Thursday, 13 December 2007

Attar of Roses

The French town of Grasse has been historically known for its perfume industry since the 16th century. Perfumers and apothecaries were established aplenty. The flower fields of Grasse provided the perfumers with jasmines, roses and orange trees. Two major species of rose are cultivated for the production of rose oil: the Damask Rose and the Rosa Centifolia (the Cabbage Rose).

French perfumes still remain the choice of most connoisseurs. L'Oreal is one of the premier French perfume companies along with brand names such as Lancôme, Ralph Lauren, Cacharel, Guy Laroche, Giorgio Armani, Paloma Picasso and Lanvin.

Oddly enough the wine and rose connection continues on in the perfume world as the Louis-Vuitton-Moët-Hennessy group owns French perfume brands such as Christian Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy and Kenzo.

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