Perfume Shopping with Perfumer

Experience hosted by Will

3 hours, Hosted in English and French

What you'll do

Millions visit Paris in search of perfume, yet the selection is overwhelming. How to discern the best? Embark on a tour with a trendsetting perfumer – who interned in heritage at Chanel’s lab – to identify your preferences, determine your profile, and find the fragrance that suits you perfectly.

Paris is the capital of perfumery, home to hundreds of perfume brands, some famous (Caron, Chanel, Dior, Guerlain), some niche (L’Artisan Parfumeur, Frédéric Malle, Serge Lutens) and others well-kept secrets (Parfum d’Empire…shhhhh!!!). Most are mediocre to meretricious, the search for the perfect fragrance rather like gem hunting in darkest Africa, complete with booby traps, bug spray and savage sales ladies. Success requires divine favour or, failing that, an experienced guide, familiar with the topography, versed in the trials and tribulations of perfume shopping.

Join me in the Marais neighbourhood of Paris. Together, over coffee or tea, we will determine your preferences and olfactory profile, before setting out to discover the city’s best perfume shops. There, I will present you with fragrances that perfectly match your personality, style, needs and desires. A precious souvenir, a unique statement, a signature: that which remains when all else is removed.

“Elegance is impossible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory.” – Coco Chanel
Millions visit Paris in search of perfume, yet the selection is overwhelming. How to discern the best? Embark on a tour with a trendsetting perfumer – who interned in heritage at Chanel’s lab – to identify your preferences, determine your profile, and find the fragrance that suits you perfectly.

Paris is the capital of perfumery, home to hundreds of perfume brands, some famous (Caron, Chanel, Dior, Guerlain), some niche (L’Artisan Parf…

Meet your host, Will

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • Identity verified
I am an independent perfumer in Paris. My profession is rather rare – there are only 100 perfumers working in France and Switzerland, a mere dozen of whom are independent. I interned in olfactory heritage at Chanel’s lab before founding my own atelier, making bespoke perfumes for companies and individuals. My first creation for a fashion brand was Acide by Éditions M.R. I followed with Homesick., about our ailing planet and wish for a better home, for GQ photographer Robert Spangle’s Observer Collection. I have consulted on brand content for fragrance companies (Coty, L’Oréal, Molinard) and trend forecasting agencies. I am the author of Poems About Sex and co-author of several books on natural raw materials. My work has been featured in GQ and Vogue.

Video - ACIDE by Éditions M.R with perfumer Will Inrig:
https://vimeo.com/293594133
I am an independent perfumer in Paris. My profession is rather rare – there are only 100 perfumers working in France and Switzerland, a mere dozen of whom are independent. I interned in olfactory heritage at Chanel’s lab before founding my own atelier, making bespoke perfumes for companies and individuals. My first creation for a fashion brand was Acide by Éditions M.R. I followed with Homesick., about our ailing planet and wish for a better home, for GQ photographer Robert Spangle’s Observer Co…
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From £102
/ person
From £203 per group
Private groups only
From £203 per group
From £203 per group
Private groups only
From £203 per group
From £203 per group
Private groups only
From £203 per group

Where you'll be

We'll meet at the picturesque Café Hugo, before discovering Paris’ best perfume shops, whether famous, niche or well-kept secrets: Caron, Chanel, Dior, Frédéric Malle, Guerlain, Jovoy, L’Artisan Parfumeur, Serge Lutens, etc.

Choose from available dates

10 available
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  • Tue, 26 Oct
    15:00 - 18:00
    Private groups only
    From £203 per group
  • Wed, 27 Oct
    15:00 - 18:00
    Private groups only
    From £203 per group
  • Thu, 28 Oct
    15:00 - 18:00
    Private groups only
    From £203 per group
  • Fri, 29 Oct
    15:00 - 18:00
    Private groups only
    From £203 per group
  • Sat, 30 Oct
    15:00 - 18:00
    Private groups only
    From £203 per group
  • Tue, 2 Nov
    15:00 - 18:00
    Private groups only
    From £203 per group
  • Wed, 3 Nov
    15:00 - 18:00
    Private groups only
    From £203 per group
  • Thu, 4 Nov
    15:00 - 18:00
    Private groups only
    From £203 per group

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 15 and up can attend, up to 4 guests in total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing or at least 7 days before the experience starts for a full refund.