In a May 28th article in Le Monde entitled “Le groupe LVMH se réapproprie la fabrication de ses parfums” (“The LVMH group re-appropriates the production of its perfumes”), Nicole Vulser exposes LVMH’s position to manufacture internally & move away from mega fragrance houses.
Per the article, It’s no secret that one of the largest and most well-known luxury brands in the world, has benefitted from fragrance manufacturing. In 2011, LVMH built a fragrance compounding facility outside Paris research centre at Saint-Jean-de-Braye, and began producing fragrance oil.
Cost-effectiveness: The Company will pay less for products it makes itself, and for bulk purchases of raw materials.
They will also benefit from better more sustainable materials, or even the readjustment of a formula that was radically mistreated by IFRA standards.
Transparency! Listing all fragrance ingredients on the label.
How is this possible?
Most Billion-dollar brands don’t own the formulas of their perfumes, or know all of the ingredients within. The owners are the fragrance houses that develop those formulas: as a consequence, the big fragrance houses remain the sole suppliers of the oil.
Is this Legal?
Formulas are neither protected by copyright laws nor patented to protect their secrecy. GC-MS has rendered secrecy a moot point since products are analyzed within days of their launch. In June 16th 2006 the final court of appeal in France ruled that “the fragrance of a perfume does not constitute the creation of a form of expression that can benefit from the protection given to works of art.”
LVMH can do so perfectly legally. Once a formula is altered, it becomes a different product. LVMH owns everything but the original formula and can therefore put whatever it pleases in the bottles under the name and packaging to which it owns the copyright. The article further states that LVMH is now not only mixing the oils and alcohol in its plants, but producing part of the blends provided by its external suppliers. LVMH has also centralized the purchase of certain raw materials
Will fragrance houses increase the number of captives in their products, rendering them more difficult to “repatriate” without altering their smell too significantly? And will other luxury groups take the same step as LVMH?
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