Pretty in Pink: Pink diamond auctioned for 44 million euros

 

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The Pink Legacy, a pink diamond of just under nineteen carats, raised an amount of more than 50 million Swiss francs (over 44 million euros) at an auction at Christie’s in the Swiss city of Geneva. According to Christie’s, the American jewelery house Harry Winston, part of the Swatch Group, is the buyer. The expected yield of the diamond was estimated at 27 to 44 million euros.

The jeweler’s house has renamed the diamond to The Winston Pink Legacy. In 2014 Winston also bought a rare blue diamond for 23.8 million dollars, which was renamed The Winston Blue.

A colored diamond was once a deviation from the traditionally transparent gems. Meanwhile, however, this type of diamond has become an exclusivity. The gems get their color from nature. A diamond becomes yellow due to the presence of nitrogen, blue diamonds contain boron. But how does a diamond turn pink? Scientists do not agree on that yet.

The pink Pink Legacy is considered by connoisseurs as extremely unusual because of its weight and its intense, almost completely uniform color. Only one in 100,000 diamonds would have such a quality. A hundred years ago the diamond was found in a mine in South Africa. The diamond was once owned by the Oppenheimer family, a wealthy South African family that for generations dominated the trade in diamonds. The pink diamond with 18.95 carat is not only gigantic – there have previously been sold only four pink diamonds of more than ten carat – the stone is also very clear.

Normally, pink diamonds have imperfections. If not the Pink Legacy. Or, as Rahul Kadakia, head of Diamonds at Christie’s, says in the video: “It’s like finding a treasure”.

The high demand for these extremely rare colored diamonds has led to a sharp rise in prices in recent years. The Diamond Pink Star, an even bigger pink diamond, was auctioned by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong last year, for a record amount of $ 71.2 million (66.8 million euros). This is the highest price ever paid per carat for a pink diamond.

The Swatch Group is the largest watchmaker in the world. Well-known brands such as Swatch, Omega, Longines and Brequet are part of the company.

 

 

 

 

Loewe Esencia pour Homme

 

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Loewe Esencia pour Homme was firstly introduced on the market in 1988, and after 30 years of a timeless perfume, it is now more luring, tempting and the same elegantly classic. This fall appears a new Eau de Parfum version described to be more intense, long-lasting, modern and mystical at the same time. Loewe Esencia pour Homme Eau de Parfum is all about an intense lavender infused note. It is a pleasant lavender aroma nicely mixed with woody notes of sandalwood, vetiver, and moss.

Loew-Essencia-Eau-De-Parfum-FlaconMade by craftsmen at the Quadpack Wood factory in Spain, the new, exclusive flacon is colored in black with a cap made of the ash sustainably-sourced wood and decorated with golden leaves.

Loewe Esencia pour Homme Eau de Parfum is a woody/spicy floral fragrance to nicely seduce men. It is available as 100ml.

Welcome into the world of Loewe.

 

 

 

 

Maison Dorin Versailles Collection

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Drawing inspiration straight from the very history of the House of Dorin, this new collection harks back to the heady end of the 18th century when the firm was officially recognized as a supplier of face powders and foundation make up to the royal court. The firm pledged always to remain true to the needs of its royal clients, an ethos that has guided it down through the ages.

This range of olfactory sensations was devised to recreate a majestic and intimate experience, each retelling a different story about the history of the firm. Each fragrance is available as both a scent and a scented candle. Beautiful and prestigious decorative objects, these two incarnations are perfect as gifts, either for other people or for oneself. Take a beautiful olfactory journey through the golden age of Palace of Versailles.

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As you would expect from Maison Dorin creations, this collection is manufactured in France from high-quality natural materials, each bearing witness to our know-how, authenticity and faultless quality control.

