Posts Tagged ‘ARTIFICE’

L'Heure Bleue, by Guerlain

Scents and Sensibility: A Perfume Walking Tour of Paris, Part II

On the right bank, we’ll start our perfume walking tour of Paris at the Chanel boutique (31, rue Cambon, in the 1st Arrondissement), where the list of fragrances is familiar to most of us. But I love the more obscure selections, such as Chanel No. 22. They don’t receive as much attention, but they are originals and were created when Coco was still alive. Cristalle is also one of my favorites. For those of you who don’t really wear perfume, it’s a light and easy fragrance to wear daily. 31 rue Cambon is a heady new addition to the collection, so it’s worth a sniff when you are at the boutique.

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Dior Diorella 1970s perfume ad by Rene Gruau

Scents and Sensibility: A Perfume Walking Tour of Paris, Part III

In the Marais, our first stop on this part of the perfume walking tour of Paris is l’Artisan Parfumeur (34, rue des Francs Bourgeois, in the 3rd Arrondissement). It has a boho apothecary vibe and fragrances like Timbuktu for the guys or Chasse aux Papillons for the gals. For your home, it carries candles in elegant containers with antique gold lids. For traditionalists, nearby is Fragonard (51, rue des Francs Bourgeois, in the 4th), a perfume house with over 100 years of history.

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La Maison du Chocolat

The 10 Best Gifts from Paris for Valentine’s Day

Every day in Paris is romantic even when the metro is crowded or a brief rain shower drives you into a small café, or into the entrance of an art gallery or shop. Everything and everyone seems romantic, from the man at the vegetable stand to the butcher who prepares your weekly entrecôte. The tradition of romantic love began in France, in the Middle Ages when romantic poetry was born and inspired the idea of giving gifts to express one’s devotion. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s our list of the 10 best gifts from Paris.

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Scents and Sensibility: A Perfume Walking Tour of Paris, Part I

The unique history and culture of perfume is distinctly French. I don’t know a girl who doesn’t want a signature fragrance that tells her story. It might be said that the art of perfume itself is second only to the art of French winemaking or couture. Without Madame de Pompadour, who influenced many of the luxury industries in France, the French perfume industry would not be what it is today. We must also thank Coco Chanel for bringing the idea of a signature perfume, her legendary Chanel No. 5, together with her own personal style trademark. You can also express your own personal style with a wardrobe of fragrances that reflect a favorite designer, or perhaps a single fragrance note or a complex idea that appeals to you.

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