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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A Brief History

The House of Guerlain is one of the oldest perfume houses in the world. It was founded in 1828 when Pierre-Francois Pascal Guerlain opened up his first perfume store on 42, Rue de Rivoli in Paris.

Pierre-Francois composed and manufactured custom perfumes with the help of his two sons, Aime & Gabriel. His unique approach was to personalize perfume for a specific person, place or event. Honore de Balzac commisioned his own eau de toilette during the writing of Cesar Birotteau, and the periodical La Sylphide, le Journal des Elegances, scented each issue with a different fragrance by Guerlain.




Guerlain catered to the high society of Paris, and obtained a very loyal following. The perfume house was so successful that Guerlain decided to open a flagship store at 15, Rue de la Paix in Paris in 1840. The house was at its peak in 1853 with it's fragrance Eau de Cologne Imperiale. This perfume gained Guerlain the prestigious title of His Majesty's Official Perfumer of France. This in turn led him to create perfumes for other royals such as Queen Victoria of England, the Empress Sissi of Austria, the Queen of Belgium and Queen Isabella of Spain as well as other crowned heads of royalty.

Pierre-Francois passed away in 1854 and his sons inherited the perfume house. Aime became the master perfumer, a tradition that would be upheld for the next master perfumer in lineage. Gabriel managed and further expanded the house. Aime, created several fragrances for the perfume house, these include Fleur d'Italie, Rococo, and Eau de Cologne du Coq and his greatest creation, Jicky.


In 1873, Guerlain received a medal of merit at the Universal Exposition held in Vienna .

In 1875, Aime Guerlain sought to patent his "Woman Flags" logo for the house of Guerlain in Great Britain. In 1893, it was trademarked in France.


Aimé Guerlain, President of the Chambre Syndicale de perfume; juror exhibitions of 1878 and 1889, participated in the Moscow exhibition in 1892.

Guerlain won a silver medal for their perfumes at the Melbourne Exhibition of 1882.


In 1914, Guerlain moved to 68, Champs-Elysees Paris. The business was then handed down to Gabriel's sons, Jacques & Pierre Guerlain. Jacques became the third master perfumer and created many fragrances in his lifetime. His creations include Eau de Coq, L'Heure Bleue, Apres L'Ondee, Shalimar, Vol de Nuit, Ode, and Mitsouko. These perfumes were so successful that some are still sold today.

1930s:


In 1939, Jean Michel Frank gave the Institut Guerlain in Paris an updated look both inside and out, with simple, utilitarian furnishings by Chanaux & Cie. The painter Christian Bérard, was hired by Frank to design trompe-l'oeil effects to simulate Neo-Classical architectural panels on the walls of the boutique. To suggest natural shadows and light, used hues of white, black, mauve and grey, which fooled the eye and provided a three dimensional effect.

Using the trompe l'oeil mural design, Margarita Classen-Smith, a well-known textile artist and restorer, painstakingly cut pieces of grosgrain ribbon to mimic the brushstrokes of Berard's design and then handsewn them onto sunny yellow felt. These surrealist fabric panels were then hung onto the walls as "wall paper" where they still hang today.

The four images below illustrate the elegance created by Jean Michel Frank.






Later years:






Jacques grandson, Jean-Paul Guerlain is the fourth generation master perfumer and has authored
several perfumes and men's colognes including Vetiver, Habit Rouge, Samsara, Nahema, Jardins de Bagatelle and many others. “A good perfume sells anywhere and everywhere,” claimed Jean Paul Guerlain in 1983 (Product Marketing and Cosmetic & Fragrance Retailing).

Today Thierry Wasser is Guerlain's newest perfumer in charge. 


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