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“Large variety of Fragonard perfumes, pushy salespeople”

Parfumerie Fragonard
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Visits to this historic factory thread their way through the perfumer’s laboratory, with its perfume organ, the distillery, the maceration and filtering studios, the enfleurage rooms, and the artisanal packaging and soapmaking workshops. The museum's collection features bottles and perfume memorabilia from ancient times and all the way up to the present day. Clay perfume flasks, khol vases, scent holders, salve jars, pomanders, bergamotes, and travel kits trace 3,000 years of history.
Reviewed 14 June 2011

We recently visited this Fragonard museum/factory/shop on a recent trip to the South of France. We opted to do the free self tour which consisted of walking by a glass walled lab where we could see various perfume jars in the distance and then an automated soap making machine. There was only 1 employee in the lab who was half-heartedly manning the soap machine which tells me that this is really just a show for tourists.

It was much more lively downstairs in the Fragonard shop where there were many counters displaying the various perfumes. When we were there, there was a large group of Japanese tourists and their excitable/shouty tour guide so that kind of detracted from the experience.

The most annoying aspect of the Fragonard store was the pushy salesgirls who must be on commission. Not only did they not want to let people browse and sniff in peace, they became aggressive if you wanted to buy anything so they could be your "salesperson of record" and thus, I suppose, receive their commission. Even if they hadn't done anything except pester you! Out of principal, once the salesgirl snatched the perfume that I was about to buy up at the counter, I left without buying a thing.

I would recommend the Molinard over the Fragonard experience in case you only have time for one perfumerie in Grasse.

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Reviewed 14 February 2011

Although the surrounding countryside that once held the fragrant and colorful fields of flowers grown for the perfumes is now full of houses and buildings, one is transported back to the time when perfumes were made by hand as soon as one enters the parfumerie. Allow yourself time to explore the museum and take the truly fascinating tour. Then the best part, trying out all the different scents and getting factory prices!

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Reviewed 6 January 2006

Last summer my daughter and I went on a tour of the Fragonard factory. We loved it and loved the merchandise that we purchased. My daughter has gotten so many compliments on the perfume. In fact, we are trying to find away to order more even though we live in the United States.

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Reviewed 22 September 2005

Grasse is a lovely town to visit. The Fragonard perfume factory is certainly worth spending the time to visit, to learn about the history and process of perfum making. A word of warning though the tour ends in the Fragonard shop, and most women do not seem to be able to resist buying. This is probably very profitable for Fragonard as the do not put the product in fancy bottles nor do they have to pay large amounts to market the product. My Mom bought some product and one item had a faulty stopper and the fragance on the other items did not last as long as typical fragances especially as it was parfum and not toilet water. When we telephoned Fragonard the customer service person actually said it was probably older stock. My advice if you like Fragonard perfum is to either buy it in one of their retail shops (one is in the High Street in Grasse) where the perfume is probably fresher or order it via mail order. My girlfriend highly recommends the soaps and body wash.

34  Thank Paul Drinkwater
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