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“Disappointing Visit”

Parfumerie Fragonard
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Half-Day Trip to Eze, Monaco and Monte-Carlo from Nice
Ranked #1 of 6 Tours in Grasse
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Visits to this historic factory thread their way through the perfumer’s laboratory, with its perfume organ, the distillery, the maceration and filtering studios, the enfleurage rooms, and the artisanal packaging and soapmaking workshops. The museum's collection features bottles and perfume memorabilia from ancient times and all the way up to the present day. Clay perfume flasks, khol vases, scent holders, salve jars, pomanders, bergamotes, and travel kits trace 3,000 years of history.
Reviewed August 27, 2013

We visited Grasse from our holiday base of Antibes. It wasn't a bad drive, and we didn't know much about Grasse, other than the connection with perfumes.

We arrived in the centre of Grasse, and there were posters everywhere directing you to Fragonard factories. We found one that had an old looking building, but parking was limited, and we were directed towards another factory. I'm not sure whether we were directed to the new factory as the old place was full, or maybe they just weren't open to the public that day.

Regardless we were soon at the new factory which had plenty of parking. It was pretty much a self guided tour, but there was a group of people who were given explanations as to the manufacturing process in French (obviously :-)) which we didn't join. It was a Sunday so the production machinery were unmanned and nothing was going on.

We quickly walked through the factory to arrive in the shop where there were lots of expensive soaps and perfumes for sale.

I think we were anticipating a bit of a history or a museum of perfumes, but we just had a short walk through a modern factory.

If there is a more interesting museum elsewhere in Grasse, we didn't get to experience it :-)

All in all it was a pointless drive to Grasse.

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

A 20min drive by car from Cannes.Ther are 3 factories to chose from offering the same service and attractions:Molinard,Galimard and Fragonard. You arrive in the middle of an ugly city Grass. There is a free short (15'min) factory visit which is not really a factory but a small volume laboratory with a few posters in French and poor English. you follow the production line by yourself.There are basically 3-4 process rooms with manual packaging being one of them. It is great to see but it is short.At the end ther is a giant shop with their products like body lotion,own branded perfums (26-100eur),face creams and aftershaves. No customer service,no business acumen.

3  Thank Archimedesrules
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

They offer free guided tours through the factory and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. They take time to answer all your questions. There is also a small Museum, free of charge and of course a huge store where you can buy all the Fragonard products.

Thank HugoBern
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

A must if you love perfume, both for men and woman. Our friendly hostess, Kristina, gave us a very good insight in the process of manufacturing as well as the various products required to produce perfume. After the tour you have the opportunity smell all the lovely fragrances and canbuy perfume and other products at factory prices. You are no obligation to buy anything. Received great service from Kristina. Very professional and friendly.

Thank Quinton M
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

At Eze , France which is an hour drive from Monaco, there is wonderful perfume and soap factory. Visitors are welcome to take a walk though escorted by a guided tour .The hostess in our case explained the method and history of perfume manufacture.There are several aromatic fragnanaces from which one can choose to buy. The expereince in the factory is of unique fragnance obtained from herbs, flowers from various parts of the world.

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