Summary of our market study

The French perfume market is estimated at €3.8 billion.

The global fragrance market has grown significantly, valued at almost $47.9 billion in 2022, and is expected to reach around $52.4 billion in 2025.

The luxury goods sector, driven by major French companies, underpins this dynamic market. Asia-Pacific holds a major market share, accounting for 32%, while North America follows with 28%, and Europe with 22%.

Despite the drop in tourism due to the pandemic, which affected sales, the market continues to prosper thanks to high-end brands and the return of tourists to France. Sales are particularly strong during festive periods and special events such as Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.

Distribution is mainly via perfumeries and department stores. Consumer price indices for perfumes and eaux de toilette show a 9% rise, driven by the pressure of raw material costs.

changing tastes and economic influence on the French perfume market

Perfumes remain a key player in the luxury goods sector. The French market, in particular, has seen a 15% increase in local sales and a remarkable 16% growth in exports.

French women have a deep bond with beauty and skincare products. Perfumes account for 22% of the sector's total sales. They spend between 5 and 10 minutes every day on skin care, using around 9 different products. Over three-quarters of French women associate their self-esteem with fragrance, reflecting the cultural importance of personal scent.

A notable trend in the French perfume market is the inclination towards high-end offerings, with sales of perfumes worth 100 euros or more up by more than 177%.

At the same time, the organic cosmetics segment is booming, with 92% of French consumers buying organic products.

Tourism also plays an important role in perfume sales, particularly in Paris.

The value chain of the French perfume industry begins with the cultivation of aromatic plants in regions such as Grasse, famous for flowers such as Centifolia rose and Grandifolium jasmine. The manufacturing process involves skilful blending, dilution, maceration and glazing, activities mainly carried out by leading global and French entities such as IFF, Givaudan, Mane SA and Robertet SA.

France's perfume trade surplus is very high.

Players in the perfume market

International fragrance and flavor producers

  • International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), American pillar of the perfume industry.
  • Givaudan, a well-known Swiss company.
  • Firmenich, another global player based in Switzerland

French industry champions

  • Mane SA
  • Robertet SA.

International perfumers

  • Dior
  • Chanel
  • Yves Rocher
  • L'Occitane en Provence

Global distribution chains

  • Sephora
  • Marionnaud
  • Douglas
Get all the information you need
to understand this market

Detailed content of our market study


  • Number of pages : ~ 40 pages
  • Format : Digital and PDF versions
  • Last update :
Update Details

Summary and extracts

1 Market overview

1.1 Definition and scope of the study

Perfume is a cosmetic product composed of essential oils and alcohol, which can take various forms, such as eaux de parfum and eaux de toilettes, depending on the alcohol concentration and manufacturing process. Essential oils themselves, however, are excluded from the scope of this study.

The perfume market covers all toiletries intended to be applied to a person in order to voluntarily impregnate him or her with a pleasant scent, and therefore includes eaux de toilette, eaux de parfum and eaux de Cologne. Perfumeries are the places where these products are distributed, and can take many different forms, from supermarkets to perfumers' workshops.

The global perfume market is worth around $50 billion, and has been rising steadily for several years, a trend that is set to continue. This dynamic is driven by the positive performance of the luxury goods sector, and in particular French companies such as Chanel, Dior and L'Oréal, and by the growing number of fragrance references, offering products adapted to all markets and consumers.

In 2022, sales of perfumes on French soil increased by 15% in value. Exports in the sector grew by 16%. The perfume market has been driven by a recovery in consumer spending following the covid crisis and inflation-driven price rises in France .

In an environment characterized by persistent inflation, players who have not succeeded in fully passing on the rise in their production costs to the final price must consider adjusting their prices if they wish to maintain or even increase their margins. This need is all the more pressing in view of persistent supply chain constraints. The publication of LVMH's disappointing H1 2023 results highlighted the challenges faced by the luxury goods sector in general, due to reduced Chinese demand. The industry, which has enjoyed very strong growth in recent years, faces a number of issues in 2023.

1.2 A fast-growing global market still marked by specific geographical features

The global fragrance market is booming. As we can see from the graph below, this market will be worth almost $**.* billion in ****. This healthy market is set to continue. According to Trefis projections, the value of the market should reach nearly $**.* billion by ****.