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If ever a scent represented the values of Maison Dorin, it truly is ‘Versailles 1780’ – a beautifully subtle fragrance including powder notes and paying homage to that most crucial date in French history, 1780, the year in which Maison Dorin was named official supplier of face powder and make-up to the Royal Court at Versailles. Everything about this scent is redolent of French refinement and sophistication. A sensational, delicate and refined fragrance combining the powdery scent of violet, sweet almondy and peachy notes, along with a slight splash of lipstick

Dorin Le Boudoir Turc

In 1777, King Louis 16th had a beautiful little chamber decorated as a gift for Queen Marie-Antoinette in 1777. Intended as a space for resting and thinking, or indeed as a bachelor flat according to some historians, the Turkish boudoir is a fascinating room, blending the classical French style of the time with oriental pieces. A refined and scented aroma in which the exotic notes of jasmine and vanilla mingle with floral, powdery notes representing Marie-Antoinette’s tastes.

Dorin Les Jardin des Château

As its name suggests, this floral and woody fragrance invites you to wander around the palace’s famous French style gardens created by André Le Nôtre, gardener to King Louis 14th. These masterpieces, cutting edge at the time, fascinated and inspired the world by their splendour and symmetry. A walk through the greenery of the Palace of Versailles, where a gentle breeze blends with the sharp scent of mown grass, the coolness of the fountains, the burgeoning scent of tuberosa and orange flower, mingled with the tropical heat of vetiver.

Dorin Figue Divine

An import from the Far East, the fig has prospered around the Mediterranean since the dawn of time. King Louis 14th adored figs so much that he ordered hundreds of trees to be planted in the palace gardens before it was even fully built. A respectful, calm fragrance, placing the fig centre stage whilst delivering the sweetness of the sap, the clean green of the leaves and the deliciously sweet taste of the fruit.

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Each fragrance is available as a 100 and 200ml Perfume, a scented candle and a home perfume. Beautiful and prestigious decorative objects, these three incarnations are perfect as gifts, either for other people or for oneself. Take a beautiful olfactory journey through the golden age of Palace of Versailles.

Come into the beautiful world of Maison Dorin

 

 

 

 

Diamonds Ara A Girls Best Friend, but how to choose and buy a diamond

 

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Yes, we get it, diamonds are a girl’s best friend – we’ve all heard this before and so have jewellers around the world drummed this into our collective consciousness ad nauseum. These beautiful little rocks never fail to make our hearts skip a little, whether as a brilliant-cut gem perched high on an engagement ring, as a square princess cut, or cut in a luscious pear shape and set alongside different coloures stones. The world’s best jewellers never seem to run out of ideas and designs. And we just love them all. Buying them, on the other hand, is a different matter altogether, which can range from mildly stressful to downright nerve-wrecking.

When you are planning on purchasing a diamond it is important that you know as much as possible about how diamonds are classified. There are four topics you need to become familiar with: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight.

When you’re buying diamond jewellery, it certainly helps to have good knowledge not just of the product but also the industry that deals in it. This is because whether you end up with the best stone for your budget or an overpriced dud depends nearly entirely on how wisely you choose. Exhibiting at the recent Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair 2018, local bespoke jeweller Infiniti Jewels shares 10 diamond-buying hacks and tips that you won’t get from just any jewellery merchant. Want to be a savvy jewellery investor? Keep reading.

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The famous four C’s

Cut

When we speak of cut we are more interested in the proportions of the diamond as opposed to its shape (Round Brilliant, Marquise, Pear, Princess, etc.) Every diamond regardless of its shape gets it brilliancy and scintillation by cutting and polishing the diamond facets to allow the maximum amount of light that enters through its top to be reflected and dispersed back through its top. A correctly cut, ‘well made’, stone is pictured in diagram 1. As you can see if the angles are correct the light that enters is dispersed properly back through the diamond’s top facets. When a stone is cut too shallow (diagram2) or too deep (diagram3) the light that enters through the top is allowed to escape through the diamond’s bottom and does not allow the maximum beauty of the diamond to be realized.

