In 1889, Aimé Guerlain created Jicky, a revolutionary perfume combining natural ingredients and synthetic notes for the first time. The surprising and contrasting fragrance, with oriental scents refreshed by lavender notes, marked a clear break from the figurative perfumery of the time. It was the beginning of modern, abstract perfumery designed to arouse emotions.

Shortly after it was created, Jicky became entwined with the history of Senegal when Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba chose to make it his fragrance. A poet, theologian and great humanist, he left his mark on his country through his pacifist engagement. Every year since his passing in 1927, his disciples have honoured his memory by laying Jicky perfume in his mausoleum in Touba.

In 2019, Guerlain celebrates Jicky’s 130th anniversary and pays tribute to its African legend, inviting the Senegalese artist Baye Gallo to reinvent the iconic “Quadrilobé” bottle. Painted entirely by hand, the bottle takes on vibrant colours and unique textures, faithful to the tradition of free and profuse African art. The use of coffee grounds – the artist’s favourite material – offers the crystal bottle a singular relief, a raw dimension that contrasts with the symbolism of its motifs. This creation is a declaration of humanity: “honouring memories to consider the present, and living in the present to imagine the future”.

An exceptional piece in an ultra- limited numbered edition, containing a litre of Jicky Extract: 16 pieces available worldwide.

Fragrance

Oriental Fougère.

Contrasting, dynamic, surprising.

The spicy notes that blossom with the warmth of the oriental facet also play skillfully with the fresh and aromatic notes of lemon and lavender at its heart. Underneath this audacious structure, one detects woody and vanilla notes for greater vibration and character.

Ingredients

Lavender - fern accord - vanilla

Perfumer secrets

The Senegal-born artist Baye Gallo was chosen to commemorate Jicky and its African legend in an exceptional hand-painted and sculpted edition.
The artist works between Senegal and France, where he has set up a studio in Thionville. This multi-talented artist is also a singer-songwriter and musician
with the world music group he founded in 2008 – “Baye Gallo & Mawlana Bande”. Taking a lively and joyful approach that echoes the profusion of colour found in African artistic forms, he has created Jicky’s anniversary edition. As a painter, he works with both oil and acrylic, as well as coffee grounds – his favourite material, which he elevates to new heights through his sculpture. This technique with a striking relief powerfully amplifies the contrast between the different elements. He is also a Sufi, just like Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba. He says of this project based on the Senegalese legend: “this is not a chance encounter but a beautiful coincidence”.