Words: Sarah Bradbury
Pierre- François Pascal Guerlain is one of the most influential perfumers of the world. From starting his brand back in 1828 on the Rue de Rivoli and creating Guerlain perfume for royalty, it’s a name that has been a dressing table staple for over 190 years.
At the Beginning...
The House of Guerlain was founded in 1828 by Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain and he opened his first perfume store at 42 Rue De Rivoli in Paris. As both the founder and perfumer of the house, Pierre-François created custom fragrances with the help of his sons, Aimé and Gabriel. Pierre-François later opened the flagship store at 15 Rue De La Paix in 1840 and created a mark on the Parisian fashion scene. The flagship for Guerlain is now 68 Avenue Des Champs-Elysées still in Paris.
Perfumer to the Royals
The success of Pierre-François first house reached its peak when he created the fragrance, Eau De Cologne Impérial for Empress Eugénie, the Spanish/French wife of French Emperor Napoleon III. It was this perfume that earnt Pierre-François his status of becoming His Majesty’s Official Perfumer. Guerlain later went on to create perfumes for Queen Victoria and Queen Isabella II of Spain amongst other royalty.
Guerlain remained a family owned company by Pierre-François’s sons, their sons and even nephews of Guerlain before being sold in 1994 to luxury goods company Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton or LVMH for short.
Guerlain’s perfumes have influenced the trends of perfumery thanks to fragrances like Jicky, Shalimar and Vétiver. Most recently, Guerlain has expanded and introduced a line of makeup and skincare to the namesake. Keep on reading to find out how you can try their skincare for free!
Guerlain’s products are available across the world and it also has thirteen international beauty and spa boutiques, five within France and two of those being in Paris alone. Guerlain have formulated over 300 fragrances in their time and they're showing no signs of slowing down.
Aqua Allegoria Range
Another factor that sets Guerlain apart from the rest is its creation of the Aqua Allegoria range. Launching in 1999, the collection is continuously being renewed but the scents always have one thing in common – they all centre around the wonders of nature and their beautiful raw ingredients.
The fresh and long-lasting perfumes work wonderfully when paired together, so we’re sure you will want more than one in your collection!
Get a Free 7-Day Guerlain Serum Sample Set
Guerlain are not just master perfumers, they also create exquisite skincare too! If you want to give it a go, you can now receive a FREE 7-day Renew and Repair serum set when you purchase any perfume from the Aqua Allegoria range from The Perfume Shop. The set contain 14 sachets - one to use each morning and night so your skin can really feel the benefits.
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