In the Middle Ages, Grasse is particularly famous for its leathers and tanneries, especially thanks to its abundant water points and its favorable climate to the ancestral practices of leather treatment.
Since the 17e century, its the perfumer Gallimard which revolutionizes trends and ideas with offering gloves perfumed with rose water and spices. The French bourgeois used to like to select little and fine leather accessories, perfumed with the smell they like, the way they like.
Slowly, Grasse stands out with linking itself more and more with perfumery, especially with the development of exceptional raw materials, rare and bewitching smells, and also an incredible know-how.
Since 2001, the Centifolia congress takes place in octobre, and brings together research and conferences around the world of perfume.
All the practices around the perfume in Grasse are following a very precise tradition which helps maintaining all the prestigious and qualitative properties of a fragrance. For example, the Jasmin is picked with the hand at sunrise, which is the moment when the perfume is the more developed in the flower, then, immediately treated according to a process of cold enfleurage.
This gathering is also celebrated at the beginning of August each year, highlighting this beautiful flower particularly fragrant.
It’s not for nothing that the city of Grasse is attracting the greatest perfumers of the world.
Today, even the very famous luxury brand Chanel has its own fields to cultivate flowers as rose or jasmin for the exclusivity of their fragrances.
Since November 2018, the expertise linked to perfumes in Grasse are listed in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.
Finally, we can find there the International Museum of perfumery, opened since 1989, recounting the fabulous history of perfumery, obviously without neglecting the contributions in techniques and traditions of the city of Grasse.