Farming and perfume

The perfume factories in Grasse
From the place du vingt-quatre août there is a view of the lower districts of Grasse where some of the old perfume factory chimneys are still visible. This is a good spot to find out about the history of the perfume industry by looking at its...
The gardens of the Perfume Museum
The gardens of the International Perfume Museum were created in 2007 and became the conservatory for perfume flowers in 2010, a natural space dedicated to the smells and fragrances of local agriculture. Whatever the time of year, the pleasant...
International Perfume Museum
Grasse is the birthplace of the luxury perfume industry, and the international perfume museum has been here since 1989. The museum has over fifty thousand exhibits that trace the history of perfume, soap, make-up and cosmetics back four thousand...
Rose cultivation
As you wander along the main road of this “ town of the rose ”, you’ll come across the Rose de Mai centre, which was once the headquarters of the perfume flower cooperative of La Colle-sur-Loup and also the place where they used to store the flowers...
Chiris perfume factory
The Chiris factory is a remarkable building with its highly original orientalist decor. These vast premises were built by the architect Léon Le Bel for Léon Chiris in 1899, modelled on a workshop in Boufarik, Algeria. The factory’s hydrocarbon room...
Violet growing
You’re standing in front of the Bastide aux violettes in Tourrettes-sur-Loup, the “ town of violets and art ”. Once you’ve visited the museum, the garden and the greenhouses you’ll be a violet specialist. The museum is packed full of information...
The mimosa
As winter draws to a close, the mountains all around you are completely yellow. This is when the mimosas, which Auribeau-sur-Siagne and Pégomas are famous for, are in flower. This variety of acacia, the acacia dealbata, imported from Australia in...
Growing orange trees
Le Bar-sur-Loup is often called “ the town of the orange trees ” because it used to have terraces of Seville orange trees on its slopes. In the period after the First World War, there were two hundred thousand of these trees in the Alpes-Maritimes...

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Jasmine cultivation
The jasmine fields that are in bloom in summer around the hamlet of Plascassier, are a reminder of the importance of this floral plant in Grasse. The sweetness of the perfume given off by its flowers made jasmine a very popular plant amongst perfume...