Monday, February 23, 2015

Rimmel

Rimmel was established in 1834 by two Frenchmen, Eugene Rimmel and his father, who was a Lubin trained perfumer. They opened splendid shops in London and Paris. Their main shop was at 96 Strand, London. All perfumes were produced in Grasse by the Rimmel family.



c1930 advertisement


Imaginative products included perfumed jewelry, gloves, fans, cards, calendars, etc. The company was very successful and in 1851 at the Great Exhibition , Rimmel's giant perfume fountain scented the entire hall.

Rimmel was appointed Royal Perfumer to the British, Spanish and French royal courts.

Eugene Rimmel published The Book of Perfumes in 1864 and it was a best seller for many years.

Eugene died in 1887 and was succeeded by two sons. Despite financial setbacks, the company maintained their luxury image, producing some extraordinary presentations such as Art Moderne in 1925.

Years ago I had Rimmel's Perfume Vaporizer, it looks similar to today's essential oil burners and works much in the same way, it also had a small brass plate on the front explaining what it was.. This one had a generously sized copper cup which could be covered with a copper lid that had some holes in the top for the steamed perfume to escape while being heated up. The copper cup was on fancy legs and attached to the bottom was a small cup which could hold a tea light. Inside you could add water and drops of your favorite perfume or essential oil. When filled with water, it helped to stay vaporising for hours. I had sold it on ebay and wish I never got rid of it, it was a perfect room deodorizer. These dated to the 1860s.



The gilded glass bottle for the perfume Les Capucines was designed by the Italian company M.V.M. Cappellin & C. who were active from 1925-1932.

I am sure there are more perfumes to be found, if I left one out, let me know.


The perfumes of Rimmel:
  • 1851 Ess. Bouquet
  • 1851 Great Exhibition Bouquet
  • 1851 Jenny Lind Bouquet
  • 1851 Jockey Club
  • 1851 Rimmel's Bouquet
  • 1851 Spring Flowers
  • 1852 Guard's Bouquet
  • 1854 Sontag Bouquet
  • 1855 Albert Bouquet
  • 1855 Alma Bouquet
  • 1855 Bengal Roses Bouquet
  • 1855 Bouquet du Palace de l'Industrie
  • 1855 Canrobert Bouquet
  • 1855 Royal Highland Bouquet
  • 1855 Empress Eugenie
  • 1855 Extract of Lavender Flowers
  • 1855 New Mown Hay
  • 1855 Heliotrope
  • 1855 Imperatrice Bouquet
  • 1855 Jasmine
  • 1855 Magnolia
  • 1855 Millefleurs
  • 1855 Moss Rose
  • 1855 Opera Bouquet
  • 1855 Osborne Bouquet
  • 1855 Patchouly
  • 1855 Extrait de Portugal
  • 1855 Raglan Bouquet
  • 1855 Sweet Briar
  • 1855 Sweet Pea
  • 1855 Sydenham Bouquet
  • 1855 Turkish Bouquet
  • 1855 Victoria Bouquet
  • 1855 Violet
  • 1855 Windsor Bouquet
  • 1860 Alexandra Bouquet
  • 1860 Royal Bridal Bouquet
  • 1864 Bard of Avon
  • 1864 Eau de Cologne
  • 1864 Frangipane/Frangipani
  • 1864 Lily of the Valley
  • 1864 Ihlang Ihlang/Ylang Ylang
  • 1864 Lavender Water
  • 1864 Princess Dagmar
  • 1864 Rimmel's Turkish Scented Charm
  • 1864 Stella Colas Bouquet
  • 1864 The Patti Bouquet (dedicated to Adelina & Carlotta Patti)
  • 1864 Toilet Vinegar
  • 1865 Wood Violet
  • 1866 Christmas Bouquet
  • 1866 Cupid's Tears
  • 1866 Magic Grapes
  • 1866 The Chinese Bouquet
  • 1866 The Indian Bouquet
  • 1866 The Titiens Bouquet
  • 1866 Tilia
  • 1866 Violet Water
  • 1868 Coffee Flowers
  • 1868 Furze Blossoms
  • 1868 Oriental Hyacinth
  • 1868 Rose Laurel
  • 1868 Tea Flowers
  • 1869 Pepita
  • 1871 Vanda (Javanese Orchid)
  • 1871 Henna
  • 1872 Exquisite
  • 1872 Rondeletia
  • 1873 Cuir de Russie
  • 1873 Duke of Edinburgh
  • 1873 Étoile du Nord (dedicated to the Duchess of Edinburgh)
  • 1873 Geranium Rose
  • 1873 Imperatrice
  • 1873 Miel d'Angleterre
  • 1873 Musk
  • 1873 Patchouly
  • 1873 Persian Bouquet
  • 1873 Prince of Wales Bouquet
  • 1873 Royal Bridal
  • 1873 Snow White
  • 1873 Tea Rose
  • 1873 Verveine
  • 1873 West End
  • 1873 White Rose
  • 1875 Fougère Royal
  • 1876 Autumn Blossoms
  • 1876 Belocca
  • 1876 Essence Bouquet Violet
  • 1876 Florida Water
  • 1876 Malvetta
  • 1876 Marimon
  • 1876 Rising Star
  • 1876 Season Bouquet
  • 1876 Star of India
  • 1876 Spring Blossoms
  • 1876 Summer Blossoms
  • 1876 Téa
  • 1876 Winter Blossoms
  • 1876 White Lilac/Lilas Blanc
  • 1876 Teddy Bear
  • 1878 Archery Bouquet
  • 1878 Jungle Flowers
  • 1878 Tunis Flowers
  • 1879 Canadian
  • 1879 Cyprus Flowers
  • 1879 Gardenia
  • 1879 Australian Exhibition Bouquet (sparkling with gold flakes)
  • 1880 Chypre
  • 1880 Meadow Flowers
  • 1880 Connaught 
  • 1882 Wallflower
  • 1882 White Pink
  • 1882 White Heliotrope/Heliotrope Blanc
  • 1883 Syringa
  • 1886 Lotus
  • 1886 Mousseline
  • 1886 Nessari
  • 1886 Tamaris
  • 1886 Téa Chinensis
  • 1886 The Exquisite
  • 1886 Toreador
  • 1886 Violette
  • 1886 Violette Exquisite
  • 1888 Apple Blossoms
  • 1888 High Life Bouquet
  • 1888 Tonquin Essence
  • 1888 Egyptian Lotus
  • 1898 Ambré Royal
  • 1898 Ametis
  • 1898 Apple Blossom
  • 1898 Britannia
  • 1905 Eau Velvetis
  • 1910 Royal Shamrock
  • 1911 Golden Fern
  • 1912 Carnation
  • 1912 Opoponax
  • 1912 Violet de Parme
  • 1918 Sameyama
  • 1919 L'Heure du Rimmel
  • 1920 Cologne Anglaise
  • 1920 Ania
  • 1923 Les Capucines
  • 1923 Ma Mie Annette
  • 1923 Mon Yvonnette
  • 1923 Vocalise
  • 1925 Art Moderne
  • 1925 Fraxi
  • 1925 Velvetis
  • 1926 Naniva/Maniva
  • 1929 Serenade de Fleurs
  • 1929 Ambrimmel
  • 1929 Rhapsodie Orientale
  • 1929 Chyprimmel
  • 1930 Onyka
  • 1930 Volubilis
  • 1931 Marco Polo
  • 1964 Jour de Madame
  • 1964 Muguet


The following perfumes were found, but I was unable to locate launch dates:
  • Ariette de Fleurs

Rimmel perfumes shown in an advertisement from a 1913 William Whiteley Ltd catalog.







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