Last week I took you to Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat and Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild. In today’s travelpost I will take you to another city in the south of France, which we visited during that same holiday: Grasse. Grasse was only a 20 minute drive from our holiday home, so it was definitely on our to do list. Now the first thing that springs to mind when I think about Grasse, is perfume… and here’s why…
The perfume industry in Grass has been flourishing since the 18th century and the town is considered the world’s perfume capital. It’s because of the microclimate that grass can produce many flowers, eg jasmine, a flower which is a key ingredient in many perfumes.
There are three perfumeries in Grasse which can be visited: Galimard, Molinard and Fragonard. During our trip to Grasse, we decided to do a free tour at Fragonard.
Parfumerie Fragonard opened in 1926 by Eugène Fuchs. He named the parfumerie after the famous Grasse-born painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard. In the 70’s, the perfumery expanded rapidly. We enjoyed our tour which was given by a very enthousiastic woman who could really sell her stuff! The tour of course ended up on the factory’s shop where we bought some perfume.
The perfume I bought for myself, Fragonard, was an instant favourite (as you can read in this post). After a couple of days I already regretted only buying a small bottle. But we were heading home and I didn’t have the time anymore to go and buy a larger bottle. I was lucky enough that my best friend Katrien had just arrived at the Côte d’Azur. I asked her if she could buy me a large bottle of this perfume should she visit a Fragonard shop and of course she did 🙂
The fact that you cannot buy these perfumes in any cosmetic store, but only at Fragonard shops, makes them a bit more exclusive. Fragonard has a couple of shops in France, but you can also buy online of course. Last year on a daytrip to Paris, I bought a new bottle in a Fragonard shop in Paris. Once this bottle is finished, I will want to replace it again as it is one of my favourite perfumes and it always brings me back to this beautiful holiday at the Côte d’Azur 🙂
Besides the trip to the Fragonard factory, we enjoyed a stroll through this beautiful French town. In summer the narrow streets are sprayed with a lavender smell which is absolutely delicious.
Grasse is beautifully situated in the Alpes-Maritimes. On another day, we drove around the countryside around Grasse, just to be stunned about the beauty of this region. I let the pictures below speak for themselves… If these don’t make you want to visit this French region I don’t know what will…
Have you already visited Grasse? Did you visit the Fragonard factory? Let me know in the comments!