Hello and welcome! Please understand that this website is not affiliated with Guerlain in any way, it is only a reference page for collectors and those who have enjoyed the classic fragrances of days gone by.

The main objective of this website is to chronicle the history of the Guerlain fragrances and showcase the bottles and advertising used throughout the years.

However, one of the other goals of this website is to show the present owners of the Guerlain perfume company how much we miss the discontinued classics and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back these fragrances!

Please leave a comment below (for example: of why you liked the fragrance, describe the scent, time period or age you wore it, who gave it to you or what occasion, any specific memories, what it reminded you of, maybe a relative wore it, or you remembered seeing the bottle on their vanity table), who knows, perhaps someone from the current Guerlain brand might see it.

Looking to Buy Vintage Fragrances?

Monday, December 28, 2020

Patchouli Ardent by Guerlain 2020

 Patchouli Ardent by Guerlain: launched in 2020. Created in by Thierry Wasser as part of the Les Absolus d'Orient line. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Aux Bon Vieux Temps c1890

Au Bon Vieux Temps by Guerlain: launched in 1890. Created by Jacques Guerlain. The name means "The Good Old Times" and recalls the scents of the old potpourri jars (sweet jars) found in homes and the heavy musk worn by so many in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Un Air de Samsara c1995

Un Air de Samsara: launched in 1995.  It was created by Jean-Paul Guerlain as a lighter and fresher version of the successful oriental perfume 'Samara'.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Strange Shalimar Perfume Bottle c1970s

I came across this unusual vintage Shalimar extrait bottle on ebay a few weeks ago and felt it was highly suspect. I have never seen this bottle shape before in any Guerlain advertising and wondered if perhaps it was a well crafted vintage fake or if it was an item made only for sale in the United States or Canada.

The Shalimar label on the bottle is askew and just looks weird. The bottle sits inside of a cardboard insert. There is a weird little sign underneath the bottle of which I have never seen before. There is a price of $35.00 printed on the box where the Ref # (Catalog #) should be.

The price would be about right for the time period for a 1 oz bottle as it was retailing for $30 in 1973 and the price went up to $40 and ounce in 1976.

Why would extrait be housed in this ugly bottle. It appears that it could be used for travel.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Stilboide Fluide

Stilboide Fluide was a liquid hair groom and beard groom scented with various Guerlain fragrances over the years. It was also made "to maintain the curl of the so-called English papillotes." Papillotes was paper that was used to curl the hair, and thus the curly hair obtained with this method is known as "papillotes."

 Stilboide Fluid is similar to brilliantine and was mainly an alcohol mixture scented with perfume oils. You might come across these today and notice that the contents have separated leaving the alcohol mixture at the bottom of the bottle while the scented oils rose to the top of the bottle.

I found an ad for the Stilboide Fluide as early as 1875.

1875 ad

Some of the earliest Stilboide Fluid scents were:
  • Bouquet
  • Chypre
  • Coq Gaulois
  • Derniere Cri
  • Des Pages
  • Fragrans
  • Heliotrope
  • Jicky
  • Makis
  • New Mown Hay
  • Pepita
  • Rex
  • Simplex
  • Sornette
  • Violette
  • Ylang Ylang

Stilboide Fluide was available in the following scents:

  • Champs Elysees
  • Cuir de Russie
  • Guerlilas
  • Hegemonienne
  • Jicky
  • L'Heure Bleue
  • Liu
  • Mitsouko
  • Shalimar
  • Sous Le Vent
  • Vague Souvenir
  • Vol de Nuit

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Colored Crystal Quadrilobe Bottles

In 2016, Guerlain introduced a line of limited edition crystal quadrilobe flacons in dazzling jewel like colors, inspired by the principle of synesthesia (the idea that color has a scent). Dubbed the Color Collection it is comprised of five bottles, each decorated with the fluffed barbichage tassel performed by hand by the Dames du Table. Each bottle retails for 650,00 €.

Looking to buy someone a personal gift? These bottles can also represent the various birthstones and would make an appropriate present for someone's birthday or anniversary.

Spiritueuse Double Vanille is housed in a fiery shade evocative of a Padparadscha sapphire.

The Padparadscha and blue sapphires correspond to the month of September and the Taurus zodiac sign.

Incidentally, the sapphire is given as a 65th wedding anniversary.

Santal Royal is housed in a verdant emerald green bottle.

Emerald is the birthstone for May, the stone for the star sign Cancer and is the traditional gift for a 20th wedding anniversary.

L'Heure de Nuit is dressed in the finest shade akin to a blue Kashmir sapphire.

The sapphire corresponds to the birth month of September and the stone for Taurus.

The sapphire is also a traditional gift for a 45th wedding anniversary.

Oriental Brulant is presented in a crystal flacon of the precious pigeon blood red Burmese ruby.

The ruby is representative of the month of July and is the stone for Capricorn.

The ruby is also given as a present for a 40th wedding anniversary.

L’Eau de Parfum du 68 is contained in a bicolor crystal shade recalling the purple and deep yellow of the ametrine (amethyst & citrine).

Though ametrine itself is not a birthstone it can be considered the birthstone of February, the birthstone of November or the Pisces birthstone because it is part amethyst, part citrine.

It could also be given for the 6th (amethyst) and 13th (citrine) wedding anniversaries.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Muguet Millesime c2016

Muguet Millesime 2016: launched in 2016. Created by Thierry Wasser.

From Guerlain:
"Every year since 2006, the Exclusive Muguet Eau de Toilette by Guerlain blossoms anew on 1st May in a luxurious numbered limited edition..A wonderful gift idea for a loved one."

Friday, June 3, 2016