In the back of perfumery Regia hides museum with more than 5,000 bottles on display, ranging from Egyptian times to the present
The Perfume Museum, located in the back of perfumery Regia Passeig de Gracia Calle Aragon, is unique in Spain and, as its managers say, “the only worldwide retains many bottles several times. “Entering is to delve into the history and evolution of coquetry.
Are preserved as relics alabaster where more than 5,000 years ago the Egyptians kept scarce and precious aromatic essences. The Greeks, with mud, and Romans, the glass containers perfected techniques with the best, but it was not until the nineteenth century that were created fragrances in large quantities, with the help of ethyl alcohol .
The idea of having a museum in the back of perfumery Regia, founded in 1928, was born from the desire Ramon Planas, father of the current owners, to preserve some of the flasks were as surplus. “What was done then is to keep one or two bottles of perfume each, catalog them and expose them so that people could see what has been the evolution of the art of perfume,” explains Francesc Planas, Manager store Regia and president of the Foundation Planas Giralt.
A perfume surreal
Among the more than 5,000 bottles, conceals some very peculiar aromatic jewelry, like a perfume Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, gave the museum or the perfume Le Roi Soleil, kept in a bottle designed by Salvador Dalí.
Also surprised containers located at the top of the exhibition. That are used in the shop Regia in the thirties, when the colony was sold in bulk. “Before the war the ladies came with a bottle and asked so many liters of cologne. Was the same as we do with food markets but with perfume, “explains Planas laughs.
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