Set in the hills North of Cannes is the small town Grasse. This town is known as the perfume capital of the world, and one of the must visits of the French Riviera. One of the top things to do in Grasse is to discover the world of perfume and make use of the opportunity to make your own signature perfume. If you have limited time in this town, I strongly suggest strolling the “Old Town” followed by a perfume tour and workshop creating your own fragrance.
Getting to Grasse could be stressful when you are driving by yourself. A narrow, meandering road snakes its way up to this hilltop town, with little space for two cars passing each other. I was lucky enough to have my husband driving, with me hanging on to the door for dear life while trying to navigate the confusing roads.
We started our morning with a stroll around the cobbled streets of the old part of town. Pastel lined alleys lead to surprising corners and hidden gems. This is an Instagram lover’s dream! Every building form part of an intriguing picture, with flower and soap shops adorning the sidewalks. Stop for a French breakfast at one of the many Bakeries and Cafes and buy a few souvenirs for your Christmas list.
Do a Perfume Tour at Fragonard
Grasse has several perfume museums to choose from, but Fragonard is by far the most popular. It is easy to spot and they offer free 30 minute tours every 20 minutes. Have a look at their website for more information and browse their online store.
One of the best souvenirs you can take home from France, is a bottle of your own signature perfume! I decided to do a two-hour workshop at the Galimard Perfumery. During this workshop a perfume assistant helps you discover and create your own signature perfume from an organ of fragrances. You will go through the process of choosing your base notes, body notes and top notes with one-on-one assistance.
I created a perfume named ‘KRUST’ (off course) with a base of Lilas and Oriental Sandalwood and for my enjoyment, I rounded it of with the freshness of Green Tea, Lychee, Lotus and Bergamot.
You will pay 49 Euros for your own 100ml perfume. The bottle is not included, but will cost around 15 Euros extra. This was one of the most noteworthy experiences I had in France and I can’t stop showing of my personalised bottle of perfume. Give Galimard a visit on route to Grasse for a friendly interactive experience.
Workshops are Mondays to Saturdays at 10:00, 14:00 and 16:00
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