The average annual growth rate is *.**% between **** and ...

1.3 The French domestic market, leader in a slight slowdown

According to figures published by the NPD research group, total sales of exclusive beauty products in France in **** will be worth *.* billion euros, up **% in value. it should be noted that French companies in the perfume sector generate nearly * billion euros in exports.

The French perfume market France, **** - ****, in billions ...

1.4 Foreign trade: A growing surplus balance

France has a very large trade surplus in the perfume sector, and more broadly in the cosmetics sector. As we can see below, French exports of perfumes and perfumery products have been growing steadily since ****, far outstripping the level of imports for the same products.

European production of fragrances and perfumery ...

1.5 The impact of the COVID-19 crisis

Perfumes and color cosmetics have seen a sharp decline in ****, but overall demand for beauty products remains strong, as consumers turn instead to the skincare, hair care and personal care categories in ****, all of which are less disrupted by new Covid-** routines and lend themselves well to online discovery and purchase.gories ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 The French and perfume

Beauty and skincare products, as well as fragrances, account for the bulk of sales, respectively **% and **% of the sector's total. [***]

Breakdown of cosmetics sales by category France, ****, in Source: ****

On average, in ****, French women spend ** minutes cleansing and moisturizing their face, ** minutes applying make-up in the morning and ** minutes removing make-up ...

2.2 Rise of the "top-of-the-range" choice

Index evolution of retail perfume sales with a value of *** euros or more France, ****-****, Base index There is a growing trend towards a preference for higher-quality products, including a significant increase in sales of perfumes costing over *** euros. Indeed, between **** and ****, this niche market recorded an increase of ***%, equivalent to ...

2.3 The rise of organic and natural products

In ****, **% of French people bought organic cosmetics, compared to only **% in **** [***] .

Frequency of purchases of natural and organic products France, ****, % [Source: Cosmed Source: ****

french women show a strong interest in brands committed to animal welfare and social initiatives, with awith a **% preference for each of these categories, closely followed by ecological ...

2.4 The impact of tourism on perfume sales in France

The impact of tourism on perfume sales in France is of course concentrated in Paris, with sales in airports and department stores on Boulevard Haussman in particular, a destination in its own right in the tours offered to tourists.

The year **** saw a sharp decline in perfume sales in France. Looking ...

2.5 Seasonal demand

As perfume is one of the most popular gifts during the festive season, demand in this sector is highly seasonal. Cosmetics chains generate up to **% of their sales between November and December, thanks to fragrance sales alone

Trend in interest in "Perfume" searches France, ****-****, base *** Source : Google Trends the ...

3 Market structure

3.1 Value chain overview

We propose a summary of the stages in the value chain:

3.2 Growing perfume plants

Perfume flowers belong to a category of plants known as PPAM (***). The Grasse region is one of France's main perfume-producing areas, with distinctive flowers such as Centifolia Rose, Grandifolium Jasmine and Tuberose. [***]

PPAM cultivation in France covered more than **,*** hectares in ****, **% more than in ****. Most of this area was taken up ...

3.3 The perfume-making process

Once the raw materials have been produced, the perfume is then manufactured in * stages(***):

The perfumer blends different essences (***) to create what is known as a fragrance base; This fragrance base is diluted in alcohol, according to the concentration chosen for the type of article (***). Distilled water is also added; This ...

3.4 Distribution largely dominated by perfumeries and department stores

Fragrance distribution in France France, ****, as % of total Source: ****

Perfumeries and department stores

Selective perfumeries account for thebulk of perfume sales in France, and conversely, perfume represents over **% of the *,*** points of sale in France in the selective channel. [***]

**% of the value of the selective circuit was created via large ...

4 Offer analysis

4.1 France's favorite brands

dior is France's favorite fragrance brand, followed by Chanel and Yves Saint-Laurent

French people's favorite brand France, ****, % of total Source: ****

According to [***] in ****, the ** best-selling women's fragrances would be,

La vie est belle- Lancome J'adore-Dior Numéro * -Chanel Libre-Yves Saint Laurent Angel-Mugler La petite robe noir-Guerlin Si-Georgio Armani Miss dior-Dior Coco ...

