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Friday, February 1, 2013

Belle-France c1892 and Belle Epoque c1999

Belle-France: created by Aime Guerlain in 1892, a feminine extrait.

Revue Illustree, 1893:
"...the exquisite fragrance disturbing emanations of Belle-France , the delicate and invigorating aroma...favorite scents such mundane as our first Guerlain..."

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? it is classified as a floral amber fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: rose and orange blossom
  • Middle notes: rose, tuberose, vetiver, Tonkin musk
  • Base notes: orris and vanilla


photo by drouot

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown. Still sold in 1923.

Belle Epoque:

Relaunched in 1999, and renamed Belle Epoque, sub-titled 'édition limitée'. Created by Jean-Paul Guerlain especially to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Harrods department store of Knightsbridge, London.

Presented in the "Gratte Ciel" skyscraper (originally used for the perfume Atuana and Fleur de Feu) flacon by Baccarat, holding 35ml (1.2fl oz) eau de parfum. A limited edition of only 150 examples.

Interesting to note that Belle Epoque was first used as the limited edition Marie Claire fragrance made especially for Marie Claire magazine in 1998.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a white floral fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: jasmine, orange and apricot
  • Middle notes: ylang ylang and tuberose
  • Base notes: vetiver, vanilla, musk, sandalwood and tonka bean

Photo by ellenaa

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