Thursday, October 23, 2014

La Ruche Imperiale - 160 Year Anniversary of the Bee Bottle c2013

La Ruche Impériale- 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.

Laurent Nogues, Maître d’art – Class of 2011. This founder of the Creanog studio is the preeminent artist in the sector of embossing, hot-stamping and insets on paper. He fabricates labels for affluent brands and highly respected institutions.

From Guerlain:

“La Ruche Impériale” (“The Imperial Hive”) 
A graphic art version of the honeycombs that make up the hive. This precious honeycomb-shaped case is just waiting to be opened and unfolded to reveal the innovation and splendour of paper transformed through embossing. It is composed of six panels lined with white paper embossed with a tone-on-tone honeycomb motif. On closer view, one notices an optical illusion on the central stamp that represents the legendary bottle. The development of specific tools and a very singular embossing technique allow for a complex, tailor-made geometry for endless effects of light with striking definition.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

La Cage aux Oiseaux et aux Abeilles - 160 Year Anniversary of the Bee Bottle c2013

La Cage aux Oiseaux et aux Abeilles - 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.

 Nelly Saunier, Maître d’art – Class of 2008. This distinguished plumassier, takes her experience of preparing and working with ornamental plumes and feathers to new highs, with a masterful sense of color and volume. 

From Guerlain:

“La Cage aux Oiseaux et aux Abeilles” (“The Bird and Bee Cage”) 
Taking up the form of the iconic bottle, a golden structure reveals delicate feather marquetry that embraces the chiselled metal. The feather decoration fitted into the extremely precise cut-outs is stunning. With an effect of colours and contrasts, matt and iridescent variations between light and dark areas, the effect is mesmerising. Through the openwork dome, one can glimpse a silky, feathery nest on which the Bee bottle is perched, like a bird ready to take flight into lyricism.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Le Trouble d’Eugénie - 160 Year Anniversary of the Bee Bottle c2013

Le Trouble d’Eugénie- 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.

Emmanuel Barrois, Maître d’art – Class of 2010. This talented glass architect works on varied projects, from the monumental to the smaller-scaled creations, always trying to exceed the most limited of possibilities. These adept glassmaking concepts, backed by an extreme technical, prospective and futuristic vision, range from the Beijing Opera to the next canopy of the future Forum des Halles in Paris, measuring almost 30,000 square metres.

“Le Trouble d’Eugénie” (“Eugénie’s Confusion”) 
“Eugénie will be crowned Empress in just a matter of hours. As she is getting ready, the bottle drops. The fragrance spills out in absolute shapes. She loses herself in the dark reflections of this sparkling pool. Blood pounds through her temples. She sees something. It’s time. She is caught in a breath…” The transparent bottle has been knocked over on an opaque black glass tray. Splashes of fragrance in singular and crystal-clear shapes stand out against the unfathomable base. This enigmatic mise en abîme is both illusion and realism. Through this piece, a drama takes form, echoing the destiny of the Empress Eugénie. Movement comes face to face with suspended time."

Thursday, October 2, 2014

L’Envolée - 160 Year Anniversary of the Bee Bottle c2013

L’Envolée - 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.

Etienne Rayssac, Maître d’art – Class of 2010. This accomplished woodcarver and ornamental craftsman, at first, sketches his inventive designs and then fabricates prototypes in plaster before carving the final sculpture. His proficiency in woodworking has made him well respected and sought after to create decorative elements, for use on buildings classified as historical monuments and contemporary pieces alike.

From Guerlain:

“L’Envolée” (“The Flight”) 
Draped pale sycamore wood partially envelops the levitating Bee bottle, making it evanescent. The work suggests incredible energy and the effect of curves and dips perfectly captures the light. Only hand craftsmanship with special chisels and scrapers makes it possible to alternate the flow of volumes and the sharpness of edges. The exterior design is delicately sculpted and echoes the intensity of the bottle and the richness of its intrinsic ornamentation.

