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Orchidée Impériale The Imperial Oil

The firmness of visibly young skin.


Guerlain’s Imperial Oil: the power of the orchid’s longevity blended with 20 precious botanical oils to help restore skin’s firmness. This facial oil, silky and nourishing, fuses instantly with the skin and penetrates deep within. It contributes to the balance of lipid content*, strengthens the quality of the skin’s supporting fibres**, and brings comfort and nourishment without leaving it feeling oily. Both more toned and more elastic, it is visibly firmer and younger-looking. The tightening effect of the Imperial Oil can be enhanced by using the exclusive application method devised by the Guerlain Institute at 68 Avenue des Champs-Élysées.
*A blend of 4 fatty acids including 2 that are not produced by the body.
**In vitro tests on ingredients


Orchidée Impériale Fragrance: a floral scent with hints of orchid that blend with notes of rose, white musk and precious cedar wood. 


Skin firmness fully restored:
- Firmness: +36%*
- Elasticity: + 38%*
- Tone: +30%*
Skin quality transformed:
- Nourished: +71%*
- Smooth: +45%*
- Soft: +47%*
- Radiant: +61%*
Signs of ageing reduced:
- Wrinkles: -24%*
- Fine lines: -20%

*Satisfaction tests, 33 French women, after 1 month of use


The Imperial Oil is a concentration of 20 precious botanical oils selected by Guerlain Research specifically for their medicinal properties, the benefits of which have been recognized for thousands of years. Maison Guerlain has matched its unique, historical formulation and expertise with a duo of orchids, using an exclusive process, to create an oil whose effectiveness is scientifically proven.

The Orchid, a rare and precious raw ingredient, is the very essence of the exceptional complete care range Orchidée Impériale. A true phenomenon longevity prodigy, the orchid is the most developed species in the plant kingdom. Convinced of its exceptional potential, Guerlain set up its first research centre ever to be devoted to an ingredient: the Orchidarium®.

The mission of this International Research Center on the Orchid and skin longevity is to discover, understand, study and explore the potential of orchids and their biological and cosmetic properties to benefit its research on skin longevity. Guerlain Research runs three interrelated and complementary centres:

The Experimental Garden — Geneva (Switzerland)
A greenhouse where a collection of Guerlain orchids is housed in order to study and identify the most remarkable species.
The Basic Research Laboratory — Strasbourg (France)
The first basic research unit dedicated to the study of orchids and the identification and analysis of longevity molecules.
The Exploratory Nature Reserve — TianZi (Yunnan, China)
A nature reserve - a pillar of biodiversity and conservation - where wild orchids are protected and reintroduced into their natural environment. Learn about our work in Yunnan on guerlain.com

The Orchidarium revealed the extraordinary powers of a duo of orchids, including Gastrodia elata, an orchid essential to traditional Chinese medicine.

Expert Formulas

Thanks to the diversity of its 20 precious oils, the Imperial Oil contributes to the balance of lipids into the skin* and boosts the natural production of collagen**. The quality of its supporting fibres is increased. The resistance and elasticity of these “skin supports” are enhanced. Working in complete harmony with the skin, the Imperial Oil penetrates deeply to restore the skin’s firmness.
* A blend of 4 fatty acids including 2 that are not produced by the body
**In vitro test on ingredients

Guerlain Research has identified a mechanism that plays a key role in longevity: cellular respiration. thanks to the discovery of the extraordinary powers of a duo of orchids, new Cell Respiration™ technology regulates cellular respiration and combats hypoxia* or oxygen deficiency, a phenomenon that increases with age. The cells can breathe again and maximise energy production which boosts cell regeneration*. Visible signs of ageing are minimised: wrinkles and fine lines fade, the skin regains firmness, density and elasticity, the complexion is even and more radiant. The skin is infused with a new breath of life.

*In vitro test on ingredients