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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-François-Pascal Guerlain, who was trained as a doctor and chemist, opened his first boutique in Paris. His revolutionary work made him an immediate success.
The House of Guerlain is a story of innovation, invention and firsts. Pierre-François-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 luminosity 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, superlative quality, impeccable style and ultimate grace.
—Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain, founder of the 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, to remember its origins while moving forward to meet the future.
Unforgettable fragrances, stunning makeup, skincare of the highest quality, supremely elegant accessories—all Guerlain creations comply with the most stringent laws and the highest demand for excellence, which 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 losing sight of the values it holds so dear.
Guerlain perfumes are 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, the Guerlinade is unique to Guerlain perfumers and guarded by them.
Guerlain fragrances are creations of the soul and of passion that embodies true creative artistry. Perfumers for the last five generations, the Guerlain family successfully created unique harmonies that were 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.