Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, welcomes the inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO «know-how related to perfume in Pays de Grasse: the cultivation of the perfume plant, the knowledge of natural raw materials and their transformation, the art of composing perfume» by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage meeting in Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius, on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

The know-how related to perfume in Pays de Grasse covers both the cultivation of the perfume plant, the knowledge of raw materials and their transformation and the art of composing the perfume.

Practiced since the 16the At least in the last century, the cultivation of perfume plants and their processing, as well as the creation of fragrant blends, have developed in the Pays de Grasse in an artisanal environment.

The cultivation of perfume plants mobilizes multiple skills and knowledge related to nature, soil, climate, biology, plant physiology and horticultural practices, and specific techniques such as hydraulic extraction and distillation methods. The people of Grasse have appropriated these techniques and helped to perfect them. The associated knowledge is mainly transmitted informally through a long learning process that still takes place mainly within perfumeries. The art of perfume appeals to imagination, memory and creativity. It is an important source of seasonal work, while building social ties.

This candidacy, led by the association Patrimoine vivant du Pays de Grasse, brings together all the perfume plant growers, experts and workers in the processing of natural raw materials and French perfumers.