Mademoiselle Guerlain : New Name, Old Perfume

As I mentioned last week, Guerlain is relaunching La Petite Robe Noire 2 as Mademoiselle Guerlain in its Les Parisiennes collection. The orange blossom based fragrance was originally created in 2011 by Thierry Wasser. It features notes of bergamot, lemon, galbanum, iris, orange blossom, marshmallow, white leather, and white musk.

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Mademoiselle Guerlain retains the fragrance of the original La Petite Robe Noire 2, but it will be repackaged in the bee bottles. 200€/125ml. Via Guerlain boutique

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54 Comments

  • Caroline: I see the Les Parisiennes collection on the N-M site. Just curious: are the bee bottles splash or spray? March 11, 2014 at 8:11am Reply

    • Victoria: They’re splashes, Caroline. I don’t remember if there is a spray attachment, though. Maybe someone else can confirm. March 11, 2014 at 10:07am Reply

      • Alessandra: Hm they sprayed the fragrances on me everytime I tried them on at a Guerlain shop in Paris… but they spray it on with that special, old-fashioned atomizer. I don’t actually know whether they sell it with it along or not. March 11, 2014 at 11:05am Reply

        • Victoria: Then they probably sell it with the bottle. Some other splash bottles of theirs also come with an attachable spray. March 11, 2014 at 11:23am Reply

      • Snowyowl: I have a couple of these. You get both the old fashioned spritzer as well as can dab it on (I use both, it is easy to use) March 11, 2014 at 6:57pm Reply

        • Victoria: Ah, thank you for confirming! The spray is a bulb style atomizer, right? March 11, 2014 at 7:03pm Reply

          • Snowyowl: Yes, I couldn’t get my brain to come up with those words but it is what I meant. I use the glass stopper to dab. The atomizer is stronger. I have L’Heure de Nuit and Liu and love both dearly. March 11, 2014 at 11:25pm Reply

            • Victoria: I forgot about L’Heure de Nuit and Liu! If one likes No 5 and Arpege, Liu is worth trying. March 12, 2014 at 3:56pm Reply

  • Sandra: Is it wrong that I just want the Bee Bottle??
    Do you have any recommendations for a good “bee bottle” fragrance or do all Guerlain perfumes come in a bee bottle?
    I am wearing some Guerlain today-nahema. And some bright lipstick they make that looks like it could be a James Bond weapon from Q. 😉
    Have a good week ahead! March 11, 2014 at 10:04am Reply

    • Victoria: Maybe, others might have better ideas, because I don’t like any of them enough to spend 200 euros per bottle. Mayotte is nice, but I bought a bottle of it in its Mahora from Ebay for 25 euros. Vetiver Pour Elle was very good, but I don’t see it online anymore. Some other Guerlain perfumes like Shalimar, L’Heure Bleue, etc come in a golden bee bottle. I don’t know the price, but I’m guessing it’s very high.

      Nahema and bright lipstick sounds like a perfect ensemble too. I often feel like red lips are a must with that perfume. 🙂 March 11, 2014 at 10:19am Reply

      • Alessandra: If I remember correctly, the minimum price for the bee bottle is 400 euros, so there… I, too, want one, and have it filled with mitsouko or l’heure bleue… but it’s far too expensive. One day, maybe 🙁

        As for Les Parisiennes… I know it’s nthing special in itself but I fell in love with Nuit d’Amour in Paris a couple of years ago and I would love a bottle of it… mostly, for the memories I associate to it. In itself, it’s nothing special and has a very poor sillage, I know, which makes me feel bad about spending 200 euros over it, when I could get a bottle of a chanel exclusive for a similar price (and it’d be worth the money). Still, it is pretty. Mayotte is probably the better option to go for, with les parisiennes. Hopefully, soon I’ll get both bottles, but I really need to have 200 euros to spend superficially to bring myself to justify the purchase of Nuit d’Amour – and it’d be more like the price of a lovely souvenir of a lovely sojourn. 🙂 March 11, 2014 at 11:03am Reply

        • Victoria: If you love it so much and feel a rush of positive emotions whenever you wear it, then you shouldn’t feel guilty. There are many “perfect” perfumes that leave us cold, while something that others deem unexciting makes us happy. I feel this way about Mimosa Pour Moi by L’Artisan. That perfume lasts hardly an hour on me, but I love the initial burst so much that I won’t part with my little bottle. March 11, 2014 at 11:26am Reply

