The Story of Grasse, Provence & Perfumery
From Ancient Civilisations to Modern Times
The art of perfumery dates back to the dawn of time, developing alongside civilisations. It was more than 4,000 years ago that ancient Egyptians started using them. From then on, variations of perfumery were created for hygiene and cleanliness and as a symbol of wealth and nobility. In many ancient civilisations, scents were also used as part of spiritual ceremonies by burning essential oils and resins.
The Story of Grasse
The people of Grasse began supplying Persian scent-makers with their raw materials as early as the 16th century. The business of fine fragrances slowly expanded as the region started producing iris, hyacinth, and rose-scented soaps. The small town of Grasse is now widely considered the world’s perfume capital. Buildings hug the landscape of its medieval town, and the surrounding basin has a rich soil and warm climate perfect for the growth of sweet-scented flowers. The region's unique savoir-faire has been passed down from generation to generation.
Due to Provence’s history, the growers quality, and the perfumers’ creative gifts, Grass's influence in the fragrance industry remains unmatched. Despite the lucrative nature of the French perfume industry, very few have been able to meet its reputation as a purveyor of fine perfumes to the world. Today, Grasse’s handcrafting traditions and manufacturing heritage is benefitting from the organic movement that has helped revive the demand for small-scale flower produce, specifically for its fragrant roses and jasmine.
Brûmée, made from the heart of Grasse
Our founder, Dr Anne-Claire, grew up exploring the scented streets of Grasse. It was here, surrounded by Provence’s natural aromas, that her fascination with scent was born. Fast forward to the present day, and Anne-Claire has established Brûmée to bottle up the passion for fragrances, and nostalgia of a landscape so cherished, to now be shared with the world.
At Brûmée, we develop our fragrances with an expert 'Nose' based in Grasse to design beautiful natural fragrances. Using the savoir-faire and unique heritage of the region, we bring the aromas of the French countryside to life.