Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Fragonard Perfume Museum


Day 4 with neither my luggage...nor my perfume samples.....

As I was dolefully unpacking my meager carry-on bag which represented the sole remainder of my European luggage, I chanced upon five TSA-approved foil-wrapped eaux de toilette samples from Fragonard Parfumeur which had made their way into one of the bag's many hidden pockets. Joy! All was not lost! I tore open the first packet, Eau du Bonheur, and sniffed happily away. My mood noticeably brightened as I took in the cheerful essences of bergamot, orange blossom, mate leaf, sandalwood and cedar. These single-use towelettes are a wonderful way to try a new fragrance, and are perfect for travel.

I obtained these samples at the beautiful Fragonard Perfume Museum (Musee Du Parfum) in Paris. Located in a 19th-century town house near the Opera Garnier, this museum has displays depicting 3000 years of perfume history. It is a short, self-guided tour with some very interesting pieces. Here is a Perfume Organ:

Perfume Organ Fragonard Museum.JPG

This is a Perfume Coffret from the 19th century:

Fragonard Perfume Coffret.JPG

Tomorrow while awaiting my luggage, I will try my second Fragonard eau de toilette-towelette, "Capucine." Stay tuned!
top image: Fragonard Perfume Museum, Paris; photo credit: Christine Pierce

6 comments:

Emily said...

Sounds fabulous. Paris is a most wonderful city.

Giselle R. said...

I just love Grasse! Total relaxation plus perfume everywhere! They make it so easy for you to reach fragrance nirvana. Your lost luggage will find you.

GR again said...

Oops... thought for a sec you were in Grasse...well Paris is my fave place on earth after NYC, please post details of things you did/saw/felt in Paris.

christine said...

Hi, Emily -- yes, Paris is a most wonderful city!!!
Christine

christine said...

Giselle, the way you describe Grasse makes it sound so magical! It is definitely on my "top 3" next places to visit! And thank you for your kind thoughts about my luggage...
Christine

christine said...

Giselle,
NYC and Paris are my top two cities as well!!!! I will be posting much more about my Paris perfume adventures in the days to come. Thank you for asking...
Christine