Precious Guerlain Orchidée Impériale The Imperial Oil


French Maison Guerlain extends its iconic Orchidée Impériale collection with a luxurious antiaging oil. Same as the rest of the range, The Imperial Oil is formulated according to the latest discoveries in skin longevity. It features a unique, sensorial formula built around the most precious and rare raw material – the orchid.

The Imperial Oil absorbs instantly, without any oily residue.

Guerlain The Imperial Oil combines orchid’s longevity with no less than 20 different botanical oils. Designed to help restore skin’s firmness, this silky, nourishing elixir promotes the skin’s natural lipid content, reinforces its supporting fibers, and brings comfort and nourishment without a trace of heaviness or any oily residue.


The soft, gliding oil, instantly fused with the skin and penetrates deep within to deliver a potent toning action and make the skin appear more elastic, firmer, and youthfully invigorated.

Formulated with +98% natural ingredients, The Imperial Oil uses Cell Respiration Technology to deliver more oxygen to the cells and boost their regeneration. 20 different botanical oils, rich in essential fatty acids, provide nourishment and restorative action, supporting the pillars of the skin – its fibers. A blend of lipids increases the production of collagen as it provides potent anti-inflammatory action that deteriorates the collagen fibers.


The oil should be applied morning and evening as a pre-serum. The Imperial Oil by Guerlain is presented in a luxurious, eco-friendly bottle with a massive gold-colored stopper.

Guerlain Orchidée Impériale The Imperial Oil is available at Guerlain boutiques, counters and selected stores worldwide.




New Orchidée Impériale Exceptional Complete Care, Guerlain The Cream 4th Generation


Eleven years after its launch, Orchidée Impériale has been reinvented for the fourth time, offering the best of research in the field of cell longevity. Capitalising on its previous innovations, Orchidée Impériale The Cream is not only exceptional complete care, but it has also been designed to limit its environmental impact. Orchidée Impériale offers women a new way of perceiving time.

A time of innovation

Because Guerlain, the world expert on research into orchids and their secrets of longevity, has been constantly innovating for over 15 years. A new technology based on the Orchid Gastrodia elata, whose properties were discovered thanks to a one-of-a-kind platform – the Orchidarium* – delivers an age-defying complex that acts on cell respiration.

* The platform consists of three centres, the Tianzi nature reserve (China), the experimental garden in Geneva (Switzerland) and the research laboratory in Strasbourg (France).

A time for yourself

Because women require much more from a skincare product than fighting the visible signs of ageing, Guerlain offers them a real moment to breathe. A special time to reconnect with yourself and restore inner harmony. Orchidée Impériale The Cream offers the same sensory experience as previous generations but with a new application technique.

A time of luxury

Because protecting the environment is an absolute necessity, Guerlain has embraced a sustainable luxury approach, in particular by reducing Orchidée Impériale The Cream’s carbon footprint by 58%. As sumptuous as ever, the jar has been reworked, its glass lightened and its packaging eco-designed.

A time for the earth

Because, more than ever, Guerlain is affirming its commitment to protecting orchids with the Tianzi nature reserve, where ‘rainforestation’ takes place, in other words the reconstruction of an entire ecosystem prioritising biodiversity, to the orchids’ benefit.

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Cell respiration: A new longevity mechanism

Within the framework of its research into cells’ functional longevity, which it has been carrying out for 15 years, Guerlain Research discovered a crucial new mechanism: a cell with good control over the natural use of its oxygen will have better longevity. We know that an excess of free radicals (an unstable, highly reactive form of oxygen) promotes skin ageing.

To combat these free radicals, cosmetic science uses antioxidants. However, it has recently been discovered that, on the contrary, oxygen levels that are too low compared to the skin’s needs – known as the phenomenon of hypoxia – will have consequences on ageing. And all the more so because hypoxia increases with age.

The effects on the skin take several forms:

  • Hypoxia leads to a slowdown in epidermal regeneration.
  • Hypoxia impairs the energy production mechanisms, which causes a loss of vital cell energy.
  • Hypoxia generates a surplus of toxic free radicals, which promotes the appearance of oxidation phenomena.
  • Hypoxia stimulates proteases (enzymes that damage the proteins forming the extracellular matrix) and diminishes the fibroblasts’ contractile capacities, which leads to a loss of firmness.
  • Hypoxia contributes to a proinflammatory environment favourable to ageing, known as the inflamm-ageing process.

