Trip to France: Maison Guerlain

I told you here that one of my favorite personal items is Shalimar perfume by Guerlain.  In Paris La Maison Guerlain, the flagship store, is at 68, Avenue de Champs Elysees.  This place is definitely worth a visit.

La Maison Guerlain

Charlie and I walked into the compact shop which smelled heavenly, not perfumey, just fragrant. After being greeted by a salesperson we walked straight ahead up a gold-tiled staircase to the floor where they house exclusive scents only available at this main store in Paris.

Giant bottles of Shalimar

There were ladies sitting at a table preparing special order bottles of perfume as people waited for them.

Once upon a time perfume ran through the glass tubes behind the personalizer.

My favorite exclusive scent (besides Shalimar) was Spiriteuse Double Vanille.  Charlie really liked Cuir Beluga. Both scents only came in 75 ml bottles for the mere price of 175 euros ($235) each. As much as we would have liked it there was just no way we’d buy that much perfume.

Helping us was a lovely young vendeuse named Jade. I told her I would like to see the eye shadow collection. In grey.

Place Vendome grey eye shadow collection

She took us to the other side of the store where the make-up collection is housed. We considered all the grey collections and chose the one with a charcoal grey and a true blue accent color, Place Vendome. These are really my colors.

Jade applying eye shadow.

Jade applied a light grey near the nose, a charcoal grey on the outside of the eyelid, and the bright blue between the two.

Applying the eye shadow.

She finished both eyes and added a touch of mascara.

Charlie and Jo at Guerlain in Paris

I fell for it and bought the eye shadow which comes in a beautiful reticulated silver compact. ( It is lovely but I might have to frame it like a piece of art considering the price.)

Oh, and, Charlie fell for me.

Ah, Paris, the City of Love!

We had just a great time at Maison Guerlain. Jade was a treat and maybe someday we’ll get one of those EXCLUSIVE scents.


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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