By Amy Derungs

January 27, 2020


These luxurious Guerlain fragrances will make you feel feminine, gorgeous and elegant.

"Perfume is the most intense form of memory" - Jean-Paul Guerlain. Let the memory of you linger with a special fragrance from Guerlain. 

Here is the list of fragrances we have chosen for you.

How to Use This Article

The following information is included for each Perfume to help you make your choice:

  • Description
  • Notes - Top, Middle, Base
  • Accords - a combination of two or more scents creating an entirely different aroma. 
  • Sensation - how the fragrance is experienced.
  • Longivety
  • Sillage
  • Bottle
  • Seasonality and Occasion

1. Best Overall Guerlain Perfume: Shalimar By Guerlain Eau De Parfum

This oriental perfume is an ode to the legendary romance between Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal – symbolized by the Taj Mahal. The fragrance is named after the beautiful gardens of Shalimar that Shah Jahan built for his wife.

The top notes of this classical perfume bring a breath of citrusy freshness. The heart notes feature a delicate blend of flowers, and the base notes of this classic fragrance feature a spicy composition.

Top Notes

Bergamot, Mandarin, Lemon, Cedar, Orange, Citrus


Middle Notes

Iris, Jasmine, Rose, Patchouli, Vetiver


Base Notes

Vanilla, Tonka bean, Sandalwood, Musk, Civet, Incense


Accords

Woody

Powdery

Balsamic

Citrus

Animalic

Aromatic

Sweet

Fruity

Floral

Green

Sensation

Sensual

Calming

Warm

Light

Natural

Fresh

Uplifting

Bright

Soft

Purifying

89%
Longevity
83%
sillage
92%
bottle

Shalimar's spicy oriental character makes it best suited to the cooler evenings of fall and winter. This romantic fragrance is perfect for an unforgettable night out.

2. Premium Perfume: Samsara Eau De Parfum

Samsara By Guerlain Eau De Parfum

Samsara is a classic oriental woody fragrance. Samsara is a Sanskrit word that describes the cycle of birth and rebirth and is the route to nirvana.

This sweet and enchanting perfume envelops you. The charming top notes are fruity and fresh. The heart notes are a heady blend of flowers, and the base notes create a lingering musky scent.

Top Notes

Peach, Bergamot, Ylang-ylang, Lemon, Green notes


Middle Notes

Violet, Jasmine, Narcissus, Iris, Rose, Orris


Base Notes

Tonka bean, Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Amber


Accords

Powdery

Floral

Aromatic

Sweet

Woody

Fruity

Balsamic

Citrus

Green

Sensation

Sensual

Warm

Calming

Inviting

Comforting

Fresh

Natural

Bright

Elegant

Light

87%
Longevity
82%
sillage
77%
bottle

Samsara is perfect for the cooler evenings of fall and winter, but it is light enough to be worn on cooler days as well. This exceptional perfume is suitable for all occasions.

3. Best Value: Insolence Eau De Parfum

Insolence By Guerlain Eau De Parfum

Insolence is a fruity floral fragrance with powdery hints that you can wear with ease for any casual occasion. It has a delightful sensuality that shines through and reflects the bold spontaneity within you.

The top notes are sweet and infused with dazzling violet and raspberry. The heart notes strike a delicious chord using rose, orange blossom, and yet more violet. Balsam, iris, tonka bean, and raisin in the base notes make for a very charming fragrance.

Top Notes

Violet, Raspberry


Middle Notes

Rose, Orange blossom, Violet


Base Notes

Balsam, Iris, Tonka bean, Raisin


Accords

Woody

Citrus

Fruity

Powdery

Sweet

Aromatic

Fresh

Balsamic

Floral

Sensation

Fresh

Sensual

Warm

Bright

Inviting

Light

Comforting

Mysterious

Elegant

87%
Longevity
83%
sillage
83%
bottle

Insolence is a bright and fresh fragrance for late fall and spring days. This lovely scent is suitable for all occasions and can even be worn in the evenings.

4. Champs Elysees By Guerlain Eau De Parfum

Champs Elysees By Guerlain Eau De Parfum

Champs Elysees is a joyful floral and fruity fragrance that celebrates lilac and mimosa. It was conceived as a tribute to the City of Light and to Guerlain's flagship located at 68, Avenue des Champs-Elysées.

