Parfumeur, Grasse.

by Bert Schwarz

When you visit Grasse, you have to deal with the topic "perfume". Not only because of the topic, but because otherwise the understanding of the place through which one walks or drives remains closed. As always, everything here is connected to everything else and the development of the city is inseparably interwoven with the development of fragrances. After a while I had the feeling that the history, the past of the city and the region continuously and without breaks reaches up to the present and is simply there as a matter of course.

This is a very delightful experience that I have not had so intensively in other places.

Galimard © Bert Schwarz

The history of Galimard, in brief


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

1920 - 1940

In the maritime Alpine lowlands of Grasse, Siméon Roux, a veteran of the First World War, cultivates the precious orange blossoms and jasmine for the most important perfumeries of Grasse.

Galimard, Grasse © Bert Schwarz

The chemical engineer Joseph Roux spent his childhood in the flower fields of his father Siméon: this is where the idea was born to set up a distillery in Gourdon, a medieval village above Grasse, near his father's flower fields. This will be called "La Source Parfumée". During this time he opens a perfumery in the mansion of the Count of Thorenc in the heart of the old town of Grasse. Joseph thus revives the story of Jean de Galimard.

Galimard, Grasse © Bert Schwarz

Joseph, assisted by his wife Marie-Jeanne, opens a boutique on the prestigious Cours Honoré Cresp on the first floor of the magnificent City Casino of Grasse.

The 1980's
Galimard, Grasse © Bert Schwarz

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


Since 1996, Galimard has been presenting the public with the concept of the Perfume Creation Atelier the art of perfume creation, a secret that has been closely guarded until now.


Galimard opens his newest Studio des Fragrances in the village square of the picturesque medieval village of Éze.

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