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Also known as Raphaël of France, Perfumes of Raphaël and Raphaël, Parfums Raphaël was founded in 1930 by Raphaël Lopez in Paris, France.
The company released its first scent, Réplique, in 1936. It remains in production as of 2016, though its formula has changed somewhat. In 1946, Raphaël introduced Réplique in the United States; some bottles of the original vintage remain available. These bottles, like all Raphaël fragrances, display the brand's recognizable logo that was originally designed by Marty.
Two new scents were added in 1944: Cynique and Feu De Paille. In 1946, it introduced three more perfumes: Volontiers, Tubéreuse and Raph. Parfums Marcy began U.S. distribution of the full line of Parfums Raphaël in 1952, spearheaded by Charles J. Oppenheim Jr., then chairman of Jay Thorpe, Inc.
An additional three scents followed in the same decade as the U.S. distribution deal. Demon debuted in 1953, followed by Plaisir in 1956 and Whisky in 1957.
In 1966, Revlon purchased Parfums Marcy for 26,136 shares of common stock and purchased foreign rights to Raphaël products with cash. It released a reformulated version of Réplique in 1966 and again in 1976, but it continued to use the Raphaël name.
Plaisir remains available as a vintage perfume through collectors, but its last known availability in stores was 1971. The German company, Muelhens, currently owns the Raphaël line. Its parent company is Procter & Gamble.