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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rue de la Paix c1908

Rue de la Paix by Guerlain: launched in 1908. Possibly only in USA in 1922. Created by Pierre Guerlain.

Fragrance Composition:

What does it smell like? It is classified as a soft floral amber fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: honey, lavender, verbena and bergamot
  • Middle notes: jasmine, violet, rose, ylang ylang, leather, woody notes, ambrette and spices
  • Base notes: musk, violet leaves and orris

I received a generous sample of this vintage parfum from a sealed bottle. This smells like springtime! The pungent bergamot and zesty verbena are the first notes that I detect. Next the herbaceous lavender and rosemary burst forth through the citrus notes. Followed by a light floral heart of sweet jasmine and ylang ylang. Though noted in the fragrance pyramid, I do not get any rose. As the perfume dries down, the familiar Guerlain musk is revealed in a gauzy veil of powdery orris root. The perfume is very fleeting and dissipates quickly (within 10 minutes) leaving a subtle trace of the delicate floral notes on my skin.

American Hebrew and Jewish Tribune - Volume 116, Issue 22, 1925:
"Guerlain — Parfum Rue de la Paix. Perfume will have a new and exquisite meaning when you use this Parfum Rue de la Paix. Mayhap it will translate fatigue into exhilaration; or a grey day into a gay one. At all events, it will put a bloom in your cheeks."


Presented in a 3oz Quadrilobe bottle (parfum) by Cristalleries de Baccarat. Also available in the Goutte flacon (eau de toilette), Amphore flacon (parfum), Flacon Borne (parfum), the Empire flacon (parfum) and the Petite Beurre flacon (parfum).

Petite Beurre Flacon

same bottle as below, slight difference in label font.

Quadrilobe flacon, photo by ebay seller funners007

Lanterne Flacon, photo by Lombrail-Teucquam

Flacon Borne

Quadrilobe flacon

Flacon Goutte

Flacon Empire

Photos from ebay, antique-bottles.net, parfumo.net, museu del perfum

Fate of the Fragrance:

Still available for sale in 1955. Discontinued (date unknown)

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