Edmond Roudnitska

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Today, Edmond Roudnitska can undoubtedly be named the greatest perfumer of the 20th century and the inventor of modern perfumery. Born in Nice in 1905, the master perfumer began... Read more
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Today, Edmond Roudnitska can undoubtedly be named the greatest perfumer of the 20th century and the inventor of modern perfumery. Born in Nice in 1905, the master perfumer began training in 1926 at Roure Bertrand in Grasse. There, he earned his first professional spurs before he moved to Issy Les Moulineaux in the mid-1930s to work for the well-known fragrance manufacturer "De Laire". Not only did Edmond Roudnitska find his professional destiny, but also love and his future wife Thérèse Delvaux. From then on, the gifted chemist was the wind beneath his wings, both professionally and privately.

In 1943, his career began: Marcel Rochas commissioned a fragrance under the name 'Femme' that would equally represent the fashion house and its discerning clientele. This fragrance made Edmond Roudnitska famous and sought-after overnight in the sophisticated world of haute couture. Encouraged by their first overwhelming success, the Roudnitska couple founded their first own laboratory in 1946 in Bécon-les-Bruyères near Paris, which was entirely dedicated to perfume production. From then on, the company's name "Art et Parfum" was the ultimate destination for international designers who longed to create great things in the field of beautiful and noble fragrances. In 1949, the notable laboratory moved to Cibris, near Grasse, to be closer to the heart of the perfume capital of the world. Edmond Roudnitska lived and worked there until he died in 1996.

Among his greatest successes, which still enjoy great popularity today, are "Diorissimo" and "Eau Sauvage" for Christian Dior. He created "It's You" for Elizabeth Arden and the legendary "Eau d'Hermès" for Hermès. A successful collaboration resulted with the traditional house Frederic Malle. The label holds the trademark rights to "Le Parfum de Thérèse" that Edmond Roudnitska composed for his wife in the early 1950s. In 1990, his last creation, "Ocean Rain for Men," for Mario Valentino, marked the end of his remarkable life's work before his son Michel Roudnitska took over.
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