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Channel N°5, the world's most famous perfume, is one of the many exquisite French perfumes sold in Paris beautiful stores. France has been the leader wordwide in perfumes since the 17th century. The Cosmetic Valley south of Paris and Grasse in Provence are the heart of the flourishing French perfume industry, which produces 25% of the world perfumes.

French perfume brands in Paris

No country ranks higher than France for perfume. Many of the most famous perfumes, such as Chanel N°5 and Shalimar of Guerlain, are actually French.

Perfumes are part of french fashion and elegance. Come to Paris to buy french fashion and perfumes. Discover french elegance and art de vivre in Paris.

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Top French perfume brands in Paris

Chanel (Chanel N°5), Dior (Miss Dior) and Guerlain (Shalimar) are the top french perfume brands.

Fragonard, a well known perfume brand, has its own perfume museum near Paris Opera and stores in Paris.

L'Occitane and Yves Rocher, on the lower end, have great perfumes based on natural products. The very parisian and lesser known perfumes of Annick Goutal and Lolita Lempicka are also parisian favorites.

French perfume stores in Paris

The perfumes of L'Occitane and Yves Rocher can only be found in their stores. The many Marionnaud stores in Paris sell most french perfume brands and provide skin care and make-up services.

The famous Sephora stores (web site) also sell most french perfume brands in very large stores, including the flagship store at 70, Avenue des Champs Elysees (Paris map).

French stores in Paris

French perfume brands: Annick Goutal
French perfume brands: Annick Goutal

High end Perfume Stores in Paris

Paris department stores are very well know as great shopping venues for perfume with most French and international perfume brands.

We love three lovely french perfume stores: Annick Goutal, 12 place Saint Sulpice Paris 75006 (Paris map), Guerlain, 68 avenue des Champs Elysees Paris 75008 (Paris map) and, last but not least, Serge Lutens, 25, rue de Valois Paris 75001 (Paris map) under the Palais Royal arcades.

French perfume history

France quickly became the European center of perfume and cosmetic manufacture. Cultivation of flowers for their perfume essence, which had begun in the 14th century, grew into a major industry in the south of France mainly in Grasse now considered the world capital of perfume.

During the Renaissance, perfumes were used primarily by royalty and the wealthy to mask body odors resulting from the sanitary practices of the day. Perfume came into its own when Louis XV came to the throne in the 18th century. the King demanded a different fragrance for his apartment every day. Perfume substituted for soap and water. Aromatic plants were being grown in the Grasse. Today, France remains the centre of the European perfume design and trade.

The Cosmetic Valley south of Paris is another key region for the French perfume industry. Alltogether, the French industry enjoys a position of market dominance with 25% of the global market (source: UN).Cosmetics are France's second biggest export, after aeronautics.

Flower crop for perfume in Grasse
Flower crop for perfume in Grasse

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