The in initial blast of Ideal smells something like glue. After about a minute it slowly transforms into its almond top note. Behind it is a sweet raisin like smell, guessing the amaretto accord? While the almond begins developing into the skin, it becomes more nutty smelling, like a natural almond, while still underneath it a sweet creamyness, again assuming the amaretto. After a couple hours, it starts smelling like Cuba Red. total shocker, like a spicy tobacco, sandalwood. The almond note is there until the end, but it's not too almond smelling anymore, more like a powdery almond. I also get a hefty dose of a rather smooth oud in the base. Unlike the EDP this one projects much more. The 2 smell nothing alike. Although I like the almond in here, I don't really care for the rest of the fragrance, but it does have a lot going on in the dry down. The EDP is more rich, more bold, more intimate.
Very, very unpleasant. Like some horrible poisonous concoction of gummy bears and bleach.
And it isn't toxic and vile in a simple straightforward way, but in distinct phases. Nostril-searing disinfectant, followed by a sickening and cloying child-with-flu-vomited-up-their-cherry-cough-mixture stage, followed by an almost bearable stage when it's almost gone. The cough-mixture vomit stage kept reviving for the rest of the day.
17th February, 2017 (last edited: 18th February, 2017)
Opening this olfactory perfomance is a mandarin with a pleasant orange blossom; with a fairly sunny impression but not brightly refreshing.
The drydown - the top notes are gone rather soon - entails the metamorphosis into a soft, smooth and later on quite creamy on my skin. The booziness is characteristic at that stage, but transient whiffs of amaretto with hints of ripe cherries are more fleeting embellishments that don't stay around for long. Actually, most of she booziness is rather nonspecific in nature.
What is more stably present is a strong, smooth and creamy tonka accord, which extends into and dominates the last 2/3 if this composition. A few hues of a soft and thin leather, and a more intensive woodsy undertone, at times with a cedary characteristic, is interwoven with the rest. These interlaced creamy tonka and wood notes dominate the base.
The two other fragrances this one reminds me of are John Varvatos Man and, closer and of similar creamy smoothnes but a touch more covincing,
Lanvin Irresistible, the original in the greenish bottle.
I get moderate sillage, very good projection and a longevity of ten hours.
A pleasant concontion for autumn evenings, this scent is a agreeable product,well blended but missing a few nuances at times. 3.25/5.
Lovely notes.. i love the almond but i hate the opening.. it is way too strong really not for a young gentlemen. Beware please, it is not a all day fragrance and it is sweet.. sample before considering buying this.
Because of that i sold my bottle.. and i am neutral about this fragrance.
There's little point getting into the debate of whether this is or isn't a worthy addition to the Guerlain stable; the fact is that it is the latest general release for men and we have to re-imagine the house every time something new comes out.
I'm not a fan of Amaretto in general, but L'Homme Ideal betrays its boozy almost aspects at all points of development, and does so in a way that I find pleasant and accessible, but certainly in a linear way. The overall effect is one of orange blossom, almond, and some generic woods and vanilla. Leather and vetiver, both listed, are notable by absence, although there is a spicy accord somewhat redolent of leather treating substances.
In all, L'Homme Ideal is not done to the same standard as L'Instant but is probably a timely new effort (L'Instant, remember, dates to 2004) at bringing Guerlain to a new, yournger audience. Sufficiently sturdy to be a masculine, with a little of the Guerlain opulence; pleasant enough to be better than wearing nothing; L'Homme Ideal therefore does just enough to earn a positive rating.
This will be replacing L'Instant in my line-up, since I prefer LIDGE to LIDG anyway.
I find this scent to be warm and inviting, I really enjoy the amaretto, which comes through after about ten minutes.
I don't like the opening, and was put-off by it...it smells like a cosmetics counter to me. After it dries down and settles in, it becomes very comforting, and masculine.
You certainly don't have to worry about smelling like everyone else at the party (I'm looking at you Sauvage!) if you choose this one.
It doesn't project like a monster, and I'd put its staying power at around 6 hours. This is subtle, and I like it.