GUERLAIN'S FIRST HALF-YEAR 2016
Each year, Guerlain has on average twenty fragrance launches, half of which are new scents, while the rest are reissues and special bottle editions. Now that the first half-year of 2016 comes to an end, let's take a look at the Guerlain news so far.
Ambre Éternel was the sequel to Santal Royal in a series called Les Absolus d'Orient, fragrances made especially for the Middle Eastern market. With its silky, matte blend of ambergris, orange blossom, and orris on a masculine woody base, Ambre Éternel was far more elegant than the harsh Santal Royal.
Pera Granita was this year's Aqua Allegoria, an acidulous fruity-floral fragrance inspired by pear sorbet. Rosa Pop came as the accompanying limited airport edition, which smelled like a reissue of 2005's Aqua Allegoria Pivoine Magnifica, although this was not officially confirmed.
Shalimar Brume Cheveux was Shalimar for the hair. Technically not a new scent, it was a light version of last year's Shalimar Cologne.
Muguet 2016. For the first time since 1998, Guerlain launched a new formula for its yearly Muguet edition, a gentler and creamier version by Thierry Wasser.
L'Homme Idéal EdP was not an intenser version of L'Homme Idéal, but a whole new composition of almond, sweet balsams, spices, oud, and vanilla tincture. Delphine Jelk was listed as co-perfumer on this scent.
La Petite Robe Noire Intense is Guerlain's latest flanker of the LPRN line. Very similar to Lancôme's La Vie Est Belle, the scent is unrelated to the original La Petite Robe Noire, featuring blackcurrant, fresh-floral notes, sugar-dusted patchouli, and cotton candy.
A new member of the Parisienne collection, Promenade des Anglais was an EdP version of 2008's Aqua Allegoria Figue-Iris.
After the discontinuation of Cour des Senteurs Versailles, Guerlain did a second reissue of 2011's Aqua Allegoria Jasminora, this time called Le Bouquet de la Reine. Presented in a deluxe edition of the quadrilobe bottle, it was made to support the restoration of the Versailles castle.
Finally, L'Instant Magic made a comeback in 2016.
Special bottle editions
La Petite Robe Noire EdP, for which a new collectible bottle is made each year, came with sweeps of colour reflective of the LPRN franchise's entry into the Guerlain makeup universe.
Shalimar Souffle de Parfum also appeared in a new colourful bottle edition, with splashes of blue and turquoise paint applied to the front. The bottle was advertised as a celebration of Holi, India's Hindu spring festival.
Colour Collection was the name of a quintet of coloured 125 ml quadrilobe bottles, made for existing EdP fragrances from the Exclusive lines, namely Santal Royal (green), Oriental Brûlant (red), Parfum du 68 (purple), L'Heure de Nuit (blue), and Spiritueuse Double Vanille (orange).
For Mitsouko, Arita Porcelain Lab in Japan created a porcelain version of the heart-shaped stopper bottle, decorated with historic Japanese symbols. The bottle came empty with a 75 ml EdT refill on the side.
2016 is also the year when Guerlain has chosen to change the bottle design for several of its classic fragrances, both feminine and masculine. The refillable golden canisters are replaced by the standard bee atomizer, while most of the men's bottles are replaced by the classic "Habit Rouge" bottle, with a coloured faux wood cap that matches the exclusive Parisien line.
The first half-year of 2016 has seen the following Guerlain fragrance discontinuations: Cherry Blossom and Mayotte (from the Parisienne line), L'Âme d'un Héros and Arsène Lupin Dandy (from the Parisien line), and La Petite Robe Noire Couture.
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