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Eau de Parfum (See 1/1)
Eau de Parfum (See 1/1)

L'Initial Eau de Parfum

First-time thrills

Trail intensity
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Trail intensity


L'initial is part of Guerlain’s Legendary fragrance collection. A collection made of emblematic fragrances, composed for more than a century by 5 generations of Perfumers. These mythical pioneer perfumes compose a unique olfactive library, that the Maison Guerlain endeavors to preserve.

The thrill of discovery and the adrenaline of a first-time encounter, like an invitation to leap into the unknown and delve into new mystery. A stimulating fragrance in a luminous, fresh interpretation. Pure and innocent, a sensation of airiness, a discreet outline of sensuality. A caress, a thrill, a fragrance of initiation.

Designed by Raymond Guerlain, its iconic “inverted heart” bottle is underscored with graceful scrolls typical of Art Nouveau. Its avant-garde stopper, in the form of a hollowed heart, evokes the delicate romanticism of this perfumery masterpiece and represented a real technical feat at the time.


Oriental floral.
Luminous, delicate, bold.

L’Initial sparkles with zesty citrus, just as a shower of petals appears through an intensely fragrant jasmine. The heart of the fragrance blooms around a Turkish rose absolute and an overdose of iris pallida. The deliciously tender base exudes a creamy vanilla, draped in caramel and the almondy notes of a delicately smooth tonka bean. And then, a misty cloud of white musks enters the fray.


Rose absolute, pallida Iris, vanilla

perfumers secret

L’Initial offers to rediscover the trail of Shalimar without its opulent sensuality while keeping its spirit and unforgettable signature. In tribute to this masterpiece of perfumery, Thierry Wasser composed a new version. He explains: “I had to keep the alchemy that makes it so desirable. I had to shed new light without disavowing the essence, transpose the fragrance without betraying it and imagine the future by honouring the past.”
The exquisiteness and daring of meeting with an olfactory treasure.