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The number of facets has very little impact on the ultimate value of a stone

It’s a sales gimmick to market a stone as having a lot of facets but while more cuts simply make a stone sparkle more, it’s just maybe three to four per cent more. Today, with the increased understanding of light dynamics and diamond cutting, many companies have developed new, modified round brilliant cut diamonds.

If designed correctly, these extra facets of the modified round brilliant could benefit the overall beauty of a diamond, such as in 91 facet diamonds. But having additional facets doesn’t automatically mean better sparkle because if the facets are not cut in the right proportion, ultimately it sparkles less.

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Color

Diamonds come naturally in every color of the rainbow. However most people are concerned with diamonds in the white range. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) rates the body color in white diamonds from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow).

The best color for a diamond is no color at all. A totally colorless diamond allows light to pass through it easily, resulting in the light being dispersed as the color of the rainbow. Colors are graded totally colorless to light yellow. The differences from one grade to the other are very subtle and it takes a trained eye and years of experience to color grade a diamond.

If you’re not buying to invest, G coloured stones are the worthiest buys

D, E, F coloured stones are the best, followed by G, H, I, J. But people in the trade do often group G stones in the colourless category because they’re practically colourless and there’s minimal difference between D, E stones and F, G stones.

If you’re buying to invest, go for D, E, F coloured stones

But if you’re getting a stone as an investment, then it makes sense to get the very best that you can, which means D, E, F colour

If the cut grade is poor or just good, even D colour flawless diamonds will not sparkle well

This affects the ultimate sparkle of a diamond. Experts will be able to tell if a stone has been cut well in the way that highlights its best qualities.

 

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Cartier Oval-Cut Diamond 2ct up to 3.99ct 1895 Solitaire Platinum Ring

 

Clarity

The clarity of a diamond is determined by the amount and location of flaws, or blemishes, in the diamond when viewed under 10 power (10x) magnification. GIA rates clarity grades in diamonds from Flawless to Imperfect 3 (see chart below). The Diamond Shopping Network offers you diamonds from the Imperfect 1 grade through Flawless.

Most diamonds contain very tiny birthmarks known as ‘inclusions’. An inclusion can interfere with the light passing through the diamond. The fewer the inclusions, the more beautiful the diamond will be.

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Diamonds have the capability of producing more brilliance than any other gemstone. A diamond that is free of inclusions and surface blemishes is very rare… and therefore very valuable.

It’s a misconception that the more inclusions, the worse the clarity

Clarity is how deep or obvious the inclusion is. There could be just one but really deep, and the stone becomes an SI quality diamond. Compared to a VS2 diamond that could have had several light dots on the surface, the SI stone may not offer poorer clarity even though it’s graded lower. But very often you can’t see these with the naked eye, so it may not matter so much. However, if you’re buying as an investment, it makes sense to aim for as close to D flawless as possible.

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Carat-Weight

This is the weight of a diamond measured in carats. As the carat weight of a diamond increases so does its rarity and therefore its price.

One carat is divided into 100 ‘points’, so that a diamond of 75 points weights .75 carats. The carat-weight of a diamond is the easiest measurement to determine. Most importantly, two diamonds can be of equal carat-weight, but their value can differ greatly due to their cut, color, and clarity.

Carat refers to the weight, not the size

A stone can look larger because it has been cut better but weigh slightly less. It’s not always the bigger the weight the bigger the stone.

Value depends on the best balance of the 4Cs

You can’t just go for carat or colour, or clarity or cut. A 3 carat stone suggests high value but it could be a very low colour and just average quality. It will be far less valuable than a 2 carat D flawless diamond. You have to assess all the variables together and get a balance of what the stone offers.

You’ll get the most bang for your buck by knowing what variables affect you the most.

