Yesterday I went to Le Grand Musée du Parfum, Paris’ recently opened perfume museum that should be on the to-do list of any perfume lover.
Located on the French capital’s rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in a townhouse that previously housed the headquarters of Christian Lacroix, the perfume museum takes visitors on a multi-sensory fragrance journey. Fragrance enthusiasts can learn about the history and the science of perfume, and all about the role of the perfumer.
You can smell different perfume notes and selected scents–a special mention goes to Frederic Malle’s Portrait of a Lady composed by perfumer Dominique Ropion, which might actually be my new favourite fragrance.
Perfumes are available to smell and buy in the gift shop, as are various books on fragrance.
Le Grand Musée du Parfum
rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
When it’s sunny and you’ve been stuck in the office all day, there’s nothing better than breaking up the journey home with a bit of culture.
The Fragrance Foundation France has put on a photography exhibition at Jardins du Palais Royal in the heart of Paris, a stone’s throw from the Louvre.
Entitled Le Parfum dans tous les sens (French speakers will appreciate the word play here), it’s made up of 50 panels. Walk one way and you’ll be taken through the major steps involved creating and industrialising a perfume, retrace your steps and an ‘artistic adventure’ awaits.
The exhibition isn’t just visual – scent devices attached to the panels means you can smell different fragrance notes, including rose and lavender.
Le Parfum dans tous les sens is on at Jardins du Palais Royal, in Paris’s 1st arrondissement – from 28 May to 14th June. Open 7am to 11pm. Free