Cruel Gardénia belongs to the Exclusive Collections, fragrances for those passionate about rare perfumes, sensitive to fine raw materials and the sophistication of every detail. The Exclusive Collections are available in France exclusively in Guerlain's Parisian boutiques, and now in your online Guerlain boutique.
Your Cruel Gardénia fragrance in the iconic White Bee bottle.
The so-called "bee" bottle was crafted in 1853 by the glassmaker Pochet & du Courval to hold the Eau de Cologne Impériale for the Empress Eugenie. Its "tiles", inspired by the dome of the Vendôme column, are adorned with 69 bees, symbols of the empire. Today the bottle is celebrating its 160th birthday and continuing to cultivate its uniqueness; it can hold the fragrance of your choice and be customised with initials on request.
The colour of the perfume and the signature on the label vary according to the fragrance chosen.


Sweet, Sunny Floral.
Velvety, sun-drenched, vaporous.
Top notes: rose, peach, neroli.
Heart notes: gardenia, ylang-ylang, white musks.
Base notes: tonka bean, vanilla, sandalwood.

Perfumer secrets

One might picture the gardenia as slightly honeyed, with the exhilarating sensuality characteristic of white flowers. However, this gardenia is treated differently, like fresh, sun-drenched lace.
An Eau de Parfum that is easy to wear, even in the hottest climates.

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