If you want the best of the 4Cs, prices can and will skyrocket. To work within your budget, you need to decide which of the four Cs matter most to you. For instance, clarity may be less critical because no one can tell with the naked eye if a stone is VVS1 or VS1. On the other hand, carat may be more important in some cases because just by looking, you will be able to estimate the size of the stone.

Prices jump significantly from category to category

There is one pricing bracket for stones under 1 carat, and that makes a big jump when you go into the 1 to 1.5 carat category. Then when you go into the 1.5 to 2 carat category, expect another big jump, and so on. Thus, for maximum savings, what you can consider are stones that come in just under. For instance, instead of a 2-carat stone, go for 1.9 carats.

Certification is important

The most prestigious certification body is GIA. You’ll know that a diamond has been GIA certified when you examine it under the eye-glass and you see its GIA number which has been lasered onto the surface. No two stones have the same GIA number.

Don’t rush into your diamond purchase. Take your time and evaluate your choice carefully. It took billions (yes, billions) of years for nature to form your diamond and the skill of a master diamond cutter to bring your diamond to you. The time you spend now can bring you a lifetime of pleasure, satisfaction, and happiness.

Come into the beautiful worlds of Boucheron, Bvlgari, Cartier, Tabbah, Tiffany & Co.

 

 

 

 

A sign of refinement and good taste with Guerlain

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At French Maison Guerlain, the art of perfume and the art of living have always gone hand in hand. In 1900, women perfumed their gloves as well as their handkerchiefs and décolletés. One’s fragrant trail followed every movement as a sign of refinement and good taste. Guerlain home fragrances reveal their personalities in several candles and an Eau de Lit. A very elegant ritual. Ideal for perfuming your bedroom or living room.

Guerlain Winter Delice ‘Christmas’ Candle

 

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A warm break by the fireside during long and cold winter evenings. Nostalgic memories of the gourmet aromas of gingerbread and candied fruits. Comfort from the crackling fire, refreshed by the green notes of the pine needles, an evocation of contrasts of this festive season.

 

Guerlain Bois des Indes Candle

 

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A spellbinding journey through the sacred history of India. Clouds of smoky woods and wafts of offerings intertwine. The sweetness of sandalwood swirls together with the scents of dried bark and spice-laden soil. Along the river, a feeling of peace settles in.

 

Guerlain Contes Tahitiens Candle

 

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Fly away to lush shores where time lazes and lingers. Memories of islands covered in flowers, isolated from the rest of the world. Scents of sun-warmed sand. A fresh breeze blows the holiday fragrance of frangipani flowers, surrounded by mountains bewitched by the exhilarating smell of Ylang-Ylang.

 

Guerlain Hiver en Russie Candle

 

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A return to the dream of the sparkling palaces and sumptuousness of Holy Russia. The scalding-hot scented tea of a samovar blends with the smell of smouldering wood. Precious ashes of frankincense enriched with myrrh illustrate the mystical splendour of churches with golden domes.

 

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Notice: During the first use, wait until the wax is evenly consumed, all the way to the edges, before extinguishing the candle. The wick must always remain centred. If necessary, trim it to about 0.5 cm, straighten it and centre it.

 

 

 

 

Invisible Makeup. Visible Perfection: Georgio Armani Beauty Introduces Neo Nude

 

 

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Supremely fine, weightless textures; ultimate skin comfort with long-lasting, luminous hold; a masterclass in flawless nude beauty. Since its creation in 2000, Giorgio Armani beauty has been the expert in empowering women to achieve a flawless complexion with a completely natural result, guided by the philosophy of ultimate beauty.

It’s you – but better. It’s your Armani nude.

Now Giorgio Armani beauty introduces a complete Neo Nude range for skin, cheeks and lips, with the promise of “no makeup makeup” perfection: a perfection that looks real. Invisible, mistake-proof, sensorial – it delivers everything a woman needs to feel confident and to embody the signature Armani glow.

