Guerlain are making more widely available two re-edited scents that were launched in the fall of 2013 as part of an exclusive collection to their flagship address, 68, Champs-Elysées. Fond de Cuve Cologne pour le Bain is a formula which was originally created in 1828 while Fond de Cuve Bougie captures the ambient scent of the store...
Fond de Cuve Cologne pour le Bain insists on a key notion for the house of Guerlain which was expressed by a beauty officer last year at Makeup in Paris 2013, which is that their research focuses on creating new beauty gestures and rituals. Perfume is a particular challenge to them as they have not yet come up with a revolutionary idea.
The new Cologne is meant to be frictioned upon the body but was also designed to perfume the bath water, a habit which was once more popular than it is today. See for instance Royal Bain de Caron (1923). The fragrance is both hesperidic and aromatic with notes of bergamot, lavender and petit grain. It has undergone a careful process of dilution and maceration.
Price: 96€ for 490 ml.
Fond de Cuve Bougie is a recreation of the atmospheric scent found in a Guerlain boutique where dozens of formulas mingle in the air creating a special effect. Diptyque came up with a similar concept back in 2011 with 34 Boulevard Saint Germain. The balsamic and woodsy fragrance features notes of rose, jasmine, iris, balsams, vetiver, and patchouli. It's "a new expression of the olfactory patrimony of the house."
Price: 65€ for 180g