          • Alessandra: Yes, you’re right 🙂

            Btw, I must still try mimosa pour moi! March 11, 2014 at 11:29am Reply

            • Victoria: It’s the closest thing to getting a bunch of real mimosa flowers. March 11, 2014 at 11:38am Reply

              • Alessandra: Oh wow!!!! March 11, 2014 at 1:25pm Reply

              • Rowanhill: The Marseilles soap Mimosa shower gel smells just like the fresh morning dewy flowers, is cheap as chips, and makes every morning a sunny one. Sunshine in a bottle. March 15, 2014 at 6:19am Reply

      • Sandra: Wow..thats expensive. Maybe I will find an empty bottle somewhere and will fill it up with something 🙂 Sounds like a more affordable option March 11, 2014 at 11:15am Reply

        • Victoria: That might be a good idea. I see bee bottles at flea markets here, and I bet that you can find something on Ebay too. Occasionally, I even see them priced very reasonably. Since we’re in a semi-nomadic state and try to declutter, I’m not even looking anymore. 🙂 March 11, 2014 at 11:22am Reply

          • Alessandra: Wow yes, that’ an interesting thing I hadn’t thought of, Sandra and Victoria! More likely to find them at flea markets in France or Belgium, maybe… over here in Italy, all I come across is bottles of chanel no.5, for some reason… but then again, I have never looked out for Guerlain bottles, so who knows! I will try 🙂 March 11, 2014 at 11:31am Reply

            • Victoria: Chanel No 5 bottles are pretty common in Brussels too. We have a lot of flea markets, and occasionally I just go and browse. I did buy something though–2 glasses, a set of dessert spoons and a couple of cups. But we actually needed them (my husband is rolling his eyes). 🙂 March 11, 2014 at 11:39am Reply

              • Alessandra: Hahahahahahaah…. yes, men never really think we need this stuff, I suppose! Anyway, sounds great!! I always find flea markets way more interesting in northern europe than they are here… that said, I often lack the patience to surf them properly, so perhaps I have unjustly judged some of them! 🙂 March 11, 2014 at 1:08pm Reply

                • Victoria: I like just to walk around to look, not to really shop, since I also don’t have much patience. March 11, 2014 at 4:06pm Reply

    • George: I think there are various versions of the bee bottle, and basically the larger you go the fancier they get- the 125ml ones for the more exclusive perfumes have bows and a gold label, for example. However, the colognes are available in the 100ml version of the bee bottle. Also, you can get here in the uk at least, chant d’aromes (an aldehydic floral chypre) and Apres l’ondee 100ml edt for about 75-80 quid, but there is no bow and no gold label. March 11, 2014 at 3:25pm Reply

  • Alessandra: Oh, the bee bottle can be cheap if you get one of the eaux, tho, I forgot about this:

    http://www.guerlain.com/fr/fr-fr/parfums/parfums-mixtes/les-eaux

    I hate that one can buy online only in france 🙁 March 11, 2014 at 11:11am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you, Alessandra! 160 euros is the least expensive “real” bee bottle. I saw them at the boutique and they certainly look nice, but for my budget, it’s too high. March 11, 2014 at 11:20am Reply

      • Alessandra: Pleasure! Yes, I didn’t actually mean ‘cheap’ in the real sense of the word, just cheaper than the other bottles, hahahah… yes, out of my budgetary league otherwise, but the 160 one is a good option… again, tho, not for now, hahaha 🙂 March 11, 2014 at 11:24am Reply

        • Victoria: I didn’t think you did! Just musing out loud, since a bee bottle is something that I covet. But as I mentioned to Sandra, another thing is that I’m trying to keep the amount of stuff we acquire low. Moving was the best thing for decluttering, and I don’t want to go back to that. Since I have a hoarding tendency, it’s hard to resist, but I’m actively working on it. 🙂 March 11, 2014 at 11:28am Reply

          • Alessandra: Hahah I understand…. yes, those bottles are definitely too expensive. I also understand the hoarding problem very well, I’m the same… I try to keep it at bay but fail miserably all the time! 🙁 hahah March 11, 2014 at 11:33am Reply

            • Victoria: Then we can support each other! 😉 March 11, 2014 at 11:38am Reply

              • Sandra: I can support to! I live in a small NYC with my fiance, a cat, and now a kitten. So we can’t have clutter!
                Its helpful to do it with a friend..hold up the item and its yay or nay 😉 March 11, 2014 at 11:55am Reply

                • Sandra: I meant to write small apartment in NYC.. March 11, 2014 at 11:55am Reply

