Since its founding in 1849 in the Grasse Province in the south of France, this world-class perfumery has been creating famous fragrances for men, women, dignitaries and even soldiers for more than 150 years.
Travelers can embark on a one-of-a-kind tour of Molinard Parfumery that starts with a film exploring the company’s history and ends with a trip through the 1930s where visitors can witness perfume-making in its most traditional sense.
The guided tour loops through Molinard’s beautiful reception area and flows into the soap room, where years ago a single person created hundreds of soaps by hand. The distillery remains one of the tour’s most incredible stops, as it’s one of the few perfume factories in the world to avoid modernization. Travelers will pass by the cream room, where they’ll learn about packaging and production before the final sales room stop, where a well-curated exhibition showcases fragrance collections from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
The parfumery is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. between October and March and from 9:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. during July and August. Guided tours of Molinard Parfumery are free and last for one hour. Interested travelers can also sign up to create their own fragrance (which can then be ordered online) with the help of local experts. The parfumery is closed between 1 and 2 p.m. on Sundays from October through March.