Prodigy and prolific perfumer Francis Kurkdjian has explored many different facets of the perfume business. His childhood was marked by study of the piano and classical dance. At the age of 15 he discovered the profession of a perfumer. This profession had to be his. He acted as a bridge between the diverse worlds of precision sewing and classical art with fascinating results. He was just 25 when he signed his first fragrance, which turned out to be a real turning point in his career. Alongside these activities he opened his first shop. Since 2003 he has helped shape the olfactive identity of Roger&Gallet and created Fleur de Figuier, an intensely indulgent fragrance drawn from the distilled essence of fig and five other natural ingredients.
Perfume and Body Care
Distilled Precious Essences
Roger&Gallet, expert distillers, have revolutionised the world of perfume and invented the first perfume-based beauty ritual using several collections of precious distillations.
The invention of the first care fragrance distilled using medicinal essences: l'Aqua Mirabilis L'AQUA MIRABILIS: its properties have been recognised and patented by the Faculty of Medicine in Cologne, which has led to the creation of the JEAN-MARIE FARNINA eau de Cologne. At the request of Napoleon 1st, the 'Emperor's roll' bottle style was created. He consumed more than 60 bottles a month... Armand Roger and Charles Gallet are the founders of the house, heirs of the AQUA MIRABILIS
Invention of the first round scented soap
Roger&Gallet round scented soap only uses ingredients that are emotionally significant to its creators, and comes in multiple different colours and scents. The secret cauldron recipe remains unchanged to this day.
Inventor of the first perfume-based beauty ritual using distilled precious essences
A scientific study on the benefits of Roger&Gallet Eau de Bienfaits was conducted by Dr. Arnauld Aubert (researcher in Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Tours). A group of women were blind-tested for 14 days on Eau des Bienfaits while a second group continued to use normal scented water. The study analysed emotional behaviour as well as physiological factors such as breathing rate and muscle tension. The results: Eau de Bienfaits brought an immediate improvement to well-being on all of these criteria and reduced stress. After two weeks of use, welfare was enhanced
At 15, he left Italy to work for one of his uncles, a trader in Dusseldorf. At 21, when he arrived in Paris, he was fluent in several languages and lacked neither charm nor ambition. He composed his Cologne according to the principles of medicinal distillation inherited from his family. His first perfumes could not only treat many of the diseases prevalent at the time but also had virtues of beauty. Its numerous benefits were recognised by the Cologne Faculty of Medicine. In 1806, he opened his perfume house, which was a runaway success for a man of only 23, despite many counterfeits since the launch. To protect the brand, his signature of "Jean-Marie Farina" (written by Jean-Marie himself) would go onto all of the products, and still does today. His shop on rue Saint-Honoré is a success and his fame transcends national borders. Being the official supplier to Empress Josephine and Louis-Phillipe gave him the privilege of meeting King George IV of England. It is said that Napoleon was particularly fond of the Jean-Marie Farina Cologne. It was for Napoleon that Jean Marie-Farina designed roll-shaped bottles for him to slip into his boots. The emperor was also a fan of the "canard Farina": a piece of hardened sugar from Cologne, the scent of which seems to stimulate the mind.
Originally from Spain, Alberto Morillas spent his youth immersed in the colours of Andalusia. Surrounded by such beauty, his decision to go on and study at Geneva Art School seems only natural. Throughout his impressive career, Alberto has lived his passion and immersed himself in the legendary ancient practices of the perfumer, who would travel the world and find inspiration through direct communication with people of different countries All of Alberto's formulas are hand-written. "Writing a formula on a computer has the advantage of being accurate but drains the emotion from it. Writing my formulas by hand allows me to truly express my ideas on the page. My writing is my emotion. When I hand-write a formula, I can almost smell the fragrance" In the past, he said, a fragrance had to have the power of travel. It could evoke luxury, offering an escape to a different country through the fragrance, the shape of the bottle or the name. Today, travel is more common and luxury has progressed. Now we seek a a different kind of effect, a feeling of connection. Alberto Morillas designed many of the iconic Roger&Gallet fragrances: Gingembre Rouge, Rose Imaginaire and Gingembre.
Invention of the first round scented soap Roger&Gallet round scented soap only uses ingredients that are emotionally significant to its creators, and comes in multiple different colours and scents. The secret cauldron recipe remains unchanged to this day.
Opening the first boutique of happiness, rue Saint Honoré, Paris THE BOUTIQUE OF HAPPINESS: A name that indicates the intent of its owners; they wanted offer an atmosphere of fragrant happiness. This shop, organised like a lounge, has seen many celebrities leave their signatures in the guest book over the years: Catherine Deneuve, Gina Lollobrigida, Salvador Dali, Maria Callas and Ingrid Bergman, to name a few.
