Heya Travelers of Olfactoria,
Not long ago here in Australia we had Nicolas Chabot come to meet us and talk about the resurrection of the Le Galion house of fragrance. There have been plenty of houses given a new lease of life this century and some of their back stories are even nearly true. Le Galion though has a very definite past to be resurrected and it was quite a famous crew, their most popular fragrance Sortilege can be found on eBay if you look hard and sometimes you see one for sale on a doc in Facebook Fragrance Friends.
That they were the company responsible for a lot of the DIOR juice and that some of their innovations went on to become the base of some blockbuster perfumes is apparently quite true.
Nicolas worked with the original perfumer, Paul Vacher, and the daughter of the Le Galion founder and brought in Thomas Fontaine to help recreate the fragrances with modern materials and bringing them up to date. If you are a stalwart Le Galion lover from its former incarnation and expect the new fragrances to be exactly what you smelled 50 years ago you won’t be impressed. If you take a moment to really think about it though you’ll understand that they had to do some compromising, fair enough.
222 by Thomas Fontaine for Le Galion 2014
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Heart: Myrrh, styrax, lavender, geranium
Base: Coumarin, oakmoss, cedar, sandalwood, vanilla, leather
Violet, that softly sweet green twinkle. Recently a few of us were talking about how violet can remind me of iris, heliotrope and lilac; especially when it’s mixed in with other stuff. Here though it feels like the violet is the star, maybe with a little citrus, a little smoke and some aldehydes to buoy the opening up. It doesn’t stay that way for long but 222 is so beautiful and angelic in the opening that you’ll wish it lasted longer.
As the heart comes through in a swirling dance of resinous smoky lavender and I think, “Why is this beautiful?”. Because it is really unexpected and the lavender gives a freaky chill to this warm smoky woodsiness. The woodsiness continues into the dry down, it’s lightly sweet, slightly creamy and well worn leather.
Photo Stolen WikiCommons
222 smells like a modern take on old time cologne crossed with an early Caron. It has a lovely warmth and is chock full of delicate nuance. Not a BIG fragrance but for the first couple of hours you are quite fragrant, then it hums along quietly as a background scent.
Have you tried the newly resurrected Le Galion line yet? 9 fragrances to open with is big and there could well be one among them that takes your fancy.