I don’t know how I never wrote this post. I thought I had, then when I was reorganizing my blog, I realized that I was either mis-remembering, or never posted it. I’m going to try to keep this short for you all. I know I tend to run on.
In December of 2017, Jim and I went to London, with a planned day trip to Paris. One of my goals for the trip was to find a perfume I loved.
I’ve tried many over the years, but none of them really did it for me. So I stopped buying perfume. But I had high hopes, especially in Paris, since we planned to visit a perfume museum.
We didn’t realize, when we planned the trip, that the museum wasn’t for all perfume — that one is in a different part of Parris. Rather, it was a museum on the history of the brand Fragonard. And the Fragonard store is immediately next door.
We visited the store first, and it didn’t take me long to find Belle de Nuit. It smelled amazing, and is still one of my go-to, everyday perfumes.
Me being me, I did some research on Fragonard once we got home. One of the things I found was their mailing list — their physical mailing list. Imagine my delight when my first mail from them arrived with perfume samples!
On top of that, each quarter they have free gifts with purchase for various price thresholds. Some of them are, honestly, just OK. But some are rather nice. I wish there was an option to choose whether or not you want the gifts, because I dislike that some have gone to waste.
Anyway, I’ve bought multiple other perfumes from Fragonard since then, and each one has been exceptional. The scents are complex, with different top, middle, and heart notes. And the fragrances generally last all day. Their mini sets are fabulous. I wish they had more mini sets, though. Or, even better, a build-your-own samples kit. I would absolutely buy a “one of each” sample set to try out their entire line.
The bottles and packaging are beautiful, with some that would make great display pieces.
Over the years, I have noticed some changes. They send less samples with each mailing and purchase (down to 2 from 3 or 4). They’ve also transitioned from three gifts with purchase tiers per quarter to two. But both of these changes happened in the past year, so they may be COVID cutbacks, and I can’t really fault them for that.
Overall, I highly recommend Fragonard. If you aren’t a big perfume person, they also have lovely soaps and room scents. At the very least, you should sign up for their mailing list. It’s well worth it.