Since 1764, Baccarat has written its own destiny in sparkling lettering. Founded in Lorraine, the most famous crystal manufacturer in the world has grown through the ages to become a symbol of French excellence. Baccarat: a name synonymous with excellence, extraordinary places and unforgettable celebrations
Borne in Grasse, Mathieu Nardin enjoyed growing up in the perfume world and learned very young to exercise his sense of smell. It is clear to see that he has inherited talent in this vocation from his ancestors. His early olfactive preference leant strongly towards the use of jasmine: powerful and soft, fresh and captivating, magical in the early mornings of summer. He then participated in the gathering of flowers in his grandparent's field, who passed onto him love and respect for beautiful ingredients. Today, Mathieu is part of the 'new guard' of perfumers. An opera enthusiast and keen traveller, he draws inspiration from his global encounters and from his friends. Constantly on the search for new olfactive creations, he likes to work with citrus, woody-amber and rose notes, all of which he was familiar with from childhood. He created Eau des bienfaits for Roger&Gallet, an invigorating and intensely beneficial eau fraiche made with distilled precious essences of blood orange and other natural ingredients.
"Do not draw". In 1996, Martin Szekely decided that he wanted to work by this rule. It might seem provocative for one trained as a 'designer' in 1983 to live by such a rule, but it is nevertheless a real commitment to a reversal of the stereotypical role of the designer He created for Roger&Gallet a timeless bottle, inspired by the iconic design of the Emeri brand. He reinvented a stopper which was simple yet complex, smooth on the exterior yet faceted on the interior, in a subtle play on a trompe l'oeil-inspired pleated sun. The cap is engraved with a medal bearing the seal of the brand. For the first Roger&Gallet Eau de Parfum, a new classic perfume bottle of understated elegance was created. The glass is cut so that light passing through is refracted into multiple beams. Modern yet timeless, the bottle plays with contrasting elements: strength and delicacy, warmth and freshness, authenticity and modernity. "His works belong to the following permanent collections: the Centre Georges Pompidou & Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; the Museum of Design, Lisbon; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Meticulous poet and rational aesthete Dominique Ropion is a virtuous perfumer who has remained modest despite his success. In his perfume he adds an almost antiquated quality: kindness "As a child, I felt everything, even a handshake!" Dominique Ropion recalls laughingly "I apprehended the world by its flavours more than its smells" Dominique has grown into a widely recognised expert, partly due to his artisanal approach, and he has expanded his list of successes with the notable Bois d'Orange for Roger&Gallet. "I like the idea of working on a perfume scent like a sculptor or an architect, going deep into the scientific study of its raw-ingredient formulation until I am satisfied" admits the epicurean.
Nathalie Lorson's love story with fragrance dates back to her childhood when her father, a chemist with Roure, brought home perfume essences with him. She joined the Roure training school where she created her first perfume range, before her breakout success with a number of outstanding and creative perfumes. Her designs are in her image: harmonious and intimate. She created Fleur d'Osmanthus for Roger&Gallet, 'the essence of happiness'.
Finesse and emotion are the signature traits of Marie Salamagne. A young exceptional perfumer, the audacity and vibrancy of her olfactory writing continues to surprise. She worked in partnership with Alberto Morillas to create the eau fraiche perfume Rose Imaginaire for Roger&Gallet.
Artist revolutionary and admired eccentric René Lalique has whipped up an extraordinary craze in artistic and industrial circles in Europe and worldwide. The prolific genius, nicknamed 'the transparent Rodin' in the words of Maurice Rostand, knew how to infuse his creations with poetic power. Today, his art has become timeless, synonymous with pure beauty" As a child, he showed a great aptitude for drawing and a deep love of nature. While learning the techniques of jewelry-making, he continued to draw and attended classes at the School of Decorative Arts in Paris. Lalique produced his first gold jewelry inspired by ancient Japan, among other elements. As a master glassmaker he has created for Roger&Gallet many fragrance bottles."
Alfons Maria Mucha is known for his leading role in the French Art Nouveau movement at the turn of the last century. Living in Paris, Mucha became famous in December 1894 when he created a poster of the most famous acress of the time, Sarah Bernhardt. Although the printer was afraid to acept the final drawing due to Mucha's unconventional style, Bernhardt was deeply loved by Parisians, and some collectors bribed the printer to obtain the poster or even robbed it overnight. The "Mucha Style" has since become famous. Poster artist, illustrator, graphic designer, painter, interior decorator and architect, his work also included costumes and stage decorations, projects for magazines, book covers, jewellery, furniture and numerous posters. His creation of an advertising poster for Roger&Gallet in the 1900s was one of the iconic artistic collaborations of the time.
Bénédicte de Lescure
Interior designer, set designer, graphic designer: Bénédicte de Lescure outlines a unique vision for each new project she has accepted. Whatever is at the centre of her work, be it an object, a shape, or a space, is always defined by the utmost elegance After graduating from the Reims School of Art and Design in 2005 she worked with Christopher Pillet and Andrée Putman before opening her own office in 2008. She has worked with Roger&Gallet to try and recreate the original 'Boutique of Happiness' at 195 rue Saint Honoré in Paris
Bertrand de Miollis
Illustrator, painter and insatiable traveller, Bertrand de Miollis has recorded his experiences on paper, canvas and film. A prolific artist, he has expressed his talent in many diverse ways Sensitive to light and colour, he uses his humanity to find the beautiful. Bertrand de Miollis embodies three values important to Roger&Gallet: happiness, travel and Paris, and these are translated in his work with Roger&Gallet.