Perfume houses Molinard

Molinard, a perfume house founded in 1849, is one of France’s oldest family companies. Molinard was founded in Grasse, the international center of perfume, for 172 years and is renowned for rare and old expertise best described by the label: Heritage Company.

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The origins

Hyacinthe Molinard, the founder of the perfumery, created Eaux de Fleurs and Eaux de Cologne, perfumed waters, in the solitude of his laboratory in 1849, and sold them in a humble boutique in the city center. Hyacinthe ran the business as Molinard Jeune, and the reputation of his perfumes grew rapidly and became more and more famous. It was said that Queen Victoria was a great admirer of Eaux de Cologne and always had a bottle of this fragrant water with her.

Molinard gained attention in 1860 with two new fragrances, Jasmine and Rose, both of which were presented in exquisite crystal bottles designed and manufactured by the Baccarat crystal factory. A similar strategy was later employed for the fragrances Mimosa and Violette. These soliflore perfumes are still available in three different variants.

A place for rich English and Russian travelers

The old perfume factory, whose distillery was built by Gustave Eiffel (designer of the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris), has been the headquarters of this perfume company since 1900. When it first opened, this space allowed Molinard to present a formal salon, equipped with a superb collection of furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries, where prominent clients could be welcomed. Many rich English and Russian travelers in the early twentieth century frequented the lovely salon and its enticing scents.

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Molinard made history in 1921 when they introduced two products whose popularity has lasted for nearly a century: Habanita, a perfumed cigarette that has been considered as one of the most exquisite perfume creations in the world since 1924, and Concreta, the first natural flower wax to be used as a perfume.

Molinard + Lalique = Instant success

Encouraged by the success, Molinard hired Rene Lalique, a famous glass craftsman whose talent resulted in stunningly beautiful bottles for the perfumes Iles d’Or and Madrigal in 1930, and Le Baiser du Faune in 1932.

Draeger published a brochure with extravagant images of the finest bottles of Lalique, Baccarat, and other renowned glassmakers of the time to celebrate the work’s centennial in 1949. Today’s avid collectors are willing to spend a lot of money for a copy of this booklet.

Molinard today

Today, the house is known for its soaps, body care products, candles, and aromatherapy goods, which are sold in shops all over France and the world. Celia Lerouge-Benard, the fifth generation of Parfums Molinard and the first woman manager in the company’s history, is at the forefront, carrying on the heritage and ensuring the quality of the company’s renowned fragrances.

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Perfume museum

Within the factory, there is also a perfume museum. Visitors can learn about the various extraction techniques used on natural materials to capture the precious essences from which Molinard’s most stunning fragrance creations are created at the magnificent distillery. All curious people can watch how perfume is made behind the scenes of the secret world of perfumers: from idea to composition to creation.

And finally a quote from their site that perhaps best describes them:

When the past is expressed in the present, when history becomes the pinnacle, when experience is shown to be gentle, when savoir-faire is a sign of quality, when independence is redefined as daring, when authenticity is shared with passion, and when 170 years recounting a timeless adventure, we are overwhelmed by the desire to build the future while praising the past.

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  • Aromates de Provence
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  • Bacchantes
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  • Calendal
  • Camarel Pain d’Epice
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  • Citron Vert
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  • Concreta
  • Eau Fraiche
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  • Ecoute-Moi
  • Figurines et Guirlandes
  • Fleur de Figuier
  • Fleurettes
  • Fleurettes (Molinard Jeune)
  • Fleurettes (reintroduced)
  • Habanita
  • Iles d’Or
  • Jasmin
  • La Rose
  • Lavande (new)
  • Lavande (original)
  • Le Baisier du Faune
  • Le Mimosa
  • Le Parisien
  • Les Iscles d’Or
  • Les Parfum de Parfums (Molinard Jeune)
  • Les Violettes
  • Lutchou
  • Madrigal
  • Mimosa
  • Miss Habanita/Miss Molinard
  • Molinard de Molinard
  • Molinard Homme II
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  • Muguet
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  • Musc
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  • Oeillet Malmaison (Molinard Jeune)
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  • Rose Santal
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  • Teck
  • Toute la Provence
  • Un Air d’Habanita
  • Vanille
  • Vanille Ambre
  • Vanille Fleurie
  • Vanille Fraicheur
  • Vanille Fruitee
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