Hello and welcome! Please understand that this website is not affiliated with Guerlain in any way, it is only a reference page for collectors and those who have enjoyed the classic fragrances of days gone by.

The main objective of this website is to chronicle the history of the Guerlain fragrances and showcase the bottles and advertising used throughout the years.

However, one of the other goals of this website is to show the present owners of the Guerlain perfume company how much we miss the discontinued classics and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back these fragrances!

Please leave a comment below (for example: of why you liked the fragrance, describe the scent, time period or age you wore it, who gave it to you or what occasion, any specific memories, what it reminded you of, maybe a relative wore it, or you remembered seeing the bottle on their vanity table), who knows, perhaps someone from the current Guerlain brand might see it.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Vaporisateur de Voyage (Travel Spray) c1930 - ?

Vaporisateur de Voyage (Travel Spray) c1930 - ?

Cylindrical shaped crystal travel spray bottle to hold various perfumes, used during travel, manufactured by Baccarat. Bottle was housed in small leather case offered in four different colors: black, red, green and blue.

  • 125cc /125ml/4.2 oz- 8.9cm/3.5" (without bulb)


Guerlain


photo by Lombrail-Teucquam

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Guerlain Perfume ad c1937

Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954), Wednesday 7 July 1937, page 5

L'Heure Bleue, Jicky, Liu, Violette, Mitsouko, Jasmin, Shalimar, Sous Le Vent, Vol de Nuit.



Guerlain Perfumes ad c1949

Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954), Tuesday 11 October 1949, page 1

Jicky, Shalimar, Mitsouko, Liu, Sous Le Vent, L'Heure Bleue.




Guerlain Perfumes ad c1938

Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954), Wednesday 8 June 1938, page 11


Guerlain Perfume ad c1949


1949 ad featuring the Guerlain perfumes in the Flacon de Guerre (Wartime bottle)...which housed Shalimar, Jicky, Mitsouko, L'Heure Bleue, Sous Le Vent, Dawamesk, Geranium D'Espagne, Coque D'Or, and others.


The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Tuesday 13 December 1949, page 6


Guerlain Lipsticks Ad c1938

The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), Saturday 24 December 1938, page 39

Showing shades: Light, Medium, Dark, Orange, Tropical and Mandarine.


Guerlain article c1993

Guerlain article from the LA Times:

Guerlain Knows Fragrance Is Applied to Pulse Points
March 19, 1993 by |ROSE APODACA

"When Robert Guerlain discusses his family's 164-year contribution to the art of fragrances, he wryly remarks in his heavy-coated French accent: "It certainly smells of success." 
It's a great understatement coming from a member of the oldest family-owned fragrance and cosmetics company in the world. But it was in just that understated fashion that Guerlain spoke during a luncheon for 90 guests at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island last week. 

Guerlain was in the United States to officially launch the opening of four new in-store boutiques in the Southwest, including the Newport Beach location. There are 27 boutiques nationwide. As director of special projects, he has devoted much of his energy toward educating the consumer about the Guerlain name and the fragrance industry. 
In addition to signing bottles of Shalimar, Samsara, Imperial and other potions, he personalized copies of the English translation of the family biography, "Guerlain," by fragrance journalist Colette Fellous. 
The sensually written coffee table book was originally released in French in 1989 to coincide with the launch of Samsara, a fragrance that has become the company's most popular worldwide. Shalimar, which debuted in 1925, continues to rank as Guerlain's best-seller in the United States. 
The English-language version precedes the launch of a men's fragrance that will appear this fall in this country. Its name? Heritage."

Guerlain's Tropical Lipstick Shade c1935

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Thursday 6 June 1935, page 12, talks about Guerlain's Tropical shade of lipstick, this was a shade for their Rose du Moulin lipstick range.




Gift Ideas c1936

The Land (Sydney, NSW : 1911 - 1954), Friday 20 November 1936, page 19, mentions Jicky (in the cobalt blue lanterne bottle), Sous Le Vent, Liu, Champs Elysees...


Here is teh same article, but you might be able to read this one better.



Scents that Match c1954

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Wednesday 21 July 1954, page 8



Rose du Moulin by Guerlain c1907

Rose du Moulin by Guerlain: created in 1907, a rose tinted pomade that was used to rouge the cheeks but could also be used on the lips. It came in several different shades for different skin colors, such as for brunettes, blondes. Also came in colors such as Mandarine, Soleil Levant (sunrise), Medium, Iris, Scarlet, Rose Camelia and Tropical.

