When I think of Eau de Cologne Imperiale Guerlain, which was created for the Empress Eugenie of France to cure her headaches, I am reminded of the remarkably beautiful Loretta Young who played her in the 1938 film “Suez”. I saw that film one rainy afternoon on T.V. when I was a kid and her ethereal beauty in ravishing hoop skirts (Which the empress poularized in the 1860’s) arrested my imagination. I never forgot her.
(LORETTA YOUNG ~ SUEZ 1938)
To think that this perfume has endured for 152 years is amazing. Once I tried it for myself, I found it entrancing as a waltz with the Empress Eugenie herself. It is definitely a uni-sex fragrance that is light and refreshing. This is a REAL Citrus Eau de Cologne in the most classic sense, and not at all complex but rather straight forward linear in its olfactory performance. Even with its romantic history I would not classify it as romantic heavy hitter perfume but rather a practical everyday down to earth citrus. Bright and pleasing all around with a good projection and I would say short to medium longevity.
It is not for everyone but rather for those interested in collecting something historic with a romantic story behind it. And, the bottle is beautiful!
Four gold stars ****