This page lists perfume houses with names starting with the letters Q and R (ok, actually, so far there aren’t any houses starting with Q. But one might pop up). Perfume houses are alphabetized by first name, so that “Ralph Lauren” is listed under R. Some perfume houses have their own pages — if the name is a link, click on it.
This page was last updated on 16 May 2013.
Italian fragrance company established by Jeanne Rancé and her son Jean Rancé, descendents of Francois Rancé who was said to have been “Napoleon’s favourite perfumer”. Fragrances include Le Vainqueur, Josephine, Eau Empire, Eau Royale, Eau Sublime and Rouge. There is also a line of Eaux de Colognes and a line called “Next Age”.
Established as a scented candle brand in 1999; Red Flower has since expanded into body care and personal fragrance products.
See reviews for Hammam Body Treatments, Ocean Purifying Body Wash and Moisturizing Lotion, Orange Blossom Fragrance Diffuser, and the following candles: African Lily, Indian Jasmine, Chinese Marigold.
See also: shopping report for the NYC Red Flower boutique.
Website: Red Flower
Makeup artist with two fragrances, Amber Vanilla and Frankincense – Myrrh – Rose Maroc.
Website: Regina Harris
French line of jewelry and fragrances. Established in 1970 by Zoe Coste and Nino Amaddeo. Fragrances include Patchouli (1970), Rem (1996), Patchouli Pour Homme (2000).
Recent releases include Elixir Patchouli (2007), Les Notes Gourmandes Do Re & Mi Fa (2008), Etoile de Rem (2008), Sol La & Si Do (2008), Noir de Reminiscence (2009), Eau de Patchouli (2009), Reminiscence by Reminiscence (2010), Jammin Vibration (2011), Sea Rem (2011), L’Incroyable Patchouli (2011), Crazy Rem (2012), Vanille (2012), Oud (2012), Dragée (2012), Rem & Bow (2013).
Where to buy: a list of boutiques can be found on the website (see below). In the US, can be purchased at beautyhabit or yosmiami. See also: shopping report for the Reminiscence boutique in London.
Australian niche line established by Renee Griffith.
Recent releases include Musk and Jasmine (2007).
Where to buy: in the US at luckyscent.
Italian denim fashion brand established in 1978. Current fragrance licensing arrangements are with Procter & Gamble.
Revlon was founded in 1932 by Charles Revson, Joseph Revson and Charles Lachman. They started with nail polish, and eventually expanded into other cosmetic & beauty products. See review for Revlon Intimate (1955).
The now iconic Charlie (1973) was Revlon’s first big modern success in fragrance and was followed by a number of Charlie flankers; other well known 1970s fragrances include Jontue, Enjoli, and Ciara. Another big seller for Revlon has been Fire & Ice (1994). Revlon continued releasing fragrances under its own name and others (at various points, it held licenses for Bill Blass, Halston, and Norell among others) but by the late 1990s, Revlon had sold off and/or discontinued its prestige fragrances and was concentrating on mass market.
Revlon planned to re-enter the prestige fragrance market in 2006 with Flair, but the launch was postponed following a major corporate reorganization. In 2007, Flair was released as a mass market scent.
Company founded in 1992 by Richard James and Sean Dixon as a bespoke men’s tailor on Savile Row. Fragrances were introduced in 2003 with Richard James. Richard James Cologne followed in 2006.
Recent releases include Richard James Cologne Lavender, Cologne Cardamom & Cologne Vetiver (2007).
Where to buy: in the UK at Richard James or escentual.co.uk.
Website: Richard James
Line of natural perfumes established by Nannette Pallrand. See review for Wild Thing; other scents include Bliss, Devotion, Rock Star, Bohemian Wedding, Utopia.
Recent releases include Foxy Lady (2007), Hoochie Coochie (2007), Woodstock (2007), Summer of Love (2007), Brown Sugar (2007), Flower Child (2007), Groovy (2007), Krishna (2007), Shambala (2008), Abbey Road (2011), Marijuana (2011), Love Train (2011).
Website: Rich Hippie
French fashion designer who launched his house in 1933. The house closed in 1951, and Piguet passed away in 1953. The ownership of the fragrance business has since changed hands several times, and is currently owned by Fashion Fragrances & Cosmetics
Recent reissues include Visa & Cravache (2007), Futur (2009), Calypso (2010), Douglas Hannant de Robert Piguet (2011), Bois Noir (2012), Casbah (2012), Mademoiselle Piguet, Notes & Oud (2012), Blossom, Chai & Jeunesse (2012), Petit Fracas (2012), Bois Bleu (2013), Knightsbridge (2013), Rose Perfection (2013), Alameda (2013).
