“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” – Coco Chanel
You may be wondering:
- How perfume is invented?
- I heard about Eau de Cologne, Eau de Toilette, but what the exact differences? How to classify them?
- There are so many shops selling perfume in Paris, is there any differences of the price? Which one is the best for me to buy perfume in Paris?
If you want to know more about French perfume, do not hesitate and get the answers from the following text!
Where is the most suitable place to buy perfume in Paris?
Paris, one of the most popular city for tourists, is a famous shopping haven. So where to buy perfume in Paris? What kind of places is most suitable for me?
Here I have listed 4 kinds of stores where tourists can buy perfume in Paris, including the chain of cosmetics stores, shopping malls, duty-free shops and exclusive shops.
1-Cosmetics Chain stores
When it comes to cosmetics chain stores, I have to mention Sephora and Marionnaud. In the chain of cosmetics stores, there is full range of brands and products, with quality assurance. Another benefit of buying perfume in chains of cosmetics stores is that new products are more likely shown up here. If you want to try the latest perfume, it’s the best place for you. Generally, the perfume sold in chain stores with the price which is not so attractive, however, you can get many free samples.
Suitable for：independent travelers
Established in Paris in 1969, Sephora is one of the most famous chains of cosmetics stores. Sephora offers beauty products including makeup, skincare, and perfume. Featuring nearly 300 brands, you can test the perfume of Hermes, Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, etc. You can find out that there are many boutiques of Sephora in Paris and the one on the Avenue of Champs-Elysees is the largest.
Address: 70-72 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris France
Monday – Sunday: 10:00-23:30
Marionnaud Parfumeries, founded in 1984 in France, is one of the biggest chain of cosmetics stores in Europe. Although the quantities of boutiques, brands, and products are a little limited than Sephora, it shows its advantage in price. The prices of some products are a little lower and Marionnaud frequently offers a small discount for all the customers, for instance, two-for-one, discount for a second product, etc.
Address: 101 Rue Berger, 75001 Paris France
Monday – Saturday: 10:00-20:00
I believe most of you have heard about Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, the two most renowned shopping malls in France. Bringing together most of the luxury brands of perfume, offering a full range of products, these shopping malls become the must-see places in Paris. In recent decades, foreign tourists flocked, so many counters have foreign language shopping guide and the shopping malls also provide foreign language services and tax refund guide. However, since there are too many tour groups and other tourists, it is usually very crowded inside and you always need to wait for shopping guide service.
Suitable for：tour group; people who need to buy many other kinds of stuff
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is located on the Haussmann Boulevard, next to the Paris Opera. It consists of three buildings for women, men and home/fine food. And the unique architectural style, full range of brands and products and well-equipped services facilities make Galeries Lafayette become a Paris icon and the shopping haven for tourists.
Address: 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris France
Monday – Saturday: 09:30-20:30;
Closed to the building for men of Galeries Lafayette, Printemps is another shopping haven for tourists. It also consists of 3 buildings as Galeries Lafayette. However, here is not so crowded as its competitor. Therefore, you can move to Printemps if you do not find your favorite perfume or you just want to away from too much crowdedness.
Address: 64 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris France
Monday – Saturday: 09:35-20:00 (except Thursday)
Shopping in Paris, you can never forget the duty-free shop. You can find most of perfume’s brands and their most well-known or classic perfumes in a duty-free shop in Paris, although it is not as varied as other stores like Sephora. Nevertheless, sometimes you can buy perfume with a price lower than those stores after tax refund.
Convenient points: You can benefit immediately tax refund, by using your credit card as a guaranty that you are leaving Europe in few days. Generally, you can benefit 12% tax refund plus some extra discount like 20% off, so in a summery Duty-Free shop could definitely be one of your best choices to pick up 2 -3 bottles of perfumes during your visit in Paris.
Since receiving a large number of foreign tourists, the staffs are friendly and providing you professional sales advice and duty-free shopping service in different languages. Compared to shopping malls, here is less crowded and you can enjoy your time and the services.
Suitable for：tour group/independent tourist
Paris Louvre KAMS Duty Free SPHE, with a long history since the 1960s, is located on the famous opera avenue in Paris. KAMS offer you a wide range of makeup and fashion products with an attractive price.
Thanks to the location, you can visit Opera, Louvre and Jardin de Tuilerie in a five-minute walk.
KAMS provide you products mainly including makeup, skincare, perfumes, watches, jewelry, bags & luggage. Here, you can find the popular brands, Chanel, Dior, Sisley, Longchamp, etc.
The experienced staff will provide professional sales advice in different languages (French, English, Chinese, Russian, Japanese and Thai) and help you to buy the museum and other touristic tickets. You will enjoy the promotions and duty-free shopping.
You can enjoy 20% off in Paris Louvre Kam’s Duty Free!
Never forget to ask your 12% immediate tax refund, if you come from a country outside UE !
That’s 32% off!