                • Victoria: Sounds like a great living arrangement! 🙂 March 11, 2014 at 12:13pm Reply

              • Alessandra: oh yes!! 🙂 March 11, 2014 at 1:05pm Reply

  • Cornelia Blimber: Once I saw in Brussels a glass stopper from a bottle of Guerlain Parfum de Toilette on a silver chain, sold as an ”antique necklace”.
    I have still some of these empty bottles, with stoppers in the form of a pineapple (I think). March 11, 2014 at 11:58am Reply

    • Victoria: Do you use the bottles for anything or just for a display? March 11, 2014 at 12:14pm Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: Neither..the are laying in my cupboard. They are seriously mutulated..when I was young and ignorant, I supposed they were more beautiful without the label. How stupid one can be!! I even throw many bottles away, after all, what can you do with an empty bottle? so I thought at the time. March 11, 2014 at 12:29pm Reply

        • Victoria: You can fill them with vodka and steep something in them. Like lemon peels or vanilla beans to make perfumed ratafia. March 11, 2014 at 4:06pm Reply

  • Helene: Hi, Just picked up a bottle of the Apres L’Ondee on your recommendation, V, and am waiting for some warm weather to wear it – smells a little “wrong” for me in the cooler weather :). I have an older bottle of Mahora and love it! BTW, what is with marshmellow in fragrances? Killian has it in one of his. March 11, 2014 at 1:28pm Reply

    • Victoria: I think that they just use marshmallow as a shorthand for a sweet orange blossom accord, since in France, marshmallow is perfumed with orange blossom essence. I do like it, but I agree with you, it’s suddenly a popular note. March 11, 2014 at 4:08pm Reply

  • Austenfan: I’ve got the 4 Guerlain Colognes in Bee bottles. I purchased them a couple of years ago and they were not that expensive.
    The Colognes feel a little retro, small wonder as they are quite old, and the bottles suit them to a tee. As I don’t display them they lead a wonderful if somewhat hidden existence in one of my perfume drawers. March 11, 2014 at 3:02pm Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: Oh yes, the colognes! I own Eau de Cologne Impériale and du Coq in beebotles, bought many years ago as testers, lots of them, € 10 a piece. I still have some.
      I didn’t know the bee bottle was so special. I saw a bee bottle “Jardins de Bagatelle” for € 125. The label is not gold, but it was a bee bottle. March 11, 2014 at 3:21pm Reply

      • Austenfan: My bee bottles don’t have gold labels either. March 11, 2014 at 5:59pm Reply

    • Victoria: Which cologne do you wear the most out of these four? March 11, 2014 at 4:16pm Reply

      • Austenfan: Eau de Guerlain! My favourite of the Guerlain colognes and probably my favourite of all colognes that I have tried. March 11, 2014 at 4:37pm Reply

        • Cornelia Blimber: My favourite is Du Coq. March 11, 2014 at 4:57pm Reply

        • Victoria: I was smelling them at Place Vendome not long ago, and I’m trying to decide which one I like best. The new cologne by Thierry Wasser is very good too, a modern crisp orange blossom. March 11, 2014 at 6:10pm Reply

  • Helene: I need to try French marshmallows! March 11, 2014 at 4:59pm Reply

    • Victoria: Another thing I discovered here is les oursons guimauve, a French version of gummy bears. Except that bears are made out of marshmallow and coated in chocolate. It’s my guilty pleasure. 🙂 March 11, 2014 at 6:13pm Reply

      • Aisha: OH MY GOSH! MARSHMALLOW BEARS COATED IN CHOCOLATE! YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! March 11, 2014 at 6:24pm Reply

        • Victoria: They’re almost too cute to eat! March 11, 2014 at 6:26pm Reply

  • Aisha: Those bottles are beautiful, or, “BEE-utiful”. Couldn’t resist. 😉 March 11, 2014 at 6:25pm Reply

    • Victoria: They certainly look pretty on display, especially with different color liquids inside. March 11, 2014 at 6:27pm Reply

  • Figuier: Such pretty bottles! I had a quick smell of the current Parisiennes line-up at New Year in Vienna, but didn’t feel drawn to any, and instead latched onto Sous le Vent with its wonderful dry topnotes and gorgeous ground glass stopper – equally beyond my budget sadly. March 12, 2014 at 7:00am Reply

    • Victoria: Sous le Vent can’t compare to those, but yes, sadly, it’s so expensive. March 12, 2014 at 4:01pm Reply

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