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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Parure c1975

Parure by Guerlain: launched in 1975. Created by Jean-Paul Guerlain with his mother in mind. It is a luxurious fragrance that evoked the richness and brilliance of the most precious jewels. Parure means a matching set - earrings and necklace.

"But consider it as you would a diamond. Peer deep within. You will discover an inner fire, burning with promise like the rising sun. You don't just dab on a perfume like Parure. You wear it body and soul. Parure By Guerlain." (1976)

"New fragrance from France in the air this spring, Parure the perfume, like parure, a set of jewelry, is designed to enhance. This fresh fragrance, laced with lilacs and cypress, vetiver and amber, was created by Guerlain, who has given us so many memorable perfumes over the years." (1975)

"Very roughly translated "ornament" or "adornment," "Parure" from Guerlain, Inc., New York, is said to evoke the season of lilacs and plums, to be lingering, opulent and stunning. One- ounce of perfume sells for $40.00, 1/2 ounce for $22.00." (1976)

Original Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an aldehyde chypre fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: peach, pepper, plum, bergamot
  • Middle notes: jasmine, lilac, narcissus, patchouli, balsamic notes, musk
  • Base notes: oakmoss, rose, leather

Reformulated Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an aldehyde chypre fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: citrus, angelica, thyme, galbanum and sage
  • Middle notes: jasmine, rose, lilac, lily of the valley, narcissus, jonquil and orris
  • Base notes: balsam, styrax, vetiver, oakmoss and leather


Presented in a clear round flacon (parfum) with a swirl stopper designed by Robert Granai. The stopper, according to Jean Paul Guerlain, was inspired by a glowing sea view sunset.

Also presented in the quadrilobe flacon (parfum), the Goutte flacon (eau de toilette), the Montre flacon (eau de cologne), the Parapluie flacon (parfum) and various spray bottles over the years.

photo by ebay seller nickyparfums

photo by ebay seller maidstonestudio

Fate of the Fragrance:

The perfume has suffered from reformulation over the years due to IFRA regulations, and then finally discontinued. 

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