Make local: Fragonard Parfumeur (perfume manufacturer), Grasse, France

Parfumerie Fragonard was opened in 1926 by Eugène Fuchs who chose to name it after the famous Grasse-born painter, Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), as a tribute to both the town of Grasse, France

Parfumerie Fragonard was opened in 1926 by Eugène Fuchs who chose to name it after the famous Grasse-born painter, Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), as a tribute to both the town of Grasse, France

 

Known as the perfume capital of the world, Grasse produces two-thirds of France’s natural aromas and is home to Perfumerie Fragonard, named after the famous Grasse-born painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard.  After our luncheon in Mougins [see our previous blog post], we visited the company’s historic buildings which include part of its present-day manufacturing facilities and a “laboratory” for guests to take a class in blending their own eau de cologne.

 

An historic steam distiller in the “museum” at Fragonard Parfumeur, Grasse, France

An historic steam distiller in the “museum” at Fragonard Parfumeur, Grasse, France

 

One of the eau de cologne bottling lines at Fragonard Parfumeur, Grasse, France

One of the eau de cologne bottling lines at Fragonard Parfumeur, Grasse, France

 

“In perfumery, the term Eau de Cologne designates a preparation whose perfume concentration content does not exceed 7%.  Most eau de colognes are made using citrus fruits.  During the first half of the 20th century, eaux de cologne were generally the only perfume that men wore.  Eau de Cologne began with an Italian called Giovanni Paolo Feminis, who set up a branch in Cologne where he sold an alcoholate with a fine reputation…  The perfume’s reputation spread throughout Europe, where it was given a simpler name, ‘Eau de Cologne’.” – source: Fragonard Parfumeur

 

While Grasse produces two-thirds of France’s natural aromas, the natural ingredients are source from around the world; Fragonard Parfumeur, Grasse, France

While Grasse produces two-thirds of France’s natural aromas, the natural ingredients are source from around the world; Fragonard Parfumeur, Grasse, France

 

The display outside our classroom “laboratory” showcased natural aroma sources from around the world, Fragonard Parfumeur, Grasse, France

The display outside our classroom “laboratory” showcased natural aroma sources from around the world, Fragonard Parfumeur, Grasse, France

 

Our classroom “laboratory” where we received instruction in how to blend our own unique Eau de Cologne which we bottled and took home, Fragonard Parfumeur, Grasse, France

Our classroom “laboratory” where we received instruction in how to blend our own unique Eau de Cologne which we bottled and took home, Fragonard Parfumeur, Grasse, France

 

In our “laboratory” class we learned about the ingredients of Eau de Cologne.  The essential oils of lavender, rosemary, neroli, petit grain, and lemon verbena are extracted using steam distillation.  The essential oils of all citrus fruits are extracted using the cold extraction process.  Your blogger’s formula for his personal (take home) Eau de Cologne was 20% Brazilian Orange, 30% Italian Lemon, 35% Italian Bergamot, 7% Verbena and 1% Rosemary.  Unfortunately, it is not yet available in Fragonard’s Grasse, Paris and New York stores…

 

The “laboratory’s” display of a selection of the natural aromas available to the professional staff at Fragonard Parfumeur for blending Perfumes and Eaux de Colognes, Grasse, France

The “laboratory’s” display of a selection of the natural aromas available to the professional staff at Fragonard Parfumeur for blending Perfumes and Eaux de Colognes, Grasse, France

 

An individual “laboratory” work station where we individually hand crafted our unique Eau de Cologne and then bottled it to take home, Fragonard Parfumeur, Grasse, France

An individual “laboratory” work station where we individually hand crafted our unique Eau de Cologne and then bottled it to take home, Fragonard Parfumeur, Grasse, France

 

 

3 thoughts on “Make local: Fragonard Parfumeur (perfume manufacturer), Grasse, France

  1. Hi Rich and Robin – Really enjoying your digital postcards! Our next will be in Provence, living just 10 minutes from Grasse, in September. Hope to see you when you are home. Charlie

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  2. Bill and I really enjoyed both this post and the earlier one from Cote d’Azur. We had the good fortune to have a convention in Nice, back in the late ’80s, and loved our exploring of this part of the Mediterranean. We had an afternoon excursion to Grasse, and your photos remind us of what we learned there — Bill as a chemist being particularly fascinated. On our last day, we rented a car and drove east to visit Monaco, driving up along the Moyenne Corniche through Eze, where we lunched and explored a Roman statue dedicated to Julius Caesar. One of our strongest memories was the wonderful aroma of walking the trails through herbal, head-high thickets!

    Thanks for sharing your photos and experiences! Pat and Bill Mutch

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