4.2 The different types of perfume items

There are different types of articles and different names depending on the alcohol concentration obtained during manufacture(***):

Parfum: alcohol concentration between **% and **%. Eau de parfum: concentration between **% and **%. Eau de toilette: concentration < **%. Eau de Cologne: concentration < *%.

This alcohol concentration determines the quality of the finished product, and consequently its price, but ...

4.3 Fragrance composition

A fragrance can be broken down and analyzed according to the so-called "olfactory pyramid", comprising three levels. [***]

Top notes: these are the scents you smell immediately after spraying the perfume, but also the ones that fade the fastest. These are often the freshest, greenest notes, such as bergamot or citrus. Heart ...

4.4 Rising perfume prices

Perfume prices have been rising steadily for several years. Consumer price index data provided byINSEE for perfumes and eaux de toilette show that consumer prices rose by *% between **** and ****. By ****, with inflation and rising raw material prices, consumer prices have risen by *.**%.

One of the main reasons for this is the ...

4.5 Alternative perfumery in response to market standardization

For several years now, the trend in the French perfume market has been to accumulate launches. Indeed, brands have tended to rely on their best-selling fragrances, endlessly adapting an existing fragrance with minimal variations, in order tomaximize the success of these products, which have become veritable cash cows. For several years ...

5 Regulations

5.1 Cosmetics Regulation n°1223/2009

Regulation n°****/****, known as the Cosmetics Regulation, is one of the main European regulations governing the cosmetics market.

Designation of a responsible person

For each product placed on the market, companies must designate a Responsible Person (***). The Responsible Person may be the manufacturer, the importer if the manufacturer is outside the ...

5.2 The IFRA code

IFRA is the International Fragrance Association, founded in ****. It has developed a Code of Regulation for fragrance manufacturing, which applies to all its members, representing around **% of the global fragrance industry in terms of production volume. This text includes rules of use for over *** ingredients, including prohibitions on use and dosage ...

6 Positioning the players

6. Player segmentation

The following segmentation of players is used:

  • Firmenich
  • Givaudan
  • L'Occitane Groupe
  • Sephora
  • Marionnaud France
  • Chanel
  • Jo Malone
  • L'artisan Parfumeur (Puig Groupe)
  • LVMH Parfums et Cosmétiques (Parfum Christian Dior)
  • Coty (JAB Holdind)
  • Interparfums
  • Rocher Groupe (Yves Rocher)
  • Shiseido
  • Adopt Parfums
  • Pochet Groupe
  • Verescense
  • Berdoues
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Yves Saint Laurent Parfums (Groupe L'Oréal)
  • L'Oréal Groupe
  • Artiris Compoz Parfum
  • Cofatech
  • Vabel Groupe - Sarbec Cosmetics
  • Inessens
  • Les Eaux Primordiales
  • Pierre Guillaume Parfumeur
  • Fragonard Parfumerie
  • Anjac Health and Beauty
  • Sozio (Proxis Développement groupe)
  • Douglas
  • Nicolosi Créations - Laboratoire Cosmétique Provençal

List of charts presented in this market study

  • The global perfume market
  • The structure of the global cosmetics market
  • The French perfume market
  • Breakdown of cosmetics sales by category
  • Impact of skincare and beauty products on self-esteem
Show more Hide

All our studies are available online in PDF format

Take a look at an example of our research on another market!

Do you have a question about this study?   +44 238 097 0676

Latest news

Behind the glamour, L'Oréal's massive investments in its French factories - 01/05/2024
  • - 38 L'Oréal plants worldwide.
  • - 11 plants located in France, employing 3,000 of the country's 15,000 employees.
  • - 500 million euros invested by L'Oréal over the last five years in its French industrial base.
  • - French production accounts for 25% of L'Oréal's worldwide production volume, 80% of which is destined for export.
  • - The Caudry (Nord) plant is one of L'Oréal's largest, with 500 employees and 97% of production supplied to international markets.
  • - 7,000 new products launched each year by L'Oréal.
  • - Prada skincare products and Ralph Lauren fragrances manufactured in France since their integration into L'Oréal in 2019.
  • - 100% of L'Oréal group fragrances are made in France.
Chanel investe ancora in Italia: nuova giunteria per Gensi Group - 29/02/2024

