Master perfume maker Guerlain is celebrating 160th anniversary of its bee bottle and Eau de Cologne Impériale with a special edition of 24 karat gold bee bottles. In 1853 Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain, founder of Guerlain created the original bee bottle and Eau de Cologne Impériale for Empress Eugénie de Montijo, the wife of Emperor Napoleon III.
The perfume and its bee bottle created such an impression on Empress Eugénie, Napoleon III bestowed the title “Perfumer to Her Majesty” on Guerlin, and the rest as they say is history for Guerlain. He ended up being the perfumer from Queen Victoria to Queen Isabella of Spain and other royal households in Europe.
The composition of the Eau de Cologne Impériale includes notes of rich lime and lime-flower with neroli to soften citrusy bouquet. The one liter anniversary bottle arrives in a box created by renowned French artist Lison de Caunes, fully covered in straw marquetry that features Gueralain’s revived Sun King logo.
In addition to the special edition bee bottle, other 160th anniversary celebrations include an exhibition of bee bottle artwork created by nine up and coming artists. Exhibition will be held at the newly renovated Gurelain boutique at 68 Champs Elysées in Paris from December 10 through February 14.
Only thirty-two numbered pieces of special edition 24 karat gold bee bottles will be produced with a price tag of €12,000 each. If you feel you are priced out for the special edition, please visit Selfridges or Harrods for a 100 ml Eau de Toilette Imperiale – £60 (approx. €70 and $100).