During the reign of Louis XVIII, Edmond Coudray - then a doctor and a chemist - started to supply eau de colognes, creams, soaps, salves and pomades to the new nobility and royal court alike. Soon he found himself concocting luxurious perfumes for the luckiest figures amongst them, making such prestigious fragrances as ‘Reve de Reine’, ‘Gants Poudres’ and ‘Reine Victoria’, which he created for its namesake, Queen Victoria of England.
Along with L.T. Piver, Lubin, Houbigant and Guerlain, E. Coudray was among the five greatest perfume makers of the 19th century. Upon Coudray’s death in 1860 his son-in-law took over the company. The company never changed its name and under the new owners vowed to remain true to its founding principles of quality and refinement.