La Poudre C'est Moi by Guerlain c1925

La Poudre C'est Moi by Guerlain: launched in 1925. This ultra fine face powder was scented with Shalimar. Originally created as a tribute to the Sun King Louis XIV, who famously pronounced "L'état c'est moi puisque le Roi c'est Moi."






A 1933 Guerlain ad states:
"Thrice artful is the Shalimar Powder of Guerlain. The tint for you is so marvellously [sic] blended that your skin blooms afresh at its touch ... with its texture so soft, so flattering that even in the glare of day the years seem to melt away ... and it clings through the hours with a consistency that you will adore. Scented with the fragrance of Shalimar, it is the ultimate touch of elegance in the art of make-up. At all smart shops in six marvellously [sic] perfect skin shades"

Monday, July 29, 2013

Rouge de la Cour by Guerlain c1910

Rouge de la Cour by Guerlain, introduced in the mid 19th century and was still being sold around 1910. This was sold as Court Rouge in the Guerlain catalogs, but was better known by the name rouge en tasse "pink saucers". It was item #434 in the Guerlain catalogs.

The pink saucers, also known as rouge de theatre, consisted of carthamus rouge (rouge vegetal) or carmine  mixed with a few drops of almond oil, and with mucilage of gum tragacanth, and spread upon porcelain or glass disks, which would have then be brushed on the cheeks with the fingers, a small puff, a piece of flannel, swab of cotton or a brush.

original image from a Guerlain catalog




photo by Lombrail-Teucquam


Cheek rouge, pressed into small glass pot. c1880-1915. Photo from imworld.aufeminin



Lait de Roses by Guerlain c1910

Lait de Roses ("Milk of Roses")- (c1910) Rare, clear pressed glass bottle molded oval cylindrical, oval belly ten sections,  and cork stopper with baroque styled label. Model created by Pochet et du Courval. Stands 18cm tall.



photo by Lombrail-Teucquam




The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness: A Complete Handbook, 1872:

Creme Sid-Ous c1910

Creme Sid-Ous, a skin cream by Guerlain, created around 1910. This almond scented, white colored hand and face cream was still being sold in 1970 as Creme Sid'Ous.


photo by Lombrail-Teucquam


Guerlain Cream Jar c1800s

Rare cream or ointment jar, probably used in the Guerlain boutiques or at a an apothecary shop that sold Guerlain products, made up of cobalt blue glazed earthenware, handpainted in gilded enamel "Guerlain - 15 Rue de la Paix" - with its matching earthenware lid. Circa 1800s.

photo by Lombrail-Teucquam

Creme a la Fraise Pour le Teint c1880

Creme a la Fraise Pour le Teint c1880

"STRAWBERRY CREAM FOR THE FOUNDATION AND COVER"



By massaging a small amount of Crème à la Fraise, in a white porcelain jar with a small strawberry molded on the lid, this would moisturize and freshen the face.


Porcelain pot decorated with the Guerlain emblem of the "woman with flags" and titled "Guerlain Perfumer Patented SGDG" and "Rue de la Paix No. 15."

Circular lid, topped with a figural strawberry finial. Measures 2.36" diameter. Introduced in 1880. Marked on the bottom "A. Pillivuyt Foecy - Made in France".




photo by Lombrail -Teucquam



photo from an old ebay auction

Roselip by Guerlain, a tinted lip balm c1880-1910

Roselip, a lightly rose tinted lip balm housed in a tiny Sevres porcelain pot. It was available in two shades, a pink tint (#449), and a coral red tint (#450). This product was introduced around 1879/1880 and sold up until around 1910.

photo from original Guerlain catalog, the item on the left in the tin was Baume de la Ferte (#190), an ointment for chapped lips and nipples of mothers who were breastfeeding.


A popular recipe at the time, the rose lip pomade/balm/salve was made up of olive oil, whale oil, sweet almond oil, white wax, roses and Balsam of Peru.

from Perfumery and Kindred Arts: A Comprehensive Treatise on Perfumery, 1877




GUERLAIN "Rose Lip" - (1880) Rare small warehouse cylindrical
photo by drouot

Les Coeurs de Chamade c1999 Limited Edition

Les Coeurs de Chamade, a limited edition for Valentine's Day 1999. Chamade pour Homme was created as a masculine counterpart to the original Chamade, a woman's fragrance originally created in 1969.


Shalimar Scented Fan c1999 Limited Edition

This extremely rare Shalimar scented  folding fan was a 1999 limited edition item, which was probably a gift with purchase. The presentation box is made up of flocked midnight blue instead of the usual lilac hue associated with Shalimar. Notice the ornate design of the label on the box, this was also used for another limited edition item that came out that year, the alcohol-free Shalimar Silky Body Mist.





