Jasmin Bonheur is a new perfume from Guerlain and Maison Matisse

Guerlain Jasmin Bonheur is the fragrance house’s colourful collaboration with Maison Matisse. Perfumer Thierry Wasser tells us more

Guerlain Jasmin Bonheur fragrance
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French fragrance house Guerlain has launched new perfume Jasmin Bonheur, which takes the classic white flower and vivifies it with notes inspired by the colour palette of Henri Matisse. 

We first spoke to Guerlain’s Thierry Wasser 15 years ago, when he’d just taken over from his mentor, Jean-Paul Guerlain, as the brand’s in-house perfumer. As the first Guerlain perfumer from outside the family, Wasser’s appointment to one of the oldest and most respected fragrance houses was a watershed moment in the beauty world – one which we commemorated with the below portrait. 

Guerlain perfumers Jean-Paul Guerlain and Theirry Wasser facing each other

Thierry Wasser and Jean-Paul Guerlain photographed for the January 2009 issue of Wallpaper*

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Since then, Wasser has continually showcased his talent for respecting the brand’s legacy while preempting contemporary fragrance trends. ‘People think the past is a burden – heavy,’ Wasser says during a call from his office in Paris, ‘but it's really like jumping on a trampoline.

‘I have a catalogue of over 1,000 raw materials, with the oldest fragrance I produce dating back to 1853, so we have a huge catalogue with ingredients we’ve been sourcing since the 19th century. Having those raw materials from that time, it can inspire you tremendously. It's not a burden at all.’ 

Guerlain limited-edition bottle of Jasmin Bonheur handprinted with Matisse pattern

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Guerlain Jasmin Bonheur perfume

The brand’s latest launch, Jasmin Bonheur, is typical of Wasser's innovative interpretation of traditional ingredients. It has been composed in collaboration with Maison Matisse, a design studio founded by Henri Matisse’s great-grandson, and is the latest addition to Guerlain’s L’Art & La Matière collection. 

Wasser took Matisse’s bold colour palette as the key inspiration for the new scent, which features a heart of brilliant white jasmine complemented by rose (red), iris (purplish blue), and apricot (orange). As with every Guerlain fragrance, it also includes the house’s signature Guerlinade blend, which combines rose, iris, vanilla, tonka bean, bergamot and jasmine to give each perfume, no matter how different, a unifying element.

Guerlain fragrences lined-up with multi-coloured tops

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Jasmin Bonheur comes in a collectable ‘Bee Bottle’ (a brand signature, adorned with a bee), hand-painted with a motif from Matisse’s La Musique painting. It is also available as a limited-edition luxury candle and in a perfume bottle decorated with Matisse cut-outs. 

Guerlain is dedicated to sourcing all its ingredients itself, and Jasmin Bonheur is a prime example of this. 'The ingredients are really what set Guerlian apart from the rest of the flock,’ Wasser explains. 'We never outsourced anything; every invention has been produced by Guerlain in its own factory.  And if you produce your own fragrances, you need to source [ingredients]. I spend 35 per cent of my time in the fields.’ 

Light pink bottles of Guerlain Jasmin Bonheur fragrance

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For Jasmin Bonheur, the brand sourced jasmine from the south of France and India, as well as Italy, where a rare Calabrian jasmine was replanted exclusively for Guerlain in the exact place where it bloomed more than 40 years ago. 


Writer and Wallpaper* Contributing Editor

Mary Cleary is a writer based in London and New York. Previously beauty & grooming editor at Wallpaper*, she is now a contributing editor, alongside writing for various publications on all aspects of culture.