Salvador Dali

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Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was a Spanish painter, graphic artist, sculptor and stage designer. He has probably gone down in history as one of the greatest surrealists. Privately,... Read more
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Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was a Spanish painter, graphic artist, sculptor and stage designer. He has probably gone down in history as one of the greatest surrealists. Privately, Dali was an extremely eccentric and difficult person.

From childhood, Dali loved fragrances and flowers above everything, made his own scented pomades and creams. Many years later, when he lived in Paris with his wife Gala, he made the acquaintance of many greats of the fashion and perfume industry. He was friends with Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli. Elsa Schiaparelli, in particular, was often inspired by Dali for her outlandish designs and her unusual perfumes.

But it was only at a relatively advanced age that Dali himself was to launch his first fragrances. Thus, in 1976, the COFCI company was founded in Paris under the direction of Jean-Pierre Grivory. COFCI received the worldwide license for Salvador Dali's perfumes in 1982, and Dali and Grivory signed the license agreement. Dali himself also provided the ideas for the creation of his first fragrances. Friedensreich Hundertwasser was supposed to do the flacon design, but the two eccentric gentlemen clashed, so Dali designed his first flacons (the famous lips) himself.

In 1983, the first perfume appeared in a limited edition: "Salvador Dali", an animalic and spicy chypre fragrance. This received the Export Oscar from the Minister of Foreign Trade. 1985 saw the international launch of Salvador Dali perfumes as a brand. In 1987, the first fragrance for men appeared.

Salvador Dali co-designed his first fragrances and provided precise ideas and instructions on how they should smell. Thus, he left a part of his eccentric personality in the fragrances. He wanted his compositions to reflect his dream of immortality.

Unfortunately, he did not live to see the appearance of further fragrances. But even today the company COFCI has the license to create fragrances under the name of Dali and distribute them worldwide.
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