Shalimar Parfum and Eau de Cologne Sets c1950s-1970s

Shalimar Parfum and Eau de Cologne Sets c1950s-1970s

"Shalimar" - (c1970s) Made for the Canadian export, boxed set including a bottle of parfum extrait and a bottle of cologne with gilded stopper. Top:. 11 cm and 7.5 cm.

photo by Lombrail-Teucquam




"Shalimar" (c1960s) Box containing a bottle model shows two-tone orange and white label titled "Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Cologne" and a bottle bag, label titled tassel, golden cap. In his cabinet to brace, titled. H: 14.4 cm (model shows) and H: 7.5 cm (model bottle bag).


Photo by Neret-Minet Tessier.

Guerlain c1906

Harper's Weekly, Volume 50, 1906:

"PARISIAN SKETCHES - RUE DE LA PAIX 

Rue de la Paix! A magic name which by itself evokes all the marvels of elegance, art, and good taste, and to the glare of which all the pretty butterflies - the strangers - come to burn their wings, glittering symbol, the reflections of which, like the lustre of an incomparable diamond, fascinate the "elegantes" of the whole world. And who has created this repute! 
It is all due to those firms which, through their products have established this impeccable repute, and imposed names that are bound to be handed down to posterity. London, New York, Berlin, Vienna, St Petersburg, and so many other capitals will strive to rob Paris of the secret by which it attracts strangers: there will never be but one Rue de la Paix.

The old established firms, and we quote them at random - Au Coc, Cuvillier, Doucet, Guerlain, Mellerio, Worth, - and others have given by their taste and the excellence of their manufacture such value and notoriety to this famous Rue de la Paix that a curious exodus of industries has been witnessed: the jewellers abandoned the Palais Royal, the perfumers left the eccentric quarters, and those very ones who, up till then, had dreamed of but large figures, have felt compelled to come and establish themselves, at a great cost, in that selfsame Rue de la Paix, in the hopes that within the pall of the standard brands, their products would enjoy abroad the privileges attached to that name of world-wide repute.

Let us take an example at random which applies to all these old names: was there ever in any part of the globe a new and delicate perfume which puzzled you, you could hear this sentence. "Here is a perfume that surely comes from the Perfumer of Rue de la Paix," and neither name nor address were given; every one knew that it came from Guerlain's. 
In the affluence of competitors, it may perhaps soon become impossible to content one's self with the indication of the profession, the standard brands will have to defend their name, the "elegante" will require to add that, if her lace is delightfully scented, it is to Guerlain she owes it, although Guerlain's perfumes bear their true signature - so the Parisiennes tell us in their delicate subtility!"


Flacon Persane c1900

Extremely rare bottle created by Pochet et du Courval to hold Guerlain's eau de toilettes, first used around 1900. Mould No. 12088. Based on a 17th century Persian perfume flacon in the Guerlain family collection. On one side signed "HP" on the other side "Depose" and under the base "Guerlain Paris."

It held Esprit de Fleurs de Cedrat, and  other fragrances.

Stands 21cm/8.26" tall.


photo by Drouot

Esprit de Fleurs de Cedrat. photo by Yoka, from a Guerlain exhibit.

Flacon Brun Fume (Brown Smoke) c1933 -?

Flacon Brun Fume (Brown Smoke) c1933 -?


Flacon designed by Raymond Guerlain and made by Baccarat to hold extraits of Candide Effluve, A Travers Champs and Guerlinade.  Baccarat flacon #744.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Early Guerlain Advertisement c1850

Early advertisement for Guerlain perfumes and products found in The Boston Directory, 1850.


Early Guerlain advertisement c1865

Early advertisement for Guerlain products found in the The pharmaceutical journal and transactions - Volume 6 from 1865.


Early Guerlain advertisement c1853

Early advertisement found in the 1853 publication Things of Beauty Set with Gems of Verse by Carroll & Hutchinson.





Early Guerlain advertisement c1840

Early advertisement for William K. David, an importer located in Philadelphia, one of the first importers in America that sold Guerlain's products at the time. From the 1840 volume of A. E. Wright's Boston Directory.

Early Guerlain advertisement c1839

Early advertisement for Eugene Roussel, an importer located in Philadelphia, one of the first importers in America that sold Guerlain's products at the time. From the 1839 volume of A. M'Elroy's Philadelphia Directory.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Poudre aux Ballons c1918

In 1918, Guerlain launched “Poudre aux Ballons”, a face powder that was scented in various perfumes.
 The pretty powder box featured a trio of angels flying a balloon, as well as a drawing of the firm's first perfumery on the Place de l'Etoile.






Discontinued, date unknown. Still being sold in 1941.