exceptional, fiery and subtle fragrances – rare luxury and refined creations.

The Le Galion fragrances of today perpetuate the legacy of Paul Vacher and his pursuit of excellence, using only the finest raw materials in their composition. Processed manually, in a traditional way, the flowers and finest raw materials used in the fragrance compositions are treated with the utmost care.

To commemorate the House’s 90th anniversary, Le Galion takes to the sea once more with a new collection featuring 9 fragrances, a tribute to each decade – reinterpretations of the most successful creations, single flowers and new prestigious compositions developed by renowned perfumers, celebrating once again High Perfumery and timeless French elegance.


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