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Josée Noiseux

Parfumerie oh so British!

At 11 o’clock on a Saturday morning, as I strolled along Rue Saint-Honoré a few hours before heading to the airport and returning to Montreal, I stumbled upon Penhaligon’s perfumery, one of the most beautiful boutiques in Paris. From the moment I pushed door 209 open, I was struck by the singularity of this Victorian-style store and its 19th-century apothecary atmosphere.

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Small, old-timey perfume bottles, crowned with delicate ball caps and adorned with beautiful ribbons, are displayed on gorgeous cake domes. I also loved the wooden shelves, furnished with long drawers filled with olfactory treasures, and the inviting leather lounge.

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© Josée Noiseux

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© Josée Noiseux

You’ll find lots of original perfumes with notes of Earl Grey, English fern, bergamot, and lily of the valley, as well as shaving products, shower gels, soaps, and candles. The British adore these fragrances, all of which are created in England. And if you can’t get enough of the monarchy, know that Penhaligon’s is the Royal family’s perfumery of choice!

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I left with lots of samples namely the fabulous Malabah fragrance, two sumptuous bottles – Empressa and English Fern – as well as a depleted wallet (the products are fairly expensive), but nonetheless delighted with this great discovery.

Penhaligon’s
209 rue Saint Honoré, 1st Arr. metro Tuileries
Paris
+33 1 49 26 91 66

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