Set up back in April 1862, the perfumer and apothecary Charles Armand Roger & Charles Martial Gallet created the House of Roger & Gallet, and the rest as they say is history.
Roger et Gallet was founded by visionary entrepreneurs, French brothers-in-law Charles Armand Roger and banker Charles Martial Gallet in 1862. They started by buying a Parisian Eau de Cologne business which had been founded in 1806 by a member of the famous Farina family and then won a legal dispute over the right to use the family name. They opened a store in the heart of Paris; the City of Light. In 1879 Roger et Gallet invented the first round scented soap. The secret cauldron recipe remains unchanged to this day and was produced in a large factory near Paris. Later in the 19th century, they were successful with the newly synthesised fragrance of violet, for which they had the French rights, producing perfumes such a Vera Violetta. Today the brand still draws inspiration from this heritage.
Roger & Gallet Boutique 38 rue d’Hauteville, Paris 1890
During his reign, Napoleon 1st discovered the benefits of Eau de Cologne Jean Marie Farina At his request, the ‘Emporer’s roll’ bottle style was created. He used more than 60 bottles a month! Napoleon 1st used it to such an extent that it became his court’s reference Eau de Cologne and received the approval of the Secret Remedies Commission on 18 August 1810.
As a token of love, Joséphine de Beauharnais asked the famous supplier of this elixir to invent a bottle that her illustrious husband could take everywhere with him. This gave rise to the oblong shape of the Rouleau de l’Empereur, that could be slid into his boots and inspire him with loving thoughts about his beloved. Napoleon’s campaigns carried Jean-Marie Farina’s fame across borders, and he became the official supplier of the great courts of Europe.
The French perfume house Roger et Gallet is relaunching its famous fragrances Rouleau de l’Empereur in new bottles. This year 2012, Roger et Gallet celebrates its 150th anniversary with the release of its timeless and luxurious fragrances. Eau de Cologne Jean-Marie Farina, Eau Fraîche Parfumée Bois d’Orange and Eau Fraîche Parfumée Fleur d’Osmanthus Fragrances and to celebrate the 150-year anniversary, the brand have come up with a design reinterpretation of Napoleon Bonaparte’s legendary bespoke Eau de Cologne flask – in an Empire ‘Egyptian’ style – to commemorate the occasion.
Roger et Gallet Eau de Cologne Jean-Marie Farina
Eau de Cologne Jean-Marie Farina comes in a red bottle symbolizing love, passion and fire. It dates back to 1806 – being the oldest fragrance of these three perfumes. Perfume blends lemon balm, orange flower, thyme, rosemary, marjoram and angelica herb.
Roger et Gallet Eau Fraîche Parfumée Bois d’Orange
Eau Fraîche Parfumée Bois d’Orange comes in the yellow bottle symbolizing light, sun and warmly feelings. It blends refreshing citrus floral include: mandarin, basil, lemon verbena, orange blossom and neroli, amber, rosewood and cedar.
Roger et Gallet Eau Fraîche Parfumée Fleur d’Osmanthus
Eau Fraîche Parfumée Fleur d’Osmanthus comes in the green bottle symbolizing peace, fresh and revitalizing feelings. Perfume blends orange bark, mandarin, grapefruit, osmanthus, neroli, tonka, benzoin and sandalwood.
These uber funky retro Emperor’s flasks’ 100ml sprays Eau De Cologne Jean Marie Farina, Eau Fraîche Parfumée Bois D’Orange, Eau Fraîche Parfumée Fleur D’Osmanthus are a fab little reminder of why the brand is so cool! Definitely one for the beauty box!
The Roger et Gallet Rouleau de l’Empereur fragrances are available in 100 ml for €42.