3 Feb 2010

Thinking of Paris: Best French Fragrance

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Thinking of Paris and’Best French Fragrances’ not ‘Best Friends Forever’ although I think I would be very happy to call Paris a BFF.

There are many, many superb French fragrances and each one is special to those who wear them so my small list is simply those fragrances and perfume houses in Paris that I love.

I have always adored scent – on me, on others, in the home and I could not imagine a life without perfume.

Best French Fragrance

*Les Salons du Palais Royale Shiseido  Serge Lutens (Fleur d’Oranger and Lys are my picks) 
142 Galerie de Valois – 24 Rue de Valois
Jardin du Palais Royale
75001 Paris

*Frederic Malle (Lys Mediterranee, Le Parfum de Therese and Vetiver for the boys)
Editions de Parfums
37 Rue de Grenelle
7005 Paris

*Annick Goutal (my longest French fragrance love; Gardenia Passion)
14 Rue de Castiglione
75001 Paris

*Cire Trudon (Odalisque and Spiritus Sancti)

*Diptyque (Figuer and Feu du Bois)

If you are in Paris and there is time and perfume is your thing please take a look; I promise you won’t be disappointed, xv.


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I have the "Trianon" Cire Trudon candle and love it so much. I also have several Diptyque candles. Great choices.

I would love to visit that place in the photo! Fragrance heaven!

Bonjour Madame

I was in heaven on earth when visiting several famous perfume houses in Paris. Really there is nothing like it. My favorites were Guerlain, Annick Goutal & Caron. I couldn't find Frederic Malle and really wanted to go there.


I'm sure these are all heavenly scents! My spritz of perfume is the last thing I do before heading out the door and one of my favorite "getting ready" details!

vignette design

I love the Diptych candles too. I finally received your book: "My French Life" and am giving it to my friend for her birthday tomorrow. Such a lovely book! Now I need to order one for myself for my birthday–which is tomorrow also! haha. –Delores


I will Vicki, I will.
Can you get any of these fragrances in London?
I rather like 'Bal a Versailles' but, they used to sell it in Harrods and Fenwicks but they don't anymore and it can only be bought in France now.
Many thanks for the suggestions. XXXX



I know what you mean – a carefully chosen scent should be part of our morning bathing ritual,the lingering fragrance is often what people remember you by. An everyday scent can instantly transport us to another time and place in our mind's eye and remind us of people and places. When I was a young girl my mother introduced me to Molinard's Creme 24 it is simply pure and lovely. The delicious scent of almonds and lemons is delightfully appealing and it is also great for the skin.

Would love to go to the perfume places you mention and then to the area near Grasse.


Dumbwit Tellher

One truly does not feel dressed do they without their favorite fragrance? Like the frosting on the cake! Next trip to Paris I must include one of those magnificent perfumeries. All my best ~


Vicki – where were you when I was planning my trip to Paris?? I think you were sitting on my book shelf. — I could organise a visit at just the thought of looking at these beautiful places. –mm

So Chic Ago

I'm sharing this and your previous post with a friend of mine who is putting together an itinerary for a trip to Paris. I only wish I could go, too.

Fabulous Finds Gal

Oh, you have opened my eyed to new fragrance adventures. I am so bad that I just love my Chanel No. 5? I know I need to break out of my box.
ps. Thank you so very much for your fabulous kiddo advice. It was truly needed and taken closely to my heart. I respect what you have done with your three kids and can only hope my son turns out half as great! xoxo


Hi Vicki- as you know I am a perfume fan (slight understatement) and Paris is probably the best place in the world to perfume shop- though London isn't bad of course. I'd add the Guerlain on the Champs Elysee but agree Serge and Malle are very excited. I actually gasped when I first saw the malle shop last time I came (which is too too long ago now- or about a year).

Sigh Sigh Sigh.


i was just wondering where one could find those beautiful glass ribbed votives whose lovely image adorn your blog…..

Diane Dorrans Saeks

Hi Vicki-

These are fantastic choices. If you follow your nose–and Vicki–and go to all these perfume shops and salons–you would have a wonderful fragrant day in Paris.
I totally agree about Frederic Malle–I wear and love all his perfumes.
GUERLAIN: Yes…next time you must to to that glorious celebration of fragrance, two floors, very historic, on the Champs-Elysees. Brave the crowds and disappear into this beautiful place (see the golden mosaics) and look for VOL DE NUIT…you would love.
cheers, DIANE

LuLu Kellogg

Dearest Vicki~

I am so glad I found your Blog again! I lost all of my favorites when I switched over to the three column blog. I have a lot to catch up on!

My favorite French fragrance is
Gauloise by Molyneux. I have been wearing it since 1985. It is just so lovely. I will have to look at the ones you suggested also.

Hope you are will my friend.



Oh I absolutely adores scents and candles! One of my favourite perfume labels is Annick Goutal. I own two different scents from her line. Great post!

Karen O.


Hi there…

visiting today from 'a box of chocolates'. i would just love to visit that place…make me feel like a princess.

one love.


Dear Vicky…
I've just come back home from a short trip to NIce!
How beautiful?
It was long time I didn't go and I felt in love with it again!

I think I'll go back soon!

Have a terrific weekend!
P.s. I love Ortigia parfum !


I love that photo Vicky just so… parisienne. Do you know where I can buy "Fleurs d'oranger" in Australia. I have tried David Jones and Myer but to no avail. My fav is 'Miss Dior Cherie' so pretty and feminine – i don't leave home without a spray!


I am living vicariously through you and envying your daughter's move to Paris…my mother and sister lived there for many years, and I miss it so! I am sure you will enjoy your time spent there even more so with your daughter living there.

Fat, frumpy and fifty...

When we had our Lavender farm in Provence in the 70's…we would take the lavendre to the Distillery down the mountain and watch the essence drip… drip…. l still have a blue glass bottle with about one inch deep of the oil we pressed that year…before it all went down to Grasse

ca c'est formidable..!

Michael Mattison

Vicki — As if I knew there were a pressing reason to visit your site again for the first time in several weeks; I must have sensed you'd have a delectable fragrance post waiting for me. As always: excellent taste you have, my dear.

Paris Rendez-vous

I bought a Frederic Malle fragrance from the Dries van Notten boutique last May and love it. I've yet to visit the Malle boutique…but it's on my list for this year. So much choice in Gay Paree!


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