Beyond its beautiful architecture, impeccable fashion and infectious romance, the City of Lights has also been the home to old perfume houses that have been around for hundreds of years. Apart from the usual big names we are so familiar with, like Chanel and Dior, Paris also has a rich history in perfumery, which makes it appealing to industry experts and discerning fans. From storied fragrance houses like Guerlain to small, niche brands like Ex Nihilo and everything in between, here are the best perfume stores in Paris you have to check out when visiting Paris.
#1: Guerlain, 68 Avenue des Champs-Elysees
Founded in 1828, Guerlain is one of the oldest beauty brands in the world. And over the years, it is inevitable that the brand has amassed an extensive library of scents in its archives. To fully experience the Guerlain brand, where better than its flagship store on Avenue des Champs-Elysees? Having been at this current location since 1914, Guerlain has quickly become synonymous with this prestigious shopping belt. Once you enter the store, be prepared to get instantly transported to the world of Guerlain, as it stocks everything you can dream of: perfumes, skincare, makeup, the luxurious L’Institut Guerlain spa and even a restaurant. Here, you also get access to special services like engraving, and if you have over 20,000 euros to spare, a fully personalised Guerlain scent that will be custom-made to your preference.
#2: Jovoy Paris, 4 Rue de Castiglione
Fans of niche fragrances will love the Jovoy store at Rue de Castiglione. Housing dozens of fine fragrance brands from all over the world, including Jovoy Paris, Fragrance du Bois and Roja Perfumes, this is the place where fragrance connoisseurs come to have their ultimate dream come true. From fragrances, home scents to room scents, there’s literally nothing you cannot find here. Take your time to browse through the extensive offerings or speak to the extremely knowledgeable boutique assistants about your preferences so they can make their recommendations. Just don’t forget your credit card.
#3: By Kilian, 20 Rue Cambon
With perfume names like ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ and ‘Forbidden Games’, you can expect nothing less than rich, hedonistic scents that will leave a memorable trail at By Kilian. Conveniently situated just doors from the Chanel store, there’s no excuse why you can’t drop by for a sniff or two. Modelled like an elegant apartment, feel free to browse through the scents on display — most of them come in exquisite cases or clutches, which makes it even harder to resist picking up something for yourself. We love ‘Voulez-vous coucher avec moi’, an uninhibited explosion of heady notes like gardenia, ylang-ylang, tuberose, sandalwood and vanilla.
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