Wondering if anyone has participated in a perfumery workshop - in particular the one that Fragonard offers? That sounds interesting and enjoyable. We'll be in Paris 5 days - my first time to visit. Figured it might be a good idea to add something different into our visit - apart from museums, cafes, strolling and the like.
I have not, but I always visit a Fragonard shop when in Paris.
The shops are just beautiful, and the products are well priced for their high quality.
I think a workshop would be a great treat.
I did this workshop last fall (2022). I really enjoyed it. Workshop is in English.
We had an introductory orientation and "tour" of the free museum exhibits (if you skip the paid workshops, you can still visit the exhibits). The intro tour may not be strictly necessary, but I liked the background info. You can also return to the exhibits after the workshop (which I did). The numbers are kept low in the workshops and every participant receives their own materials and a basic explanation of perfume scent mixing. After the intro, you get to make up your own perfume, with appropriate guidance. Of course, they also do a sales pitch at the end and direct you back to the first floor sales room. I wasn't interested, but there was a family, US accents, that was having great fun purchasing scents for family members back home. No expectations for participants to buy more.
This was not my first visit to Paris. I decided to book the workshop as something different. The Fragonard shop is in a very central location and the whole event takes less than a full morning or afternoon, so there is still time for other exploring.
Enjoy Paris whatever you decide to do!!
edit - I don't know who the "we" are in your group (obviously), but in my workshop there was me, a solo female, a family of two parents and 3 teens, several other couples, and a single man. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.
Hey ORD Traveler -
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. I'm going to pencil it in as a "possible" excursion. I found a link to the workshop: https://musee-parfum-paris.fragonard.com/en/book- . Looks like maybe this one might be a mere 1/2 hour or so - and lucky for me... It's offered in English.
This looks like the one I did. It says 45 minutes, I thought more like 90 minutes, but probably I'm not remembering accurately. I know I was there very early because I was not staying in central Paris and I gave myself extra time to get to Fragonard. Probably all the "hanging around" made the experience seem longer!
The workshop does sell out. I know I monitored the number of spaces left and booked before I left the US.
Bookmarking this for a future trip, sounds like fun!