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Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder

 To match the needs of a demanding modern lifestyle, in which women want to achieve natural beauty on-the-go, Giorgio Armani beauty introduces Neo Nude Fusion Powder: the first finishing powder to combine similar ingredients and luminosity of a liquid foundation, with the clean application and nomadic practicality of a compact. Backed by 10 years of research, with Neo Nude Fusion Powder Giorgio Armani beauty reveals two groundbreaking patent technologies.

Liquid or powder foundation? Fusion Perfection is born.

Floating weightlessly onto the skin like a cloud, the secret to its brilliance lies in Giorgio Armani beauty Laboratories’ new patent: the water memory formulation process. During formulation, water within the powder evaporates, leaving a powder texture behind. Upon contact with the natural moisture found within the skin, the process is reversed: the powder transforms into a veil-like liquid that becomes one with the skin, avoiding harsh lines, smears or caking over time. A second patent* allows a soft weightless powder – so thin it appears invisible.

Mix, build, blend, create your own bare-skin beauty. Available in 12 shades, Neo Nude Fusion Powder contains a high-performance colour fusion emulsion with advanced pigments that maintain a skin-matching veil, which stays true no matter how many touch-ups you make throughout the day.

Even, natural and radiant, the beauty of the skin is amplified, thanks to a sensorial, ‘new skin’ feel. It’s as if flawless radiance were entirely natural. Alternatively, the powder can be used for a bronzing effect. To ensure the application process is clean, the refillable compact is accompanied by a soft, synthetic brush. It’s so mistake-proof that it can be applied with eyes closed.

With Neo Nude Fusion Powder, the time-short woman of today can carry the practicality of a powder – yet achieve the luminosity of a liquid. Now, you can have the best of both worlds.

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Enhance your natural beauty. To empower and enhance this individual beauty come three products to complete the Neo Nude range. Water-based, each one instantly fuses with the skin, comforting and hydrating whilst simultaneously adding radiance. Naked feel, nude perfection – your ‘no make-up make-up’ finish lies entirely within your own hands.

So light, the products promise to blend seamlessly with one another. The new pointed applicator of all three also collects precisely the right dose of formula to accentuate your most natural beauty.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Contour

Two cool browns to sculpt and define your natural beauty, melting on contact with the contours of the face, the water-based formula seduces impeccable cheekbones into the limelight.

 

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush

A-Blush: From light to dark pink, through brightening orange, five shades deliver a weightless, healthy cheek glow. A wash of colour gives skin a healthy flush, so natural it looks like you – but better.

 

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Highlight

Amplify your freshest glow with light pink or pale champagne. A second skin feel that dresses skin in a glowing veil.

Three liquid textures that leave an ultra-fine film of colour on the skin. They melt, they blend, they build: together they empower your ultimate Neo Nude glow.

 

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Ecstasy Balm

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Sublimate your natural lip color. Your bare-skin canvas complete, Neo Nude Ecstasy Balm brings nude perfection to the lips, kissing them in a veil of colour that delivers comfort and hydration for eight hours.

The shine of a gloss meets the care of a balm; antioxidant caper oil adds softness with every application. Your lips, but better – day after day. Shiny oils reflect the light, bringing impeccable luminosity in a non-sticky formula.

Available in three lip-enhancing shades, the radiant glow is made possible thanks to a unique ‘top-filling’ process: this tailor-made process involves alternating between heating and cold, to enable crystallization. In time, it leads to a soft, lightweight texture with radiant mirror shine that’s effortless to blend and apply.

Melting upon contact, outshining traditional lip products, the wardrobe of shades allows you to gently enhance your natural tone – or power it up, by building a stronger colour.

Ecstasy Balm Deep Nude – softens the lip tone with a subtle plum shade
Ecstasy Balm Soft Nude – empower lips’ natural beauty with a confident, sheer shade
Ecstasy Balm Neo Nude – lifts the lip colour to a pretty rose shade

Effortless to apply, shiny care that lasts and lasts. Your lips, your rules. Pick a shade – then let your natural beauty shine through.

