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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Jardins de Bagatelle c1983

Jardins de Bagatelle by Guerlain: launched in 1983. Created by Jean-Paul Guerlain. The name was taken after a beautiful garden in Paris located at the Bois de Boulogne, a chateau built in 1775 by the Comte d'Artois as a hunting retreat. The elegant garden is most known for its lush rose blossoms and the name "bagatelle" simply means "a thing created for pleasure", a trifle.

From Guerlain:
"Jardins de Bagatelle is for women who always perfume themselves for the pleasure of seduction as well as for their own pleasure and enjoyment.  
These gardens are redolent with a multitude of white flowers, varieties of rose, hyacinths, daffodils and narcissus of exceptional luminosity, to the great delight of anyone who loves nature. 
Floral.  Joyous, luminous, captivating. 
Jardins de Bagatelle is an airy and luminous essence, a sparkling fragrance. The heart is a real bouquet of white flowers (neroli, jasmine and gardenia) celebrating joie de vivre over a base of poisonous tuberose underscored with woody notes. 
Jardins de Bagatelle blossoms over a tuberose base. This raw material also has aphrodisiac powers. In the time of Louis XVI, its scent filled the air in the King's court to identify any unwed pregnant women: these women would faint under the effect of this poisonous flower!"

Fragrance Composition:

First issued as an eau de toilette only, but the line was expanded to include bath and body products by 1986 and an eau de parfum in 1993. Jardins de Bagatelle was one of the Guerlain fragrance lines that did not include an extrait (parfum).

So what does it smell like? It is a true 80's style powerhouse fragrance bursting at the seams with an opulent explosion of white flowers on a woodsy base of cedar.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, jasmine, violet, bergamot, lilac
  • Middle notes: gardenia, Provencal rose, orange blossom, tuberose, magnolia, ylang ylang, narcissus
  • Base notes: tuberose, cedar, vetiver, patchouli, musk, neroli

Sometime in it's life, Jardins de Bagatelle was reformulated with modern ingredients. 
  • Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, neroli
  • Middle notes: Provence rose, jasmine, gardenia, tuberose, magnolia, narcissus
  • Base notes: patchouli, cedarwood, vetiver, tonka bean, benzoin, musk

After reading various reviews for the fragrance over the years, some people have claimed that the newer version lacks the earthy qualities of the vintage formula and seems to be a bit more brighter in character.

Bath and body products included:

  • Concentrated Bath Oil
  • Body Shampoo
  • Body Lotion
  • Body Cream
  • Bath Soap
  • Talc
  • Perfumed Deodorant Mist
  • Perfumed Deodorant Spray
  • Eau Deodorante


Presented in the Jardins de Bagatelle flacon, designed by Robert Granai. The original bottle has a smoke tinted stopper and cap, later editions have a completely clear cap/stopper. The Jardins de Bagatelle bottle was manufactured by two glassmakers:

Saint-Gobain Desjonquères and Pochet et du Courval.

Saint-Gobain Desjonquères bottles are engraved with "Guerlain copyright 82 SGD" on the base. Saint Gobain produced two molds:
  • 100 ml Spray- June 1982 production until December 1996
  • 60 ml Spray - June 1983 production until August 1996. 

Pochet and Courval bottles are engraved with "Guerlain copyright 82 - HP Paris" on the base. POchet produced seven molds:
  • 2150 ml - stands 34.8 cm tall - Plastic and glass stopper - December 1983
  • 125 ml - stands 14.2 cm  tall- 1983
  • 250 ml - stands 17.5 cm tall- 1983
  • 18 ml - spray - May 1984
  • 15 ml - stands 10.5 cm tall - purse vaporizer - May of 1992
  • 4 ml - sample - July 1992
  • 50 ml - vaporizer August 1995

But by 2013, this bottle was replaced by the bee atomizer bottle.

Abandoning the late 1960s- early 1980s white and black zig zag box design for the black and gold box design that began with the introduction of Jardins de Bagatelle, Guerlain adopted this design to package fragrances which became the signature box style for the rest of the 1980s up until the early 2000s.

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