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VINTAGE - Guerlain Coque d'Or Extrait (Pure Parfum)

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NEW YORK CUSTOMERS ONLY - We can no longer ship Guerlain products to New York State.  If purchased by a New York State customer, we will refund all Guerlain items and cannot ship them.

 

The House of Guerlain is one of the oldest perfume houses in the world. It was founded in 1828 by Pierre-Francois Pascal Guerlain. Pierre-Francois composed and manufactured custom perfumes with the help of his two sons, Aime & Gabriel. Guerlain catered to the high society of Paris and had a very loyal following. The perfume house was so successful that in 1840 Guerlain decided to open a flagship store at 15, Rue de la Paix. The house was at its peak in 1853 with its fragrance Eau de Cologne Imperiale which gave Guerlain the prestigious title of His Majesty's Official Perfumer of France.  

Pierre-Francois died in 1854 and his sons took over the perfume house. Aime became the master perfumer and Gabriel managed and expanded the house. Aime created several fragrances including Fleur d'Italie, Rococo, Eau de Cologne de Coq and his greatest creation, Jicky. In 1914, Guerlain moved to 68, Champs-Elysees. 

The business was then handed down to Gabriel's sons, Jacques & Pierre. Jacques became the third master perfumer and created many fragrances during his time at Guerlain including Apres L'Ondee, Shalimar, Vol de Nuit, Mitsouko, L'Heure Bleue, Eau du Coq and Ode. A number of these fragrances are still available today. Jacques' grandson Jean-Paul became the fourth master perfumer and among his creations were Vetiver, Habit Rouge, Samsara, Nahema and Jardins de Bagatelle. 

Coque d'Or (Golden Shell) was created by Jacques Guerlain and launched in 1937 and reissued in 2014. From the website Monsieur Guerlain, it states: "The name is derived from the French title of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s 1907 opera The Golden Cockerel or "Le Coq d’Or". The fragrance was dedicated to Guerlain's friend, Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes, whose favorite perfume reportedly was Mitsouko. Perfume lovers who are familiar with the Jacques Guerlain catalogue will recognize his Mitsouko chypre style in Coque d’Or. Right from the start, we get the unique aldehyde-orris-oakmoss accord which combines a comfortable, almost ashy mossiness with an aspect of luminosity and color. In Coque d'Or, the latter is an exotic fruit note, reminiscent of pineapple and coconut .. and far more sweet than Mitsouko's peach .. together with cool cyclamen and powdery daffodil. The effect is ladylike in a 1930's film star kind of way: glamorous yet aloof, and slightly soft-focus. 

The unmistakable scent of orris, with its strong hints of lipstick, old books, and brandy, is prominent in Coque d’Or from the beginning to the end. The high level of orris gives Coque d'Or a matte, precious finish that is almost tactile to the nose. Other standard Jacques Guerlain touches are jasmine, carnation, musk, and the use of balsam and amber and wrapped in a cocoon of musk. If Mitsouko were velvet and Vol de Nuit were fur, then Coque d'Or is heavy silk. It exudes smoothness, understated luxury and a gravely voiced elegance, not too floral and darkened by vetiver and patchouli, that perfectly fits our nostalgic image of what someone like Marlene Dietrich would have been wearing back then. Accoding to the newspapers of the time, Coque d'Or was "made especially for long formal evening gowns." 

It is a chypre/oriental fragrance featuring top notes of anise, fruit notes, lavender, bergamot and aldehydes; middle notes of jasmine, carnation, iris and cyclamen; and base notes of vetiver, patchouli, tolu balsam, musk, civet, vanilla and oakmoss.

An excerpt from a review by Sorcery of Scent

My vintage Coque d'Or eau de toilette reveals a citrus opening over an aromatic floral heart. I detect rose and something like soft iris or violets and a piquancy furnished by slightly peppery carnations and notes of nutmeg or mace. However, there is a beguiling buttery leather accord that features, and it is one that I've smelled before... it reminds me of paper-thin hand-made antique gloves of the most exceptional quality. As the perfume evolves further, curls of creamy sandalwood appear and an ambery facet (labdanum and vanilla?) brings with it a glowing sense of warmth. The whole composition rests on a glorious oakmoss base that rivals the best of other Guerlain greats. Coque d'Or is a sultry skinscent that gets better and better the longer it rests on the skin.

This is the original vintage (1937) version and is an extrait (pure parfum).


