For over 175 years, The House of Guerlain has been consistently offering luxurious perfumes and beauty products around the globe. The French design house was known as one of the first perfume houses to have experimented with incorporating synthetic compounds in their fragrances – they added coumarin (chemical compound in the benzopyrone chemical class) in their classic woody-oriental perfume for women named Jicky, launched in 1889.
Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain founded Guerlain in 1828 by creating perfumes by using unique and rare ingredients. The company became so successful that it became an official perfumer of the noble class from various European royal courts. The company is considered as one of the oldest perfumeries in the world holding high esteem in the fragrance industry by creating some of the best perfumes of all time like Shalimar (1925), Apres I’Ondee (1906), Mitsouko (1919) and Eua de Guerlain (1974).
Through the years, the House of Guerlain has been managed by the Guerlain family noses of Aimé Guerlain, Jacques Guerlain and Jean-Paul Guerlain.
The company was acquired by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy in 1994 which eventually led to the Guerlain family legacy ending in 2002 when Jean-Paul Guerlain retired as head perfumer.