The song in the forest…… Lily Of The Valley parfum by Le Galion (1950)

image image I hope you don’t mind these brief and impromptu iPhone posts, which are all that I can do until the computer comes back next week. It’s strange not being able to control everything the way I would like to, but there is also an immediacy and instantaneous quality to just writing and posting spontaneously that kind of appeals to me. Just smell or experience something and write. * * The other day Duncan came home with a present he had picked up in a junk shop – a rare vintage Le Galion parfum of Lily Of The Valley. This house, which is apparently being revived, does excellent florals: their jasmine and tuberose are gorgeous : perfect, and though I can’t wear muguet myself ( the autocorrect just changed that to ‘Michael’ ), I do appreciate a well-made one because the living flowers themselves completely fascinate me. Unlike the silver standard Diorissimo, however, with its looming, up-close petalia; urban; refined, exquisite ( animalic ), Le Galion’s rendition of the muguet, created by Paul Vachy, co- creator of such seminal perfumes as Miss Dior, Diorling, Arpege, and the entire Le Galion range ( they really are worth checking out: so glassy and bright, so vivaciously Parisian), is much more long focus: a more pastoral, natural portrait: fresher, tighter, more gleaming. Polished, lemon- a bright rose-tinted geranium and a lifelike tone of wintry daphne flowers: there is none of the faux-shy creaminess of the Dior or of Caron here : this is like the mouth of a wood that leads to a stream, the air cool and green, and clusters of just blossomed lily of the valley the star of the ensemble. Not a lifelike soliflore, then, as I have seen it described, but a woodland memory: uncontaminated, idealized; fresh.

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9 responses to “The song in the forest…… Lily Of The Valley parfum by Le Galion (1950)

  1. Beautiful observations on a lovely scent. I own most of the vintage le Galion range and find them utterly glorious. I am not sure how the revived ones will fare with IFRA restrictions, but c’est la vie.
    How astute of Duncan dearest to find this mini treasure for you, it really is one of the gems of the line. Are there many le Galion scents to be found in the shops in Japan? It really is worth collecting them, not a disappointing one in the range. Even the last release from them, Megara , is a lovely treasure.
    I do say, I enjoy these mini posts. They are just quick glimpses into your immediate reactions of a scent. A true “snapshot” in time take on your fragrant impressions.

    • Thankyou. And you have vastly intrigued me with imaginings of what the others must be like. I have Snob in parfum and also Gardenia ( which is kind of bizarre, like moths dipped in nectar.)

      What are the others like?
      Have you smelled their Vetiver?

      They only turn up of course at fleamarkets and in antique shops but I might be able to will some up into being.

      • I have never smelt the vetiver but am sure it would be lovely. I have Sortilege, Brumes, Bourrasque, Rose, Galion d’or, Megara, tubereuse, Jasmin and I used to have Snob also. My favorites by far are Brumes and Bourrasque, both of which have an unusual floraly herbaceous quality. Sortilege is also a truly amazing scent, floral and spicy, a true olfactory treat. The scents are well worth hunting for. The Tubereuse is also worthy of mention, a really creamy floral with a slight hint of naughtiness beneath.

  2. Missionista

    I enjoy the mini posts.

    Also, what a great gift! LOTV is one of my favorite scents. Enjoy it!

  3. Nocturnes

    Love the mini posts as well!

  4. Rafael

    Le Galion just re-lunched all the fragrances as the company was bought by Elisabeth Feydeau. I just ordered samples of all of them. Very excited indeed.

  5. Shane

    Greetings
    ginzaintherain,
    I haven’t had the pleasure of smelling ‘LotV’ by Le Galion although I do have several large parfum flacon’s of Brumes, Sortilege & Tubereuse, (tip of the iceberg:)Brumes is a very complex floral, herbal/anisic composition with similarities to Germaine Celliers ‘La Fuite des Heures’ for Balenciaga while LG’s ‘Tubereuse’ in my opinion is akin to a fragrant although highly mentholated/gasoline enriched Molotov cocktail. Your literary musings are absolutely fascinating, I have spent many hours enthralled & engrossed, heartfelt Thank’s for your insight into the realms of olfactive beauty.
    PS. My favorite parfums are Le Dix, Bal a Versailles, Caline de Patou & Balmain’s Ivoire, to mention just a few. I remember being gifted a tester parfum spray of No.19 in the mid 70’s by a friend who owned a perfumery here in ‘Oz’, it looked like liquid bronze through the glass bottle (galbanum,iris&vetyver), the gleam of green gold on metal after a good polishing, sadly the reform is miles away from those early heady days as the extrait now resembles lemon lime sugar syrup. . .
    I lived with a Japanese couple for many years as their Major Domo (boy Friday/family friend) and fully understand their ambivalence to western fragrance, I envy that you must be totally spoiled with choices concerning purchases for vintage & pre-loved perfume, lucky YOU !
    Warmest
    Regards,
    L’homme vert

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