The fresh morning air, clear blue skies, perhaps a few brave budding blossoms heralds the early spring accords. More than a tradition, Guerlain has since 1998 launched a collectible edition of the Muguet fragrance on May 1 to commemorate May Day. This year, Guerlain has announced the release of their limited edition of Muguet fragrance, Muguet 2014, which Guerlain dedicates to love and Spring.
For the 2014 offering, the legendary French perfume house collaborated with ceramist Brigitte de Bazelaire, associated with Porcelaines de la Fabrique, who manufacture Limoges china since 1825. Guerlain entrusted the ceramist to create an art nouveau-inspired porcelain holder decorated with lily of the valley. Adorned with a white bow, the white porcelain container requires a double “baking” at more than 1000 degrees Centigrade. Nestled inside the idyllic creation is a bee bottle filled with pale green liquid.
Delicate yet enduring, Muguet’s bucolic effervescence combines the opening accord of the tender lily of the valley, infused with rose and lilac accent. Vivid and sensual accents of jasmine, provides the fragrance depth and a springtime sweetness.
May Day’s tradition dates back to May 1, 1561 when King Charles IX of France received a lily of the valley as a lucky charm. He decided to offer the flower to the ladies of his court each year. It is now customary to give a Lily of the valley on May 1.
Only 1872 flacons of Muguet priced at $550 per 125ml will be available from May 1 in all Guerlain boutiques and select stores.