Santal Royal by Guerlain c2014

Santal Royal by Guerlain: launched in 2014. According to the October issue of the Harrod's magazine, the fragrance was created to herald the opening of the newly finished Salon de Parfums at the upscale Harrod's department store in London on Oct 16, 2014.


This comes as a surprise to me as Robert Piguet launched a fragrance named Santal Royal in July 2014, which was only available for sale at Debenhams, Harvey Nichols, Vavavoom, Galeries Lafayette and Harrod's (info from Al-Anba.com)


So what does Santal Royal by Robert Piguet smell like?

  • Top notes: roses and nutmeg
  • Middle notes: sandalwood and iris
  • Base notes: leather and tonka bean



So what does Santal Royal by Guerlain smell like? It is a leathery oriental fragrance.
  • Top notes: neroli, cinnamon
  • Middle notes: rose, sandalwood
  • Base notes: leather, agarwood (oud), amber and musk


Available in the modified bee bottle usually reserved for the Aqua Allegoria eau de toilettes and the fabric fragrances such as Eau de Cashmere and Eau de Lit. However, Santal Royal will be distinctly housed in a 155ml jet black spray bottle topped by a gilded cap and further adorned with a gilded label, which gives it an opulent air.




Guerlain released a sandalwood fragrance in 1878 simply named Santal, presented in the Carre Flacon and was still available for sale in 1914.




The fragrance will be exclusively available at Harrod's and retails at £125.


Salon de Parfums
Sixth Floor, Harrod's, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X7XL
Entrance via Door 3

Bouquet de L'Impératrice Eugénie by Guerlain c1843

Bouquet de L'Impératrice Eugénie  by Guerlain: launched in 1843. Named in honor of Empress Eugenie.

So what does it smell like? I believe it was a perfume based on the cologne.


It was available in the carre flacon.


Discontinued, date unknown. It was still being sold in 1903.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

L’Œuf Surprise - 160 Year Anniversary of the Bee Bottle c2013

L’Œuf Surprise - 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

Fabrice Gohard, Maître d’art – Class of 2010. This highly skilled ornamental gilder learned the familial trade from his father. His lavish water and oil gilding adorn woodwork, balconies and gates. But his superb expertise is also featured on the opulent façades of the Château de Versailles, the magnificent dome of the Invalides and the respendent flame of the Statue of Liberty.

From Guerlain:
“L’Œuf Surprise” (“The Surprise Egg”)
Like a Fabergé, this is a majestic egg in blown glass whose gold-leaf gilding brings to mind an eggshell that has just been broken: an allegory of the imperial genesis, the bottle and its scent. Inside the object, the Bee bottle is enhanced and shimmers in the lustre of gold. The exquisite refinement of this egg shape is ensured by a floral design painted inside the shell, delivering its secrets to only the most curious of onlookers. Its grace and femininity pay a lovely tribute to the beauty of the Empress Eugénie.

The nine exclusive works of art will be on display at the Maison Guerlain, 68, Champs-Élysées, from the 10th of December 2013 to the 14th of February 2014 and will be 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).


Friday, September 19, 2014

Idylle by Guerlain c2009

Idylle by Guerlain: launched in 2009 as an eau de parfum and an extrait de parfum, and created by Thierry Wasser. The eau de toilette was launched in 2010. Several flanker scents were also introduced: Idylle Eau Sublime (2011), Idylle Duet (2011), Idylle Duet Rose-Patchouli (2014) and Idylle Duet Jasmin-Lilas (2012).


From Guerlain:
"Idylle... Light and airy, an unforgettable love affair, an impulse, an ecstasy. It is waking up with a smile and going to sleep with a memory. It is a thousand details, words and kisses. It is ardour and intensity. Created in 2009 by Thierry Wasser, Guerlain House Perfumer, Idylle is a love dream by Guerlain."

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

  • Top notes: litchi, rose, raspberry and freesia
  • Middle notes: lilac, peony, lily, jasmine and lily of the valley
  • Base notes: patchouli and musk









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