Top Notes

Black currant, Almond, Peach, Melon, Violet, Anise


Middle Notes

Mimosa flowers, Peony, Lilac, Lily-of-the-valley, Hibiscus, Almond blossom, Rose


Base Notes

Sandalwood, Vanilla, Cedar


Accords

Floral

Powdery

Green

Woody

Fresh

Fruity

Sweet

Balsamic

Clean

Rose

Sensation

Sensual

Soft

Fresh

Inviting

Calming

Bright

Delicate

Warm

Comforting

Pleasing

80%
Longevity
76%
sillage
83%
bottle

Champs Elysees is a sensual and inviting perfume. It's delicate fresh character makes it most suitable for spring days. This lovely scent is excellent for all day wear.

5. Mitsouko Eau De Parfum

By Guerlain - Mistouko Eau de Parfum

Mitsouko is a mysterious sandalwood and fruit fragrance. It consists of strong woody scents, feminine florals, and fresh citruses.

Mitsouko's bottle is underscored with graceful scrolls typical of Art Nouveau. Its avant-garde stopper, in the form of a hollowed heart, represented a real technical feat at the time of the release of this perfume.

Top Notes

Citrus, Bergamot, Peach


Middle Notes

Lilac, Jasmine, Rose, Ylang-ylang


Base Notes

Amber, Cinnamon, Sandalwood


Accords

Aromatic

Citrus

Floral

Fruity

Warm spicy

Honey

Woody

Powdery

Sensation

Sensual

Warm

Light

Calming

Deep

Romantic

Elegant

Soft

Comforting

Purifying

85%
Longevity
77%
sillage
90%
bottle

The sillage and longevity of this perfume make it a powerful and ideal scent for those days when you want to stand out from the crowd. It's warm fragrant notes make it the perfect choice for cooler weather.

6. L’heure Bleue By Guerlain Eau De Parfum

L'heure Bleue By Guerlain

L’heure Bleue is elegant, mysterious, and timeless. The fragrance is a celebration of dusk – a time before the first stars make their appearance in the sky.

The scent opens up with top notes of fresh bergamot and spicy-sweet aniseed. These develop into inspiring heart notes of carnation, rose, neroli, tuberose, and violet. The dramatic base to this oriental perfume with powdery undertones is made of vanilla, iris, benzoin and tonka bean.

Top Notes

Anise, Neroli, Coriander, Bergamot, Lemon


Middle Notes

Heliotrope, Carnation, Violet, Cloves, Neroli, Ylang-ylang, Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine, Orchid, Tuberose


Base Notes

Iris, Vanilla, Benzoin, Sandalwood, Tonka bean, Musk, Vetiver


Accords

Powdery

Floral

Vanilla

Warm spicy

Woody

Violet

Aromatic

Iris

Soft spicy

Sweet

Sensation

Sensual

Warm

Elegant

Deep

Romantic

Mysterious

Soft

Comforting

Harmonious

Velvety

86%
Longevity
77%
sillage
90%
bottle

This fragrance exudes casual sophistication, and is best suited to evening wear on cooler nights.

7. L’Instant De Guerlain Eau De Parfum

Guerlain L'instant De Guerlain

L’Instant De Guerlain is sure to accentuate the allure of all your favorite ensembles.

This fragrance is a blend of citrus honey, amber, and Chinese magnolia, with ylang-ylang and sambac jasmine. The top notes contain fresh bergamot, mandarin oranges, and apple while the heart has dazzling scents of magnolia, iris, and jasmine. Honey and vanilla blend with the warmth of musk and amber at the base.

Top Notes

Mandarin orange, Red apple, Bergamot


Middle Notes

Magnolia, Iris, Ylang-ylang, Jasmine


Base Notes

Honey, Vanilla, Amber, Benzoin, Musk


Accords

Floral

Vanilla

Sweet

Amber

Powdery

Honey

Citrus

Iris

Yellow floral

White floral

Sensation

Feminine

Warm

Elegant

Full-bodied

Delicate

Complex

Light

Sophisticated

Harmonious

Powdery

84%
Longevity
73%
sillage
80%
bottle

L’Instant De Guerlain is perfect for cooler days during winter and fall. It can also be worn for evening occasions.

8. Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic Eau de Toilette

Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic by Guerlain

Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic is an aromatic citrus fragrance of grace and lightness. The Aqua Allegoria collection combines the freshness of a cologne with the sensual appeal of a Guerlain perfume.

The pleasant top notes are Clementine, ivy, orange, and green tea. These are followed by soothing heart notes of chamomile, peony, mandarin orange and basil. Sandalwood and amber finish off the scent with a lingering base.

