Parfums from Paris

Well what do you know? I'm running out of my favorite perfumes and being an unemployed little shit I can't think of any way I can re-stack them unless I''m magically not broke any more. You may disagree but I believe smelling good contributes a hella ton to sex appeal and I get super paranoid if I step out of the house without perfume on. The horror! What if I smell like tuna from that sandwich I ate 3 hours ago? In a shop, I'd spend several hours mind mapping the scents to the aura of the people I'm buying for as weird as it may sound. A few months ago in Paris, I was so excited about my perfume-spree, I forgot about the rest of the stuff on my shopping list. I had noted down what perfumes to buy for my family and I knew I wouldn't step out of the city without all of them ticked out; J'adore by Dior for my elegant mum,  See by Chloé for my sporty sweet little sister, Gentlemen Only by Givenchy for my dashing brother and Jaipur Bracelet by Boucheron for my squeaky-adorable aunt. Aaaaand they all liked it. Success.

For my dad, I got Bleu de Chanel. It was special because I knew he liked strong perfumes. He would spray a pump or 2 and the entire house would spice up. I parcelled his perfume in Chanel wrapping, so I can send it home just in time for Father's day/ his b'day and once again.. success! In total, my bill was over £400 (meh) when you buy things for your loved ones do the price tags even matter? They don't fricken matter.

The best part about shopping for perfumes in Paris are the freebies. You can buy one perfume and get a dozen samples for free! I carried an entire bag of free samples just by purchasing these few perfumes. They also give you other cool stuff like notebooks, keychains.. etc. Perfect, because I did not have time to buy enough souvenirs for my friends. These samples came in pretty handy.

The perfumes are wrapped up and ready to go! 

I recommend Galeries Lafayette and Champs-Élysées to buy perfumes in Paris. There is a huge-ass Sephora in Champs-Élysées that is the size of two ballrooms with all the perfumes in the entire fucking world I kid you not. Besides, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is an attraction by itself. If you go to Paris, you must go there. Then you can totally take a stroll down the same street Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seanberg walked side by side in À bout de Souffle.. holy shit I was there. *faints*

     Photograph: Ronald Grant Archive

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