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Perfumeria Gal, S. A., or Parfums Gal as it is known in the United States, is a Spanish beauty products company founded in 1898 by Salvador Echeandia Gal. Salvador's brother Eusebio was the company's chief perfumer, having received a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Berlin.
Perfumeria Gal's first products included soaps, rice powders, and Petroleo Gal, a very popular hair lotion. In 1905, the company introduced soaps and perfumes inspired by the smell of freshly cut hay in the village of Pravia, Spain; the Heno De Pravia product line is still in production as of 2016. The following year, Gal introduced an eau de toilette line in four fragrances. The company became an official perfumer of the Spanish royal family in 1925, and it continued to expand its offerings with Añeja perfume, Gal shaving soap and Dens toothpaste.
Perfumeria Gal was an industry leader in advertising and employed skilled artists whose work is now considered among the finest examples of Art Deco illustrations. The Gal Perfumery Museum, located at the Alcalá de Henares factory in Madrid, contains a collection of the hand-painted art as well examples of historical perfume bottles by Baccarat, Leune, and Giralt.
After the second World War, Gal released its English Lavender perfume, which is still produced in 2016. In the late 20th century, the company diversified into men's colognes, shampoos and makeup. Perfumeria Gal became a subsidiary of the Puig Beauty & Fashion Group S.L. in 2001.