1. **Investimento Chanel nel Calzaturificio Gensi Group**: - Inaugurazione di un nuovo reparto di giunteria di 3.000 metri quadrati nel sito produttivo di Mosciano Sant'Angelo (Teramo). - Attivazione di 4 nuove linee di produzione da 70 metri ciascuna. - Attualmente, 6 linee di produzione sono in funzione, con un piano di raddoppio nei prossimi 3 anni attraverso l'inserimento di nuove risorse professionali. 2. **Iniziative Aziendali per la Sostenibilità**: - Formazione di 3 gruppi di lavoro dedicati alla sostenibilità ambientale dell'azienda un anno fa. - Riduzione dei consumi energetici e degli scarti di lavorazione. - Avanzamenti nel riciclo e riuso. - Avvio dell'istituto interno di formazione "M'Astri Nascenti" in collaborazione con Arsutoria School, con 60 persone formate fino ad oggi. 3. **Forza Lavoro e Piani di Assunzione**: - Attualmente, l'azienda ha oltre 660 collaboratori, dei quali oltre 120 sono orlatrici. - Sono previste nuove assunzioni per aumentare ulteriormente la forza lavoro. 4. **Produzione Chanel e Supply Chain Italiana**: - Le calzature Chanel sono progettate in Francia ma prodotte in Italia. - Aziende italiane controllate da Chanel implicate nella produzione: Roveda di Parabiago (acquisita nel 1999), Gensi di Giulianova (acquisita nel 2015), e Ballin Shoes (acquisita nel 2020).

DSM-Firmenich plans to sell its Animal Health &amp; Nutrition division due to volatility in vitamins - 19/02/2024
  • Merger between DSM and Firmenich in mid-2022.
  • Sale of Animal Health & Nutrition (ANH) division planned for 2025.
  • ANH sales in 2022: 3.2 billion euros, or 26% of the Group total.
  • DSM-Firmenich sales down 7% to 12.3 billion euros in 2023
  • ANH sales down by 15%.
  • ANH is based in Kaiseraugst, Switzerland, and employs around 6,000 people.
  • The three remaining divisions after the demerger are Perfumery & Beauty (sales of 3.7 billion euros in 2023), Taste, Texture & Health (sales of 3 billion euros), and Health, Nutrition & Care (HNC with sales of 2.3 billion euros)
  • The group will have total sales of 9 billion euros after the demerger.
Groupe Rocher's low-carbon strategy recognized by ESSEC business school - 15/02/2024
  • Groupe Rocher becomes the first Company to Mission in 2019.
  • Groupe Rocher was awarded the Essec Grand Prix for Responsible Commerce in the "Reducing environmental impact" category.
  • The group has 16,000 employees.
  • The group generated sales of around 2.4 billion euros.
  • The group has embarked on an industrial reorganization plan involving the loss of 300 jobs in Brittany
  • . The group's Ploërmel plant, which employs 90 people, has been put up for sale.
L'Oréal becomes number one in luxury cosmetics and dethrones Estée Lauder - 11/02/2024
  • 2023: the strongest year of sales growth in 20 years
  • L'Oréal, the world leader in this sector, becomes number one in the prestige skincare, make-up and fragrance segment, sold in department stores and perfumeries. It dethrones the American Estée Lauder(Estée Lauder, Clinique, La Mer, Jo Malone, Frédéric Malle, Tom Ford...).
  • sales of L'Oréal Luxe (Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent, Biotherm, Armani, Kiehl's, Helena Rubinstein...) rose by 4.5% in 2023 to 14.92 billion).
  • L'Oréal has outperformed the luxury goods market for 13 years
  • Total group sales 41.2 billion euros in 2023 (+ 11%).
  • World leader in fragrances and skincare products.
  • Comeback ofHelena Rubinstein, thebrand founded in the United States in the early 20th century and owned by L'Oréal since 1984
  • In 2023, Helena Rubinstein exceeded one billion euros in sales.
  • Sales have increased 10-fold in ten years.
  • L'Oréal Luxe controls 32% of the prestige products market.
  • Perfumes: 20% growth.
  • Success of "La Vie est Belle", Valentino and Prada licensed fragrances (Paradoxe), Yves Saint Laurent's Libre, second best-selling fragrance for women in Europe.
  • Good start for MYSLF
  • The division dedicated to consumer products (L'Oréal Paris, Garnier, Maybelline...) has overtaken L'Oréal Luxe again

