Orchidée Impériale Black by Guerlain: The Finest cream in the finest porcelain

After more than 15 years of research, the Guerlain Orchidarium researchers have uncovered the exceptional power of Black Orchid. Taking an extract of this precious flower, they have developed BlackimmuneTM technology which targets 95% of cells involved in the skin’s self defense to keep it looking youthful. This innovation is a key ingredient in the Orchidée Impériale Black cream, a masterpiece of effectiveness and sensory appeal by Guerlain skincare. Day after day, this ultimate protective shield helps strengthen the skin and reduce the visible signs of ageing.

Black Orchid

Native to the Peruvian Andes, the Black Orchid is an orchid the color of ebony. It is very unusual in that it only flowers for three weeks of the year unlike other varieties, which flower for two to three months. Moreover, both male and female flowers grow on the same plant. This precious quality allows it to adapt its metabolism through an in-depth understanding of its environment. When faced with “dangers” such as excess sunlight or insufficient light, for instance, it responds by producing more male flowers, thereby optimizing the fertilization of its female flowers and, thus, the amount of fruit. It intelligently saves its energy and optimizes its longevity, which forms an effective time-defying talisman.

A Luxurious Case

This exceptional cream was worthy of an equally exceptional case that lasts over time without losing its radiance. Porcelain was the obvious choice. Refer red to as “white gold”, it is both powerful and delicat e like the skincare within. And what better choice to produce the piece than Bernardaud whose French savoir- faire stretches back five generations and more than 150 years? Founded in 1863, this family house has embodied the essence of Limoges porcelain since its beginnings with a reliance on time – honored techniques and a unique take on contemporary creation. Its journey has been one of excellence and exploration like that of Guerlain whose truly unique olfactory and cosmetic adventure began in 1828. In their different fields, Guerlain and Bernardaud have bot h been constant pioneers in an insatiable quest for beauty. This collaboration was a natural coming together.

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Together, they have created a refillable pot with a timeless design – an object where content and container merge beautifully in a feat of craftsmanship. More than 50 talented artisans are involved in the process, from the creation of the mould through to quality control. Nest led like a jewel in its box, this new porcelain case p resent s a gloss y black enamel finish topped with 24- carat gold. The l id bear s the Guerlain “G” and reveals a white interior in bisque porcelain. White beneath b lac k, light beneath darkness, porous delicacy beneath a lacquered shell. With a refillable design, this luxury Guerlain pot is built to last.