As one of the oldest French perfume houses in the world, Guerlain can still hold its own in this day and age. Founded in 1828 by Pierre-Francois Pascal Guerlain control of the house was past down through the family until 1994 when it was sold to the luxury good conglomerate Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) as there was no one in the Guerlain family willing to head the business. In its formative years Guerlain created signature fragrances for royalty as well as the aristocratic class with thequality and luxury of his goods being unsurpassed, as concessions were never made during the production process. More than a perfumer Guerlain was also the first to combine science with skincare and was the first to sell eyeliner, mascara and lipsticks.
The Guerlain family of perfumers had many notable fragrances in the early years such as Fleur d'Italie, Rococo, Eau de Cologne du Coq and perhaps the most famous Guerlain perfume of all, Jicky. The quality and enduring nature of these early fragrances is clear in the fact that most of these scents can still be found in one form or another today.