Bespoke Fragrances
Bespoke Fragrances
January 2015
Ouessant Island Guerlain
Ouessant Island The Black Bee Island
A unique exhibition at 68, Champs-Elysées.
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    Eau de Parfum

    A garland of exotic flowers

    Jean-Paul Guerlain’s desire for the infinite led him to a very faraway island that tourist clichés would call paradise: Mayotte. Its name, meaning “island of perfumes,” certainly comes from the scents of the omnipresent ylang-ylang plantations, which develop and blend with the warm, enveloping fragrance of vanilla pods drying in the sun. While visiting his ylang-ylang plantation, Jean-Paul Guerlain invented the first Mahora version as a tribute to Mayotte and its inhabitants, the Mahorans.
    The fragrance is showcased in the iconic Bee bottle, which exceptionally takes on an oh-so-chic 125 ml format.
    2000 re-edition.

    Sunny Floral.
    Generous, sunny, exotic.
    Top notes: green notes.
    Heart notes: frangipani tree, tuberose, jasmine, neroli, ylang-ylang.
    Base notes: sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla.

    Mayotte embodies the dream of the travelling perfumer. Its fragrance is characteristic of the particular atmosphere of the island, located right in the middle of the Comoro archipelago. With unprecedented boldness, the Guerlain perfumer uncompromisingly dared to create an enormous bouquet of tuberoses strewn with frangipani flowers: heady essences with an incredible aura!

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