If Roger & Gallet isn’t yet on your radar, it really should be.
Steeped in heritage, the quintessentially French fragrance house is a treasure trove of transportive scents and body products.
So, what makes Roger & Gallet so special? Firstly, it draws inspiration all from all over the world for its fragrances, checking in everywhere from Italy to China in order to create vivid scented snapshots. Another special facet is their emphasis on aromachology. Roger & Gallet’s fragrances aren’t just about smelling good, they’re also about feeling good. Their specially selected distilled essences and natural ingredients work to enhance your mood and thereby your wellbeing.
My favourite thing about Roger & Gallet, though, is their emphasis on texture. Select your favourite fragrance collection and you’ll find an entire array of scented products in the range. The choice is a beautiful thing.
Ready to find your favourite fragrance? Here are the big five that I think you’ll love…
1) The One That Started It All
Story: Sun-warmed citrus trees in Santa Maria Maggiore, Italy
Though its original formula is over 200 years old, this iconic fragrance smells so up-to-date. The famously refreshing Jean Marie Farina Eau de Cologne is a vision of Italian summertime with its emblematic sun-ripened fruits and rustic woods. It’s the infusion of bitter petitgrain together with herbaceous facets that make Jean Marie Farina truly special, though, adding depth and definition despite the lighter Eau de Cologne concentration. The fragrance has a fascinating history, too – the stimulating aroma is said to have been a firm favourite of Napoleon!
2) The 1001 Nights Romance
Story: A palace rose garden in Bengal, India
Set aside all thoughts of rose fragrances being a bit twee or stuffy, because this is is something altogether more sumptuous. Roger & Gallet’s Rose is an ode to sensuality, paying tribute to a mythical Indian garden full of majestic blooms. The fragrance captures this sense of fantasy with Nepalese rose and peony facets that are as silken as a sari, with an infusion of almond milk that feels subtly decadent as it whispers against the skin. A thread of amber throughout adds a touch of intrigue to the tantalising softness, making Roger & Gallet’s interpretation of the Queen of Flowers a must-try.
3) The Little Piece of Eden
Story: Osmanthus flowers in Guilin Valley, China
Fleur d’Osmanthus is a seriously feel-good fragrance. Inspired by the euphoria-inducing effects of osmanthus, perfumer Nathalie Lorson (Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, Versace Eros Pour Femme) has created a vivid reflection of the Guilin Valley in China, where the small apricot-coloured flowers grow with wild abandon. This unspoilt Little Eden is depicted in delicious notes of grapefruit, mandarin and benzoin, plus a gourmand touch of tonka bean. Its almost tropical composition makes this an immensely fun wear.
4) The Siren Call
Story: Coastal fig trees in Esterel, France
Picture this: the clear, warm waters of the Mediterranean sea, a craggy coastline dotted with fig trees, and blue skies as far as the eye can see. That’s vibe of Fleur de Figuier, a fresh and sweet fragrance that captures the halcyon beauty of the South of France. Master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian (Narciso Rodriguez For Her, Elie Saab Le Parfum) encompassed every aspect of the fig tree when creating this irresistible scent, from its gnarled bark and verdant leaves, through to its juicy fruit and delicate blossoms. As a result, Fleur de Figuier is like a siren call to the coast, sunkissed and tempting.
5) The Sultry Serenade
Story: The sun-dappled garden of the Generalife Palace in Granada, Spain
The Andalusian region of southern Spain is a treasure trove of inspiration. So, for Bois d’Orange, Roger & Gallet headed to the Generalife Gardens of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, a sun-drenched Moorish garden that’s rich in history. In order to fully capture this amber-tinted scene of fruit-laden trees, Dominique Ropion (Lancome La Vie Est Belle, Thierry Mugler Alien) crafted a seductive woody base of palissander and atlas cedar, accented with heady orange blossom and mouthwatering mandarin. It’s the perfect representation of a vibrant, green oasis in the heart of the city, with a hazy feel that will take you back to summer no matter the season.
Over to you!
What is your favourite Roger & Gallet fragrance?