The 24 carat gold bottle was originally created for the Empress Eugenie (wife of Napoleon III) and immediately became synonyous with Guerlain. The bee, a symbol of the French empire, was bestowed upon the Maison by Napoleon to announce Guerlain as the royal perfumer. The emblematic bottle has now been revived in all its golden glory to celebrate its 160th anniversary.
They evoke an era when Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain, founder of Guerlain, fell captive to Eugénie de Montijo’s beauty and crafted what came to be known as a true technical feat. In recognition for it, he received the highest imperial title, “His Imperial Majesty’s Official Perfume Maker”, which catapulted him to the top of perfume-making peak.
An exceptional exhibition will display the celebratory artworks from December 10 to February 14 at La Maison Guerlain 68 Champs Elysées in Paris. Their inimitable designs will pay haute homage to Guerlain’s sensory story. While the limited range of exclusive fragrances will channel Eau de Cologne Impériale aristocracy, available in Golden Bee bottles at Selfridges with 250ml for $225 (approx.)