We talked about scent substitutes a while back and I wish I had thought to include this one. A lovely friend of mine at work has a growing interest in perfume; she enjoys Fracas and Kai, among others, but feels the loss of her much-loved original Kate Spade, launched in The rest, please…
Woo Hoo Perfume Posse! Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies filling in for Tom this week who has been laid low by the dreaded “I can’t smell a damn thing virus”. In honour of Tom’s inability to smell I wanted to bring to your attention a thing that I have not yet smelled but I am seeing all sorts of excellent reviews on the scentbloggosphere for it. Calling the latest release from Guerlain a breakthrough in gourmand menswear, a sexy unisex frag and many other wondrous things. I also dropped in the videos and ad movie for you.
Guerlain: L’Homme Idéal by Thierry Wasser 2014
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Citruses, rosemary, orange blossom
Heart: Almond, tonka bean
Base: Leather, cedar, vetiver
Victoria from Bois de Jasmin opens with: The first time I smelled Guerlain’s L’Homme Idéal, I chuckled, because clearly, their ideal man is wearing a little black dress. Yes, L’Homme Idéal is a masculine twist on La Petite Robe Noire. But this kind of borrowing, right down to the toasted almond and praline details, is clever rather than boring. This is not just another bland and safe sports cologne, that’s for sure.
Kevin on Now Smell This writes: I don’t love it and I don’t hate it. I’m unmoved. Either in actuality, or in their treatment or combination, L’Homme Idéal’s materials smell very synthetic to me. Has Wasser, tired from around-the-clock reformulations thanks to IFRA regulations, simply chosen ingredients that are not on IFRA’s radar…forestalling a re-mix?
Photo Stolen Sorcery of Scent
Dimitri at Sorcery of Scent says: To my delight, Guerlain have delivered a product that is new and interesting and remains faithful to the brand. Perfumer Thierry Wasser has manifested a fragrance which feels contemporary, but without losing sight of the masculine ancestors that came before it.
Monsieur Guerlain writes: L’Homme Idéal may not get rave reviews by perfume aficionados, but the sales figures prove that it does what it’s meant to do: to be a hit. At the moment, L’Homme Idéal is the #1 best-selling men’s scent at Sephora in France.
Photo Stolen DeviantArt
Have you tried L’Homme Idéal yet? Is it one Guerlain you would like to try? Would you wear a mens fragrance?
Please enjoy the videos and hopefully Tom will be back with his lovely schnoz in tact next week.