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Friday, February 1, 2013

Sillage by Guerlain c1907

Sillage: created by Jacques Guerlain in 1906, and in the USA in 1907. In French its name refers to the wake of a ship, and the trail of fragrance when someone walks by.

An excerpt from the publication, La Vielle Lumiere from 1909:
"Perfumery at that time was far from what it is now, and Guerlain was the promoter of the items that we ... his new creations: Jicky, Apres L'Ondee, Sillage, are fashionable TODAY."

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like?  It is classified as a musky floral fragrance for women. White flowers over the Guerlinade accord with leather, musk and woodsy notes. Later editions included aldehydes in the top notes.
  • Top notes: aromatic notes, jasmine, bergamot, orange
  • Middle notes: jasmine, rose, clove, tuberose, ylang ylang, leather, spices, civet, deer musk
  • Base notes: musk, ambergris, tonka bean, sandalwood

Evening Star, 1913:
"Guerlain's "Sillage", a lasting perfume of the three dollar series, has for base an oriental wood, growing in a certain limited district discovered by the grandfather, M. Guerlain pere has frequently been heard to say that when the wood of that little district is used up, there will be no more "Sillage."


It was presented in a bottle dubbed the Empire flacon made by Pochet et du Courval. This perfume bottle is inspired by the "Winter Circus", there is a whole fashionable Parisian theater to spend a crazy night.

It was also available in the Goutte flacon (eau de toilette) in 4 oz and 8 oz.

Fate of the Fragrance:

I don't know when the perfume was discontinued, but it was still being sold in 1941.

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