Posts Tagged ‘perfume’

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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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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Humiecki and Graef limited porcelain edition

One-Stop Shopping for Haute Perfume in Paris

You can step into the world of haute perfume in Paris with just one visit to Jovoy Paris, on the rue de Castiglione, in the 1st Arrondissement. In Jovoy, François Hénin has created a showcase for the history, artistry and creativity of perfume. His love for and dedication to perfume is clear within minutes of speaking with him. This is a store that is not focused on selling; instead, it is focused on creating the optimal experience for your olfactory senses.

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Couture Scents in Paris

Sometimes I pick a theme before I head out to go shopping in Paris, like shoe day, goat-cheese day or bookcase day. Last week was carpet day, so naturally I found myself in a fragrance shop— and not just any fragrance shop but Stéphanie de Bruijn’s discreet little boutique oozing luxurious charms on the rue de l’Université: Parfum sur Mesure. The name of her shop translates to “Bespoke Perfumes,” and that is what the shop offers, couture fragrances made to fit you.

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Francis Kurkdjian

Three Parisian Perfume Houses: The Classic, the Ladylike and the Cutting Edge

You have your skinny jeans and ballet flats, your chicest handbag and the perfect scarf. What else might you need to perfect your

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A picture of Marily Monroe from Tilar Mazzeo's book on Chanel No. 5.

On Champagne, Chanel No. 5 and Paris Luxury

Author Tilar Mazzeo is a connoisseur of Paris luxury who has written best sellers about two of her favorites: champagne (The Widow Clicquot) and perfume (The Secret of Chanel No. 5). Currently, she is writing a wartime history of the Ritz to be called The Ritz at War: Luxury in Occupied Paris. She confesses that all her work results from an addiction to “the business of beautiful things.”

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Unusual Museums

I have a confession—I hate emails. As a way of doing business they’re tolerable, a necessary evil. Second confession—I write letters. Just tell me you aren’t twice as thrilled to open an envelope addressed to you from a friend or lover as you are to open something in your inbox. Perhaps this is why I love the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts as much as I do.

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The light and citrusy Parisienne, by Yves Saint Laurent.

Pretty Pink Perfumes from Paris

On my last trip to Paris, just a few weeks ago, I made my normal stop at duty free coming home from Charles de Gaulle. It seems that all the big houses are doing lovely pink-colored perfumes. I may perhaps be the last to catch on to this trend. These are most likely aimed at a young ingenue audience, but even in my mid-40s I decided to take a sniff.

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A Comeback for Worth, the Paris Label That Invented Couture

In Paris the one fail-proof cure for summer heat and humidity is the July couture shows. These magical three days involve a marathon of taxis,…

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