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Friday, February 1, 2013

Guerlinade c1921

Guerlinade: Originally launched in 1921, and created by Jacques Guerlain, based on the House's famous perfumery accord of the same name made up of rose, jasmine, vanilla and tonka bean.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral oriental fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: neroli, aldehyde, bergamot, peach
  • Heart notes: jasmine, rose, orange blossom, patchouli, musk, orris, vetiver
  • Base notes: sage, vanilla, tonka bean, almond

A reader sent me a sample of the original version of Guerlinade and I found it to be quite herbal, green, masculine and strong.

The first sniff revealed nose tickling aldehydes, similar to those found in Chanel No.5. Hesperidic notes of neroli and bergamot vie for my attention, then a slight hint of peach joins the group. Then a rush of earthy notes from the patchouli and vetiver give the perfume a hint of green leaves and iris gives us a bit of crunchy carrot. A trace of sweetened vanilla, almond and powdery tonka bean peek out here and there. A bouquet of roses, jasmine, orange blossom make my acquaintance but quietly bow out so that the musky base could take over.

My overall impression is that this is definitely an "older" perfume, it would probably be too much for modern women's tastes, but would perhaps be more comfortable on a man's skin as the florals are quite muted and the earthy, herbal notes sing soprano. I do find it quite unusual, but quite interesting. It is not sugary sweet, not heavy on the vanilla, like some other Guerlain fragrances.


Presented in the Lyre flacon (parfum) in the 1920s and 1930s, the quadrilobe flacon (parfum), the Guerre flacon (parfum) and in the Amphore flacon (parfum) in the 1950s.

Photo from flickr

photo by drouot

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown. Still sold in the 1950s.

This fragrance was discontinued for many years before being totally re-orchestrated by Jean Paul Guerlain and relaunched in 1998, a floriental eau de parfum based on the House's famous perfumery accord of the same name.

Presented as a limited edition flacon made by Baccarat, to mark the 170th anniversary of the founding of Guerlain. This perfume is available in limited edition in a bottle, which is no longer available today was designed by Robert Granai and is inspired by a bronze vase from Nepal that served during the wedding ceremonies. It contained rose water which was sprinkled onto the guests to bring them good luck.

Only 50,000 bottles were made, 3,500 of which were bound for the U.S.

The perfume was a whole new scent, unlike its predecessor and launched in 2005 for the Les Parisiennes line.
  • Top notes: Calabrian bergamot, Tunisian hesperides
  • Middle notes: white lilac, hyacinth, rose and jasmine from Egypt and Grasse
  • Base notes: Mayotte vanilla, tonka bean and French iris.

Photo from aromablog.ru
photo from Hôtel des Ventes d'Enghien

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