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, August 27, 2014

Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune by Guerlain c1999

Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune by Guerlain: launched in 1999. Created by Jean-Paul Guerlain.

Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic by Guerlain c2007

Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic by Guerlain: launched in 2007. Created by Marie Salamagne.

Aqua Allegoria Lilia Bella by Guerlain c2001

Aqua Allegoria Lilia Bella by Guerlain: launched in 2001. Created by Jean-Paul Guerlain.

Aqua Allegoria Lemon Fresca c2003

Aqua Allegoria Lemon Fresca by Guerlain: launched in  2003. Created by Jean-Paul Guerlain.

Aqua Allegoria Lavande Velours

Aqua Allegoria Lavande Velours by Guerlain: launched in 1999. Created by Jean-Paul Guerlain.

Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia c2012

Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia by Guerlain: launched in 2012. Created by Thierry Wasser.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cuir Beluga by Guerlain c2005

Cuir Beluga by Guerlain: launched in 2005 as part of the L’Art et la Matière collection. Created by Olivier Polge.

Angelique Noire by Guerlain c2005

Angelique Noire by Guerlain: launched in 2005 as part of the L’Art et la Matière collection. Created by Daniela (Roche) Andrier.

Cruel Gardenia by Guerlain c2008

Cruel Gardenia by Guerlain: launched in 2008 as part of the L’Art et la Matière collection. Created by Randa Hammami and Sylvaine Delacourte.

Rose Barbare by Guerlain c2005

Rose Barbare by Guerlain: launched in 2005 as part of the L’Art et la Matière collection. Rose Barbare was created by Francis Kurkdjian.

Bois D'Armenie by Guerlain c2006

Bois D'Armenie by Guerlain: launched in 2006 as part of the L’Art et la Matière collection. Created by Annick Menardo.

Tonka Imperiale by Guerlain c2010

Tonka Imperiale by Guerlain: launched in 2010 as part of the L’Art et la Matière collection. Created by Thierry Wasser.

Coque D'Or by Guerlain c2014 Limited Edition Collector's Flacon

Coque D'Or by Guerlain: available in September 2014 as a limited edition collector's flacon filled with a reformulated version of the Coque D'Or perfume originally launched in 1937. Thierry Wasser has successfully recreated this long forgotten fragrance using safer ingredients and perfume materials due to IFRA's regulations (read: without oakmoss, as in the original formula).

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Shalimar c1925

Shalimar perfume was originally created in 1921 by Guerlain. It was re-released during the Art Deco Exhibition in Paris in 1925. I have separate blog posts on Shalimar bottles and its flanker scents.

Shalimar Eau Legere Parfumee c2003

Shalimar Eau Legere Parfumee by Guerlain: launched in 2003, also known as Shalimar Light Fragrance. It was created by Mathilde Laurent, a young in-house Guerlain perfumer.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral oriental fragrance for women, a lighter, summery version of Shalimar, it skips the musky accord and goes from the cool lemon top note into a warm vanilla heart.

  • Top notes: bergamot, lemon
  • Middle notes: orange, iris, jasmine
  • Base notes: amber, vanilla

In 2004, Jean Paul Guerlain slightly changed the composition and color of the perfume. It is lighter as the name suggests and less complex than the original Shalimar.

Shalimar Eau Legere Parfumee was discontinued and replaced by Eau de Shalimar in 2008.

Eau de Shalimar c2008

Eau de Shalimar by Guerlain: launched in 2008.  According to Guerlain's own information, it's only a repackaging of the successful Shalimar Eau Légère Parfumée, composed by Mathilde Laurent in 2003. Jean-Paul Guerlain reworked it slightly in 2004 and the fragrance was then attributed to him.

Shalimar Oiseau de Paradis c2009

Shalimar Oiseau de Paradis by Guerlain: launched in 2009. This is a limited edition collector's bottle, there is no change to the fragrance.

From Guerlain:

"Guerlain has imagined a legendary décor to accompany the new opus of Shalimar eau de parfum. The slender silhouette of the perfume’s two guardian angels throws a matte shadow outline against the night-blue backdrop of the box, illuminated by the gentle shimmer of the golden logo.  
The bottle’s feminine shoulders appear bathed in glossy moonlight, wearing a sophisticated silk feather draping around the neck, held in place by a blue satin ribbon.  The Oiseau de Paradis signature is inscribed in golden ink with light, slender handwriting, resembling the creatures that have inspired it.  
A sort of invitation to a mirage, in which dreams could take flight into the evening light, rising towards other tales that Shalimar may soon whisper to us in our sleep…"

Shalimar Oiseau de Paradis was available as 50 ml Shalimar Eau de Parfum.  

Shalimar Ode de la Vanille Sur la Route de Madagascar c2012

Shalimar Ode La Vanille Sur la Route de Madagascar by Guerlain: launched in 2012.

Created by Thierry Wasser, who traveled to the plantations on the Vanilla Coast of Madagascar to obtain the precious Sambava vanilla.

To ensure the high quality and enhance the exquisite scent profile, the local artisans must treat the varietal vanilla for 18 months. The vanilla was further processed in France, where the delicate orchid was prepared by technology and infused for a month's time in order to capture all of the essences that makes this varietal vanilla so prized above others. The final tincture has been retained solely for the usage by Guerlain.

Shalimar Fourreau du Soir c2011

Shalimar 'Fourreau du Soir' is a limited edition collector's bottle, made in honor of the legendary perfume in 2011.

Only the bottle is different, the fragrance remains the same. Available in 50 ml Shalimar Eau de Parfum.

The fragrance comes in the Jade Jagger designed Shalimar bottle covered in delicate black lace and finished with a glossy leather band wrapped around the top. The bottle retains its blue plastic cap.

Shalimar Parfum Initial A Fleur de Peau c2012

Shalimar Parfum Initial 'A Fleur de Peau' is the name given to a limited edition collector's bottle from 2012. Manufactured by Baccarat, the crystal bottle was adorned with a Gripoix necklace of flesh colored smalt set into gold filigree. The hand numbered bottle holds 2 ounces of luscious Shalimar Parfum Initial parfum extrait.

Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau c2012

Shalimar Initial L'Eau by Guerlain: launched in 2012, and created by Thierry Wasser.

Shalimar Parfum Initial c2011

Shalimar Parfum Initial by Guerlain: launched in 2011. Created by Thierry Wasser and meant to appeal to younger audiences who may find Shalimar to be too heavy and mature, but would still like to wear a form of Shalimar.

French Kiss c2014

French Kiss by Guerlain: launched in October 2014. Created by Thierry Wasser as an homage to the successful KissKiss lipstick range, which is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this year. French Kiss joins the Les Elixirs Charnels collection of haute fragrances. In keeping the with the feminine lipstick theme, the juice is colored a beautiful shade of pink, which contrasts beautifully against the silver trim of the bottle.