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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Eau de Cologne Imperiale c1853

Eau de Cologne Imperiale: launched in 1853. Created by  Pierre-Francois-Pascal Guerlain for the Empress Eugenie.

From Guerlain:
"Created in 1853 by Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain, Eau de Cologne Imperiale is the first cologne Guerlain. Specially composed for the Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, it earned its creator the title of "Her Majesty patented Perfumer". The Empress kept in exclusivity few years before giving its approval to its commercialization.  
Citrus Floral.  
Subtle, refined, delicate. The famous Cologne Imperiale harmonizes around floral arrangements and refined. Its fresh citrus notes of lemon and bergamot flirt with petit grain, while the floral magic of neroli comes to soften the bouquet of citrus. 
It is labeled to the symbol of the Empire, showing the armorial chosen by Napoleon; the eagle, the imperial crown and scepter. The bottle, studded with 69 bees symbols of the Empire, is characteristic of the family of "Waters" by Guerlain. It can be customized to order, hand decorated with fine gold and signed with initials.  
The Cologne Imperiale is the first fragrance bespoke perfumery, born of a special order of the Empress Eugénie to treat her migraines. Fleeting, this Cologne then you can flavor with your usual perfume. On special order, the iconic bottle "Bees" can also include your usual perfume."

Original Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a citrus aromatic fragrance for men and women.
  • Top notes are orange, petitgrain, lemon verbena, neroli, bergamot and lemon
  • Middle notes: orange blossom and lavender
  • Base notes: vanilla, rosemary, tonka bean and cedar

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a classic citrus fragrance for women and men. It starts off with a citrusy fresh bergamot and neroli top, followed by a fresh heart, resting on a light, powdery base.
  • Top notes: bergamot, lemon, neroli, verbena, orange
  • Middle notes: lavender
  • Base notes: tonka, cedar


The design incorporates Napoleonic bees; reproduced in the Bee flacon by Pochet et du Courval. Also sold in the limited edition Louis XVI bottle from 1977-1983.

Eau de Cologne Imperiale Extra Vieille: (extra dry), Created by Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain in 1860.

c1977-1983, eau de toilette (limited edition) Louis XVI flacon, photo by ebay seler 2004chopin.

"Eau de Cologne Imperiale" - (1853) first bottle colorless glass version rectangular cubic shape with grooved side walls terminal, curved shoulder, neck carnette faceted, its square flat cap, one side of molded decoration to Fame, with its label in grisaille. Model published by Glassware Pochet & Du Courval. 
Top:. 16cm. 
Photo by Lombrail-Teucquam.

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