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Galimard Parfumeur

Galimard Parfumeur, Grasse

by Bert Schwarz

If you visit Grasse, must be involved in the subject of "perfume". Not only because of the topic, but because otherwise the understanding for this town will remain sealed no matter if you go or drive through. As always, everything here is connected with everything and the development of the city is inseparable blended with the Development of fragrances. After a while I had the feeling as if history, the past of the city and the region continuously without any fractures to the present simply is there.

This is a very exciting experience that I did not have so intensely in other places.

Parfumeur Galimard, Grasse

Author, camera, edit : Bert Schwarz

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The story of Galimard, in a nutshell

1747

Founded in 1747, the Galimard perfumery is one of the first French perfume houses. Jean de Galimard, Lord of Seranon and member of the Guild of Glovemakers and Perfumers, supplied olive oil, pomades and perfumes to the court of "beloved" Louis XV's, from which he developed the first recipes.

1920 - 1940

Siméon Roux, a veteran of the World War I, cultivates the precious orange blossoms and jasmine for the most important perfumeries of Grasse in the maritime Alpine lowland of Grasse.

1950

The chemical engineer Joseph Roux spent his childhood in the flower fields of his father Siméon: it was here that the idea was born to set up a distillery in Gourdon, a medieval village above Grasse, near his father's flower fields. This will bear the name "La Source Parfumée". During this time, he opened a perfumery in the Count of Thorenc's manor house in the heart of the old town of Grasse. This is how Joseph revives the story of Jean de Galimard.

1965

Joseph, supported by his wife Marie-Jeanne, opens a boutique on the prestigious Cours Honoré Cresp on the ground floor of the magnificent Grasse casino.

The 1980ies

Jean-Pierre Roux, the son of Joseph and Marie Jeanne, continues the family tradition and decides to offer the numerous visitors who come to the region the chance to visit the to reveal the secrets of perfume. Inaugurated in 1980, the Factory Museum (on the street of Cannes) takes visitors on a journey through the world of perfumes and the know-how of the Grasse's perfume industry. Galimard opened a new factory in 1986, also consisting of a traditional soap factory, in the picturesque medieval village of Éze.

1996

Galimard has been presenting the art of perfume making to the public since 1996 with the concept of the Perfume Creation Ateliers, a previously strictly kept secret.

Galimard opens its latest Studio des Fragrances in 2007 on the village square of the picturesque medieval village of Éze.

The perfumers and perfumery assistants share the secrets of their wonderful profession with their experience and passion and open to visitors a door to the world of Jean de Galimard's fragrances.

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