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L'Homme Idéal (2014)
by Guerlain

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L'Homme Idéal information

Year of Launch2014
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 143 votes)

People and companies

HouseGuerlain
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

Was fascinated with the whole concept of L'Homme Ideal, so I went ahead and tried a sample.

This fragrance by Guerlain starts out with an unmistakable sweet and floral hit of orange blossom, cut moderately by the citrus head note. There is a tiny wisp of rosemary in there as well, adding a subtle spice in the opening. This slowly makes way to the interesting shiny, boozy nuttiness of almond, present in the "amaretto accord" as listed. Tonka and vetiver add a stable familiarity to this otherwise innovative composition. Lasts all day, and never turns sour...a comforting scent for casual day or night wear.

L'Homme Ideal reminds me remotely of men's scents like Vera Wang and Marc Jacob: Simple, sweet, sensual, and smooth overall. And the most striking resemblance I found is to Chanel Allure Homme...except L'Homme Ideal is less "loud" and feels more rounded out.

I personally like L'Homme Ideal and give a strong thumbs up for this "fun" composition.
14th April, 2017 (last edited: 15th April, 2017)
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.
12th March, 2017
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)
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
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.
10th February, 2017
Galanthus Show all reviews
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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.

19th January, 2017
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.
03rd January, 2017

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