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The World of Rose and Musk: A Guide to Perfume Shopping in the Heart of Paris

Anna Grego, beauty editor for LO'AMMI Magazine, has selected 5 locations in the iconic Marais district of Paris so that you can immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the perfume capital of the world and buy the best niche fragrances.

1. Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle

Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle was born in the year 2000, the product of Frédéric Malle's determination to champion perfumery and restore it to its former glory.

Guiding the world's greatest perfumers to the very pinnacle of their art, he grants them total freedom to create, furnishing them with exceptional raw materials and imposing no time or budget limits and no marketing constraints.

What to buy:


By Dominique Ropion

Top note: Rose

Middle notes: Blackcurrant; Raspberry; Clove

Base notes: Patchouli; Sandalwood; Frankincense.

2. L’Artisan Parfumeur

L'Artisan Parfumeur came into existence as a result of a playful challenge. With his background in chemistry, Jean Laporte was asked by a friend if he could create a scent of banana to wear with a matching costume to a grand evening at the Folies Bergères. This request was followed by other requests for fragrances of grapefruit and vanilla.

He experimented and created original scents with "natural essences". With the success of his first line of fragrances, Jean Laporte was named L'Artisan Parfumeur – the craftsman of fragrance – by perfume enthusiasts.

What to buy:


by Karine Dubreuil

Notes: Blackberry, Musk, Red Berries

3. Penhalingon's

Penhaligon's is a perfume maison created in London in 1870 by William Henry Penhaligon. Their passion is to continue his legacy as a creative and innovative perfumer while continuing to seek new interpretations of elegance. Their perfumes are still made in the heart of England, with the finest ingredients. Throughout its history, Penhaligon's has attracted the most prominent names and has been the official supplier to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh since 1956 and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales since 1988.

What to buy:


Notes: Oud, Bergamot, Rose.

4. Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Maison Francis Kurkdjian was born in 2009 from the encounter between Francis Kurkdjian, a renowned perfumer with scores of successful creations, and Marc Chaya, Co-founder and President of the fragrance house.

Together, they fulfilled their desire for a sensual, generous, and multi-faceted landscape of olfactory free expression, creating a new emblem of French know-how and lifestyle.

What to buy:

BACCARAT Rouge 540

Notes: Jasmine, saffron, cedar, woody tones.

5. Histoires de parfums

Histoires de parfums is an olfactive library that tells stories about famous characters, mythical years, poems, and music.

The collection created by Gérald Ghislain is governed by no rules other than inspiration. With his luxuriant imagination, this loquacious individual has chosen to bring his stories to life in perfumes, a sensitive and sensual medium.

What to buy:


Top notes: Fruits of the Sun, Peach.

Middle notes: Rose, White Flowers, Cardamom, Clove.

Base notes: Patchouli, Chocolate, Coffee, White Musk.

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