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A Perfume Factory at Grasse

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We visited the Fragonard perfume factory in Grasse, which is just north of the Cote d'Azure.  We toured a museum there that showed how perfume had been manufactured from historic times. Shown here is some of the equipment in the museum. Below left was how how the essence of flowers used to be extracted before modern times. Flowers were pressed into animal fat and the fat over a time absorbed the flower essence. Then the essence was extracted by putting the fat into filters and pouring alcohol through filters. Next (if I remembering all of this correctly) the collected alcohol was distilled and reduced until it was concentrated into a liquid that could be used as a base for perfumes.