FROM THE ARCHIVE: The summer of 2006 was the winter of my fragrance discontent. Actually, it was more like despair. Perhaps my mood was unduly influences by Karl Lagerfeld’s utterances about the impending fall fashions: “We live in a dark and romantic and quite tragic world.”

FROM THE ARCHIVE: On stage, Chan Hon Goh is the quintessential ballerina. A principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, Goh is one of the company’s most exquisite classicists. Her ballon, or the lightness of her landings, is legendary.

The chance to sit down with a leading skin-care scientist doesn’t come along often, if at all. The added insight provided by someone who knows the intricacies of minute, cellular functions at work is critical to achieving the best possible routine and results.

You wouldn’t know by looking at it, but the citron has a rich, varied history.

“This was my office, and my father’s,” says Jean-Paul Guerlain, sitting in the serene honey-coloured salon of number 68 Champs Élysées, the stylish building that has been home to the celebrated perfume company since 1914.