Guerlain Les Deserts d’Orient : Three New Perfumes

Guerlain is launching a trio of new fragrances called Les Déserts d’Orient: Rose Nacrée du Désert, Encens Mythique d’Orient, and Songe d’Un Bois d’Été. “There has always been a beautiful love story, an undeniable and faithful bond,” says Les Déserts d’Orient press release, explaining that the collection is “a tribute to enchanting Arabia with three iconic creations that represent the Orient in all its original splendour. This legendary and historic birthplace of perfumes is the earliest land in the collective Western imagination, one that bears the most symbolic essences.” All three fragrances were created by Guerlain in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser, who sought to illustrate the oriental concept in his own way, “with sumptuousness and freedom, while giving dazzling expression to the notes that make these lands an inexhaustible source of inspiration.”

Rose Nacrée du Désert (Woody Floral)

“An intense rose, a bold flower, an established mystery… This oh-so delicate creation brings to mind a rose quivering with morning dewdrops. It showcases a magnificent Persian Rose specially selected by Thierry Wasser. Its characteristic essence gives a delicate, clever feel to this composition in which oud wood with smoky and amber accents finds full expression and adds a complex intonation with its deep presence. A single flower is nothing but a scent. It requires adornments to bring out its lasting nature with grace and subtlety. This intimate echo is strewn with saffron and other sweet and spicy notes. Subtle and voluptuous, it represents a continent where beauty is tangible from the first promise of dawn.”

Encens Mythique d’Orient (Oriental Musk)

“A smoky effect, aromatic waves, a divine emotion. An ethereal frankincense leaves only a fleeting mark on this fragrance. Rose imprints its fiery accents on this flight of notes, adjusted with aldehydes that stir it up like no sandstorm ever could. Its true character reveals woody notes, including patchouli.
But its endless sweetness and exceptional depth come from authentic and majestic ambergris of New Zealand, specially selected by Thierry Wasser for this fragrance. It and it alone sets the fabulous tempo, exalting the saffron note and all the intensity of an exceptional musk. Sweet orange blossom breezes accompany and sweep over this enigmatic opus to sing the praises of a world devoted to eternity.”

Songe d’Un Bois d’Été (Leather)

“A deep leather, sumptuous woods, supreme momentum… Dark is the night… A deep night that only unveils its radiance through its intensity, adorned with touches of cedar, patchouli and myrrh. Powerful, yet caught between lightness and darkness, and extremely enveloping, it is the perfect synthesis of a passion for spices, woods and their resins. A modern interpretation of the concept of exoticism. Its eminently masculine character, both wild and noble, is sharpened by a leathery gust underlined by floral accents. This searing tenderness and smooth energy hint at a refined adventure in which smouldering essences eloquently recall kingdoms of sand with fiery horizons.”

The perfumes were first released in the United Arab Emirates and other Middle Eastern countries. Currently there are no plans to launch them in the US. They will, however, be available at the Paris Guerlain flagship store. 75ml, 190 euros.

Via Guerlain press release



  • eminere: What stunning bottles. May 23, 2012 at 7:40am Reply

    • Victoria: The bottles are really stunning, I agree. May 23, 2012 at 10:23am Reply

  • Suzanna: Smart marketing, to capture a bit of territory in the Middle East.

    I like the sound of Encens. May 23, 2012 at 9:26am Reply

    • Victoria: That’s the one that caught my eye as well. May 23, 2012 at 10:25am Reply

  • neil chapman: We can’t help but react. As soon as I saw this post my heart lit up! May 23, 2012 at 10:54am Reply

    • Victoria: They should have a slightly wider distribution than just the UAE. I just love the whole presentation and the concept–Guerlain going East, as it has been doing from its early days. May 23, 2012 at 12:50pm Reply

  • Nancy: Leave it to the House of Guerlain for that beautiful packaging! Hopefully, the contents are equally lovely, which (at your writing) we are unable to experience at this time in the U.S. It’s certainly a new demographic that these fragrance houses are appealing to, but I’m certainly curious to smell these entiicing scents and smell is probably all I can do since they must match the Middle East economy in the price range. Thanks for the writing! May 23, 2012 at 12:58pm Reply

    • Victoria: I hope so too!
      The more expensive the perfume, the higher are the expectations. We will see… May 23, 2012 at 1:02pm Reply

  • Victoria N: Oh Guerlain what are you doing to me! Such opulent launches, and to think they are not going to be available in the US… Torture, torture! May 23, 2012 at 1:47pm Reply

    • Victoria: I really dislike these exclusive launches, but I hope that if these perform well enough, they might make it over to the US at some point. 🙂 May 23, 2012 at 1:50pm Reply

  • Catherine Fraser: look gorgeous, sound promising but seems more Serge Lutens past than offerings from Guerlain. May 23, 2012 at 8:36pm Reply

    • Victoria: The names especially make me think of Serge Lutens, but it isn’t surprising, since Lutens certainly cornered that concept. May 23, 2012 at 11:10pm Reply

  • Emma: This copied concept is a cross between Amouage and Serge Lutens. Guerlain has been unable to innovate and reinvent itself. Even the bottles look like Serge Lutens! May 24, 2012 at 9:18am Reply

  • steven: the bottles may look like Serge
    Lutens, but they are another version of the Art et Matière range. And the fragrances are real Guerlain dragrances, hence the Guerlinade which you find in all of the 3 perfumes… a real delight, each and every one of them… May 25, 2012 at 3:50pm Reply

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