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L'Homme Idéal (2014)
by Guerlain


L'Homme Idéal information

Year of Launch2014
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 171 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerThierry Wasser
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About L'Homme Idéal

Guerlain say:

The ideal man is a myth. His fragrance, a reality. Guerlain decodes men’s aspirations and creates for them a concentrate of ideal. 

The ideal fragrance? Smart, handsome, strong. Three adjectives, three accords for this fresh woody fragrance that will trigger your full potential

The fragrance was launched in 2014, and created by perfumer Thierry Wasser

L'Homme Idéal fragrance notes

Reviews of L'Homme Idéal

Beautiful almond and tonka fragrance...

I absolutely love the notes combination here. This fragrance has that sweet, nutty almond facet combined with the tonka bean aspect. The orange blossom also gives a nice, fresh aspect to it (especially when combined with the citrus). The leather and cedar round off the base here. It's a lovely lovely fragrance.

I see this one as very playful and laid back. It doesn't take itself too seriously. I also think that it would be a great hit with a lot of people. Nothing negative here. Just the right amount of gourmand sweetness and playfulness. I can see myself wearing this fragrance a lot. Refreshing and sweet, with just enough woody base and masculine aspects to keep it going. Extremely well made. I like it very much.
26th August, 2018
Intrigued by some of the reactions that this fragrance has evoked, comparable perhaps to a certain striped torso and a gold bar, both of which I find rather harmless considering some of the reactions they seem to evoke, I decided to smell it myself for the first time. In a somewhat uptight fragrance section of a shop with a history which may be reaching back comparatively afar as this perfume house. I have understanding for initial reactions wherein the scent comes across as pretentious. My first reaction literally was to shake my head. However, this association should apply primarily to the person, the character of the person who is wearing it. There I am in the store still, in another section, and I notice something. I must have sprayed a bit onto one of my fingers because I noticed that the scent has been following me. This may have been accidental, but it allowed me to better get to know the scent. I believe that this fragrance, perhaps because of its name, might be interpreted in ways which may not have been not intended. If you look closely, a somewhat hidden message is included on the box, stating that the ideal man does not exist. I would think that this indirectly means that this fragrance is what one makes of it. I imagined chunks of crystallised maple syrup being placed on a hot frying pan, with a little bit of an aromatic oil such as argan or sesame added. This imagination is then being deglazed with perhaps a concentrated herbal tea. In hindsight, said maple chunks may be in a frozen state. I am intrigued by it for being rather weighty and dense and yet also refreshingly sparkly, a fragrance which happens to convey a certain abstraction to me, which is something that I really like.
10th August, 2018
This smells like it's built around the same aroma chemical used in D&G La Force 11 (and maybe, from more distant memory, D&G The One for Men).

It's slightly less harsh here than D&G La Force 11, making it more wearable. It's not too bad to sample, but it's the kind of thing I think I would get tired of fairly quickly, too harshly chemical smelling.

Mixed in the the chemical-smelling woody amber base is a tobacco-type smell, which is bringing to mind D&G The One for Men, and which is a nice addition, but probably doing no more than making this one wearing bearable. This is one where I probably won't even finish the 1-ml sample.
05th February, 2018
Fits squarely in the realm of recent 'homme' offerings from Dior, YSL and Givenchy. Modern man? Exactly. Sweet, metalic, flowers, and ...plastic. All the makings of today's man.

So why not as successful as YSL L'homme for example? While I think Guerlain's offering is better, it was late to market and by the time it bowed, DIOR and YSL had people hunting after batch codes, and had released enough flankers for you to find your it.

For me, All 4 of this Geurlain is all a man needs if not to be bothered by the masses.
18th January, 2018
Hiked across Paris
As an act of pilgrimage
For my first bottle.
07th December, 2017
A very good delicate gourmand fragrance that is nearly typical guerlain..nice balance and fairly decent quality ingredients. Ideal isn't for everyone it seems on here but i find it fantastic for cold summer nights and autumn ..the notes that stand out for me are the orange blossom and almond/tonka, as you can guess it is a very modern metrosexual scent. Performance is fairly good for the first 3 hours on my skin ..projecting nicely for the 1st hour then settling into a beautiful almond/tonka/ameretto finally a sweet almondy light leather, 1ft scent bubble. Ideal isnt a loud brash scent more a cutsey date, work ,hotel activities sort of fragrance. Certainly an alternative to other accomplished gourmand's, a very good release from Thierry Wasser not a masterpiece but a very good addition.
08th August, 2017 (last edited: 03rd August, 2018)

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