Le Galion - L'Astre - niche perfume



Ava met the perfumer and owner of Le Galion, Paul Vacher who, dazzled by her, asked Ava to become an ambassador for and the face of Sortilège, a perfume tribute to extravagant parties and the signature scent of 1950s high society. After its incredible success, Ava asked Le Galion to compose a tailor-made fragrance just for her. The perfumer, valuing distinction and femininity, obliged and the custom Ava Gardner perfume would become L'Astre.

EDP 100ml / unisex

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Brand: Le Galion
Category: Fragrances
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Top notes: Grilled sweet fennel, cardamom India, red ginger Laos, wild thyme Spain Heart notes    Heart notes: Jasmine absolute "vintage", Ylang Ylang Comoros, tuberose concrete India, orange blossom Morocco                                                                                                                              Base notes: Amber, suede, tolu balsam Honduras, vanilla bean Madagascar

In 2022, Le Galion is now launching L'Astre, a contemporary rewrite of a formula that has remained private for decades. Working in collaboration with the Estate of Ava Gardner and her heirs who offer access to their archives, L'Astre captures and symbolizes the brilliance ofthese two great names of the 20th century, both of whose influence continues today.

“An elixir of opulence that sweeps away inhibitions and abolishes hesitations. A perfume that seeks - and certainly finds - the most complete attention. “L’Astre is a large, exuberant and magnetic floral. Its catchphrase is made of aphrodisiac spices to symbolize the burning gaze and maddening beauty of Ava Gardner. Then I worked on a spectacular floral accord - especially white flowers - to underline its impressive aura and wink at the grand bouquets of that era. Finally, the seductive number continues in the amber background, warm, enveloping and in my opinion borderline licentious.” - Rodrigo Flores Roux 


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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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