Imperiale Cologne by Guerlain, The classics never go out of style.
Imperiale launched in 1853 — yes, you read that right — this timeless scent opens with notes of verbena and a zesty coterie of citrus including lemon, orange, neroli, and bergamot. At its heart sits lavender; its base is a sturdy, rustic duo of cedarwood and tonka bean. This warm weather fragrance is worn equally well by both men and women and comes packaged in a simple glass flacon with a rounded top and gold accents. The bottle is adorned with the imperial bee of Napoleon's crest, just as it was in the 19th century, symbolizing immortality and resurrection.
Guerlain is a French perfume house founded in 1828 by Pierre-François Guerlain. He began selling simple bath and body products and quickly expanded into perfumes. As a result of his company's rapid success and stellar word of mouth, it soon became the official perfumer for numerous monarchies throughout Europe. Today, its Paris boutique also doubles as a museum.