Guerlain Cologne L'Homme Ideal Eau de Toilette Spray For Him, 100 ml

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Guerlain Cologne L'Homme Ideal Eau de Toilette Spray For Him, 100 ml

Guerlain Cologne L'Homme Ideal Eau de Toilette Spray For Him, 100 ml

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Almond, citrus, and woody spice start this one off. To me, this has the most almond in it, especially in the early stages. You get leather in there as well, but mainly its a citrus blast with a nuttiness. Sweet, dry, and clean coming down the home stretch. If you're interested in a summer Guerlain, go with Vetiver/Vetiver Extreme, Homme L'Eau Boisee, or even L'Homme Ideal Cool, which I think is a lot better than Cologne, if not earth shattering.

I think the first few hours is going to be when you’ll actually get complemented on Ideal. After that, it might have turned too light for many people to notice, outside of those who are close by. This is where it being called Cologne seems misleading. It's a medium weight scent, not a faint cologne. There's no fading citrus topnotes, instead this grapefruit hangs around for the whole duration and steadily tapers off through the drydown. You get the classic warm/cool contrast that often makes for great fragrance (Fahrenheit for example), and prevents it from becoming overly linear as you get varying mixes of the almond/grapefruit accord through the length of the wear into the vetiver/wood finale. The almond does not come alone, but accompanied by the "aquatic notes". Don't worry, because these notes are subtle and at least they don't wake up a shower gel feeling in me.

I have tested myself through many colleagues, Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca or for example the Love the way you Taste, just to name a few examples. Both also great fragrances, the mint was very authentically presented, but in the end I always faced the same problem: the more realistic and straightforward the mint was conceived, the more boring I found the wearing experience of the fragrance in the end. I've come to the conclusion that while it's exciting and soothing to have that scent note in a perfume like that, I just don't want to wear it. Do you know this feeling? You find a fragrance super exciting, but at the end of the day, it's just not really practical as a perfume per se.

Basically, I am sceptical about all the fragrances in the L'Homme Ideal range. EdT as well as EdP and Intense were much too almond sweet for me. Gourmands are actually a horror to me, even though I have to admit that Guerlain did not succeed badly in this case. I find the sport variant completely accidental and leave it out of consideration for further considerationsAll in all, a favorite of the series has emerged very surprisingly for me, which I smiled at until two weeks ago - but which I will wear gladly in the coming warm months, when I feel like summer refreshment without a cool lemon. The fragrance has of course retained the typical DNA of the original. What changes is the underground. A pleasant citric freshness accompanies the ideal DNA. Especially grapefruit and bergamot provide a noble and slightly bitter freshness. This freshness meets a beautiful sweet DNA that is not cheap. An almond note is very present from the beginning. What should also be mentioned is that this is a fragrance without a large gradient. The freshness is maintained for a very long time and the heart and base notes also start early. Towards the end it becomes more aromatic with lots of musk. Otherwise the fragrance remains very similar from beginning to end. Overall, I think L’Homme Ideal is great. It is one of my favorites from the batch of around 40 or so samples that I recently got. The longevity could be better but aside from that, it smells fantastic, and is very well put together. From my testing Guerlain L’Homme Ideal EDP performance is moderate. It sustains projection out from the skin for the first 2 hours. Then it lasts 7 hours more as an intimate scent bubble and skin scent.

Guerlain launched L’Homme Ideal fragrance in 2014.The first reinterpretation called L’Homme Ideal Cologne was introduced in spring 2015 as its invigorating and lighter version. The third flanker, announced as more intense, more sensual and mysterious, L’Homme Idéal Eau de Parfum, comes out in April 2016. The new fragrance is developed by the Guerlain in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser along with colleague Delphine Jelk. The composition is a woody-oriental, focusing on the almond note covered with leather and Guerlinade vanilla. The opening notes include bergamot, spices and almond. Turkish rose, incense and vanilla are in the heart, while the base consists of sandalwood, leather and tonka. The bottle retains its original form, colored in a soft amber shade with the logo letters in bright orange. The fragrance is available as a 50 and a 100 ml Eau de Parfum One could say that there is now a L'Homme Ideal for almost every taste. For the lovers* of food leftovers in fragrances, the EdT, EdP and Intense (of varying intensity), for the lovers* of bright, cologne-like variants Cologne and Cool. It would be a shame, however, if Cologne were to be permanently removed from the programme in favour of Cool. For me, Cologne is still clearly the best and perhaps only outstanding variant.Cologne has been discontinued, supposedly replaced by Cool which is more aquatic. I think they should have done Cologne as a separate non-Ideal release and not mentioned the word cologne at all. Usually flankers tweak the original (Terre D'Hermes upping the citrus or vetiver) but this one replaces a core note to the point where it is much less recognisable as part of the range. It reminds me of when Wasser made Habit Rouge L'Eau which smells almost nothing like the original but could have been good as a standalone release under a different name. I suppose it just fell in a gap where it wasn't quite enough like Ideal or its own thing. The problem is that the base of the Cool is rather weak and transparent. No part of the base note gives the mint / almond weight. I wonder why musk was not used here either, to emphasize the almond and mint and keep it alive longer. It's almost like when an author hasn't thought up a good/logical ending. To this well-known Neroli almond, which we already found in L'Homme Idéal Cologne, joins here namely a citrus mint, which gives the overall picture a tangy, almost limonade-like, slightly sweet touch, without being cheesy and too synthetic. The DNA of the Ideal series, especially the Colognes, lives on here so noticeably.



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