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The Fragrance Museum in France: Osmotheque

Learn About the Museum For Fragrance Fanatics

We're happy to present this story from our friends at Allure:

If you love something, chances are there's a museum dedicated to it: for fashion, there's the Costume Institute; rock music has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and for the lucky visitors to Yokohama, Japan, there's even one devoted to ramen noodles. For fragrance fanatics, there's the Osmotheque, in Versailles, France, where samples of some of the oldest known perfumes are housed. Learn more about Osmotheque when you keep reading.

Earlier the AFP provided a look inside of the Osmotheque's vaults, where vintage perfumes, like 1917's Chypre de Coty, long considered one of the best examples of the woodsy-lavender genre, are preserved at a cool 55 degrees. To further protect the perfumes (they have somewhere around 2,500), they're filled with argan gas, which helps keep them from becoming contaminated by particulates from the air.

One of the most interesting things the Osmotheque does is re-create ancient perfumes. Jean Kerléo, founder of the museum, was able to mix a scent based on a recipe he found in the writings of Roman scholar Pliny the Elder, which date to the 70s AD. Makes that Coty one seem downright new, doesn't it?

Click here for info on visiting the Osmotheque.

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