Sunday, September 14, 2014

Le Theatre - 160 Year Anniversary of the Bee Bottle c2013

 Le Theatre - was one of several special presentations created in 2013 to mark the 160th anniversary of the creation of the bee bottle, known as the Abeille flacon.


 Le Theatre - was one of several special presentations created in 2013 to mark the 160th anniversary of the creation of the bee bottle, known as the Abeille flacon.


Guerlain commissioned nine “Maîtres d’art” of the Institut National des Métiers d’Art of France. Giving them full artistic freedom to create whatever they could envision to centre around a one litre bee bottle. The resulting incarnations are truly the epitome of one of a kind masterpieces.

The unique bottles were on display at the Maison Guerlain, 68, Champs-Élysées, from the 10th of December 2013 to the 14th of February 2014 and were showcased in photo and video exhibitions in Guerlain’s Exclusive Line Doors in 2014. They will be sold to help fund the “Maîtres d’art – Students” project, in which master artists pass down rare and exceptional skills to apprentices, overseen by the Institut National des Métiers d’Art (INMA). You can read more about the INMA online.


Lison de Caunes, Maître d’art – Class of 1998. Interior designer André Groult's talented granddaughter has rekindled the skillful art of straw marquetry, a decorative element which she particularly uses to create au courant furniture and wall coverings.

From Guerlain:

“Le Théâtre” (“The Theatre”) 
A wooden shrine in the shape of the Bee bottle. In the place of the label, an opening suggests the proscenium of a classic theatre. The interior and exterior feature straw marquetry: the first in an Empire blue sprinkled with stylised bees in embossed yellow straw, following the delicate 18th-century technique, and the second in yellow gold chiselled with blue festoons, all with a waxed finish. The interior is lit, accentuating the natural shimmer of the straw and giving a dazzling effect to the bottle, decorated with a straw marquetry label.

L'Habit de Fete - 160 Year Anniversary of the Bee Bottle c2013

L'Habit de Fete - was one of several special bottle designs created in 2013 to mark the 160th anniversary of the creation of the bee bottle, known as the Abeille flacon.



Guerlain commissioned nine “Maîtres d’art” of the Institut National des Métiers d’Art of France. Giving them full artistic freedom to create whatever they could envision to centre around a one litre bee bottle. The resulting incarnations are truly the epitome of one of a kind masterpieces.

The unique bottles were on display at the Maison Guerlain, 68, Champs-Élysées, from the 10th of December 2013 to the 14th of February 2014 and were showcased in photo and video exhibitions in Guerlain’s Exclusive Line Doors in 2014. They will be sold to help fund the “Maîtres d’art – Students” project, in which master artists pass down rare and exceptional skills to apprentices, overseen by the Institut National des Métiers d’Art (INMA). You can read more about the INMA online.




A sought after specialist in luxurious gold thread embroidery, Sylvie Deschamps painstakingly hand created a sumptuous haute couture "party dress", the l'habit de fete,  of the highest quality, that encases the bottle.

From Guerlain:

“L’Habit de Fête” (“The Festive Attire”) 
A covering designed as an imperial coronation robe. The festoons of the dome and 69 bees are embroidered in a raised pattern with 24-carat varnished gold cannetille thread on a white organza sheath. The wings are made of gold leaf and gold powder was sprinkled between the bees to represent pollen. The label is embroidered following the principles of the art of heraldry: the imperial crown and bee on a shield over crossed swords, as well as two dates recalling the 160th anniversary. For the finishing details: the iconic bottle neck is wrapped in gold thread, using the technique of the Guerlain “Dames de Tables” craftswomen. In addition, the stopper, dressed in organza, is finely embroidered with a majestic Queen Bee, who reigns proudly over the piece.




Saturday, September 13, 2014

La Petite Robe Noire - Exceptional Limited Edition Collector's Flacon 2014

La Petite Robe Noire - Exceptional Limited Edition Collector's Bottle for Christmas 2014.

Little Black Dress extract (perfume) is Housed inside of a monumental black Baccarat crystal bottle 250ml adorned with Macon Lesquoy and embroidered flower ornamentation. It retails for € 12,000.







Monday, September 1, 2014

Champs Elysees by Guerlain c1996

Champs Elysees by Guerlain: launched in 1996 ,created by Jacques Guerlain and Jean-Paul Guerlain. The name was inspired by the 1904 Guerlain scent Parfum des Champs-Elysées, which has been discontinued for many years.


So what does it smell like? It is classified as a fruity floral fragrance for women.

