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Rance 1795

Collection Impériale
From the start of the 1600's, the Rancé family in Grasse (France) had become famous for producing perfumed gloves for the aristocracy, and in 1795 François Rancé turned entirely to perfumery. His innovative spirit led him to create extremely refined and modern perfumes, which secured him the favour of Napoleon and Josephine.

In honour of Josephine Bonaparte he created "l'Impératrice" which was presented to the Empress in a precious Sevres porcelain box. The last example of this precious porcelain objet d'art is kept in the Rancé archives.

Several generations of Rancé have followed. At the end of 1800s Alexandre Rancé moved to Milan; his place at the head of the family firm is held today by his granddaughter Jeanne Sandra Rancé with her son Jean Maurice Alexandre Rancé.

Jeanne Sandra Rancé, therefore now the latest in a line of family perfumers, has revisited the family archives to recreate some of the fragrances made for the imperial family. The perfumes, the bottles and the labels are replicas of the 200 year old originals.

You can also view the Rancé range for men here

There are 4 products in the range for you to explore:


Josephine Eau de Parfum 100ml Jeanne Sandra Rancé, François's great-great granddaughter has revisited the company archives to create "Josephine" based upon the secret recipe that François had dedicated to Napoleon's beloved. It is quite simply the most romantic scent ever created.



Laetitia Eau de Parfum Originally created in 1806 for the mother of the emperor, this perfume has been recreated using only natural ingredients of the highest quality. It is one the most elegant and sophisticated fragrances ever made. And it's back!



Hélène Eau de Parfum 100ml Jean Rancé, son of François, the founder of the Rancé perfumery in 1795, was a fervant follower of Napoleon and dedicated this creation to the Emperor's daughter, Hélène.



Eugenie 100ml Eau de Parfum Eugenie is the exaltation of the grace and charm of a most refined woman: unostentatious, delicate and a penetrating beauty...beauty that conquers.


"Before his coronation in 1804, Napoleon approached master perfumer Francois Rance and commissioned him to make two scents, one for himself and one for Josephine. The perfumes were designed so that if Napoleon and Josephine were in the same room, her scent would dominate, but if the two came together, the two perfumes would merge to create a whole new unique fragrance. Napoleon made a rule for the perfume to not be released for 200 years after the coronation. In 2004 the house of Rance finally released these two perfumes"