The House of Guerlain was founded in 1828, when Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain opened his perfume store on 42, rue de Rivoli in Paris. As both the founder and first perfumer of the house, Pierre-François composed and manufactured custom fragrances with the help of his two sons, Aimé and Gabriel. Through continued success and the patronage of members in high society, Guerlain opened its flagship store at 15, rue de la Paix in 1840, and put its mark on the Parisian fashion scene.
With this celebrated history, Guerlain is set to offer a few new products from some of its most successful lines of perfumes.
The first new product is L’Abeille – Silver Wings; presented in beautiful Baccarat crystal and only 50 bottles produced worldwide, the price is set for $24,000.00 with a release date this past July.
The rest of the perfumes are all planned for a November launch with next line coming being Heure Bleue 1912-2012. A suite of perfumes spanning the past 100 years of company’s history. Comprised of a series of four scents; 1912, L’aurore (Aurora), Au Zenith (Zenith), Le crépuscule (Twilight). Available in 30 ml bottles and limited to a run 140 pieces worldwide, these scents will cost $4,500.00.
The next two fragrances to be announced are both from the Shalimar line of perfumes. This first release is Shalimar Extract in a giant 1.5L bottle; only 25 pieces will be produced and it will cost $12,500.
The next release of Shalimar is the the Parfum, also in a giant 1.5L bottle with only 7 pieces in the line. Retail for this perfume will be $11,100.
The next perfume is L’Heure Bleue and comes in a beautifully designed Baccarat Crystal container. This perfume is limited to 43 pieces worldwide and will cost $16,400.
The last perfume in this latest release from Guerlain will be La Petite Robe Noir (final design not available for us to review); with a limited release of 37 pieces worldwide, this bottle will cost $9,700.
Wrapping It Up
I have become a bit of perfume snob thanks to the wonderful folks at Guerlain. Marie Line, Caridad, Christopher and the other incredibly helpful folks at the boutique in the France Pavilion have spent a great deal of time educating me on the history, heritage and scents of Guerlain. As such it is always great to stop in and see what recent releases they have in store for us.
Guerlain provides choice for everyone from the luxe traveler to even writers of particular travel blogs.Although these latest releases may be out of my price range, there are so many choices at Guerlain to fit everyone’s budget it is always a good place to cool off on your visit around World Showcase at Epcot.
I have heard there might be some more fun things in store for the upcoming Epcot International Food + Wine Festival, so stay tuned for the latest news.