Friday, May 25, 2007

Galimard ~ Historic Perfumer

Galimard ~ The tradition continuesI'm not sure what more I could want: A first class perfumer of world renown offering free tours of their perfume museum at Galimard de Eze, or maybe it's off to Grasse to observe perfume creation in person, or I find my inner child and go running through fields of flowers in Gourdon.

EZE This picturesque medieval village is the home of their charming perfume museum. It reflects the nostalgia of the past with its magnificent ancient perfume bottles, as well as the realistic present with the demonstration of their soap production which supplies all their shops. As in Grasse, this shop offers the opportunity to visitors to buy products at factory prices.

GRASSE Traditional factory in the world’s capital of perfume where, under the guidance of our hostesses, you discover a magnificent collection of museum pieces as well as antique production equipment. The visit will lead you through the laboratory and the conditioning room where the origins of perfumes can be traced. A thorough explanation of the extraction methods of aromatic raw materials, flowers, plants, and aromatic woods is given. You will also discover the work organ of the " composer " of perfumes, called the " Nose ", and some of his secrets will be revealed to you. Finally, you will have the opportunity to visit their shop where our large product assortment of great quality will be offered at factory prices: perfumes and eaux de toilette, eaux de cologne, soaps, cosmetics, bath products, etc.

GOURDAN a charming village in the mountains of Grasse, built like an eagle’s nest on a mountain spur with a splendid view over the Coast, Parfumerie Galimard invites you to its old Distillery of La Source Parfumée. This is where they distill alpine flowers taken from the heart of nature and obtain the finest essences like lavender, orange tree, genista, and thyme. You can also discover the enchantment of its vast flower fields.

Studio des Fragrances Come and create your own perfume! Galimard recently opened the last door which had always been closed to the public - the magic of the creation. You have no doubt dreamed of the day you would find your own personal fragrance. One that is exclusively yours. The scents and smells that will remind you of fond memories, of people, places and things which seduced you. A scent uniquely 'you' and one that will distinguish you from all others.

Jean de Galimard, Lord of Seranon, related to the Count of Thorenc and great friend of Goethe, lived in Grasse where in 1747 he created the Parfumerie Galimard. As founder of the corporation of "Glove makers and Perfumers", he supplied the court of Louis, "the well-beloved", King of France, with olive oil, pomades, and perfumes of which he invented the first formulas. For over 250 years, the Parfumerie Galimard has been following the same traditions as its renowned founder and uses the very processes which made its name famous. As in the past, their source is the nature of Grasse - jasmine, rose, lavender, orange flower, tuberose - from which they obtain our rich scents. Only the use of traditional methods can guarantee their incomparable fine quality. Their extensive catalog of personal and home products is unrivaled and features a gift set complete with a silk scarf.

Who wants samples?

A box of 12 very generous samples gives you the opportunity to try each of their fragrances. Truly a bargain.