Le Galion - Special for Gentlemen - niche perfume

Main notes
Lavender - cinnamon - vanilla - opoponax

Castoreum, a fire under the ice in the style of James Bond, or perhaps a Bond Girl. Lavender and aromatics speak of fresh elegance and good manners. Perfect presentation, soon to be warmed up with spices, balms and woods.

EDP 50 ml / 100 ml / unisex


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Brand: Le Galion
Category: Fragrances

Top notes: Bergamot, lemon, lavender, galbanum
Heart notes: Cinnamon, amber, cistus, patchouli
Base notes: Oak moss, vanilla, castoreum, opoponax

Paul Vacher created Special for Gentlemen in 1947, his first masculine fragrance the same year he composed Miss Dior for Christian Dior, with one goal in mind: to express the personality of real gentlemen, who combine softness with assurance, distinction with masculinity. Of course, this never stopped the ladies from borrowing the scent.

A word from perfumer
“The gentleman’s invisible accessory, where lavender wraps itself in citrus and spices, before making way for a subdued sensuality. A great and versatile fougère of the twentieth century.” - 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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