Every aspect of the Salon is a well considered testament to a luxury shopping experience. From the eleven beautifully appointed boutiques housed within the salon, to the Lalique cabinet handles in the Haute Parfumerie, and the sumptuous green settee sofa in the Xerjoff boutique; every aspect of the Salon has its own character, personality and is imbued with thought and meaning. Even the first step of the down escalator moves at a slower pace than the others to allow you to comfortably step on to it with ease!
The staff working in the Salon de Parfums were absolutely wonderful. They were friendly and outgoing, but never overbearing. They were warm and engaging. They wanted to talk not just about the fragrances themselves, but also the histories behind them. It really felt to me as if they encourage one to really form a relationship with scent. For them it doesn’t feel like you are at the Salon just to purchase a bottle of perfume. You are there to find another extension of yourself and a new form of self expression.
With the Guerlain boutique opening on Thursday, followed by Ex Nihilo in November, I have a feeling that yesterday was just the first of many trips I will be making to the Salon de Parfums. I don’t feel that just one visit could ever be enough for anyone just starting out on their journeys through fragrance or even seasoned connoisseurs. The Salon de Parfums is ripe with treasures to be discovered, most of which are ensconced in gorgeously detailed Lalique crystal. Could there be any better kind??
The breathtaking main hall of the Salon de Parfums
The wall of the Christian Dior boutique
A close-up of the textural floral wall of the Christian Dior boutique
Perfumes line the walls of the Salon as if they were works of art. This is Bulgar’s Le Gemme Collection.
The bottles of the Le Gemme collection are inspired by ancient Greek and Roman pottery.
Lalique’s La Collection Noir Premier, which I believe is exclusive to the Salon.
The stately Clive Christian boutique
Roja Dove’s Haute Parfumerie
Dazzling fragrant treasures
One of my favorite flacons of all time, Nina Ricci’s L’air du Temps, in proper crystal.
Beautiful dressing table must-haves. A perfume bottle wearing a necklace?? Adore it!
Roja Dove’s Haute Parfumerie is a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of exceptional perfumes. Here are two creations from House of Sillage.
A selection of fragrances from Xerjoff’s Casamorati Collection. The gentleman working at the Xerjoff boutique was one of the nicest people I met during my visit to the Salon.
Xerjoff’s XJ 17/17 “sculpture” bottles carved out of quartz stone, Murano glass and other precious materials.
I am obsessed with By Kilian’s truly decadent perfume jewellery!
Each necklace contains a ceramic disk which you can saturate with fragrance. I love the tasseled versions which remind me of slinky dresses and Mata Hari.
Henry Jacques, previously only available in Paris or by special request makes a stunning UK debut at the Salon. The fragrances I sampled there were stunning, lush and very concentrated.
A selection of heart-stirring flacons from Henry Jacques’ Couture Collection.
An installation of essence beakers in the Henry Jacques boutique.
Henry Jacques’ extraordinary perfume travel kit. A nécessaire for modern day Marie Antoinettes!