Here you see an old machinery which is displayed at the International Perfume Museum in Grasse, it mixed alcohol with the perfume oils during the process of perfume creation.
This model was particularly instrumental in creating the infamous Guerlinade bases/tinctures. What is this Guerlinade base? Read more...
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An old steam distillation machinery seen here sits as a part of the display at the museum.
Steam distillation is employed in the isolation of essential oils, for use in perfumes, in the way that steam is passed through the plant material containing the desired oils. Read more....
The most critical aspect of being a fragrance enthusiast is knowing your notes...here I'm smelling linalool which imparts sweet floral note maltol that gives a sweet caramelic accord, cis3hexenol which results in a distinct freshly cut grassy note...and then it got weirder with cocaine, whiskey and opium which are created by compounding multiple ingredients...
Seen here is a wax model of the final bottle.One type of casting method in the past involved the use of a wax model which was designed in the shape of the bottle. The wax model was covered with clay or plaster, and holes were left at the bottom and the top. When the mold was heated, the wax would run out of the bottom hole. Then the glass was poured into the mold through the opening at the top and the mold was placed in a furnace.
I particularly loved this sculpture at the entrance thats been created by joining together several old steam distillation units.
Fragonard products can be purchased in these beautiful gilded flacons available directly over the counter at the gift shop situated at the factory.
Grasse France might be the most fragrant city in Europe, widely known as the perfume capital of the world. Grasse the birthplace of the world's perfume industry remains an essential focus for the international market of aromatic products. More than 60 companies producing raw materials, flavours and fragrances employ almost 3000 workers. These firms generate over 50% of the French turnover and nearly 6 % of the world's turnover.
Grasse is of particular historic relevance in terms of its perfumers and perfumeries, even though it was originally famous for its leather tanneries. This leather had to be perfumed and so perfumeries catered to this. However over time two professions started to exist, tanneries and perfumeries that were churning out beautiful, ethereal, seductive 'scents'. The region of Grasse is of strategic importance due to its micro climate that was perfect for the cultivation of several flower plant species critical to perfumery.
Even the flowers used for making the world-famous Chanel N°5 are grown and harvested here.
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