Saturday 2nd June
The scheduled Congress event for the day was Golf, but for those who preferred to do something else, there were other excursions available. We returned to Grasse for the day. The first perfumery we visited was Galimard, where there were old copper stills in the car park and grounds!
We were shown around by an English-speaking guide, who described the methods of extraction used in perfumery as she showed us artefacts, old distillation equipment and enfleurage chassis. Then we went through to the laboratory, and saw long shelves of reagent bottles.
We saw alcoholic fragrances being filtered, and finally, the perfumer’s organ. She told us that perfumers were very rare individuals, who could only work for about 2-3 hours a day, and only 2-3 days a week! The tour ended with a visit to the gift shop, where there were a selection of perfumes to try.
We drove further into Grasse, and visited Fragonard which was more modern in appearance than Galimard; they still had many artefacts, but you could see their soap manufacturing facilities and their laboratory.