VINTAGE - Guerlain Coque d'Or Extrait (Pure Parfum)

 

NEW YORK CUSTOMERS ONLY - We can no longer ship Guerlain products to New York State.  If purchased by a New York State customer, we will refund all Guerlain items and cannot ship them.

 

The House of Guerlain is one of the oldest perfume houses in the world. It was founded in 1828 by Pierre-Francois Pascal Guerlain. Pierre-Francois composed and manufactured custom perfumes with the help of his two sons, Aime & Gabriel. Guerlain catered to the high society of Paris and had a very loyal following. The perfume house was so successful that in 1840 Guerlain decided to open a flagship store at 15, Rue de la Paix. The house was at its peak in 1853 with its fragrance Eau de Cologne Imperiale which gave Guerlain the prestigious title of His Majesty's Official Perfumer of France.  

Pierre-Francois died in 1854 and his sons took over the perfume house. Aime became the master perfumer and Gabriel managed and expanded the house. Aime created several fragrances including Fleur d'Italie, Rococo, Eau de Cologne de Coq and his greatest creation, Jicky. In 1914, Guerlain moved to 68, Champs-Elysees. 

The business was then handed down to Gabriel's sons, Jacques & Pierre. Jacques became the third master perfumer and created many fragrances during his time at Guerlain including Apres L'Ondee, Shalimar, Vol de Nuit, Mitsouko, L'Heure Bleue, Eau du Coq and Ode. A number of these fragrances are still available today. Jacques' grandson Jean-Paul became the fourth master perfumer and among his creations were Vetiver, Habit Rouge, Samsara, Nahema and Jardins de Bagatelle. 

Coque d'Or (Golden Shell) was created by Jacques Guerlain and launched in 1937 and reissued in 2014. From the website Monsieur Guerlain, it states: "The name is derived from the French title of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s 1907 opera The Golden Cockerel or "Le Coq d’Or". The fragrance was dedicated to Guerlain's friend, Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes, whose favorite perfume reportedly was Mitsouko. Perfume lovers who are familiar with the Jacques Guerlain catalogue will recognize his Mitsouko chypre style in Coque d’Or. Right from the start, we get the unique aldehyde-orris-oakmoss accord which combines a comfortable, almost ashy mossiness with an aspect of luminosity and color. In Coque d'Or, the latter is an exotic fruit note, reminiscent of pineapple and coconut .. and far more sweet than Mitsouko's peach .. together with cool cyclamen and powdery daffodil. The effect is ladylike in a 1930's film star kind of way: glamorous yet aloof, and slightly soft-focus. 

The unmistakable scent of orris, with its strong hints of lipstick, old books, and brandy, is prominent in Coque d’Or from the beginning to the end. The high level of orris gives Coque d'Or a matte, precious finish that is almost tactile to the nose. Other standard Jacques Guerlain touches are jasmine, carnation, musk, and the use of balsam and amber and wrapped in a cocoon of musk. If Mitsouko were velvet and Vol de Nuit were fur, then Coque d'Or is heavy silk. It exudes smoothness, understated luxury and a gravely voiced elegance, not too floral and darkened by vetiver and patchouli, that perfectly fits our nostalgic image of what someone like Marlene Dietrich would have been wearing back then. Accoding to the newspapers of the time, Coque d'Or was "made especially for long formal evening gowns." 

It is a chypre/oriental fragrance featuring top notes of anise, fruit notes, lavender, bergamot and aldehydes; middle notes of jasmine, carnation, iris and cyclamen; and base notes of vetiver, patchouli, tolu balsam, musk, civet, vanilla and oakmoss.

An excerpt from a review by Sorcery of Scent

My vintage Coque d'Or eau de toilette reveals a citrus opening over an aromatic floral heart. I detect rose and something like soft iris or violets and a piquancy furnished by slightly peppery carnations and notes of nutmeg or mace. However, there is a beguiling buttery leather accord that features, and it is one that I've smelled before... it reminds me of paper-thin hand-made antique gloves of the most exceptional quality. As the perfume evolves further, curls of creamy sandalwood appear and an ambery facet (labdanum and vanilla?) brings with it a glowing sense of warmth. The whole composition rests on a glorious oakmoss base that rivals the best of other Guerlain greats. Coque d'Or is a sultry skinscent that gets better and better the longer it rests on the skin.

This is the original vintage (1937) version and is an extrait (pure parfum).

$18.99

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