On holiday on the Côte d’Azur? Why not follow me for a getaway in Grasse, the world perfume capital? Today, I tested a perfume creation workshop! Apart from the tour around the historic Fragonard perfumery, discover their olfactory “Apprentice Perfumer” workshop and create your own perfume in Grasse.
BECOME AN APPRENTICE PERFUMER IN GRASSE
A unique experience that will awaken your senses!
All year round, the Fragonard Perfumery offers you a “Apprentice Perfumer” workshop in its historic factory in Grasse. This workshop, which you will have to book in advance, lasts 1½ hours and is open to the general public from 12 years of age. In my workshop, there were ten apprentices, and we all had a love of perfumes and fragrances in common. We were all curious to learn the secrets of the fascinating profession of perfumer along with Corinne Marie-Tosello, the Fragonard Perfumery trainer. Following the workshop, the olfactory pyramid with its top, middle and base notes had no secrets for us!
1½ HOUR INVITATION TO TRAVEL IN GRASSE
An unforgettable sensory experience- both fun and captivating…
During the workshop, you’ll discover nine essences: fresh and hesperidic notes (citrus fruits, aromatics) to create a light eau de toilette, ideal for the summer. Some of these essences are familiar to us, others less so and when you smell them, you discover some totally unexpected facets. This sensory experience will make you explore your senses and undoubtedly activate some long forgotten memories that you will remember with pleasure thanks to your olfactory memory. Creating a perfume at the heart of a historic Grasse perfumery right next to the perfumer’s organ gives this workshop some added charm. I highly recommend it!
AND FINALLY ENJOY THE GUIDED TOUR OF THE FRAGONARD PERFUMERY
Once the perfumery workshop is over, you’ll be invited to take a free guided tour of the perfumery to see all the manufacturing stations. Bottling section, perfume maceration room, traditional soap factory, you’ll leave for an exciting 30-minute tour and finish with a 15-minute presentation of the famous Fragonard perfumes – yet another opportunity to awaken your senses.
After nearly 3 hours spent in the Fragonard Perfumery, you’ll be a real perfumery expert!
CREATE YOUR OWN PERFUME IN GRASSE WITH FRAGONARD
The “Apprentice Perfumer” workshop, lasting 1½ hours, is run by a perfume professional at the historic Grasse factory.
On the program for the workshop:
• History of perfumery, origin of the raw materials.
• Discovery of the raw materials and essences in the perfumer’s organ.
• Explanation of the olfactory pyramid: top notes, middle notes and base notes.
• Awakening your senses and your olfactory memory
• Personalizing your Eau de Cologne with the 9 essences available.
At the end of the workshop, you’ll leave with your creation in an elegant personalized 100 ml bottle, a diploma signed by the teacher and your apprentice apron printed “Fragonard”.
This service – you have to book in advance – includes a guided tour of the historic factory and costs €69 per person.
HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN PERFUME
IN GRASSE WITH FRAGONARD
A tourism and gastronomy blogger living on the Côte d’Azur, I have been sharing my tourism discoveries and gourmet recipes on my Discovart blog since 2011. I think the Côte d’Azur is one of the most beautiful regions in France with extraordinary potential and unlimited diversity. I love its landscapes, culture and traditions and I love sharing my favourite treasures.
By Julie DISCOVAR