French perfume is fragrance itself. The use of fragrance may not originate from France but it cannot be denied that the love and use of perfume sprouted from France.
A peek at perfume history
Fragrances as incense were used for religious rituals so long time ago in Egypt. Later on, it evolved as something that is used during festivities and as an aphrodisiac used by Egyptian women before lovemaking. With the clear potential fragrances can do, the use of it soon spread throughout Islamic World, Greece and Rome. And although the use of fragrances declined with the Roman Empire fall, Islamic continued with its use that enabled perfume to continue to enhance a man’s senses.
It was France that established perfume making in 1656 after centuries of existence. It was here that the Eau de Cologne came to be, a refreshing scent of lemon, neroli, rosemary and bergamot. Eau de Cologne was widely used from being a mouthwash, poultice and so on aside from its usual use as fragrance for the body, suits, dresses and other items used by people. With the advancement of perfumery, so did the ‘de toilette’ or metal ornamental bottles used to keep perfume inside. Grasse, located at Provence, a southern French region, revolutionized French perfume and became the capital of fragrances, along with Paris, all over the world due to their rose fragrance they used for their May crop festival.
What makes French Perfume special?
Aside from the fact that scents’ terminologies came from French, famous perfume makers often came from France too. It was France’s innovation on perfumery that made it possible for designer’s house and Hollywood stars today to create their own scents.
It was the love of the French people for perfume that made the use of perfume spread all throughout Europe and soon, in the United States and all over the world. But no matter how many brands and kinds of perfumes emerge, the French perfume still dominates the world. A scent is yet to be discovered that can surpass Jean Patou’s Joy perfume as the costliest perfume to be followed by Chanel No 5 by Coco Chanel and Shalimar by Guerlain.
And who would forget Yves St Laurent’s controversial Opium? And all throughout the years, in every decade, French perfumes are being launched by French designers like Christian Dior. French perfume will always share its fragrances as it is timeless and for all times.
French perfume is distinct for its floral scents. French Perfume also pioneered the Chypre fragrance of oakmoss, bergamot, labdanum and patchouli. Famous French perfume with this scent is the Mitsouko by Guerlain. Another scent base in which French perfume pioneered is Fougere or Fern which is usually the base scent of French perfume for men.
The reason why these scents are so unforgettable is because French perfume does not go half-baked. The scents always go strong and are often made to create an impression of the wearer. This made French perfume very special. That is why, up to this date, French perfume brands are considered to be quality perfumes.
French Perfume Brands in the Market today
There might be countless French perfumes being sold by French perfume shops online or offline. The following are just but few examples of reputable and famous French perfumes brands.
- Christian Dior
Newer French perfumes are still emerging today. These scents are not only for special occasions but can be worn for all types of events or activities. One of these modern French perfume is Red Door perfume by Canadian French Elizabeth Arden.
Even though perfumes did not originate from France and that perfumery did not start there, it was French perfume that brought the love for fragrance to the new world. This made French perfume special and unforgettable.