Snob by Le Galion: launched in 1937 and created by Paul Vacher. The fragrance was available in Parfum, Parfum de Toilette and Eau de Snob Cologne.
So what does it smell like? It was a floral aldehyde fragrance for women, warm and heavy with a slight oriental base. It has been said that Snob is a copy of Jean Patou's Joy perfume, in that it makes use of jasmine and rose de mai. The perfume opens with a blast of sharp aldehydes, fresh hyacinth, the green note of tarragon, citrus notes of bergamot, lemon and neroli. The heart marries classic florals such as rose de Mai, lush jasmine, intoxicating tuberose, lilac, tropical ylang ylang, spicy carnation and delicate lily of the valley. The base closes with earthy vetiver, velvety musk, animalic civet, sweet sandalwood, soft tonka bean, pungent cedar and dusty orris.
- Top notes: aldehydes, hyacinth, tarragon, bergamot, narcissus, lemon and neroli
- Middle notes: carnation, lily of the valley, jasmine, tuberose, lilac, ylang ylang and rose de mai
- Base notes: ambergris, vetiver, musk, civet, sandalwood, tonka bean, cedar and orris
Le Galion, a French perfume company had for years sold its perfume under the trademark SNOB in a number of foreign countries. While the sales were substantial, Le Galion had been unable to sell SNOB in the USA because in 1951, Jean Patou, Inc, an American perfume manufacturer, obtained a trademark registration for SNOB in this country. Customs officials subsequently refused to permit Le Galion to import its SNOB perfume because of the conflict with Patou’s registered mark. The evidence indicated that in spite of the registration, Patou had never made a serious effort to merchandise SNOB. For example, between 1950 and 1971 it sold only some 89 bottles and engaged in no advertising or other sales efforts on behalf of the product. Patou’s sales of SNOB between 1951 and 1969 generated a “gross profit” of only about one hundred dollars on retail sales of less than 600 dollars . In a series of legal efforts Le Galion sought relief that would permit it to import its SNOB brand and give it trademark rights in the name. Le Galion claimed, in essence, that Patou had never used the SNOB trademark sufficiently to sustain its claim f ownership. The case was overseen by a secondary court and Le Galion was given the go ahead to use the mark in 1974.
The Fate of the Fragrance:
By 1975, Snob by Le Galion was being sold in US department stores, but by the late 1980s, it seems to have been discontinued as Le Galion was defunct by 1990.
Inspired by the beloved original scent, perfumer Thomas Fontaine reformulated the composition with modern ingredients. Today's version of Snob had to conform with the regulations of IFRA, so oak moss was excluded and many of the raw materials that were originally used are no longer available. Snob was relaunched in 2014, following the successful resurrection of the house of Le Galion with Nicolas Chabot in collaboration with Paul Vacher's granddaughter Dominique Vacher.
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