The French had always been the epitome of class, elegance, sophistication, and the art of seduction and romance. They are also renowned all across the world for their perfume making tradition and skills. Endless fields of lavender, roses, jasmine and lots of wildflowers, fragrance laboratories, fine skills in distillation, and expert noses being the reasons. A visit to perfume boutique is a must for a luxurious Paris visit. And bring back the vials and bottles that would make a perfect gift for someone back home.
This traditional and elegant name was established in 1926 in Grasse by Eugène Fuchs after the famous Grasse-born painter, Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806). The museum and boutique are located in a mansion from the era of Napoleon. You can visit the museum for a guided tour of how the perfumes are being made. The tour ends to the luxurious boutique where the perfumes are displayed in plain and antique bottles. The boutiques feature over traditional versions of fragrance including as well as its creative innovations.
Besides perfumes, you can also shop for cosmetics, soaps, scarves, decors, accessories, aromatic oils, glasswares and other exclusive gifts from these boutiques. Fragonard has two boutiques in Paris, at 51 rue des Francs-Bourgeois in the 4th arrondissement and 203 Rue St Honoré in the 1st arrondissement.
Guerlain is one of the world’s oldest brands of cosmetics with its inception in 1828. The brand names Shalimar, Mitsouko, L’Heure Bleue and Apres l’Ondee needs no further introduction. The boutique at 68 Champs-Elysées enchants you with its beauty and refinement. The magnificent building was designed by Charles Mewes, the architect of the hotel Ritz, Paris and recently innovated by architect Peter Marino.
The space blends tradition with modernity, the marble and the golden accents with the sleek and elegant decors. The Ruban d’Or (“golden ribbon” in French) is a curvy path lined with small squared shaped golden mosaics and it connects the different divisions of the space. The traditional collections of perfumes come in majestic, intricately designed bottles. If you are a fan of modern luxury, then you should try the L’Art et la Matière collection that comes in elegant sleek bottles.
If you are on an all-girls tour to Paris, then Annick Goutal Boutique is a spot you should not miss. Annick Goutal opened her first perfume store Rue de Bellechasse, Paris in 1981. Walk into this small yet elegant boutique and you will be captivated by its boudoir-style ambiance, with its accents of mirrors, glasses, silk, cream shades and warm lighting. The perfumes are created using the finest of all natural essences, to achieve perfect harmony in olfactory senses.
They have many boutiques in Paris including the famous boutique at 14, Rue de Castiglione. The Eau d’Hadrien, Ce Soir ou Jamais, and Petite Cherie are the best sellers. Many of their collections come in ribbed bottles with butterfly stoppers while the unisex perfumes come in square bottles.
The brand Diptyque is very well known to anyone who has a taste for sophistication and you can find Diptyque stores around the globe. But the boutique at 34 Boulevard Saint Germain that started in 1961 is the original one.
They had started an eponymous collection 34 Boulevard Saint Germain in 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of the house at the street. This is a signature collection that features soft woody and mild spicy fragrances that are neither too feminine nor too masculine. If you are a lover of scented candles, you should definitely go for the home fragrances scented candles, soaps, and sprays.
Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
Having born as the grandson of Serge Heftler – the founder of Parfums Christian Dior, it is not a wonder that the founder of Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle would have a fine taste in fragrances. He launched his first perfume store in 2000 to create scents that are creative and luxurious. The latest store at 13 Rue des Francs Bourgeois was designed in collaboration with architects Jakob and MacFarlane.
The store features a futuristic curvilinear profile and features three-dimensional grid islands and stalactites that form shelves, tables, and displays. The interlocking shelf elements feature the ever-growing collections of Frédéric Malle. You can see that the bottles are simple as he believes in dedicating more to the quality of the scent rather than the external packaging.
This is an exceptional luxury perfumery run by Sylvie, Benoît and Olivier. They have shaken the traditional industry of perfume making by using a perfume-making robot called the Osmologue. As you enter the store you will be captivated by the royal blue and marble minimalistic interiors. You will be allowed to experience the scent of eight base perfume samples and then you can personalize it with complimentary raw materials. Your signature scent is mixed right in front of your eyes by Osmologue and capped with an intricately designed 3D stopper.
Iunx Boutique at Rue De Touron is a mysterious and luxurious space dedicated entirely for perfumes. The perfumes are created by Olivia Giacobetti whose loves to stay away from the traditional modes of crafting fine perfumes. The space is set with deep black, pure white and natural wooden elements. The photosensitive light testers, shock materials, and displays help you discover their fragrances in its truest form. A white paper flower shaped corolla lights up and frees the perfume letting you place your face over to smell it.