Do you love perfume?

 

 

 

Then  Grasse should be on your “go to” list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just north of Cannes, Grasse is only a 30-minute drive from Nice,

 

 

 

 

which makes it a fabulous day trip if you are on the Cote d’Azur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The old part of town is very picturesque, and this little town seems to have kept that slower pace of life,

 

 

 

 

despite having over 1 million visitors per year!

 

 

 

 

 The Notre Dame du Puy Cathedral is a mid-13th century church.

 

 

 

 

It is awe inspiring!   What I love most is that you can still attend a mass there

 

 

 

 

daily at 8:30 am in the crypt, 10:00 am in the main cathedral.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grasse has been the Perfume Capital since the late 1700’s,

 

 

 

when the French aristocracy developed a love for scented oils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Perfume Museum in Grasse exhibits over 3000 years of the history of perfume

 

 

 

 

and has beautiful gardens to investigate – it is an extra few Euros but worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grasse still has an international reputation in the perfume industry

 

 

 

and is the home of dozens of fragrance companies.

 

 

 

Many long standing famous French perfume houses are based in Grasse,

 

 

 

Molinard, Fragonard and Gallimard among them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fragonard Perfume Factory Tour is a

 

 

 

 

free 25 minute overview of perfume making, historical and current techniques etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Many of the other perfume factories also offer tours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A large percentage of all fragrance flowers and oils for the world’s perfumes

 

 

 

 

The flowers used by Chanel for the iconic No. 5 perfume are grown in Grasse.

 

 

 

 

 

GO THERE:

2 Boulevard du Jeu de Ballon,

06130 Grasse, France

Musees de Grasse

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fragrances from Grasse inspired our own FrenchGardenHouse Autumn Candles.

 

Coming Soon!

 

 

Our luxury scented candles celebrate the sights, and scents,

 

 

of Grasse and their centuries old perfume houses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impeccably blended with a high dose of French charm,

 

 

and the help of some of the finest “noses” in the scent business.

 

 

 

our hand-poured candles are carefully crafted to provide you many special moments.

 

 

 

 

You can still shop our French Candles inspired by the flower

 

and fruit and vegetable markets of Paris HERE >.

 

 

We’re back from a short {!!} buying trip.

 

All sorts of wonderful French & English Antiques arriving this week!

 

 

à bientôt

If you want to romance your Home and Garden with antique and vintage treasures to make you smile each time you come home, visit our shop FrenchGardenHouse.