While in Nice, France last week, we took a trip to the beautiful nearby medieval town of Eze with it’s dainty and steep cobble streets, ancient stone built homes with their hobbit sized intricately carved doors and windows turned into modern day craft makers and artist’s shops, adorned with creeping Mediterranean flowers and friendly cafes.
While visiting Eze we popped into the famous historical Fragonard Perfume factory for some fragrance inspiration and to discover some more about perfumery, from learning more about the various methods of extracting the essential oils from leaves, woods and flowers to identifying and then blending oils into natural perfume.
We learned about some natural perfumery ingredients, and saw some equipment and processes, but as this particular factory produces their soap and skincare products, and not so much perfume is being produced there, it means we will just HAVE to return to the south of France and visit Grasse, very soon! I have been further inspired for my next fragrance, as a couple of flowers and fragrances are calling out to me to turn them into a candle, so watch this space!!!