Roger & Gallet

Roger & Gallet (also Roger et Gallet) is a French perfume company founded by merchant Charles Armand Roger and banker Charles Martial Gallet in 1862. It is owned by L'Oréal. They purchased a Parisian perfumery business founded in 1806 by Jean Marie Joseph Farina, grand-grand-nephew of Giovanni Maria Farina, the creator of Eau de Cologne. Roger & Gallet then won a legal dispute over the right to use the Farina family name, and the company now owns the rights to Eau de Cologne extra vieille, in contrast to the Original Eau de Cologne from Cologne.

Roger & Gallet
IndustryFragrance, cosmetics
Founded1862 (1862)
  • Charles Armand Roger
  • Charles Martial Gallet

Roger & Gallet specialized in toilet soap which was produced in a large factory near Paris. The company made a name for itself with its luxurious bath soaps, which in 1879 first appeared in their signature round shape, with the crinkled silk paper and seal, still in use today. Later, they proved successful with the newly synthesized fragrance of violet, for which they held the French rights, producing perfumes such as Vera Violetta.[1]

In 1975, Roger & Gallet was acquired by the Sanofi Group, who in turn sold the brand to Gucci in 1999.[2] L'Oreal acquired Roger & Gallet from Gucci, a subsidiary at that time of PPR, in 2008.[3]


  1. Geoffrey Jones (2010), Beauty Imagined, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-160961-9
  2. "Gucci Will Buy Sanofi, Yves Saint Laurent Owner". Orlando Sentinel. November 16, 1999. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  3. Staff, WWD (2008-05-01). "PPR, L'Oreal Complete YSL Deal". WWD. Retrieved 2018-05-27.

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