  • Top notes are black currant, melon, almond, violet, peach and anise
  • Middle notes are mimosa, peony, lilac, hibiscus, lily-of-the-valley, rose and almond blossom
  • Base notes are sandalwood, benzoin, vanilla, cedar and almond 


I tested a vintage 1990s sample and it started off with sharp aldehydes and pungent citrus, then the sweet jasmine, powdery mimosa and delicate rose became more prominent. It's dry down was soft with a blend of sandalwood and vanilla.


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The success of the fragrance spawned a flanker scent named Champs Elysees Too Much..? in 2000, as a more intense, fresh summery version. It is classified as a floral green fragrance for women with a dominant mimosa note.

  • Top notes: Calabrian bergamot and mimosa
  • Middle notes: mimosa, lily and hyacinth
  • Base notes: jasmine, narcissus and benzoin


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Gourmand Coquin by Guerlain c2008

Gourmand Coquin by Guerlain: launched in 2008. Created by Christine Nagel and Sylvaine Delacourte.



From Guerlain:
An irresistible desire to dive into one's fantasies is born from a unique drop of perfume. Let your senses decide what kind of woman you wish to be tonight. The Carnal Elixirs highlight the pleasure of marvelously daring olfactory discoveries. Subtle, forbidden fragrances that delicately reveal the many facets of a woman. 
Gourmand Cocquin - no game is off limits for this little darling who enjoys tying her willing victims up in her love from their heads down to their toes. With a penchant for sweet treats, her insatiable appetite indulges in every pleasure and naughty fantasy. Gourmand Coquin teases with a sprinkling of black peppercorns binding luscious chocolate. A dash of rum, spice and cocoa bean intoxicates the senses and then delights even further with rose and voluptuous vanilla.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an Oriental Vanilla fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: black pepper
  • Heart notes: rose, spices, cacao
  • Base notes: rum, dark chocolate, vanilla

Floral Romantique by Guerlain c2011

Floral Romantique by Guerlain: launched in 2011. Created by Thierry Wasser.



From Guerlain:

An irresistible desire to dive into one's fantasies is born from a unique drop of perfume. Let your senses decide what kind of woman you wish to be tonight. The Carnal Elixirs highlight the pleasure of marvelously daring olfactory discoveries. Subtle, forbidden fragrances that delicately reveal the many facets of a woman. 
Floral Romantique, the sensual romantic, is a tender nectar for a delicate and romantic woman. Fresh top notes of Mandarin orange lead to the core of jasmine, ylang-ylang, tiare, lily and carnation. Woody nuances of cedar in the base are harmoniously combined with smoked tea and mate.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral woody musk fragrance for women.


  • Top notes: Mandarin orange
  • Heart notes: jasmine, tiare, lily, ylang-ylang, carnation
  • Base notes: cedar, smoked tea, chestnut, ambrette, mate

Boise Torride by Guerlain c2009

Boise Torride by Guerlain: launched in 2009, created by Christine Nagel.



From Guerlain:
An irresistible desire to dive into one's fantasies is born from a unique drop of perfume. Let your senses decide what kind of woman you wish to be tonight. The Carnal Elixirs highlight the pleasure of marvelously daring olfactory discoveries. Subtle, forbidden fragrances that delicately reveal the many facets of a woman. 
Boise Torride, the sultry seductress, is a smoldering wood scent constructed around cedar and patchouli, two warm and noble essences traditionally used in men's perfume making. But in this case, like a tuxedo that enhances a woman's body, they embrace the softness of a sensual bouquet of jasmine and orange blossom caressed by white musk.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a woody floral fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: bergamot, tangerine, pink berries
  • Heart notes: marshmallow, orange blossom, jasmine
  • Base notes: patchouli, white musk, cedar

Chypre Fatal by Guerlain c2008

Chypre Fatal by Guerlain: launched in 2008, created by Christine Nagel in cooperation with art director Sylvaine Delacourte.



From Guerlain:

An irresistible desire to dive into one's fantasies is born from a unique drop of perfume. Let your senses decide what kind of woman you wish to be tonight. The Carnal Elixirs highlight the pleasure of marvelously daring olfactory discoveries. Subtle, forbidden fragrances that delicately reveal the many facets of a woman. 
Underneath the Chypre Fatal woman's cool, refined exterior, a passionate fire burns. A woman to love but never truly know, she always has the upper hand with those who dare to try to own her. 
The intense aura of this fatal fruity chypre haunts, as it presses and caresses with rose, to which patchouli brings its spicy, woody overtones. Vanilla and white peach sensually soften the harmony that leaves an indelible trail.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a fruity chypre fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: white peach
  • Heart notes: rose
  • Base notes: patchouli, vanilla

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Oriental Brulant by Guerlain c2008

Oriental Brulant by Guerlain: launched in 2008. Created by Christine Nagel and Sylvaine Delacourte.



