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Parfumerie Molinard
Ranked #2 of 6 Tours in Grasse
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Owner description: FIVE GENERATIONS OF PERFUMERS Molinard, an extraordinary creator and producer of fine fragrances, is a family story that has unfolded in Grasse since 1849, ardently forging a legacy. Only Grasse perfumer to access to the label "Living heritage company", sign of a rare know-how. A MESMERIZING INTERACTIVE TOUR Discover this heritage steeped in history; admire collections of legendary bottles designed by Rene Lalique and Baccarat. Among the stills, the secrets of how perfume is made are gradually revealed. An astounding tour that entrances the senses, an immersive experience that begins with the still boasting a structure by Gustave Eiffel and ends in the spectacular sales salon crowned with a magnificent glass cupola. PERFUME WORKSHOPS Enjoy an unforgettable moment as you create your own custom perfume. Try your hand at the perfumer’s subtle techniques. With the guidance of a fragrance expert, discover the architecture of a scent, the ingredients that compose it, that complement or contrast with one another. Molinard, 4 different workshops from 25 to 189€
Reviewed December 8, 2012

I went to Grasse as a day trip from Nice. What a gorgeous town i think a must do if you are nearby. The 60 minute create your own perfume workshop with Paola was well worth doing. Perhaps being december it was quieter but we did not feel rushed - the opposite really. No sales pressure from staff - everyone was very friendly. Very well done and something different.

If you go, catch the train to Grasse and then the blue bus will take you up the hill to the top of the town. Its 15-20minute easy walk to Molinard from there. To get back there is a free bus (#1 starts with f cant remember name) takes you to the bus station where you can catch the blue (funix) back to the train station. The bus service seemed frequent.

4  Thank Jen_878
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Molinard is a "must-see" for Grasse; it is by far the nicest of the perfumeries (in terms of architecture and heritage) to visit. It is also my favourite in terms of "make your own perfume".

There is a free tour, in which you learn a little (not too much) about the history of scents and perfumes. There is also a "make your own perfume" class, where you get to design a scent under the guidance of a professional. The range of available scents is very good, and you're assured of making something unique.

We found that the nose (the professional perfume maker) was a little stretched between groups and harried, but was otherwise helpful and very pleasant. Her English was very good. The experience is definitely one to remember.

2  Thank Yossi M
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

I visited Molinard August 2012. The experience was interesting, no fee for the tour but don't expect too many attractions. Tour is very compact, they focus on the sales. After quick tour i even did not understand how i spend nearly 4 century at the shop. I m a very dedicated parfume user but i have 2 different kinds of parfume (I had not heard the names until that time) at home. They are 2 x 200 ml bottle and i m trying to finish them by giving as a present to my family and friends. Don't fall in the atmosphere and dont buy something you don't need. I suggest you that best thing to do is to create your own parfume. My son (10 years old) had pleasure to create his own (it takes 30 minutes). If I had time and had not spend too much money at the shop, I would like to create my own parfume with more complicated way. (it takes nearly 2 hours)

2  Thank OrkideS
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

The tour was free, but not available in English during our visit seeing there weren't enough English-speaking visitors at the time so they gave us an English translation to follow along. This is a museum of the old equipment used many years ago rather than a tour of a working factory. Make-your-own-perfume was not available on the day we visited; but I was quite pleased with the blends available for purchase. I typically don't enjoy the smell of most perfumes as they are too artificial and overpowering, but these were really natural and you could discern between the different notes present in them. The goods available for purchase aren't a great deal, and only the most popular are available in very small size.

Worth noting - the walk from the train station is straight up the side of the mountain and quite a work-out.

2  Thank Pil0tWife
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

The place is nice but don't expect a huge and extremely interesting attraction in Grasse.
The tour is ok even if quite quick. We did expect a much bigger factory and hope to see how perfume was really made but, for safety reasons, there is not much going on.
After the tour, of course, you end up in the shop of the parfumerie..... and you might end up buying a perfume!

3  Thank mktgcove
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