Before setting off on our journey to the south of France we realized that this area is famed for perfume production. We had two choices in perfumeries to visit on our holiday--Fragonard or Gallimard. Because of its proximity to our flat, we chose Fragonard.
You can find Fragonard on the Moyenne Corniche (also called the N7), right off of the main road near the entrance to the village. If you don't see it right away, you can ask someone and they can point it out to you. The telephone number is 33 (0) 4 93 41 05 05. The boutique is "open 10 am to 7 pm (closed 12.30 pm to 2 pm November to February)". They are open for free tours of the on-site factory also. The factory is open "every day, Sundays and public holidays included, from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm (closed 12 noon to 2 pm November to January)". They offer tours in several languages. To find out more information about the perfumerie, visit their website at Fragonard.
We arrrived just as a tour bus was unloading. Luckily, these tourists spoke German, so we got our own private tour guide in English--even if we did have to wait some time for them to go find someone to do an English tour.
We followed a French lady who appeared to be in a hurry and didn't seem to want to show us around. She was very informative in her presentation, though. She talked to us about the different parts that make up the perfume and showed us a map of the world and where they get their ingredients. We went from the raw materials through the small factory all the way to the end where several workers were filling bottles of lotion.
At the end of the tour you are escorted into the "boutique" where there are many, many things to choose from. Our guide showed us all of the different lines such as "Natural", "Fruity", and "Exotic". There were several perfumes to choose from depending on which sort of fragrance you were seeking.
Naturally, they also had a men's line of cologne. They carried lotions, soaps, cosmetics, and all sorts of gifts. It was all quite overwhelming. My friend and I decided to purchase a small box of 5 bottles of our choice for something like 40 Euros. That way I could give my Mother and Sister each a perfume of their choice.
They have a comprehensive website where they describe all of their scents. You can order just about anything they had in their shop. They also have a good map to show you where they are located.
For anyone in the area, I would highly recommend a stop into the Perfumerie for a tour. You don't need reservations, you just show up and they fit you into the next tour available. Buy yourself or someone you love a gift of fragrance; you won't regret it!!