It’s such an ancient pitch
But one I wouldn’t switch
‘Cause there’s no nicer witch than you
After the monumental success of Chanel’s aldehyde-laden floral, le monstre No. 5, every French perfumer en valeur son sel rushed to put out his or her own. Some were successful, some not. Le Galion nose Paul Vacher knew a thing or two about this genre—he collaborated with André Fraysse to give the world Arpège in 1927. By the 1930s, he was creating perfumes for his own house, Le Galion, and presented the world with Sortilège in 1937. Sortilège, which means “sorcery” in French, was a huge hit for Le Galion—arguably their most famous perfume and the anchor tenant to their perfume empire which included classics like Brumes (1939), Special for Gentlemen (1947), Snob (1952) and Whip (1953).