Perfumes are surely the most delicate and evanescent of all human creations. Yet they make a lasting impression on the memory. What do we do when perfumes are no longer found for sale? How do we find them again?
The Osmothèque (from the Greek « osmè » = odor and « theke » = storage) is a nonprofit organization which opened on 26 April 1990.
The first perfume archive in all history, it preserves these very delicate, precious creations from the wear-and-tear of time and keeps them from becoming lost and forgotten. This living collection of existing or no-longer available perfumes protects the world’s fragrance heritage.
The Osmothèque collection today represents more than 3,200 perfumes, including 400 that are no longer available (Updated March 2015).
The purpose of the Osmothèque is not only to preserve perfumes but also to transmit knowledge about the little-known perfume profession. The Osmothèque welcomes all audiences, whether neophytes, perfume lovers or industry professionals to ensure that visitors can discover or rediscover legendary fragrances.
Through our perfume sessions (about 150 per year) and the articles published on our blog, anyone can deepen their knowledge, either for professional reasons or simply for pleasure.
It is also possible to make private appointments with our team or with an osmocurator/perfumer for a personalized tour.
You can also check our specialized bookstore or private library to do research.