Where to buy: at selected department stores (Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Henri Bendel in the US; Harrods and Selfridges in the UK). Also try parfumsraffy in the US or theperfumeshoppe in Canada, or buy directly from the Piguet website.
Website: Robert Piguet
Italian fashion designer who started creating clothing in the late 1960s. Today he is known for his wild designs, including lots of animal prints, and is often called “designer to the stars”. Fragrances include Roberto Cavalli for women (2002), Roberto Cavalli Man (2003) and Oro (2004).
The Roberto Cavalli fragrance license is held by ICR-ITF; in 2011 it will pass to Coty.
Recent releases include Serpentine (2005), Black for men (2006), Just Cavalli Pink & Just Cavalli Blue (2006), Just Cavalli I Love Her & I Love Him (2010), Anniversary (2010), Roberto Cavalli For Her (2012), Just Cavalli (2012), Roberto Cavalli Acqua (2013), Roberto Cavalli Oud Edition (2013).
Website: Roberto Cavalli
Spanish designer who trained in Paris, then took over his family’s leather clothing business. He launched his first ready-to-wear collection in 1982.
Fragrances include Verino, Eau de Verino, Verino Pour Homme, VV (for women, 2002), VV Man (2004), Mellow (2006), VV Rose (2005), VV Tropic (2007), VV Acqua, Mellow Good Luck (2008), VV Platinum (2008), Gold (2009), Gold Bouquet (2010), RV Pure (2011), Gold Diva (2012), RV Pure Woman (2013).
Website: Roberto Verino
Fashion brand established in 1999 by rapper Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z, and Damon Dash, and now owned by the Iconix group.
Recent releases include Rocawear Evolution (2011).
Where to buy: department stores and online discounters.
Line founded in 1806 by Jean Marie Farina, a descendent of Johann Farina, inventor of Eau de Cologne. Jean Marie Farina set up shop in Paris with his own Eau de Cologne, and became one of Napoleon’s fragrance suppliers. In 1862, Armand Roger and Charles Gallet took over the brand and expanded into new areas, including skin care and the now famous Roger & Gallet soaps (see review for Carnation soap).
Roger & Gallet was purchased by L’Oreal in early 2008.
Recent fragrance introductions include Pavot d’Argent (2005), Blue Lotus (2006), Cedrat Eau Fraiche (2007), Bambou, Rose & Vanille Eau Parfumee Douce (2007), Bois d’Orange (2009), L’Homme Sport (2009), Amande Persane (2010), Fleur d’Osmanthus (2011), Rose Imaginaire (2012), Fleur de Figuier (2013).
Website: Roger & Gallet
Niche line established in 2007 by Roja Dove of the Roja Dove Haute Perfumerie boutique at Harrods.
Recent launches include Aoud (2010?), Diaghilev (2010), Scandal Pour Homme, Reckless (2011), Danger (2011), Innuendo (2012), Mischief (2012), Vetiver & Risqué (2012), Amber Aoud (2012), Fetish Pour Homme (2012), Fetish (2013).
Where to buy: at Harrods or from the website.
Website: Roja Parfums
California-based indie botanical perfume house of Roxana Villa. See review of Aurora.
Recent releases include Rosa (2008), Peace (2009), Chocolate series (2010), Chocolate series, second tier (2010), Green Witch (2010), Gracing the Dawn (2010), To Bee (2011), Hedera helix (2011), Chiaroscuro (2012), Figure 1: Noir (2013).
Where to buy: at the Roxana Etsy shop.
Website: Roxana Illuminated Perfume
Women’s surf apparel brand launched by parent company Quiksilver in 1991. Roxy is best known for their girl’s board shorts, but is now a full-fledged lifestyle brand offering everything from snowboards to watches to iPOD accessories.
Fragrances were introduced in the late 1990s, and the scents included Roxy Hula (1998). These earlier fragrances are now discontinued.
Fragrances were re-introduced in 2007 with Roxy, created under arrangements with Inter Parfums.
Recent releases include Roxy Love (2008).
Where to buy: department stores.