“Ooh La La” Why Best Perfumes Come out from France, well have you ever asked yourself, why do French people use the “Ooh La La” expression? If you have visited Paris, you know why. For Those who haven’t, let me tell try to explain; You see everything about France inspires one to sigh and say…”Ooh La La”.. This country is gorgeous and incredibly artsy and fashionable, I recommend you give yourself the opportunity to travel to France and visit Paris, the “City of Light”, “the city of Love”, and “the city of Channel”. Another amazing culture, custom, richness, and beauty about France is there fragrances. I am pretty sure you heard that France has been a renowned maker of perfumes for centuries, and that its fragrant center is Paris, well, when i was in France, I did my little research, walked around, talk to people, visited iconic designer’s stores and their museums, and this is what I found out.

Frankly, Perfume is certainly in a Parisienne’s blood. Catherine de’ Médici, the infamous Italian-born queen of France, introduced French women to the power of fragrance back in the 16th century, having brought her personal perfumer – and, some say, poison-maker – with her to Paris. Marie-Antoinette, that other notorious queen, was also a perfume devotee; so much so that she insisted on taking her huge trousseau of bottles with her on her ill-fated attempt to escape the revolution. France’s next leading lady, Empress Joséphine, was said to reek of musk, possibly in an attempt to appeal to her husband’s more primal sensibilities; while the other Napoléon’s wife, Empress Eugénie, favoured more feminine, floral scents, many of them created for her by an up-and-coming perfumer by the name of Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain.

A half-century or so later, designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel launched her now famous No.5, a glorious concoction of creamy florals that perfectly captured the seductive flair of French women. Today, the fragrance remains a global bestseller, referred to by envious competitors as “le monstre”.

Chanel Art Déco No 5 Perfume Bottle - 1921

Chanel Art Déco No 5 Perfume Bottle – 1921

Coco Chanel, was born August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France, and she is famous for her timeless designs, trademark suits and little black dresses. It was in 1921, that Coco Chanel created this scent that revolutionized the way women smell. Almost one hundred years later Chanel No 5 is arguably still the world’s most iconic perfume.
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In the 18th-century, that the Provencal village of Grasse became a centre for growing perfume flowers and aromatic plants. Grasse continues to provide French perfume houses with raw materials such as jasmine and Rosa Centifolia. Of course, you don’t need to head to the fields to find French perfume, because L’Occitaine has done it for you, and one can find their stores in the United States or shop online.

Their selection of fine fragrances includes something adapted for every taste: crisp and citrusy, invigorating and aromatic, floral and delicate, warm and enveloping. My personal favorite one is: Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette. It transports me back to my travels in the north of france while being enchanted by normandie’s fresh-cold winds, surrounded by its tall green fields and being touched by the scented flowery breeze of the city of honfleur.

 

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Roses et Reines, is a fresh and velvety fragrance, a floral tale that celebrates the flower of queens. The muses that inspired this fragrance, the four daughters of the Count of Forcalquier, all cherished roses: the flowers that were said to have made them queens.

Their favorite roses – the Grasse rose, Bulgarian rose, Moroccan rose and Turkish rose ̶ are brought together in this precious scent, enhanced by a unique rose extract from Haute-Provence with delicate fruity notes.

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If you also like perfumes that are handcrafted with plant extracts, we also recommend Nu Green Eau De Toilette by Honoré des Prés and yes, its french too and its 100% natural origin. Honoré des Prés is the first line of french organic scents designed by the legendary Olivia Giacobetti, nose and one of the world’s foremost contemporary fragrance composers. Honoré des Prés fragrances are completely natural and certified organic by ECOCERT.

Nu Green,  will “engaillardir”, deliver messages of happiness created for urban people who long for simplicity and nature. “Engaillardir” it’s a verb of the 21 st century, In Paris means to strengthen, dynamic and cheeky.

This perfume does not contain any petrochemicals or synthetic perfumes. They are are free of coloring agents and phthalates. Honoré des Prés does not test on animals and all of the fragrances are produced without any ingredients of animal origins and contain no elements that irritate skin…of course. You can buy it online on thedetoxmarket.com or if you live in Los Angeles area, you can visit the store located in 8380 Beverly Blvd.

We hope, this history of the french perfume and these pure extracts of nature awaken the “Ooh La La”  in you

 

 

Dulce Osuna has over a decade of dedicated and extensive work experience in television and radio broadcasting. Whether behind or in front of the camera, Dulce has excelled as a producer, journalist, host, anchor and radio personality. She is the co-founder and creator of Holahollywood.com, a bilingual online entertainment and lifestyle magazine.