Another record year for L'Oréal - 09/02/2024
  • -Cosmetics market growth in 2023: 8.5
  • - Increase in L'Oréal sales in 2023: 7.6% (published), 11% (comparable data)
  • - L'Oréal sales in 2023: 41.18 billion euros
  • - Number of L'Oréal "billionaire" brands in 2023: 12
  • - Growth of L'Oréal's consumer division in 2023: 8.2
  • - L'Oréal consumer division sales in 2023: Over 15 billion euros
  • - L'Oréal Paris sales in 2023: 7 billion euros
  • - L'Oréal dermatological division sales in 2023: 6.4 billion euros
  • - L'Oréal dermatological division growth in 2023: 25.5
  • - Sales growth for L'Oréal's luxury division in 2023: 2% (organic)
  • - L'Oréal luxury division sales in 2023: 14.9 billion euros
  • - L'Oréal growth in Europe in 2023: 14% (published), including 9.2% in the year-end period
  • - L'Oréal growth in the United States in 2023: 10%.

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

L'Occitane Groupe
Marionnaud France
Jo Malone
L'artisan Parfumeur (Puig Groupe)
LVMH Parfums et Cosmétiques (Parfum Christian Dior)
Coty (JAB Holdind)

Choosing this study means :

Access to more than 35 hours of work

Our studies are the result of over 35 hours of research and analysis. Using our studies allows you to devote more time and added value to your projects.

Benefit from 6 years' experience and over 1,500 industry reports already produced

Our expertise enables us to produce comprehensive studies in all sectors, including niche and emerging markets.

Our know-how and methodology enable us to produce reports that offer unique value for money.

Access to several thousand articles and paid-for data

Businesscoot has access to all the paid economic press as well as exclusive databases to carry out its market research (over 30,000 articles and private sources).

To enhance our research, our analysts also use web indicators (semrush, trends, etc.) to identify market trends and company strategies. (Consult our paying sources)

Guaranteed support after your purchase

A team dedicated to after-sales service, to guarantee you a high level of satisfaction. +44 238 097 0676

A digital format designed for our users

Not only do you have access to a PDF, but also to a digital version designed for our customers. This version gives you access to sources, data in Excel format and graphics. The content of the study can therefore be easily retrieved and adapted for your specific needs.

Our offers :

the perfume market and perfumeries | France

89 €
  • What are the figures on the size and growth of the market?
  • What is driving the growth of the market and its evolution?
  • What is the positioning of companies in the value chain?
  • Data from several dozen databases

Pack 5 études (-15%) France

75.6 € / study
378 € instead of 445 € -15%
  • 5 études au prix de 75,6€HT par étude à choisir parmi nos 800 titres sur le catalogue France pendant 12 mois
  • Conservez -15% sur les études supplémentaires achetées
  • Choisissez le remboursement des crédits non consommés au terme des 12 mois (durée du pack)

Consultez les conditions du pack et de remboursement des crédits non consommés.


Our customer references

They have consulted our studies Discover the opinions (+500)

Malcolm Vincent
Linkedin logo

Malcolm Vincent

Astoria Finance

Gregoire de Castelnau
Linkedin logo

Gregoire de Castelnau

Stags Participations

Timothé Huignard
Linkedin logo

Timothé Huignard


Paul-Alexis Kebabtchieff
Linkedin logo

Paul-Alexis Kebabtchieff


Aymeric Granet
Linkedin logo

Aymeric Granet

Publicis Consultant

interviews & case studies All interviews and case studies (45)

La pépite Interview

BFM Business

Paul-Alexis Kebabtchieff

Boston Consulting Group

Marie Guibart

Kea Partners

Elaine, Durand

Crédit Agricole, Information & Veille

Philippe Dilasser

Initiative & Finance

Anne Baudry


Amaury Wernert

Kroll (Duff & Phelps)

Smart Leaders Interview


Do you have a question ?
Our team is at your disposal at   +44 238 097 0676