I bought two bottles of this when it was going for £21 on Amazon, which is just ridiculous value. I had already tried LIDGE which I considered too rich and heavy for my tastes and needs, but figured that a toned-down cocoa and enhanced citrus version might be perfect for me. This is, I am pleased to say, exactly what happened.
LIDG is not edgy or ground-breaking, but comforting, refreshing, inviting, and above all, versatile. For me it opens up with sharp citrus and moves rapidly through the gears to a slightly spicy and still refreshing floral stage. As someone who rarely has "longevity issues", the dry-down is generally of equal parts cocoa, sandalwood, and musk, and lasts the whole day. I find the Guerlain version of scent progression more representative than the usual three-stage note progression in the case of LIDG.
Depending on how much and where I spray, I find I get subtly different performance day-to-day. Sometimes the citrus lasts all day, sometimes patchouli arrives early and dominates. With this scent, it's probably a case of finding what you look for.
I understand that this was controversial in the early days with Guerlain aficionados. Surprising, and a shame, because not only is this generally excellent, but there is little controversial about it in terms of scent alone. Having compared it with the likes of Heritage and Habit Rouge, I do not detect the guerlainade, but no bad thing in my view. LIDG is a distinctly Guerlain fragrance not because of the guerlainade family resemblance, but because it mirrors rather than overlaps with prior Guerlain masculines: the class, development, the hooks and the blend quality are very familiar.
This has become my signature in short order. Perhaps the essence of the "Guerlain moment" is that it reels you in with the freshness, and keeps you close with the comfort and familiarity.
Suitable for any and all purposes. Perhaps I would not wear this in very hot weather; but not particularly an issue in the UK. A favourite and highly recommended.
Oh, a quick shout-out to the flanker, LIDGE - not something I would buy myself but other reviewers have it spot on - clearly related to the EDT in theme but different enough to justify owning both if you like them.
Was expecting more from Guerlain. This is Shalimar Pour Homme. Which is great since every other house is producing crappy stuff. At the price point I would recommend it. But don't expect to be wowed
I really like this although it is not for me--it is too gourmand (trop sucré, trop cuisiné) for me and... I do not like cocoa as a note. That said, L'Instant de Guerlain achieves a real balance between the bright, fresh, "cool" opening and the sugared warmth that follows. When it first came out I tried it on from a tester at--of all places--D.R. Harris in London's St. James' street and as I walked down Piccadilly I kept smelling on myself a kaleidoscope of candies--from boiled sweets to chocolate truffles and everything in between. I thought at the time, "this is what Willy Wonka must smell like." Great for a confectioner, not so much for me, although my wife loved the drydown. This is that wonderful Guerlain pâtissier/confiseur note taken too far for me. Wonderful Art Deco bottle.
L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme comes off as a good balance of fresh, spicy, and woody elements, especially at the opening, after which the citrus freshness fades. The citrus notes listed are bergamot, lemon, and grapefruit, but I don't specifically get any of those. The anise and jasmine also figure prominently in the opening, which is slightly cloying but also intriguing.
The cacao in the heart seems to draw a lot of attention, and if it's there, it's limited, but it's definitely submissive to the some of the other heart and base notes, like sandalwood and cedar. The base has some patchouli to give it an earthy resonance throughout its dry down.
Projection and longevity are both strong, especially for an EDT, though, not, say, in the A*Men or 24 Gold range of EDT power.
This reminds me of Chanel Pour Monsieur in terms of scent and the blend---both very classic, masculine options that work the fresh/spicy/woody blend very well. It also of reminds me of Bleu de Chanel in the sense that the individual notes are secondary to the art of the blend.
It's very inexpensive on fragrancenet ($29 for 50ml, $39 for 100ml) so it's an unusually good value at those price points. This could certainly be a man's signature scent, at the intersection of several categories, and strong, but not overwhelming. This certainly increases the hype for the extreme version, which I intend to try soon.
7 out of 10
This for me is a pleasant, initially dark, wood scent, opening a little sharply (do I detect a bit of oud?), quickly calming down, and brightened with a delicate citrus.
As it develops, a gentle, warm amber accord supports the sweet wood (sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver). This is a sophisticated wood fragrance, in the class of other Guerlain scents in this category (Heritage, for example).
I don't detect any green notes (odd that Turin called this a "green citrus), which makes this for me all the better.
As it dries down. I long for a spice note to develop, as in Derby, but the restraint of the perfumer in not doing so, adds to the spareness of ultimately a fine, warm, masculine wood.
Only because it's not my type of smell does it get a neutral rating. No doubt high quality formulation, just can't get past the powdery, sweetness. I have a full bottle staring at me right now!!(gulp!).