Saturday, February 28, 2009

Le Galion Snob

Haha...Snob by Le Galion (1952), according to a perfume friend who remembers living through the era in which it was created, was a spoof on Jean Patou Joy (1930), "the costliest perfume in the world". The perfume itself was a real knockoff of Joy, an aldehydic white floral featuring rose-jasmine at its heart. It doesn't really hold a candle to the real thing, but nevertheless, there might be some people who preferred it to Joy, just as there were real fans of Primo! or a lesser-known drugstore brand (also a knockoff) called Rodeo Drive, over Giorgio (they all smelled pretty similar to me). Paul Vacher, the same perfumer for Snob and other Le Galion perfumes had also created Christian Dior Diorling (1963), Miss Dior (1947 with Jean Carles), and Lanvin Arpège (1927, with Andre Fraysse) (source: Now Smell This).

(Image: parfum de pub)