Autumn is an ideal time to go to Paris – for summer season within the Metropolis of Gentle could be as scorching as Hades itself – and there’s no higher event to expertise one in every of its most iconic points of interest, perfumeries.
However fairly than simply get pleasure from one of many metropolis’s most charming senses, why not create your personal with the assistance of knowledgeable steerage?
Two perfumeries provide this golden alternative, one a distinct segment, unbiased perfumery, Maison des Parfums Candora, established by people with a sensorial ardour and positioned within the coronary heart of Paris, guided by common supervisor, Emmanuel Frossard, and two perfumers, Isabelle Ferrand and Mélanie Leroux. And the opposite, a widely known worldwide, family-operated firm, referred to as Fragonard.
Maison des Parfums Candora, opened in 2017, is positioned a stone’s throw from the banks of the Seine, Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral and the Ile Saint- Louis. Right here, along with creating your personal perfumes in particular workshops with skilled steerage, additionally, you will discover various merchandise corresponding to perfumes, bathroom waters, scented candles, recreation books and different scented surprises. Candora perfumes can be ordered from its on-line perfumery.
Emmanuel Frossard co-founder and supervisor Candora. Picture by Columbia Hillen
Frossard, co-founder of Candora, proudly confirmed my companion and I his firm’s new location which might host as much as 50 individuals for perfume-making workshops. Frossard determined to start out the corporate after a profession with multinationals corresponding to L’Oreal, Moet Hennessey, Louis Vuitton and Johnson & Johnson. “I like to mix opposites, the heat of wooden and the softness of flowers,” he stated describing his favourite scents. “I put on cedar and iris, generally vetiver and lavender. It is superb to see how two perfumes mix collectively to make a 3rd. I usually take the picture of coloration. Blue and yellow give rise to inexperienced during which we understand them with out having the ability to clearly determine them.”
Guests at Candora create their very personal perfumes on-site in 10 to half-hour or take part in centered, two-hour fragrance creation workshops, open to everybody. It’s a fascinating olfactory expertise.
Apparently, Candora has additionally developed an modern venture with novelist, Ingrid Astier, to take guests on a sensory journey via the small and enormous tales behind the twenty-one totally different scents of the Candora assortment, together with damask rose, oud, bigarade orange and vetiver, that make up its Olfactory Library. Texts in a particular 48-page hardcover guide are illustrated with images by Delphine Constantini and accompanied by a steel field containing the twenty-one scents in mini 3ml bottles, all numbered in a playful method. Purchasers then train their olfactory reminiscences, looking the ‘Scents Library’ and getting into solutions to questions on a web page on the positioning, earlier than discovering their general rating.
Fragonard, an older perfumery, is predicated in Grasse on the French Riviera, an enthralling city famend for its long-established fragrance trade. With a microclimate favoring flower-growing, the area produces over two-thirds of France’s pure aromas for fragrance and meals, amounting to greater than 600 million euro a 12 months. To grasp extra in regards to the sweet-smelling scent section that employs hundreds of individuals, a go to to one in every of its perfumeries corresponding to Fragonard is a should.
Based in 1926 by a notary, Eugène Fuchs, and now run by three of his nice grand-daughters, Anne, Agnès and Françoise Costa, Fragonard is without doubt one of the oldest perfumeries in France.
“We would like Fragonard to stay a small home, with its robust household values,” Agnès stated in an interview in Monaco Tribune, including that globalization sadly had standardized shopper conduct. “Grasse is presently experiencing a brand new golden age. After I began working, New York, Geneva and Paris nonetheless shared a lot of the perfumery sector.” Since then, LVMH, Lancôme and even Chanel have invested in Grasse, restoring it to its former glory. In 2018, the know-how of Grasse within the discipline of perfumery granted it passage on to UNESCO’s heritage record. “The affect we had – my sisters and I – helped remodel a small home with a vacationer vocation, which primarily attracted crowds of curious individuals wishing to find a fragrance manufacturing facility, right into a model, with its personal retailers, its personal world,” she recalled.
Diane Rognoni, Fragornard. Picture by Columbia Hillen
Not solely does it make fragrances, Fragonard additionally hosts two museums, one on perfumes, the opposite on costumes and jewelry.
Fixed innovators, the household additionally developed the concept of inviting individuals to come back to their workshops to make their very personal private perfumes. My companion and I did simply that, spending two fascinating hours in Grasse underneath the affected person tutelage of Diane Rognoni, an creator enthusiastic about artwork and historical past, pipettes in hand, aprons tied round our waists, we sniffed and blended important oils to create our personal eau de perfumes.
For guests to Paris, the excellent news is that Fragonard additionally hosts workshops at its Musée du Parfum positioned within the Opéra Garnier quarter. Right here it welcomes each beginner fragrance lovers and connoisseurs on a free guided tour, unveiling the manufacturing secrets and techniques of fragrance and its extraordinary historical past from historical Egypt to the twentieth century, with artefacts corresponding to kohl pots, pomanders, vinaigrettes, fragrance burners, pots-pourris, journey units, smelling salt bottles and treasured flasks.
In its ‘perfumer’s apprentice workshop,’ guests create their very own private Eau de Cologne. Led by a perfumery knowledgeable, the workshop lasts 90 minutes, after which guests head dwelling with their very own creations offered in a sublime, customized 100 ml bottle and pouch, a diploma signed by the instructor and your perfumer’s apprentice apron.
With perfumes being synonymous with Paris, no go to to the French capital could be full with no go to to one in every of these two main ‘facilities of scent.’