Friday, August 1, 2014

Parfumerie Rafin

Parfumerie  Rafin, 5 avenue Victoria, Paris, established in 1855 by Henri Rafin, a pharmacist. Launched fragrances in mid 1920's.

Company seems to have been taken over by Georges Moehr of Parfumerie Moehr of Monte-Carlo by the 1940s.

Created a perfume in 1925, Eau de George Sand, Pour la Toilette et le Mouchoir.  “Eau de George Sand” won a medal of honor in 1859 as noted in L'Opinion Nationale. . Pleased with the scented tribute, the author wrote 'The result is very light, and very distinguished, very salutory for people like me who resist perfumes that are too strong.'  Rafin, recognizing the success he had with the illustrious writer, sent her a whole box of perfumes, every year on the same day of the year.  In a family celebration, bottles were distributed by hand puppets by the house staff.

The perfume bottles for Caprice de Femme came in both green and black crystal trimmed with gilding and were manufactured by C. Depinoix et Fils.

Most famous for their Creme Rafin.

Perfume list:

  • 1925 Eau de George Sand
  • 1925 Caprice de Femme
  • 1925 Reve d'Arlequin
  • 1925 Divine Carese
  • 1925 Elle et Lui
  • 1925 Etrange Volupte

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