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Guerlain Perfume & Women's Fragrance

Guerlain is an esteemed French perfume house founded in 1828. Their perfumes are recognized as some of the best in the world and over the nearly 200 years they have been in business they have a leader in innovation, being the first to experiment with synthetic substances in scents and introducing the gourmand fragrance.

The house can trace its origins to a small perfume studio opened by chemist Pierre Francois Pascale Guerlain. It wasn't long before Pierre's imaginative scent creations caught the interest of Paris most influential people and he was soon able to open a second store, finding himself creating bespoke perfumes and colognes for royals like Napoleon III and his wife, as well as Queen Victoria herself. The perfume Guerlain created for Napoleon III's wife Empress Eguenie is still available for purchase as Eau de Cologne Impériale (1860).

The role of master perfumer was inherited within the family. It was the third master perfumer of the Guerlain line who would really make the brands modern legacy. Jacques Guerlain was a classically educated and extremely secretive perfume genius who had been brought up to become master perfumer as his uncle had no offspring of his own. He would designed around four hundred influential perfumes, many which remain popular to this day, but he never held a interview or made public appearances. Many of his fragrances were directly inspired by literature and art. Among his most famous Guerlain perfumes are L’Heure Bleue (1912), a soft perfume with aniseed and floral notes inspired by impressionism, Mitsuoko (1919), an oriental mystery of a scent with cool notes of citrus, on warm cinnamon and wood and the powdery amber scent Shalimar (1925) which was one of the first fragrances to be based on vanilla which is commonplace now but extremely unusual at the time. The vanillin-drenched juice used to create Guerlains sweet fragrances was called Guerlinade and has been a part of most of their creations. The latter two are still among the Guerlains best-selling fragrances and especially Shalimar has endured and is considered the basis of modern women's perfumery by some.

He continued creating until the 1950's and his last perfume was created with his successor, grandson Jean-Paul Guerlain, who would be the last Guerlain master perfumer to be part of the family. Jean-Paul is behind scents like Chamade (1969) and the floral Samsara (1989), as well as a large number of fragrances for men.

Guerlain was acquired by the LVMH, the luxury conglomerate which owns Dior, Givenchy, Luis Vuitton and many others, in 1994. Many perfume fans feared that this would mean the brand would become commercial and cheap but Guerlain has carried on just as before. It is still largely managed independently but the change has meant that new perfumers have been brought in, including Olivier Cresp and Thierry Wasser, the new master perfumer. La Petite Robe Noire (2009), a lovely youthful perfume with cherry, liquorice, berries and bergamot, is a more modern Guerlain fragrance and has been very successful, being released in many limited editions since the debút.

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Guerlain Timeline

1918
2017
2016
2016
AMBRE ETERNEL

Ambre Eternel is an oriental woody fragrance for women. It...

LA PETITE ROBE NOIR INTENSE

La Petite Robe Noir Intense by Guerlain is a floral and fruity...

SANTAL ROYAL COLLETOR

Santal Royal Colletor by Guerlain is an oriental and woody...

2015
2015
LA PETITE ROBE NOIRE EAU FRAICHE

La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraiche by Guerlain is a floral green...

LA PETITE ROBE NOIRE MA ROBE PETALES EAU FRAICHE

La Petite Robe Noire Ma Robe Petales Eau Fraiche by Guerlain is a...

MON EXCLUSIF

Mon Exclusif by Guerlain is a sweet floral fragrance for...

2014
2014
AQUA ALLEGORIA LIMON VERDE

Aqua Allegoria Limon Verde by Guerlain is a citrus, aromatic...

Idylle Love Blossom
IDYLLE LOVE BLOSSOM

Idylle Love Blossom by Guerlain is a floral fragrance for...

La Petite Robe Noire Couture
LA PETITE ROBE NOIRE COUTURE

La Petite Robe Noire Couture by Guerlain is a floral and fruity...

