In 1880, Louis Gattefossé founded the company in France.
This “avant-garde” entrepreneur always believed in building strong relationships with his customers. He nurtured “curiosity”, a quality that was to prove precious for the future of his enterprise.
Later, Louis’ son René-Maurice Gattefossé, headed the company.
Inventive and visionary, he brought his scientific methodology to the business.
Creator of Perfumes and Scents and inventor of aromatherapy, he has marked the history of Gattefossé through his progressive thinking.
In succession, Henri-Marcel Gattefossé, his son, widened the scope of the business by adding plant extracts to the catalogue. Passionate about science and people, he worked closely with researchers in hospitals and universities around the world.
Through these scientific contacts, Henri-Marcel later created the Académie des Alpilles, bringing together all of the stakeholders of Les Journées Galéniques de St-Rémy de Provence, which provides opportunities for sharing knowledge with the global scientific community.
This institution, placed under the scope of Gattefossé Foundation, is still active more than forty years later and is internationally recognized.
Emile Mahler, creative engineer and chemist, joined the company in 1937 when he married René-Maurice’s daughter. In the following years, his work on lipids, emulsion technologies and their applications to formulation development has greatly influenced the company’s orientations and long-term development. Gattefossé’s current know-how in oleochemistry finds its origins in Emile Mahler’s work and studies.