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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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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).

You can read more here on my original post on Coque D'Or here.

To make this even more special, the parfum extrait will be housed inside of an original vintage 190ml Baccarat flacon which known in collector's circles as the Noed Papillon flacon, the rich cobalt blue bow tie shaped bottle adorned with a generous coating of gold enamel.

There is a limited supply of this edition of only 29 examples priced at 17,000 Euros (about $22,434) each. Exorbitant yes, but I predict that the original vintage editions should also go up in value, as curiosity from the masses who cannot afford this limited edition, will look to buy those remaining vintage bottles which are sometimes available at auctions or other online sources.

Let's cross our fingers and hope that Guerlain will entertain the idea of issuing this fragrance in a bottle and a price that will be available to those not in the 2%.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a fruity-floral chypre fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, fruits, anise and lavender
  • Middle notes: jasmine, carnation, cyclamen and orris root
  • Base notes: vetiver, patchouli, tolu balsam, musk, moss, civet and vanilla

From Guerlain:
"In 1937, Jacques Guerlain created the Golden Shell in tribute to Diaghilev, creator of the famous Russian ballet. The shape of the bottle, became an icon of the Guerlain Heritage, evokes the typically male accessory bow tie worn by Diaghilev in his social gatherings. The bottle Golden Shell, never reproduced since 1956, is now reissued in its original version, Baccarat crystal blue intense night, painted in 20 carat gold and silk balloon to the son by the hand Table ladies Guerlain. The wooden casket light oak and covered with gilt fluting, originally designed by Jean Michel Franck, was reproduced exactly.  
Only 29 numbered pieces are available worldwide. 
Carefully preserved in the archives of the Maison Guerlain, the formula for the sample of 1937, as graciously dedicated to women and men, resumes life as a legendary bottle. With its elegant combination of bergamot, rose and patchouli, this classic Chypre itself as a model of this family so racy who gets pride of place in today's perfumery. 
Founded in 1764, Maison Baccarat played a decisive role in the art of making crystal perfume bottles. In the 1930s, the crystal is developing the iconic bottle for Guerlain Golden Shell. Guerlain and Baccarat Houses today decided to revive the magic of this bottle off since 1956, creating 29 exceptional pieces."

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