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I had the good fortune to meet Marie Line Patry, Guerlain’s National Beauty and Fragrance Director, at Neiman Marcus recently. She was delightful and clearly passionate about what the 185-year-old company offers. According to Patry, there are some “firsts” with Guerlain. The company created the first tube of lipstick in 1870 and the first perfume in 1889. Those are pretty impressive firsts!

In talking about Rouge G de Guerlain, Guerlain’s new lipstick for Fall, Patry touts it as a creamy, matte lipstick tucked inside a chic, mirrored case. I must admit, the case is absolutely beautiful! The lipstick comes in a variety of colors – nude to berry – and boasts lips that are “defined, smoothed, plumped, and hydrated,” as the advertising states. There are some really nice bright lip colors, because, if you know me, you know I love a red, red lipstick!

As to Guerlain’s first fragrance, Jicky, it is still on the fragrance roster, along with some of the other early scents like L’Heure Bleu and Shalimar. The mention of Shalimar brings back childhood memories for me, as it was one of my mother’s favorite perfumes. Patry tells me that since Jicky was introduced, Guerlain has created 800 fragrances, and 100 of them are still available.

Patry is known as “The Wizard” in beauty and fragrance circles and is famous for her ability to transform her clients’ skin following her personalized skin care consultation and for her exceptional talent in guiding customers toward finding their ideal signature scent. She praises Guerlain’s 10 years of research within the Guerlain Orchidarium in studying the unique longevity of the orchid with creating the extraordinary Orchidee Imperiale skincare line.

As to fragrances, Patry said, “Fragrances are different on everyone because of your body chemistry. You perfume the perfume.” She suggested Guerlain’s Mon Precieux for me, which is a floral scent with honeysuckle and jasmine. I must admit, she was absolutely right. I loved floral scents, especially jasmine. Wizard, indeed!