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de Laire
(Founded 1878)

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De Laire C16 aldehyde bottle

de Laire C16 Aldehyde Bottle
At the time this bottles was distributed, de Laire's C16 Aldehyde was being repacked and distributed by an American company, Dodge & Olcott, which is today part of Givaudan.

Founded by chemist Georges de Laire (1836-1908), de Laire became a source of synthetic aroma chemicals, bases, and finished fragrances such as de Laire's Cassis (1889).

While largely known for the perfume bases they have supplied to other companies, over the years de Laire has employed a number of prominent perfumers including Edmond Roudnitska (1905-1996) and Oliver Cresp. Roudnitska assisted in the drafting of de Laire's 1938 catalog.

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De Laire 1927 Catalog

de Laire Catalog from 1927

De Laire's ionone played a role in the development of Roger & Gallet's Vera Violetta (1892). De Laire bases include Prunol, Bouvardia, Ambré 83 and Mousse de Saxe.

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