Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mme. A. Girard et Cie


Mme A. Girard et Cie of London, small prestigious company established in the late 19th century.
Established at 182 Regent Street, London and Paris; active in late 1800's and early 1900's; launched fragrances; also referred to as Madame (Mme) Girard et Cie Ltd.

The perfumes of Mme. A. Girard et Cie:

  • 1870 White Heliotrope
  • 1870 Essence Bouquet
  • 1890 Opoponax
  • 1890 Violette de Parme
  • 1898 Violet
  • 1898 Oeillet
  • 1900 Carnation
  • 1900 Columbian Poppy
  • 1900 Nirvana
  • 1900 Wallflower
  • 1900 Trefle
  • 1908 Heliotrope
  • 1908 Lilac
  • 1908 Stephanotis
  • 1908 White Rose
  • 1910 Extrait Nirvana
  • 1910 Grekis
  • 1910 Jockey Club
  • 1910 Lavender Water
  • 1910 Sweet Pea
  • 1914 Parfum Surfin
  • 1914 Mandragore
  • 1920 Kalys
  • 1920 Lily of the Valley
  • 1920 Lils
  • 1920 Muguet
  • 1920 Oeillet
  • 1920 Rose
  • 1920 Violet
  • 1920 Pour Être Belle
  • 2008 Lysval
  • 2008 Bouquet d'Orient
  • 2008 Bali Sunrise
  • 2008 New York Nights
  • 2008 Provence Spring
  • Extrait Concentre
  • June Day
  • May Day
  • Violettes Blanches



Violette de Parme and Opoponax were presented in a set of Richardson Crystal square cut bottles.

Parfum Surfin was presented in a bottle designed by Henri Hamm.





In 2008, Boots Pharmacy resurrected the old house of A. Girard.

They released several perfumes:

Bouquet d'Orient and Lysval are reinterpretations of original formulas.

Bouquet d'Orient evokes "the hustle and bustle of pre-war Shanghai, with a rich and spicy amber oriental fragrance. Bouquet D'Orient opens with top notes of Neroli, Bergamot and Lemon, which give way to a floral heart of Bulgarian Rose, Ylang Ylang, Mimosa, Orris, Cassie, and French Violet Leaves. All this rests on a warm resinous melange of Madagascan Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Benzoin and Myrhh, with just a hint of Patchouli.


Lysval is  a deliciously layered fragrance updating a classic vintage recipe, Lysval incorporates some of the richest floral essences in the world to instantly evoke the richness and tranquillity of the perfect English garden. Perfume description:  A cascade of flowers, including Ylang Ylang, Indian Jasmine, Rose Petals and Orange Blosson are supported by a beautifully powdery French Orris, Benzoin Siam and warm rich Sandalwood. A particularly French base combining Jacinthe Fleurs and Muguet contributes to a fresh Spring floralcy of Hyacinths, Lily-Of-The-Valley and Freesias.


Bali Sunrise, New York Nights and Provence Spring are new additions and follow a travel theme that already existed in the early days of the house.

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