L'Homme Idéal (2014)
    by Guerlain




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    L'Homme Idéal Fragrance notes

    Citrus, Rosemary, Orange blossom, Amaretto accord, Tonka bean, Leather, Vetiver, Cedarwood

    L'Homme Idéal information

    L'Homme Idéal is a men's fragrance by Guerlain. The scent was launched in 2014

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    $69.14*
    50ml EdT
    (*converted from GBP 43.20)

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    Buysblind's avatar

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    Is L'Homme Ideal a bold and daring presentation from the house of Guerlain? No. But it's a nice fragrance. L'Homme creates a cherry-almond effect that is sweet and immediately reminds me of the fall and winter holidays. Smooth and polished, it's less obnoxious than other popular sweet fragrances such as 1 Million, Fuel for Life, or Spicebomb. The main accord, which smells like a combination of cherry tobacco and marzipan is charming, and in my opinion, different enough from what's typically available on the market. As L'Homme develops, lavender emerges and it moves in the direction of a heavy tonka bean base. There's not much more to it than that. Like it's predecessor, Homme, I find L'Homme Ideal succeeds in smelling modern and appealing to a broad audience, while maintaining enough of a distinct character to separate it from the pack. I haven't smelled anything quite like it and it has the polished touches of a skilled perfumer that set it a notch above the rest. Sillage is very good and longevity about average. Check this one out if you're looking for an easy-to-wear, relatively sweet scent for the cooler months. Avoid it if you dislike gourmands and tonka beans, or demand something edgier from Guerlain.

    Thumbs up.

    11th October, 2014

    Darvant's avatar

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    Not that sort of tragedy, just a finally boring fragrance unable to match the "grandeur" of its more renowned predecessors (the Guerlain's heavyweights L'instant Pour Homme, Heritage, Vetiver, Habit Rouge, to not speak about the less famous vintage pieces of art from the brand) and unable to achieve for instance any original "Fahrenheit-like" groundbreaking effect around. L'Homme Ideal starts with a pleasant and vibrant sort of bamy aromatic lemonade with an almondy (somewhat liquorous and luxurious) interesting vibe but ends to perform a more common "Bvlgari Man Extreme-like" fresh aromatic woodiness with a leathery undertone. Not that bad, just the aroma is at the end unoriginal and somewhat linear. Probably a touch of cardamom provides a sort of fluidy freshness around. The beginning is the most interesting part and I like the soft "white" moderately vanillic citrus soap, its minty spicy freshness (almost exotic and not so far conceptually from the aromatic Guerlain Homme appeal) and its transition towards the soft leather vibe across the amaretto's phase (which tends finally to be absorbed by a centralizing fresh aromatic final cedarwood). I don't catch a particularly synthetic vibe while on the contrary the perception is almost "fragrant" on skin. The dry down (still fresh aromatic) is slightly powdery, with a stout "still lemony" accord of dominant cedarwood and tonka. Yes, the Maison Guerlain has probably intended to appoint a more commercial and "juvenile" piece of resistance ("easier" than the more compelling predecessors) and this is nothing scandalous. Cute bottle.

    09 October, 2014 (Last Edited: 25 November, 2014)

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    Regardless of the. Eating views of this frag, I went ahead and got it.

    I'm glad I did. The whole episode from spray to it disappearing is lovely. It's seriously gourmand, with plenty of vanilla and amaretto which means it's easy on the nose.

    Life isn't great, with only two or three hours at a push, but I enjoy those hours, I fact this is what I apply before bedtime!

    If it was hundreds of pounds like some other frags, I'd be a bit more neutral, but bang for buck, it's a great scent.
    Ideal? Yes, ideal Homme? No, there's other scents that beat it in that category,

    22 September, 2014

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    I approve. I can't believe that noone has actually noticed that L'Homme Ideal is an unoriginal fragrance, but from an instance that it is a copy of Pure Malt and Pure Havane. A good quality copy at that. So, why all the negative reviews I wonder? Almost everyone loves Pure Malt and Pure Havane. If you people would bother to side test them with L'Homme Ideal, you'd get it. I do not approve the fact that they've made a copy, however they've made a good fragrance non the less.

    18 September, 2014

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    I see L'Homme Ideal as a sad little creature.

    Many things have been said to explain the reasons why Guerlain released such a fragrance and they all sounded more like justifications for the fact L'Homme Ideal is, in the end, boredom personified. Anyway, of all the things I read and heard, the most logic to me was that Guerlain was targeting the Blue De Chanel audience and, more generally, a wider crowd. After smelling the juice, this makes sense but my next questions are: Do I really care about what were the intentions Guerlain had? Do they make me change what I think about this fragrance? …but, most of all, as a consumer, do they really matter? No, not at all.

    L'Homme Ideal is a sad little creature that smells like a plethora of other department store fragrances that hit the shelves in the last ten years or so. A bunch of catchy top-notes (in this case not even *that* catchy to my tastes) slammed on top of a sticky, outrageously generic and uber-synth woody base. Oh Dear Lord that base! Tonka, sharp cedar wood (maybe some woodyamber) and some vetiver. Surprise!

    Yes, there's the infamous *amaretto* note but well, when it comes to almond-y notes, Guerlain feared no rivals in the past and L'Homme Ideal's opening is far from being enough to save the rest of the composition from precipice. Mind me though, the problem here is not that they played it safe but more that it completely lacks any kind of personality.

    Now, I'm a huge Guerlain fan but this time, seriously: EW! …and as my grandma said, L'Homme Ideal doesn't exist!

    14 September, 2014

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    I'm with Basteri on this one: it's generic. It doesn't smell bad but it's sweet and follows along the lines of many of the current crop of sickeningly popular "men's" fragrances. After a while there is a very faint vetiver but it's overpowered by the tonka. Nice bottle but this is one for the teens in terms of smell. Not at all what I would expect from a Guerlain and that's why I give it the thumbs down. Maybe they should have called it: L'Homme Jeun or L'Homme Juvénile.

    07 September, 2014

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