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Ode to Guerlain

Posted on June 03 2017

The House of Guerlain was founded in 1828, when Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain opened his perfume store in Paris. Guerlain at first sold imported toiletry products. Eventually he began to develop his own fragrances and became a master perfumer, creating fragrances for the rich and famous including Napoleon III and Queen Victoria.

In 1889 Aimé Guerlain created Jicky. This perfume is seen as the first abstract perfume, meaning that it didn't intend to smell of a particular flower or essence. Why the name Jicky? From his student days, Aimé Guerlain kept the enamoured memory of a young woman named Jicky to whom he paid a beautiful homage with one of his most wonderful olfactory creations. By pure coincidence, the diminutive of his nephew Jacques was also Jicky.

Anno 2017, Guerlain has become way more than a perfume brand. Under the watchful eye of Olivier Echaudemaison, Guerlain make-up reflects a unique creative daring that bears the hallmark of that inimitable "chic French style".

Fun Facts:

  • The most expensive skin-care product Guerlain offers: Orchidée Impériale The Cure 28-day treatment, $1,700. Sells about 25 a year.

  • Eau de Cologne Impériale (1853) was created for Empress Eugenie, and introduced the now iconic "bee bottle" decorated with the golden bees of the Napoleonic crest.

  • LBD bonanza: Three bottles of La Petite Robe Noire fragrance sold every minute in the world.

 One Guerlain beauty product we would definitely recommend is the Terracotta Bronzing Powder. This cult product is the authority in bronzing powders. It naturally reproduces varying shades of the sun, offering you an instant natural glow, at any time of year, in one quick, easy motion.



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