‘Senteurs’, in French signifies ‘Fragrance’. This name was given by The Mother to the perfumery department of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which started in 1958. Udar Pinto and Kusum worked for it. Kusum dedicated herself to this new venture, which demanded patience, hard work, knowledge and a nose to create. With Mother’s grace and guidance the department grew in time and today it is one of the most visited and appreciated boutiques in Pondicherry. Apart from the various products manufactured at Senteurs : perfumes, eau de colognes, compounds, Aloevera products, pro health blends, rose water.. the boutique has a large section dedicated to essential oils for Aromatherapy.
Senteurs also offers a variety of other items such as embroidered and hand painted hankies, cards, sarees, dress material which are done by the staff of the department. Senteurs also promotes Ayurvedic products which are unique and made locally by small companies. It encourages handmade accessories, such as soaps, wooden objects, bags and so on … The ideal of this boutique is to care and offer the best to all! Some come every day to pick up a laddu to munch or to buy an orchid; some visit whenever they come to Pondy to smell their favorite perfume and buy a stock for the year. Others opt to get a massage and some an aromatherapy solution to an ache … it caters to all kinds of needs related to the well being of the body and heart. We hope you feel at home when you walk in …
Display of some of the products.
Aloe Vera Gel: An effective gel made with 96% aloe concentrate. a good moisturizer that keeps the skin smooth, soft and supple and provides essential amino acids. Hand & Body Cream: Made with 75% Aloe Vera and Almond oil. After Shave: With Aloe Vera and Calendula. Mermaid Shampoo: With Aloe Vera.
Earth: Woody Fragrance. Krishna: Flowery Fragrance. Ocean Spray: Fresh Fragrance. Psychic Peace: Flowery Fragrance. Friction: A skin freshner :- pleasantly perfumed. Relieves fatigue, has antiseptic properties and can be used for insects bites etc.
Rose Water: Distilled and manufactured.
Laboratoires Senteurs was started in a tiny room in 1958, with the sole objective of providing the Mother with ‘Friction de Foucaud’ – a lotion that she preferred using. Post- Independence, importing this perfume from France became highly impossible. The firm which manufactured the lotion suggested that the Ashram import the basic essence and prepare the lotion locally. Thus, the manufacturing of the lotion began in the laboratory and soon other perfumes and toilet products followed.
Today, Laboratories Senteurs continues to manufacture its own ‘Friction’ as a skin freshener; unsurprisingly, it is one of its most popular products. Under the Mother’s personal guidance and the sadhaks’ devotional urge, Laboratoires Senteurs went progressively on. Today, it manufactures a variety of colognes, perfumes, essential oils and skin care products made with same commitment to purity of ingredients and devotion to service.
No.7, rue Saint Gilles,
c/o. Sri Aurobindo Ashram P.O.,
Puducherry-605 002. India.
9am to 12noon / 2pm to 5pm
(Monday to Saturday)