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LE SUCRIER DE MADAME


Traditionally, Guerlain boutiques have had specially designed tester bottles. During the first half of the 20th century, the tester bottles had bulb atomizers. (We find the nostalgic romance of the bulb atomizer revived on the Parisiennes and L'Art & la Matière bottles.) Later came tester bottles with a fixed spray mechanism, and Guerlain introduced the refillable and very decorative "Sucrier de Madame" canisters, designed by French jeweller Robert Goossens. The name "sucrier" stems from the resemblance to old-fashioned sugar shakers.

With the latest renovation of Maison Guerlain in 2013, these solid, gilded bottles have been removed, probably because their highly ornamented design doesn't jibe with the streamlined style of the modern Maison Guerlain. Instead, Guerlain now simply offers the commercial bottles for testing, much like in department stores and duty free shops.
(July 2016)


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