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The Great Paris Perfume Experience

Paris, France
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Parisian perfume is famous for its fine quality and sophisticated bouquet. Discover the secrets to crafting the perfect scent from a master perfume maker in Paris. During this hands-on workshop, learn the history of ‘Eau de Cologne’ and how to identify and describe a perfume’s various notes. Then, follow your nose and mix your own signature scent by combining classic perfume ingredients into a bottle that’s yours to keep.
  • Paris perfume workshop
  • Create your own perfume to take home
  • Learn the history and tradition of perfume-making
  • Professional local guide

What's Included

  • Materials
  • Self-created perfume (50ml bottle)
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Paris, Paris, Paris, Ile-de-France

    Departure Point: Central Paris Address: Please check your confirmation email for the address, door codes and contact numbers.

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Spend a sweet-smelling afternoon in Paris with a unique 2-hour workshop. Make your way to Paris’ 16th arrondissement to meet your guide, an industry expert who teaches at the renowned Perfumery in Versailles and consults international brands like L’Oreal on creating their signature scents.

Start off with a brief introduction to the international history of perfume, from the creation of a personalized perfume for Catherine de Medici in a Florence convent in the 1500s to the birth of Eau de Cologne in 18th-century Germany. 

Next, learn about the primary scent families and how to identify and describe an eau de cologne’s ingredients. Your instructor will discuss how major perfume producers use these formulas so you can identify the ingredients in your favorite perfumes on the market today.

Equipped with your new nasal knowledge, create your very own perfume by blending standard scent profiles — classic cologne, fruity, floral, spicy and green tea — plus ozonic and chypre atomizers. Experiment with different mixes to get the scent you want, and then capture it in a lovely 50 mL bottle to take home. You’ll remember your Paris vacation every time you spray it on!

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Operated by Experience Paris

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 4 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 4 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Great Paris Perfume Experience?

A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during The Great Paris Perfume Experience?

A:The policy on sanitization is:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Q:What is the social distancing policy during The Great Paris Perfume Experience?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Great Paris Perfume Experience?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Perfume maker
Nur_I, Jul 2019
Marina was a great teacher and master. My mom and I manage to make 3 perfumes and learned a lot. It is some thing you must do in Paris
Wonderful experience
Irene D, Jul 2019
Wonderful afternoon with Marina in a beautiful apartment, creating signature parfum to take home. Very enjoyable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great!
Natalia_N, May 2019
Very interesting experience definitely worth trying it out. Cozy atmosphere and a lovely host. We managed to create something we actually like with the help of the teacher. And we took our fragrances home. Fun!
Do not waste your money
ann_k, Sep 2018
This is not a workshop to learnThe instructor does not give any educational material The instruction is done within 5 mins in a 2 hour tour Only to sell you scented oil
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MICHAEL_F, Jul 2018
You might think a perfume workshop is just for the ladies. Oh contrare mon fare! Learning the science and formula of how to make perfumes was a lot of fun, and should be at the top of the list with the tower and the arch when you go to Paris.
Very knowledgeable chemist who...
Debra_S, Jun 2018
Very knowledgeable chemist who helped explain how to create our ideal scent. We had a great afternoon and loved making our perfumes! One of my best memories in Paris.
Delightful experience. Great...
Carolyn S, Apr 2018
Delightful experience. Great Mother/Daughter or grandma/granddaughter afternoon. Hostess was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.
Loved doing this with my Daughter...
debmill, Dec 2017
Loved doing this with my Daughter whilst we were in Paris we learnt a lot more aboutnotes of perfume and what is short and long lasting. Marina was just wonderful, so knowledgable and patient. And her apartment was a warm and calm environment for us to create our own individual perfumes.Great Parisian experience that is just a bit different from the norm.
1 traveler found this review helpful
The instructor was very knowledgable...
Rhonda S, Nov 2017
The instructor was very knowledgable regarding perfumes but I had wanted to learn more about how perfumes are made, the various properties of essences, etc. This hands-on workshop allows you to formulate your own custom blend with a generous-sized bottle to take home, plus 3 samples. I would have preferred a more interactive workshop however still recommend this one as it is conducted in a small group in a lovely private home whose neighborhood is near the Eiffel Tower. Time it right and go to the Tower after the workshop!
Highly recommend this workshop...
Melody M, Nov 2017
Highly recommend this workshop! Great venue in a Parisian apartment. It was fun and so unique. I had read earlier that you receive 1 bottle and had the ability to purchase the other scents if you wish and we did, they were a great value! My daughter and I will remember this experience for ever. Thx
This was the first time I enrolled...
Susan M, Oct 2017
This was the first time I enrolled and it was such a treat! I really enjoyed learning about the chemistry behind creating fragrances. Marina was instrumental in assuring the right fragrance tones were selected to complete my formulas. She was also very patient while answering many questions, and making sure each student in the class received personal time/attention. I would totally recommend this class to anyone looking to experience something really special while visiting Paris. Her apartment is just lovely and provides the perfect back drop for this Parisian event!
This is the third time I've...
Sarah_R, Sep 2017
This is the third time I've participated in a perfume-making workshop in France -- and this was the best! The setting: in a lovely Paris apartment. The size: just three of us, plus our teacher. The workshop itself: informative, plus you get to mix three different scents with terrific guidance before choosing which you want. For some extra euro, you can buy each of the scents you create. Also, custom-made perfume is a fantastic souvenir.
A great day for ladies and girls...
Monica P, Jul 2017
A great day for ladies and girls. My 14 year old daughter loved it especially. Highly recommend this activity.
This was amazing. Small, intimate...
auntie3456, Jul 2017
This was amazing. Small, intimate group in her home. She was friendly, informative and her home was lovely. Loved learning about the scents and making perfume.
Thoroughly recommend this...
Sally T, Jul 2017
Thoroughly recommend this experience. A very enjoyable and informative 2 hours. Lovely set up in Marina's beautiful apartment
My daughter and I enjoyed an...
Lee Ann M, Jul 2017
My daughter and I enjoyed an afternoon learning about the perfume industry and how to mix fragrant oils to make our own perfume. We both made three samples then chose one which our guide mixed and placed into a perfume spray bottle for us to take home. Extra bottles and fancier bottles are available for purchase at a very reasonable price if you want more. The class/tour was held in a private residence but it was easy to find and the guide was very nice and spoke English very well. We were very pleased with this tour.
This workshop was a lot of fun! I...
Ann K, Jun 2017
This workshop was a lot of fun! I took it with a colleague after a long week of work and we both truly enjoyed the experience. The workshop is given in a beautiful Paris apartment with all the supplies that you need. The instructor, Marine, was very pleasant and knowledgeable. She gave us information about the different scents and then helped as we mixed those that we liked to make our own signature scent. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to do something different but fun in Paris!
We were very excited about this...
Donna C, May 2017
We were very excited about this workshop but it didn't really meet our expectations. Maybe due to the fact that the workshop is 2 hours and perfume often takes an hour to really develop its final scent. It was fun and Marina did take time to understand the types of scents each person preferred. It did make me want to explore perfume-making more and it was a very Parisian afternoon.
This was much more fun and...
Rudy_R, May 2017
This was much more fun and interesting than I imagined. We got to learn about scents and of course create a few of our own perfumes. It was a welcome experience after having done so much walking and sightseeing. Our teacher was just so kind and loved teaching her craft. 5 star review all the way.
This workshop was wonderful! It was...
Kathryn G, May 2017
This workshop was wonderful! It was a great small group setting in a beautiful apartment. We had the freedom to experiment with different essences and ratios. Definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Paris!
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