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About Guerlain


About Guerlain

In the world of fragrance and beauty. The House of Guerlain has a reputation for unparalleled devotion to luxury, sophistication, elegance and unprecedented excellence that has been handed down from generation to generation.

Guerlain was founded in 1828, when Pierre~Francois-Pascal Guerlain opened his first boutique in Paris. Trained as a doctor and chemist. his revolutionary work made him an immediate success.

The House of Guerlain is a story of innovation, invention and 'firsts'. Pierre-Francois-Pascal Guerlain was the first to create scientifically based skincare. Women had been using kohl eyeliner and mascara to protect their eyes from the sun for eons, but Guerlain was the first to produce and sell these items. The House of Guerlain introduced the very first lipsticks in 1840. Guerlain has continued this tradition of 'firsts': introducing Terracotta, the benchmark for all bronzers, and Meteorites, the first product to incorporate colored pearl to create luminoslty and even out skin tone.

The House of Guerlain has created more than 700 fragrances to date, several of which are considered to be among the masterpieces of perfumery. The Guerlain name has become internationally recognized as a symbol of artistry, superlatlve quality, impeccable style and ultimate grace.

Behind the Brand

"Glory is ephemeral, only distinction lasts."
Pierre-Francois-Pascal Guerlain - founder, House of Guerlain

Entering the Guerlain universe means crossing the threshold into an exceptional world where respect for tradition and a feel for innovation weave the most beautiful creations. Guerlain has been in existence for nearly 170 years, and for a company so firmly anchored in history, the challenge has always been to reconcile the richness of tradition with a sense of innovation, remember its origins and move forward to meet the future. Guerlain is one of those rare examples of a true family company whose live successive generations have conceived and built an empire of luxury and beauty known to women the world over.

Unforgettable fragrances, stunning makeup, skincare of the highest quality, supremely elegant accessories - all Guerlain creations comply with the most stringent laws, the highest demand for excellence, and this is why they live on and on. The single underlying tenet, day after day, is that quality takes precedence over all. Creative imagination, innovative and rigorous research. high-performance production facilities where the human touch still has its place, highly selective distribution and meticulous attention to the tiniest detail are the strengths that have enabled Guerlain to enjoy phenomenal international growth without ever losing sight of the values it holds so dear.

Key Notes: The Guerlinade


Guerlain fragrances are creations of the soul, of passion that embodies true creative artistry. Perfumers for the last live generations, the Guerlain family successfully created unique harmonies. precursors of their time. They have preserved these harmonies and passed them on without ever losing sight of the original values unique to the brand.

Guerlain perfumes are also unique because their autograph is inimitable. All Guerlain fragrances are created using a unique olfactory harmony called the 'Guerlinade.' Mixing six natural ingredients including bergamot, rose, jasmine, tonka bean, iris and vanilla, it's unique to Guerlain perfumers and guarded by them.

Today. Jean Paul Guerlain travels the world in search of the most beautiful raw materlals to compose his perfumes.

"Going on site, checking, choosing the raw materials that make up our perfumes is, as far as I'm concerned, the only way to perpetuate the Guerlain tradition and quality. I buy my bergamot in Reggio di Calabria, my ylong-ylong in plantations on the island of Mayotte and my jasmine in India."
- Jean Paul Guerlaln