Apres L'Ondee Perfume
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Guerlain stands tall amongst the world's oldest and most distinguished fragrances designers. Founded in France in 1828 by Pierre-François Guerlain, it had humble beginnings as a single Parisian store. Yet Pierre artfully created custom fragrances as the company's first master perfumer, and before long, the once-modest business had dominated the French fashion scene.
By the 1850s Guerlain had built an impressive roster of patrons from high society and royalty. In 1853, Pierre authored the classic cologne, Eau de Cologne Impériale, which was presented as a gift for Empress Eugénie, the wife of Napoleon III of France.
As a family business, the role of master perfumer fell to the descendants of Pierre-François. In the early 1900s, Jacques Guerlain, third master perfumer of Guerlain, produced many of Guerlain's most important creations. One such fragrance was Après L'Ondée, or "After the Rainshower," a scent reminiscent of the joys of a walk through a rural landscape, or a floral garden after a rainstorm.
Jacques would proceed to compose other famous fragrances, including L'Heure Bleue, Mitsouko and Shalimar. Like many creations by Jacques, these perfumes are highly regarded and still sold by Guerlain in modern times.
As of 2016, the role of master perfumer is no longer tied to the Guerlain family, but the perfume house itself goes from strength to strength. Since its inception in 1828, Guerlain has authored hundreds of notable fragrances, and shows no signs of stopping now.