Hello and welcome! Please understand that this website is not affiliated with Guerlain in any way, it is only a reference site for collectors and those who have enjoyed the classic fragrances of days gone by. All trademarks belong to their respective owners. The main objective of this website is to chronicle the 200+ year old history of the Guerlain fragrances and showcase the bottles and advertising used throughout the years. Let this site be your source for information on antique and vintage Guerlain perfumes. Another goal of this website is to show the present owners of the Guerlain company how much we miss many of the discontinued classics and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back these fragrances! I invite you to 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 on what occasion, what it smelled like to you, how it made you feel, 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. If you have any questions, please send all images of your bottle and pertinent information directly to me at cleopatrasboudoir@gmail.com. I will try to assist you the best I can.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Bouquet de Caroline by Guerlain

 Bouquet de Caroline by Guerlain. The perfume was named after Caroline of Brunswick. Caroline of Brunswick (born Caroline Amelia Elizabeth; 17 May 1768 – 7 August 1821) was Queen of the United Kingdom and Hanover as the wife of King George IV from 29 January 1820 until her death in 1821. She was Princess of Wales from 1795 to 1820. She was wildly popular with the British people.

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Industria Argentina

Prior to 1930, an Argentinian bottle with the extremely rarely seen label "GUERLAIN PARIS Bs. AIRES", and the words "Extracto" (perfume extract) and "Industria Argentina" in addition to "L'HEURE BLEUE". 

One often forgets that Argentina, before WWII, had an extremely wealthy upper class and was, until the 1920's, the main non-European luxury export market. It was passed by the United States only around 1920. The bottle has 2 additional labels in the back: "contenido 20 cc neto" (net content 2/3 fl.oz) and "Guerlain Perfumista S.A, graduacion alcoolica 37 gr" (Guerlain Perfumers, 37-proof alcool). 

Under the bottom of the bottle, "GUERLAIN INDUSTRIA ARGENTINA " is molded into the glass.

Contrary to the boxes sold in Europe and in the USA at the time, the word GUERLAIN was not printed on the outside cardboard. The back of the box had a small label with the name and address of the retailer most likely from the downtown part of Buenos Aires. 

Here are two carre flacons for Jicky, the old labels are marked "Extrait Jicky" and "Industria Argentina" at the top of the label, as you can see, the labels are in very bad shape. The base of the bottle is embossed with "Guerlain France Paris" and the one side has the Woman with Flags logo. The bottle is 4.0" approx. tall. This finished product was produced in Argentina with Guerlain's imported French concentrated extracts for the South American market.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Fleurs d'Italie c1853

Fleurs d'Italie by Guerlain: I believe this was originally launched around 1840 by Guerlain.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Monday, January 23, 2023

West End by Guerlain c1839

West End by Guerlain: launched in 1839. The name comes from the "West End" of London. The perfume was also sold by other perfume companies.

Monday, January 16, 2023

Bouquet Princess Alexandra by Guerlain c1878

Bouquet Princess Alexandra by Guerlain: launched in 1878. Created by Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain.

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Terracotta Voile d`Ete c1999

Terracotta Voile d`Ete by Guerlain: launched in 1999. Created by Mathilde Laurent based on the vintage formula of Quand Vient l'Été by Jacques Guerlain.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Bouquet de Cintra by Guerlain c1873

Bouquet de Cintra by Guerlain: launched in 1873. 

Cintra refers to the city of Cintra in Portugal. It was here in the middle of the 19th century, that citrus groves dotted the Serra de Cintra, providing the countryside with fresh lemons, citrons and oranges. Masses of sweet scented wild flowers such as wild arbutus, chrysanthemum, Ionopsidium, linaria, trachelium, leucojum, narcissus, dwarf irises, white and yellow broom, honeysuckle, crocus, cistus and woodbine grew in profusion. Trees such as laurel, acacia, palm, aloe, cork oak, pine, fern, eucalyptus, poplar, pepper and myrtle were quite abundant along the mossy covered Serra. I imagine the Cintra perfume would have contained these elements.

Virgil spoke of Cintra - 

"Mossy springs and softer grass at the top

  And the shade of a rare green tree covers you."

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Perfumy Barbara

Perfumy Barbara Parfum pour le mouchoir et les appartements prepare par Guerlain, parfumeur distillat. 15 rue de la Paix, Paris.

Perfumy Barbara Perfume for the handkerchief and the apartments prepared by Guerlain, distillate perfumer. 15 rue de la Paix, Paris.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Marquise D'Auberive by Guerlain c1893

 Marquise D'Auberive by Guerlain c1893. It was named after the character Marquise d'Auberive in Émile Augier's comedy "Les Effrontes" in which was played on stage by Madame Jane Hading in 1893 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The character was also played by Cécile Sorel.

Guerlain created custom fragrance for various nobles, celebrities and royals over the years. The perfume may have been presented to the actress who played the part of the Marquise.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Jadis by Guerlain c1883

Jadis by Guerlain: launched in 1883. Created by Aimé Guerlain. The name is a French word meaning "formerly", "once" or "the past".

Monday, May 30, 2022

Thursday, February 10, 2022

My Insolence by Guerlain c2007

My Insolence by Guerlain: launched in 2007. Created by Christophe Raynaud and Sylvaine Delacourte.

Double Extrait d'Hymenaea Nitida by Guerlain c1848

 Double Extrait d'Hymenaea Nitida by Guerlain: launched in 1848. I was unable to identify this particular scientific name, it appears it might be the hymenaea tree of Brazil, the source for copal resin.

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.