Laduree macarons at the Charles de Gaulle Airport
Spiral staircase at the Serge Lutens Shiseido Salon in Paris
Serge Lutens Bell Jars
This week we tapped Karen Adams, one of the co-founders of the event-based fragrance group Sniffapalooza, to guest blog about some of the best scents she’s discovered on her recent travels. Today’s adventure: Paris.
Bonjour! Every day is a great day for flavors and scents in the City of Light. While the macarons tempted us from each passing patisserie window, we were intent on reaching our destination. Just a few steps from the North Wing of the Louvre, the Galeries du Palais Royal is a lovely courtyard lined with elegant shops and boutiques. We headed straight into the indigo-violet twilight of the Serge Lutens Shiseido Salon and ascended the spiral staircase to a private room above.The exclusive Serge Lutens bell jars (only available in Paris and not exported to the U.S.) were lined up on a low wooden tasting table. We perched on petite chairs as the shop manager, Sandrine Wagner, guided us through each fragrance, letting us sniff to our hearts’ content. We lingered over previews of the leathery Boxeuses and the silky Bas de Soie, forgetting all about the macarons. For scent lovers, cherry almond Rahat Loukoum and wood honey Miel de Bois more than satisfy the sweet tooth.
So incredibly versatile you’d be hard pressed to find a woman that didn’t love, it Serge Lueten’s fresh and feminine L’Eau is an all-time fave.