Perfume Making in France
France is well known for its great perfume industry. The perfume industry started in 14th
century. One important city in France that is well known for its perfume industry is Grasse.
Grasse is the most important city in Europe in the perfume industry. It is called the perfume
capital of the world. The Grasse perfume industry has over sixty different companies and
employs more than 3,500 people.
Perfume is important to the French culture because it is used in the everyday use of the
French. French people use perfume everyday. Women use perfume everyday as a cosmetic use.
Perfume is also important in the French culture because French designers use perfume in their
Grasse makes synthetic perfume and also from natural ingredients. Grasse gets their
material from gathering it from large flower plantations in the area. Some types of plants the
workers gather from the plantations are orange, rose, jasmine, thyme, rosemary, mignonette, and
violets. Three main methods used to make the perfume now and in older time are : 1.is the old-
fashioned cleaning process by using steam; 2. is an extraction process in which the perfumes
together with big deposits are extracted by using alcohol; 3. a method in which the scents of
plants are extracted by chemical ways. In modern days people that make these perfumes use
more chemicals than extracting oils from flowers/plants.
In France people use more perfume than Americans do. Americans use more deodorant
than perfume. American use perfume like for special occasions like going out for dinner or a
wedding. French people use perfume every day because they like to smell good even though
Americans do too. French people use deodorant too but not as much as Americans do.
This topic interests me because France makes their perfume not only from natural
ingredient but also from chemicals. It also interests me because the three main methods are
different from each other as time passes by because in the earlier years people used to make
perfume different ways then they do now but even today they also use some of the older
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