Ernest Beaux was born on December 8, 1881, in the village Suschevo in “Vedernikovoj home” in Moscow, near factories and offices A. Rallet & Co., where his French father Edouard Beaux was employed as the chief perfumer and member of the Board of directors at A. Rallet & Co. His French grandfather was captured during the Napoleonic invasion of Russia and remained there after his release, which is why Ernest was born in Moscow.
After secondary education in 1898, Ernest Beaux worked at A. Rallet & Co as a laboratory assistant in soap works. Two years later he went to France for military service.
When Beaux returned to Moscow in 1902, he was assigned Rallet’s perfumes division under the command of Rallet’s technical director A. Lemercier. Lemercier, a modern and original thinker, encouraged Beaux to explore new trends in perfumery as well as new social and cultural trends.
In 1907, Beaux was appointed a technical director and became a member of the Rallet Board of Directors.
Beaux’s first perfume (name unknown) was created in 1907, but his first great success came in 1912 with the bouquet of Napoleon, Cologne, which marked the Battle of Borodino, Napoleons last but very bloody victory. The following year (1913), Beaux produced his Catherine Bouquet to celebrate Romanov’s tercentennial dynasty. Some sources confuse this perfume with Brocard’s popular bouquet, now known as Red Moscow. Beaux spoke in a lecture in 1946 about the success of Napoleon Bouquet but never mentioned Bouquet de Catherine.
In 1914, when the war broke out, Beaux returned to the army. He served in combat, but after Russia’s war in 1917 and fights with Germany ended in 1918, Lieutenant Beaux served as an intelligence officer in the multinational force that tried to assist the White Russian army in their attempt to assist in breaking Bolsheviks and then returning to the monarchy. For his services between 1914 and 1919, he received medals from British, French and Russian Russia.
Beaux received the word in 1918 that he should not return to Moscow. In 1919, when he completed his military service, Beaux was reunited with his wife, son, friends, relatives, and co-workers in France. A. Rallet & Co, bought by Chiris in 1898, opened in La Bocca near Cannes. Once again Beaux had his perfume lab.
In La Bocca, Beaux was one of the most famous French perfumers. His followers included Henri Robert, Henri Almeras, and Vincent Roubert. Henry Robert’s father, Joseph Robert, was the technical director of Chiris.
In his 1946 lecture, Beaux mentions his military service in countries beyond the Arctic Circle where “rivers and lakes release the fresh notes.” He memorized this note.
Before 1914, Beaux experimented with aldehydes, partly inspired by Houbigant’s 1912 Quelques Fleurs, in which perfumer Robert Houbigantov Bienaim successfully used Aldehyde C-12 MNA. It is believed that Beaux’s Bouquet de Catherine was an avenue to try new materials. Although we do not know the exact year of his rebirth, Bouquet de Catherine became Rallet Le No.1, which was first sold Rallet and later by Coty after he acquired Rallet in 1929.
In the years from 1919 to 1920, Beaux created varieties of fragrances, including those that eventually became Chanel No.5 and Chanel No.22. In 1920, Beaux and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel were introduced by Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovitch, around the same time; Coco Chanel was on vacation in Cannes with her Russian lover Dimitrios Pavlovitch
In response to Coco’s request for perfume, Beaux introduced, two sets of bottles, the first being 1 to 5 and the other 20 to 24.
He convinced Coco Chanel to use one of his fragrances as a gift for some of his customers. It was Coco Chanel who named her perfume number 5 because the number brought her luck.
According to Beaux, COCO selected the bottle with the number “5,” and when asked what she would call, she told Beaux she would call it “No 5” – which she did.
Between 1920 and 1922 Beaux produced various perfumes for Chanel, some because of experiments. These deliveries were made in small quantities from his laboratory in La Bocca. Beaux was not capable of producing these scents in larger quantities, and COCO could not sell more than a few bottles.
Death and funeral
Ernest Beaux died on July 9, 1961, in Paris at the age of 79 years. The church where the funeral held was completely decorated with roses.
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