In a recent interview during his promotional tour for Mon Guerlain, Thierry Wasser explains that he's always three years ahead of time when creating perfumes that are scheduled for launch, and that when he began working on the Mon Guerlain accord, what he had in mind was the forthcoming 190th anniversary of Guerlain. "My idea was to celebrate 190 years of dedication to beauty," he says.
He felt inspired by the brand's historic tradition of paying tribute to a woman, like the French Empress Eugénie, Sarah Bernhardt, Josephine Baker, and Natalia Vodianova. He imagined a Guerlain portrait of women in the 21st century, who since 1828 have had to fight for independence and equal rights in several domains. During his travels to search for raw materials in Africa, Asia and India, he has observed that women play a crucial role in society. "I decided it would be a good omen to create a portrait of women, not a portrait of one woman, but a portrait of all women." To him, each of the main ingredients of Mon Guerlain represents an aspect of the importance of femininity: lavender (truth, spontaneity, justice, simplicity), jasmine (social skills), sandalwood (resilience, power), and vanilla (motherly love).
Thierry Wasser emphasizes that he knew nothing about the project with Angelina Jolie while creating the perfume, and that Jolie hasn't had anything to do with the inspiration for the scent, which was already completed when she came into the picture. "Angelina Jolie was never in my mind or anywhere else, but our president, Laurent Boillot, absolutely wanted to collaborate with Angelina Jolie. He went to meet her in December 2015 while she was directing the film that has been released a few days ago in Cambodia. I didn’t know anything about it, nothing at all. State secret. And when he came back, she said yes. The story, the concept, and the fragrance had been presented to Mrs. Jolie, and she liked what I had made."
This revelation contradicts the brand's official PR, which promotes the scent as "a tribute to today’s femininity — a strong, free and sensual femininity, as inspired by Angelina Jolie."
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