Top Notes

Clementine, Bitter orange, Orange blossom, Green tea, Ivy


Middle Notes

Mandarin orange, Basil, Chamomile, Peony


Base Notes

Sandalwood, Amber


Accords

Citrus

Fresh spicy

Green

Aromatic

Fresh

Sweet

Sensation

Refreshing

Calming

Light

Delicate

Complex

Beautiful

Clearing

63%
Longevity
57%
sillage
80%
bottle

This summer perfume will continue to enchant your senses throughout the day. Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic goes well with both casual and dressy outfits.

9. La Petite Robe Noire  Eau de Parfum (Oriental)

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum

La Petite Robe Noire takes inspiration from the elegance of the little black dress – a staple in any woman’s wardrobe.

This scent opens with sparkling and lively top notes of black cherry, almond, red berries, and bergamot. The heart notes feature a bounty of Turkish and Bulgarian roses, infused with notes of smoked black tea and licorice. And the warm base notes consist of tonka bean, iris, vanilla, aniseed, and patchouli.

Top Notes

Sour cherry, Almond, Red berries, Bergamot


Middle Notes

Licorice, Rose, Tea, Taif rose


Base Notes

Vanilla, Tonka bean, Anise, Patchouli, Iris


Accords

Sweet

Cherry

Fruity

Almond

Nutty

Soft spicy

Vanilla

Rose

Anise

Sensation

Sensual

Comforting

Fresh

Stimulating

Uplifting

Bright

Inviting

Attractive

Light

80%
Longevity
71%
sillage
83%
bottle

This vanilla oriental perfume is perfectly suited to cold winter or fall nights. La Petite Robe Noire can also be worn for special day-time occasions.

10. Nahema By Guerlain Eau de Parfum

Nahema By Guerlain

Nahéma is Jean-Paul Guerlain’s favorite fragrance. It paints a beautiful portrait of roses dedicated to every woman. Nahéma is a mysterious fragrance whose muse is an oriental rose with spellbinding charm.

The modern sculptured container doubles as a refillable spray case.

This velvety floral perfume’s top notes include a sensuous rose. The rich heart notes feature hyacinth, peach, and passion fruit. The haunting base notes consist of sandalwood and patchouli.

Top Notes

Rose, Peach, Aldehydes, Green notes, Bergamot


Middle Notes

Bulgarian rose, Hiacynth, Ylang-ylang, Lilac, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-valley


Base Notes

Peru balsam, Sandalwood, Passionfruit, Vanilla, Vetiver


Accords

Floral

Rose

Green

Woody

Fresh

Fruity

Sweet

Balsamic

Aldehydic

White floral

Sensation

Sensual

Calming

Fresh

Pleasant

Soothing

Elegant

Soft

Romantic

Natural

Relaxing

84%
Longevity
79%
sillage
83%
bottle

Nahéma is a versatile fragrance that can be worn during the day and in the evening throughout the year, but it may be a little heavy for very hot summer days.


The History Of Guerlain Perfumes

Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain (1798 – 1864) was a chemist, explorer and inventor. He founded the House of Guerlain Perfumes in 1828. So successful were the perfumes produced by Guerlain that in just 50 years it became “Her Majesty’s Patented Perfumer” for Empress Eugenie. It was the most highly regarded House in all the courts of Europe.

At those times, fragrances strived to reproduce scents from nature. Aime Guerlain (1834 – 1910) broke with this tradition in 1889. He brought synthetic notes into the natural composition of perfume. The result was a perfume named Jicky; it was unique, unsettling and intoxicating.

Jacques Guerlain (1874 – 1963) was a romantic who saw the making of fragrances as an art form. This prolific creator was responsible for some 400 perfumes, including Shalimar. He also found a physical home for the House at 68 Champs-Elysees.

Jean-Paul Guerlain (born in 1937) was called the Marco Polo of perfumes. He is an avid traveler and spent long periods living alone on plantations to cultivate his creativity. Jean-Paul created many of the House’s most successful fragrances including Habit Rouge for men, Aqua Allegoria and Samsara.

Today the House of Guerlain is led by Thierry Wasser – a worthy successor to the four generations of Geurlain perfumers.


Conclusion

Guerlain is a legendary French perfume house. Founded in 1828, Guerlain has always used luxurious and rare materials for its perfumes, such as French vanilla and ylang-ylang grown at their own plantations in the Comoro Islands. In addition, Guerlain has been at the forefront in the use of synthetic materials: Jicky (1889) was the first perfume to which Aimé Guerlain added the synthetic component coumarin.

Still hugely popular, today Guerlain perfumes are made in Orphin on the outskirts of the Rambouillet forest in France. Here, traditional craftsmanship is integrated into the efficiency of modern production lines. The 120 employees work together to produce and package 13 million bottles every year. Everything is "home made" to extremely high standards of quality and excellence.