Tours & activities by Historvius from Viator

  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
From USD $129.88

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Learn about perfume, its history and current trends, then create several perfumes of your own guided by a top Paris "nose" and perfume expert.
The workshop is led by an expert in the perfume field who teaches professionals at the well know school of Perfumery in Versailles and is also a consultant to firms like L'Oreal. The first part of the workshop will be a discussion on the origin of The Eau de Cologne in Florence in 1221 at the convent of Santa Maria Novella, and the key ingredients and evolution around 1725 of the production of perfume in the city of Cologne.

In the first half you will learn how to smell and describe the ingredients of an eau de cologne and to learn about the characteristics belonging to different families of odors. This is then followed by a discussion of the development of different kinds of Cologne and Eaux Fraiches on the market.

The second half of the workshop is the practical part. After having smelled the different types of Eau de Cologne and Eaux Fraiches, your teacher will show you a very simple method to create the perfumes you like which you can take home with you. Six different perfumes are used (classic cologne, green tea, spicy, fruity, floral ozonic and chypre in atomizers). All the raw materials are guaranteed to correspond to the European legislation and to the IFRA recommendations.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Paris
Departure Time:
2 hours (approx.)
Return Details:

Returns to original departure point

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Perfume Workshop in Paris

Perfume Workshop in Paris

  • Materials
  • Self-created perfume (50ml bottle)
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: MlleJennyfair, June 2016

A wonderful and unique experience!
I thought this workshop would be a tourist gimmick: was I wrong! Not only was the ambience exquisite - this class is held in a beautiful Parisian apartment - but our instructor was brilliant, kind, and wonderfully helpful. Not only does she hold a degree in chemistry, but she also gave information, answered questions, and made recommendations in both French and English. I was the only American, my 'classmates' were both from the Paris suburbs, and we were taught about scent families, combinations, what works, what doesn't - it was extremely interesting, and a lot of fun. We helped each other, and had an excellent time.
A recommendation - plan to arrive well ahead of starting time the metro takes a while to this slightly remote station, and there's a little walk to reach the building. Get here earlier to enjoy a coffee at the corner cafe or even visit the high-end depot-ventes in the neighborhood.
I received a complimentary bottle, and bought another of two of the three scents I created, and had a man's cologne made for me!, for a very low cost. Enjoy your personal scent and I hope you love this workshop!

Reviewed by: Ketra T, April 2016

Had a wonderful time at this workshop! Highly recommended if you love perfume.