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A Master Perfumer at Work

A Master Perfumer at Work

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Guerlain’s Thierry Wasser is among the top five master perfumers in the world. His understanding of the character and soul of an ingredient allows him to build complicated and nuanced fragrances for men and women. In fact, as he spends more and more time traveling around the world to secure the most luxurious and highest quality ingredients, his fragrances have become even more special. Take his latest project, Mon Guerlain. It ushers in a new scent trend: the Fresh Oriental. Here he shares some of his thoughts and his process of creating Mon Guerlain.

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“Living raw materials possess an emotional dimension, as behind each ingredient are all the men and women who grew, picked, extracted and distilled them.” – Thierry Wasser


“I discovered Tahitensis Vanilla during my travels in Papua New Guinea. It’s an enveloping, tender and sensual vanilla…almost maternal.”


“The Carla Lavender grown in the Drome in Provence is like no other. It’s pure, fresh and surprising in its simplicity and authenticity. It combines the masculine and feminine genres which is very modern.”

sambac jasmine

“ To reveal a truly delicate femininity, I chose sambac jasmine which is harvested at dawn. It’s delicate and voluptuous.”

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“Writing a perfume formula is like writing a score of music. It is how you combine the notes that makes a fragrance sing.”

guerlain perfumer thierry wasser

“The haute perfumery industry is becoming more and more competitive. I spend much of my time traveling around the world meeting with farmers and trying to secure the best raw ingredients.”






mon guerlain

Launch: Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum

Brand: Guerlain

City: Paris

Master Perfumer: Thierry Wasser

guerlain master perfumer thierry wasserScent Style: Fresh Oriental for her

Notes: Carla Lavender, Sambac Jasmine, Tahitensis Vanilla & Australian Sandalwood

Australian sandalwood provides the strength and mystery to the fragrance.

guerlain perfumesHeritage: Guerlain has created 1100 perfumes since 1828. Jacques Guerlain would say, “the creation of a fragrance is a work of emotion and intuition.”

Theme: A fragrance worn like an invisible tattoo

The muse: Angelina Jolie

Charitable heart: Jolie has pledged to donate all her earnings from this scent to charity.

guerlain displayBottle design: The legendary Guerlain flacon is capped with a quadrilobe stopper. The quadrilobe bottle was actually designed by Gabriel Guerlain in 1907 to be streamlined, understated and graphic. The stopper recalls the shape of a four-leaf clover, a symbol of happiness and luck in France. This perfume is sealed just like a champagne bottle.

mon guerlainMon Guerlain is available in Canada at Hudson’s Bay and thebay.com

  • Pamela Haddad
    March 14, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you for the interesting behind-the-scenes look into the perfume process. So fascinating! I can’t wait to experience Mon Guerlain for myself!

  • Perfumes en vogue YouTube
    March 12, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks so much for this great interview with Mr. Thierry Wasser and for the complete information about the new fragrance “Mon Guerlain”.
    We have bought this fragrance and we love it! 🙂
    It is always very interesting reading your blog posts, thanks for all the research you do and for all your work, we appreciate it!
    Best wishes!

  • rozeena karim
    March 9, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Thank you Dave for sharing, love to read behind the scene, i love Jasmine, had to much plants growning up!

  • Michelle Henderson
    March 9, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Thank you for sharing the story with us. So much thought goes into the process, that bring us beautiful scents from around the world.

  • Pina
    March 8, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Guerlain is such a lovely line. I like all the products would love to try this product. You can tell he put a lot into it. Such beautifu line. Such lovey scents in this perfume.

  • Ginger Henderson
    March 8, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    How interesting it is to be able to read about how he puts these things together. Very good read. @ghenderson1013

  • Denise
    March 8, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    love learning about the process


  • Gonny
    March 8, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Great to read… and loved watching onperiscope. Thierry sounds like a passionate man!

  • Bev Nickason
    March 8, 2017 at 11:28 am

    What ever happened to the scent, Nahema. I wore it years ago and it disappeared, it’s one scent that I could wear

  • Linda L
    March 8, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Kudos to Thierry Wasser and his team for all their time and effort to pick the finest raw materials for this most authentic fragrance. Mon Guerlain is work of art and enjoyed by all those who are wearing it. Thank you for the wonderful interview Dave! ❤

  • Satbinder Litt
    March 8, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Hi Dave:) me & my daughter enjoy watching your new & latest makeup & perfume products that you present on Cityline & online.,Keep up the good work.

  • Marilyn M
    March 8, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Oh to live in his shoes for a day! It would be scent heaven!

  • Nina
    March 8, 2017 at 7:20 am

    I love a man in a suit Dave and I WANT THIS FRAGRANCE! Speaking of, the didn’t really need Angelina, all they needed was Thierry Wasser wearing a suit to sell Mon Guerlain to me! xx

  • Aurica
    March 8, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Guerlain perfumes are very sophisticated. I’d love to try this beautiful perfume someday.

  • Stephanie | thefantasia.com
    March 7, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    The storied Mon Guerlain is quite something! I love the understated elegance and smell of this product!

    • Deb Hanes
      March 8, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      Just the delectable description of essences used for making Mon Guerlain make my senses dance for joy. I WILL have to have it!!

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