A major innovation: An exclusieve new technology to cobat hypoxia

Skin that stays youthful for longer is skin that has good cell energy, in other words a good communication network between the mitochondria. Summarised in this way, the results of these scientific discoveries are behind three generations of Orchidée Impériale The Cream. Guerlain Research has now made a major advance in preserving the cell bioenergetic network. To increase vital energy and improve cell longevity, it is essential to regulate cell respiration: not too much, not too little.

To combat chronic hypoxia, the skin naturally possesses a system to control its oxygen levels. This system, known as HIF-1 alpha, is based on a protein produced during hypoxia. It is a smart sensor in the sense that it does not merely measure the level of oxygen but regulates the control of its use, which is essential for energy production and good cell function.

Dr Frédéric Bonté, Director of Guerlain Research

An exclusive technology based on a star orchid to combat hypoxia

As part of the Orchidarium, the Strasbourg laboratory headed by Professor Annelise Lobstein lists and studies the phytochemical properties of orchids to isolate their most active molecules that are of greatest interest for Orchidée Impériale skincare. Within the scope of the Orchidarium’s work, Guerlain Research has developed an exclusive new technology based on a star orchid – Gastrodia elata (a key orchid in traditional Chinese medicine), which acts on factor HIF-1 alpha, a natural ‘cell respiration’ regulator, in addition to its protective action on the cell bioenergetic mitochondrial network.

By combining it with a glucan-rich natural nasturtium extract, which encourages the supply of oxygen to the cells, this new age-defying technology offers the skin exceptional complete care that acts on all of the visible signs of ageing: firmness, density, radiance, wrinkles and fine lines, evenness and elasticity. As well as fighting against hypoxia, this new technology will boost the cells’ vital energy.

Diamond powder for an instant sophisticated glow

A specific new ingredient is making an appearance in this fourth generation: diamond powder, a rare raw ingredient chosen for its photoluminescent properties capable of capturing the invisible luminous energy received and then visibly diffusing it in all directions thanks to the diamond’s ‘facetted’ appearance. The result: an instant effect on the skin’s radiance.


A time for yourself

In a stressful world dominated by hyperconnection, women need to take a break and make time for themselves in order to restore a kind of inner harmony.

Orchidée Impériale The Cream offers a unique sensory experience. With its subtle scent and silky feel, all of the senses are awakened thanks to the new application technique developed by Sophia Kremser, Design and Training Manager at the Institut Guerlain, 68 Champs-Élysées, which for the first time combines massages and breathing exercises to take best advantage of the benefits of the New Orchidée Impériale The Cream.

A time of luxury new eco-designed pack: A model of environmental excellence

It took Research & Development’s engineers over a year to design and manufacture the new packaging for Orchidée Impériale The Cream. From the shape of the jar to the sleeve, everything has been redesigned, except the capacity, which remains the same (50 ml).
As a result, 4th-generation Orchidée Impériale The Cream has the first eco-designed Guerlain packaging for a premium skincare product.

  • It has a new colour code: navy black and satin-finish champagne gold.
  • A new ‘pebble’ design for the jar in streamlined lines. More organic, it hugs the palm of the hand.
  • Fewer raw materials, prioritising recyclable materials: more lightweight glass, uncoated paper, a white pine cellulose inner pack. • A QR code with a direct link to the website to discover the instructions and the application method.


A time for the earth

Implemented by Guerlain in 2007, the reforestation programme has restored the orchids’ endemic habitat in the Tianzi region in the Yunnan province of China. Minguo Li-Margraf, who now heads the Tianzi nature reserve, grows the orchids over more than 400 hectares, and protects and reintroduces endangered plants by reconstructing their ecosystem.

As orchids require numerous microorganisms to live and reproduce, protecting biodiversity is fundamental. Over 12,000 wild orchids in total and over 25 different species have been reintroduced.

Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Black

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In 2006, following seven years of research of orchids and their power over cellular longevity, Guerlain created the first generation of Orchidée Impériale care creams. Since the launch of the Orchidée Impériale, the range has undergone several formula updates including the most recent addition of Gold Orchid technology.

Now in 2016, Imperial Orchid goes even further with the creation of Orchidée Impériale Black. Through a revolutionary technology than involves ‘cellular immunity’, the new Orchidée Impériale Black aims to optimize the self-defense capabilities of the skin.

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Guerlain presents Blackimmune™ technology, its first technology to address skin aging by acting on the set of cells involved in the self-defense mechanisms of the skin. It relays on the two types of defense system that skin naturally posses and that enable it to fight against the various factors responsible for aging: Keratinocytes and Langerhans cells.

Orchidée Impériale Black Cream is a light, soft and elegant formula that surrounds every cell in a deluxe protective cocoon, consisting of a combination of highly moisturizing elements to help maintain flexibility and comfort of the skin. With rich cupuaçu butter and jojoba wax, it works with other ingredients to melt into the skin without it feeling greasy. With regular application, the skin regains its resilience; its defensive barrier becomes stronger and more resistant.

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Quality, touch, appearance – all the criteria of a beautiful skin are said to improve day by day: wrinkles and blemishes fade, the skin texture is refined, the complexion illuminates, the contour of the face is better defined. Perfectly nourished and hydrated, the skin is firmer, more elastic, and incredibly radiant.

To make each application a unique experience, the experts of the Guerlain Institute have designed and tested a new 4- steps application tool inspired by ergonomic touch-roll. Equipped with two mini rollers (easily removable for cleaning after each use), this tool fits more closely the curves of the face, operating a massage into the heart of the skin.

La Crème Orchidée Impériale Black will be available in a 50 ml jar at the price of 980€ from October 2016

Beat your age with the Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Mask

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Guerlain, the miracle worker in beauty treatment is bringing the best anti-aging treatments to the masses. Next to the now legendary Orchidée Impériale range, they treat us with the Orchidée Impériale Mask wich is the prototype of professional skincare. The molecular make up of the mask and its active ingredients help defy age, over prolonged use. Tried and tested results include firmer, toned yet supply skin that also shows signs of ample nourishment and strong hydration. The Imperial Orchid Mask is very easy to use creme mask and an intensive treatment that takes care of fatigue that dulls complexion, bringing back a youthful glow. Wrinkles, be gone!

For me the whole Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale range is a true Holy Grail. And thats for a reason! It’s true… it doen’t comes cheap.But using it in the right way, it’s an investment!

Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale Masque for smoother, energized skin comes in the famous gold and royal blue pack (2.5 oz.), and can be bought for $380.


With skin 38% finer than the rest of the face, the eye contour is exceptionally fragile, especially as it suffers some 30,000 blinks every day. Despite a very dense network of blood vessels, blood flow is slower in this area. With the passage of time and our lifestyles, shadows begin to appear. It is no surprise that this area is the first to show the signs of ageing. To combat this unavoidable reality, Guerlain has devised an exclusive product. The new Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Eye Serum combines advanced Gold Orchid technology (which fights all the visible signs of ageing) and the exclusive Bright Eye complex.



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The serum contains:

  • Brassocattleya extract, the acclaimed orchid from the brightening Orchidée Impériale range, which targets melanin pigmentation disorders;
  • Silk tree extract, the anti-shadow projector, which combats non-melanin pigmentation disorders;
  • Butcher’s broom extract, the radiance booster. Preventing blue circles, butcher’s broom extract is a leading active ingredient in the restimulation of skin microcirculation.
  • Rhamnosoft: a product of biotechnology, this active ingredient reduces the permeability of cells and protects their membrane to prevent puffiness.

Soon I’ll start testing Orchidée Impériale Eye Serum for a longer time. Last year, I tested Guerlain’s Orchidée Imperiale Eye and Lip Cream. The Orchidée Impériale Eye Serum and the Eye and Lip Cream work wonders when combined. I applied it only around the eye area and liked it very much. It was one of my two favourite eye creams in 2015. It’s a vèry good moisturizer for the eye area. Moreover, it’s the perfect base for make-up (concealer or foundation).