 

 

Application: ‘No Make-Up Make-Up’ your way 

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For an ultra-natural Armani glow, prepare your skin with Prima Glow-on Moisturizing Balm. Apply then the illuminating concealer High Precision Retouch, followed by Neo Nude Fusion Powder to perfect your skin. Add a touch of A-highlight where your complexion needs to be brightened up.

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Every woman knows her own face best of all. So try, apply, blend. Create your own custom routine to invisible makeup and visible perfection.

To prepare:

‘No make-up make-up’ starts with the perfect canvas. Prepare skin by applying Armani Prima Glow-On Moisturizing Balm, to drench skin with moisture and add hold to your make-up that follows.

Armani Prima Day Long Sking Perfector blurs away the appearance of oiliness by regulating sebum production, when applied to the eyelids, around the nose, chin and other shine-prone areas. Plumped and hydrated, the canvas is complete.

To perfect: 

Use the made-to-measure Giorgio Armani beauty kabuki brush to dress skin in a weightless veil of Neo Nude Fusion Powder. It can also be used as a finishing powder, after foundation. Instantly, it evens out the tone, smooths and adds radiance. Skin looks as good as new. High Precision Retouch Concealer corrects imperfections when applied where needed, to the eye contour, dark shadows and blemishes.

To enhance:

A-Contour: Apply two drops to the side of the cheek, near the hairline, and blend horizontally towards the nose. Sweep it down either side of the nose. Finally, add a touch to your chin, blending downwards to the neck to sculpt and define the face.

A-Blush: Dot it onto the upper apples of the cheeks and blend for a naturally healthy flush. Or, use your fingertips to blend it up towards the temples, to lift the face and showcase your eyes.

A-Highlight: Blend over the upper cheekbones, temples and onto the brow bones to create structure. Pat onto your Cupid’s Bow to bring out lips’ natural shape and fullness. Then amplify with a three-dimensional skin finish by sweeping it down the bridge of the nose.

To sublimate:

Gently enhance your natural lips tone by applying Ecstasy Balm.

To finish:

Apply Eyes To Kill Mascara. Define brows naturally with Eye & Brow Maestro, selecting the shade that’s closest to your hair colour.

Invisible make-up; natural perfection. It can only be your Armani Neo Nude look. Come into the world of Armani Beauty

 

 

 

 

Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code

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It is more about red camouflage dress code referring to the new Guerlain masculine fragrance. Created by the famous in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser, Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code 2018 is the new oriental/woody fragrance

French Maison Guerlain is one of the most famous perfume houses in the world today. Founded in 1828 by Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain, Guerlain is one of the oldest perfume houses that still remain to win a lot of men and women’s hearts.

Habit Rouge Dresscode by Guerlain, a new and contemporary twist on the signature Habit Rouge. Sophisticated and audacious, Habit Rouge adorns itself with a sober black suit twisted with an audacious mix of styles, while the fragrance has an addictive scent with a luscious oriental aroma. Created in 1965 by Jean Paul Guerlain, Habit Rouge is the first oriental fragrance for men in perfumery.

guerlain-habit-rouge-dress-code-2018-perfume-flaconAs a homage to the equestrian art, it created an element of surprise with its scents of sensual and bold vanilla. Habit Rouge has an eternally elegant French appeal, its version Habit Rouge Dresscode is a style manifesto for today’s dandies. Bolder than ever, the man who wears Habit Rouge Dress Code embodies a refined and assertive masculinity.

Top notes: Bergamot, Neroli, Roses
Heart notes: Spices
Base notes: Leather, Tonka bean, Vanilla, Pralines, Woody notes

The new Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code perfume is all about an elegant, gourmand, oriental scent for audacious men with a refined taste. It is definitely not a boyish-kinda fragrance, yet more classic and elegant for accomplished men. 

Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code is available as 100ml Eau de Parfum.