Those with a passion for the art and craft of wine can try something new and plan a trip to learn the history of making perfume in France. The nation has been the pinnacle of the perfume industry since the 17th century, when perfumers developed techniques for making aromatic scents with flowers, leaves, moss, spices and a plethora of other unique ingredients. After reserving flights
, trip planners can book their car rental in France
and drive to the institution to learn just how intricate the perfume-making process can be.
Occupying two stories of a mansion from the Napoleonic era, the museum's architecture is a magnificent sight, but its exhibits are even more exceptional. The "perfume organ," named after its resemblance to the keyboards of a seven-manual cathedral organ, has endless tiered rows of ingredient bottles arranged around a center scale used to mix and test fragrances.
Displays depict the history of the manufacturing and packaging of these treasured bottles, as well as the reason behind their high value. For example, visitors will learn that approximately 440 pounds of lavender flowers create only 2.2 pounds of lavender extract for bottles that need this soothingly refreshing ingredient.
Before travelers drive their car rental in Paris
back to the hotel, they can stop into the perfume boutique and sample a variety of fragrances before purchasing a fresh bottle to take home.