Guerlain: L’Homme Idéal 2014

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

L’Homme Ideal Guerlain FragranticaPhoto 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?

L’Homme Ideal Guerlain  Sorcery of ScentPhoto 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.

L’Homme Ideal Guerlain Gingerbread_man moah909 DeviantArtPhoto 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.

Portia xx

L’Homme Idéal by Thierry Wasser – GUERLAIN

L’Homme Idéal est un mythe. Son parfum, une réalité – Film TV GUERLAIN

  • kizzers says:

    Hey Portia!

    This has got me intrigued – toasted almonds and praline 🙂 sounds delicious, can’t wait to get a sniff.

    I bought myself V&R Spicebomb a while back, and my husband nicked it. I can’t complain, it does smell better on him.

    I also got CDG Blue Encens, and it too was duly pilfered (it does lean more to the masculine side though). I haven’t told him Bulgari Black is ‘unisex’ or he’d be off with that too (the scamp!).

    We happily share Mugler Cologne and Marc Jacobs Fig Splash in the summer months – but not at the same time – that would be weird.

    Hugs xxx

    • Portia says:

      Hi there Kizzers,
      I love twin fragrance days. Jin & I do it irregularly. After the initial “can you believe we smell the same” moment the scents diverge as two different bodies wear them anyway.
      Nice line up of nicked frags BTW
      Portia x

  • solanace says:

    Hey Portia,

    I was sold on the Amaretto accord. Dying to try this one!
    Yesterday I commented that JM´s ´diet´ aesthetics totally puts me off – but the connection dropped, and it was not posted. Now, a gourmand masculine, with all these crazy notes, that is something I´m curious about. But those lime basil, silk flower thingies… we have lots of silk flowers here, they smell of nothing! Ugh, it is all so prim and clean, not for those who wear 4 sprays of Shalimar to work…

    • Portia says:

      You make me laugh. Yes, this reads like it could be super cool. I had a girlfriend write today Metallic Berries for the heart. Intriguing.
      I’m with you on the multi spritz of Shalimar too.
      Portia xx