La Petite Robe Noire Limited Edition 2014
LA PETITE ROBE NOIRE LIMITED EDITION 2014

La Petite Robe Noire Limited Edition 2014 by Guerlain is an...

SANTAL ROYAL

Santal Royal by Guerlain is a oriental woody fragrance for both...

2013
2013
Aqua Allegoria Flora Rosa
AQUA ALLEGORIA FLORA ROSA

Aqua Allegoria Flora Rosa by Guerlain is a floral fragrance for...

Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Bianca
AQUA ALLEGORIA NEROLIA BIANCA

Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Bianca by Guerlain is a citrus fragrance...

2012
2012
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia
GUERLAIN AQUA ALLEGORIA LYS SOLEIA

Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia from Guerlain is a floral scent for...

La Petite Robe Noire
LA PETITE ROBE NOIRE

La Petite Robe Noire by Guerlain. This is fresh and floral...

ROSE NACREE DU DESERT

Rose Nacree du Desert by Guerlain is a floral and spicy fragrance...

Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau
SHALIMAR PARFUM INITIAL L'EAU

Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau by Guerlain is an oriental and...

SONGE D'UN BOIS D'ETE

Songe d'un Bois d'Ete by Guerlain is a spicy fragrance for men...

2011
2011
Aqua Allegoria Jasminora
AQUA ALLEGORIA JASMINORA

Aqua Allegoria Jasminora by Guerlain, the nose behind this...

Idylle Eau Sublime
IDYLLE EAU SUBLIME

Idylle Eau Sublime by Guerlain. This is a fresh and floral...

2010
2010
Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea
AQUA ALLEGORIA FLORA NYMPHEA

Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphéa is a floral fruity fragrance. It...

2009
2009
Idylle
IDYLLE

Idylle by Guerlain. This is a fresh and floral fragrance for...

2008
2008
Eau de Shalimar
EAU DE SHALIMAR

Eau de Shalimar by Guerlain. This is a fresh and floral fragrance...

2007
2007
Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic
AQUA ALLEGORIA MANDARINE BASILIC

Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic by Guerlain is a Citrus Aromatic...

L'Instant Magic
L'INSTANT MAGIC

L'Instant Magic by Guerlain is a floral and woody musk fragrance...

My Insolence
MY INSOLENCE

My Insolence by Guerlain. This is a fresh and floral fragrance...

2006
2006
Insolence
INSOLENCE

Insolence by Guerlain is a floral and fruity fragrance for women....

2005
2005
Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica
AQUA ALLEGORIA PIVOINE MAGNIFICA

Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica by Guerlain is a sweet peony...

2003
2003
L'Instant
L'INSTANT

L’Instant by Guerlain. This is a fresh and floral fragrance for...

Shalimar Parfum Initial
SHALIMAR PARFUM INITIAL

Shalimar Parfum Initial by Guerlain. This is a aromatic and woody...

1999
1999
Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca
AQUA ALLEGORIA HERBA FRESCA

Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca is a metaphor of nature. It is fresh...

Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune
AQUA ALLEGORIA PAMPLELUNE

This fragrance welcomes you with festive fireworks of freshly...

1996
1996
Champs Elysee
CHAMPS ELYSEE

Champs Elysee by Guerlain. This is a fresh and floral fragrance...

1992
1992
1989
1989
Samsara
SAMSARA

Samsara by Guerlain is a floral woody fragrance for...

1983
1983
JARDINS DE BARGARELLE

Jardins de Bargarelle by Guerlain is a floral fragrance for...

1969
1969
1966
1966
1960
1960
Imperiale
IMPERIALE

Imperiale by Guerlain. This is a fresh, aromatic and woody...

1925
1925
Shalimar
SHALIMAR

Shalimar by Guerlain. This is a fresh and woody fragrance for...

1920
1920
EAU DE FLEURS DE CEDRAT

Eau de Fleurs de Cedrat by Guerlain is a citrus aromatic...

1919
1919
Mitsouko
MITSOUKO

Mitsouko by Guerlain. This is a fresh, aromatic and woody...

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