Guerlain opens up the treasury and shares its DNA with the world! Thierry Wasser and Frédéric Sacone have re-created an extensive list of historic Guerlain perfumes. Thierry Wasser explains that the idea for revisiting Guerlain's olfactive history came in waves. The first was a purely technical and internal wish to evaluate the current state of the Guerlain classics by comparing them with exact remakes from their original, handwritten formulas, dispensing with all restrictions on ingredients.

In 2014, Frédéric Sacone suggested that Guerlain lovers should be able to smell these old perfumes, especially now that Maison Guerlain has set aside a room for a museum of vintage Guerlain perfume bottles. In the course of a little over a year, the two perfumers re-created fifty historic Guerlain scents by all four generations of perfumers from the Guerlain family, covering 135 years of Guerlain history, from Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain's Pois de Senteur (1840) and Aimé Guerlain's Cyprisine (1894), to Jacques Guerlain's Kriss (1942) and Jean-Paul Guerlain's Parure (1975).

Interestingly, the list includes rare perfumes by Aimé Guerlain’s brother Gabriel (the perfume Excellence), Jacques Guerlain’s brother Pierre (Rue de la Paix), and Jean-Paul Guerlain's father Jean-Jacques (Guerlilas and Guerlarose).

Due to the safety norms, the re-created perfumes cannot be purchased, but the set of vintages is to be found and tested at Maison Guerlain's vintage perfume workshop, called "Il était une fois Guerlain". Attending a workshop costs 130 €. Reservation via email or telephone +33 1456 25257, ask for Françoise. The set, plus re-created vintage versions of Jicky, Mitsouko and Shalimar, have also been delivered to L'Osmothèque in Paris, available for anyone to experience.

To celebrate Guerlain's 190th anniversary in 2018, the re-created historical Guerlain perfumes are being displayed as a magnificent box set at Maison Guerlain and the place Vendôme boutique in Paris. The vintage versions of Eau de Cologne Impériale, Jicky Parfum, Shalimar Parfum, and Nahéma Parfum have been added to the original collection of 50 fragrances.

As an acknowledgement of bloggers' contribution to the communication about Guerlain's re-created vintage perfumes, perfumer Frédéric Sacone has sent out a booklet comprising images made by the bloggers and texts by French fragrance site Auparfum. The texts can also be found online at

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