From Guerlain:

An irresistible desire to dive into one's fantasies is born from a unique drop of perfume. Let your senses decide what kind of woman you wish to be tonight. Les Elixirs Charnels (Carnal Elixirs) highlight the pleasure of marvelously daring olfactory discoveries. Subtle, forbidden fragrances that delicately reveal the many facets of a woman. 
Consumed by intense desire and passion, the Oriental Brulant woman knows her lover will satisfy her every whim. Her beloved is spellbound, hypnotized and forever in her power. Simmering with sensuality, Oriental Brulant embraces with vanilla and tonka bean, creating an aura of seduction that is impossible to resist. White almond offers a tender lasting touch.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an Oriental perfume for women with a dominant styrax note.

  • Top notes: tangerine
  • Heart notes: almond
  • Base notes: tonka bean, vanilla, styrax

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune by Guerlain c1999

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

Pamplelune is sparkling and alive, flowing from its generous and tender sun-drenched flesh like and exotic juice - freshly pressed and chilled before it melts in a delicious blend of patchouli and vanilla.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a citrus fragrance.


  • Top notes: grapefruit, lemon and bergamot
  • Middle notes: petitgrain, patchouli and cassia
  • Base notes: sandalwood and vanilla


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Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic by Guerlain c2007

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

An exhilarating expression of the imagination. Airy and breezy, the sparkling notes of fresh citrus and fragrant floral promise feelings of joy and hope.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a Citrus Aromatic fragrance for women.


  • Top notes are clementine, orange blossom, ivy, green tea and bitter orange
  • Middle notes are peony, chamomile, mandarin orange and basil
  • Base notes are sandalwood and amber



Aqua Allegoria Lilia Bella by Guerlain c2001

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

Lilia Bella, a tribute to the spring freshness, a gentle and a feminine freshness. It is the symbol of back to happiness and to beautiful days. It is a tribute to a cheerful and capricious.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a green floral fragrance.


  • Top notes: green notes
  • Middle notes: lily of the valley and lilac
  • Base notes: rose and jasmine


Aqua Allegoria Lemon Fresca c2003

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

It's hot, very hot in Taormina. In August, this little Sicillian town is plunged into an abyss of dazzling light where time stands still at the merest hint of a breeze. It was during one of his numerous journeys to Sicily that Jean-Paul Guerlain had the idea to compose Lemon Fresca, an extremely citrus fragrance that fulfils a legitimate desire of freshness.

So what does it smell like? The pure aroma of a fresh, juicy lemon!

  • Top notes: lemon, bergamot, lime
  • Middle notes: anise
  • Base notes: woody notes, green notes

Aqua Allegoria Lavande Velours

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

Eau de toilette line Aqua Allegoria is a fragrant fantasy, like taking a walk in the garden, and which garden it is depends on the main note of the composition, while all the other components are there to accentuate its beauty.

So what does it smell like? A true to life, dry lavender fragrance with a warm, woodsy base.


  • Top notes:  lavender and violet
  • Middle notes: iris
  • Base notes: sandalwood and vanilla



Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia c2012

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

Sun caressing warm skin.  Necklace of lilies.  Escape beneath the trade winds.  Lys Soleia - The spirit of lily and a note ylang-ylang.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a fruity floral fragrance.


  • Top notes: bergamot, lemon and palm leaves
  • Middle notes: lily, ylang-ylang, and tropical fruits.
  • Base notes: tuberose, vanilla and white musk




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.



From Guerlain:

Like a pair of luxurious, buttery soft leather gloves, Cuir Beluga's smooth touch is a perfect fit. Guerlain has taken leather to new olfactory heights, blending it with Mandarin orange, amber, heliotrope and vanilla.

Enigmatic and mysterious, Cuir Beluga has lured both men and women into its velvety paradox. It is made for the woman or man with leather gloves curled around a steering wheel with wind-tousled hair, staring down an open road and happily consumed by the journey.


So what does it smell like? It is classified as a leather fragrance.

