Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur is a timeless aftershave for men. Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain is an Oriental fragrance for men. Mouchoir de Monsieur was launched in 1904. The nose behind this fragrance is Jacques Guerlain.
The worldly gentleman's perfume: With a nod to seduction's indispensable accessory and the turn-of-the-century's emblem of good taste, Jacques Guerlain signed one of the very first men's perfumes. “Mouchoir de Monsieur” marries citrusy freshness and the vivaciousness of aromatic notes with the subtlety of a fougere accord nuanced with delicately powdered wood. Originally presented in an escargot-inspired bottle, today it is presented in the historic “Bee” bottle engraved with the favorite emblem of his Excellency the Emperor: a constellation of 69 bees symbolizes Napoleon's empire. Since its creation, the “Bee” bottle has evolved yet it retains the same spirit it had at the time of Empress Eugenie, and it has become one of the hallmark bottles of the house of Guerlain. Each honeycomb and each bee on the bottle may be custom painted in gold and, upon request, initials may be added to personalize the bottle.
Fragrance Description: Aromatic Citrus Refined - Elegant - Sublime Composed of rare and noble essences, the perfume takes flight with top notes of citrus and aromatic accents leading to floral notes of rose, jasmine and neroli on a woody dry-down enveloped in a whisper of powder. Top notes are lavender, lemon verbena and bergamot; middle notes are tonka bean, patchouli, cinnamon, jasmine, neroli and rose; base notes are iris, amber, vanilla and oakmoss
Perfumer's Secret: When traveling, slipping generously perfumed cotton handkerchiefs into your luggage allows the scent to delicately permeate your clothes.
Guerlain is a French perfume house, among the oldest in the world. It has a large customer following, and has traditionally been held in high esteem in the perfume industry. Perfumes by Guerlain are often said to be characterized by a common olfactory accord known as the "Guerlinade." A perfume by the same name was launched by Guerlain in 1921.
Guerlain's creations have long influenced the trends of perfumery with fragrances such as Jicky, Shalimar, and VEtiver. Guerlain is among the few older houses (such as Caron) that exist solely to produce and market perfumes. (Nowadays this includes a range of makeup and skincare products.) Many brands in the perfume industry, such as Chanel and Jean Patou are in fact divisions of fashion houses or Multi National conglomerates that license the name such as P&G Prestige Beaute with Gucci, which produce perfumes as part of a broader range of products.
Since its foundation in 1828, Guerlain has created over 300 fragrances.
- Eau de Cologne ImpEriale (1853): Guerlain composed this classic cologne, with rich lime and lime-flower notes, as a gift for Empress EugEnie, the wife of French emperor NapolEon III. She liked the composition so much that she named Guerlain an official purveyor of colognes and toiletries to the imperial family. Almost 150 years later, the cologne is still in regular production.
- Jicky (1889): Said to be named either after the nickname AimE Guerlain gave to his nephew, Jacques, or after a girl who broke AimE's heart as a student in England, Jicky is widely heralded as the first "modern" fragrance, and the first to be referred to as a perfume. Jicky was among the first fragrances to incorporate synthetic odorants (vanillin and coumarin) in its composition, and is described by some as being the "ultimate" fougère. The fragrance is known for its main notes of lavender and vanilla over animalic civet. Although marketed by Guerlain as a women's fragrance, it was initially more successful with men and has proven to be a popular unisex fragrance. Over 120 years later, Jicky is still being sold, making it the oldest fragrance in continuous production. It is worn by the protagonist in DBC Pierre's Lights Out in Wonderland.
- Après L'OndEe (1906): Meaning "After the Rainshower," Après L'OndEe is a light floral fragrance reminiscent of bitter almonds, with anise and herbal notes. Its composition includes violet, rose, heliotrope, hawthorn, anise, and citrus notes.
- L'Heure Bleue (1912): Meaning "The Blue Hour," L'Heure Bleue is a floral oriental fragrance with the dusky scent of candies and almond cake bought in an old world apothecary. Although much akin to Après L'OndEe in its pastry and almonds core, L'Heure Bleue is much less bright and more melancholic.
- Mitsouko (1919): Named after the heroine of the novel La Bataille by Claude Farrère, Mitsouko is said to herald the ending of World War I. Due to a bottle shortage at the end of the war, it was marketed in an identical bottle to that of L'Heure Bleue, and is sometimes considered to be that fragrance's warm counterpart. The structure is based on Coty's 1917 perfume Chypre, with added notes of peach and iris. With Coty's fragrance long since discontinued, Mitsouko is today considered by Luca Turin, a well-known perfume critic and reviewer, to be a reference fragrance in the chypre olfactive family.
- Shalimar (1925): Named after the garden in Kashmir, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Shalimar is one of the first perfumes to successfully incorporate large amounts of vanillin in its composition. The sc