  • Top notes: aldehydes, tangerine, mandarin
  • Heart notes: patchouli, everlasting flower (immortelle)
  • Base notes: vanilla, amber, suede, heliotrope, leather

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About L'Art et la Matiére:

L'Art et la Matiere is a collection of rare perfumes that capture the world's most luxurious raw materials with vision and daring. "Matière" means "material" in French. The name of the line is actually a pun on the French expression "L'Art et la manière". It's used when you talk about there being a certain "correct" way of doing things, with "art and manner".

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.



From Guerlain:
Angelique Noire coyly blends the freshness of angelica, the luminosity of bergamot and the smooth, feminine sweetness of vanilla. It is made for the woman who should not be underestimated; although seemingly shy at first, she may just be the one to steal the first kiss!

So what does it smell like?It is classified as a floral oriental perfume.

  • Top notes: angelica seeds, bergamot, pink berries, pear
  • Heart notes: jasmine sambac, caraway, spices, almond
  • Base notes: vanilla, angelica roots, cedar


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About L'Art et la Matiére:

L'Art et la Matiere is a collection of rare perfumes that capture the world's most luxurious raw materials with vision and daring. "Matière" means "material" in French. The name of the line is actually a pun on the French expression "L'Art et la manière". It's used when you talk about there being a certain "correct" way of doing things, with "art and manner".

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.



From Guerlain:
Cruel Gardenia doesn't concern itself with polite flirtation; it immediately pierces the heart and burns itself into its captive's mind like a beautiful obsession. The scent creates an eternal loop like the memory of a lover's last kiss, replaying the taste, warmth and passion over and over to the point of exquisite pain. It's so cruel; it's kind. 
Cruel Gardenia is brilliantly embraced with the sweet essence of rose and neroli, warmed by ylang-ylang and white musk and haunted by sensuous notes of vanilla and sandalwood. It is made for a femme fatale who completely possesses and kindly destroys her lovers. Women know not to leave their men alone with her, fearing her tempting web of desire will instantly ensnare them.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral perfume with a dominant gardenia note.

  • Top notes: Damask rose, peach, neroli
  • Heart notes: gardenia, ylang-ylang, violet
  • Base notes: tonka bean, vanilla, sandalwood, musk


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 About L'Art et la Matiére:

L'Art et la Matiere is a collection of rare perfumes that capture the world's most luxurious raw materials with vision and daring. "Matière" means "material" in French. The name of the line is actually a pun on the French expression "L'Art et la manière". It's used when you talk about there being a certain "correct" way of doing things, with "art and manner".

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.





From Guerlain:
Call Rose Barbare a rebel with a beautiful cause. It is a creation that explores the deep, mysterious and sublime darkness of rose. It presents itself directly without pretense or fanfare, with bold top notes of ottoman rose blending with the spontaneous sensuality of fresh honey chypre. The impressively smooth mixture sweeps in like a silent shadow, a beautiful darkness suffused with luminosity, gently caressing the skin. Always one to question authority, this daring beauty easily debunks traditional ideas and institutions.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral chypre fragrance with a dominant rose note.

  • Top notes: aldehydes, rose essence
  • Heart notes: rose absolute, fenugreek
  • Base notes: peach honey, patchouli, notes of undergrowth



Click HERE to purchase Rose Barbare 2.5 oz Eau de Parfum


About L'Art et la Matiére:

L'Art et la Matiere is a collection of rare perfumes that capture the world's most luxurious raw materials with vision and daring. "Matière" means "material" in French. The name of the line is actually a pun on the French expression "L'Art et la manière". It's used when you talk about there being a certain "correct" way of doing things, with "art and manner".


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.



From Guerlain:
The ethereal Bois d'Armenie, inspired by Papier d'Armenie (the scented paper used as incense since the 16th century), is a panoramic sensation of wood, spice and oriental accents wrapped in a transparent cloud of smoke. A beautiful harmony using the heart of benzoin, pink pepper, coriander, patchouli and white musk creates a billowing mist of delicacy. Seductive and alluring, it is made for the woman who leaves a lasting impression, haunting those who dare to love her.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a woody oriental fragrance.

  • Top notes: incense, iris, pink pepper
  • Heart notes: guaiac wood, coriander leaves
  • Base notes: copahu balm, patchouli, white musk




About L'Art et la Matiére:

L'Art et la Matiere is a collection of rare perfumes that capture the world's most luxurious raw materials with vision and daring. "Matière" means "material" in French. The name of the line is actually a pun on the French expression "L'Art et la manière". It's used when you talk about there being a certain "correct" way of doing things, with "art and manner".