I am so excited about this bottle... can't wait to try it out!!!!
I am so excited about this bottle... can't wait to try it out!!!!
Enjoy as its a great fragrance and with Dior Homme Intense you can conquer the world and women will bow down before you. The ultimate frag combo.lol
I just got this today too! From the Amazon seller. I ordered it last week when the price was around $67 dollars. I checked it today and he keeps raising the price and now it is $77. He does still have 19 left.
I'm wearing it today and it smells great! I like this better than the EdT I used to own.
Hey, me too!
I have to wait until Monday...and I can hardly wait!
Congratulations and enjoy it!
Ok, I sprayed a shot on my wrist... initial sniff is spicy (star anise???), semi-sweet and a strong menthol on the top notes... not sure if the menthol is from peppermint or some kind of a mint oil? then in the background you have the cocoa note that everyone is talking about... it has been about 30 minute later now and the menthol is slightly fading away... now I'm getting a floral note along with the patchouli...and the woody base note is starting to appear... i also get a hint of vanilla now too... this is just a very interesting fragrance so far... let's see where this fragrance take me in the dry down?
Ok now it has been about an hr since I sprayed it on... there is still a slight menthol note there, but not as strong as the initial scent... now I'm getting the sandalwood with the vanilla more...but still that cocoa note is still the dominant note... it's still a semi-sweet fragrance, but not quite a gormound fragrance... it's starting to shine more now... very nice....
I don't believe it's been discontinued, but it's just not sold on a conventional retail distribution basis in the US. I believe it's still sold in Europe.
The dry down of this fragrance smells like if Bond No. 9 New Haarlem and Chanel Egoiste got married and had a kid... that kid is L'Instant de Guerlain PH Extreme....
if anything this fragrance is underrated since it is not sold in the u.s. the average person doesn't know about it or can't get their hands on a bottle. =) congrats and enjoy!
I'm going to do a full wear of L'Instant de Gurlain PH Extreme tomorrow to work. Maybe that hot blonde cougar might put a move on me? In the closet? Lol!
Pamper it , enjoy it )
Great fragrance...can't wait to wear it more and more in the coming months.
Hopefully mine arrives within the next week. Looking forward to it as well.
Its amber-vanilla incensy drydown is heavenly.
Lucky you! I checked my mail and there was not anything but ****load of advertising from various malls :(
Great fragrance, IMO perfect for the 30+ gentleman. Enjoy!
Awesome fragrance, one of my favorite scents of all time. It's a beast for the fall and winter months. In the summer I use the EDT
The drydown is fantastic and on my skin it lasts for ages.
The first time I used this fragrance I sprayed on a bit too much but I got the most and best compliments I have ever received on a fragrance that time.
I just got mine too. Not worth buying if you have the EDT. No big difference except stronger. I think all these differences people are smelling are completely in their head in all of the extremes. It make people feel more special if they have a hard to find parfum version of any fragrance. Please don't respond to this, I know im not going to convince anyone otherwise. Its just a stronger concentration of the same mixture of chemicals in a lesser amount of alcohol. Unless......its been reformulated? Can someone please start a thread debating this question.
I have a feeling there must be some critical differences in skin chemistry. On me, there is a _very_ noticeable difference between the edt and edp--edpt is deeper, _much_ longer lasting, and of course the dry cocoa. I tried l'instant edt, and find it a much "brighter" frag.
I, for one, do not find the fragrance overrated. It has earned its reputation. Only a few other frags that I have tried can compete with the depth and power of the drydown. I sprayed it once on my wife's coat (just to give her a little reminder of me, we live in different cities right now) and it was still going strong--and I mean really strong--after 2 weeks.
Its not overrated, whatever that means. it is a great fragrance.
Don't recall if I tried it. Does it basically do the same thing that Dior Homme Intense does to DH (i.e. added cocoa, vanilla and overall depth)?
Lots of interest in projection lately.
Makes you wonder if it's a need to make up for a lack of "performance" in other areas of their life. I mean most of these bonbon type fragrances often have too much sillage/projection/trajectory as it is.
- Me = " I'm trying to enjoy the scent that i'm wearing today. I love how it smells " .
- Co-worker = " Oh really, cool, what are you wearing ? cuz i can't smell it "
- Me = " Exactly !!!! neither can i !! "
Is the difference between the EDT and Extreme that dramatic? I was a little under whelmed when I first sniffed DHI, compared to DH. Great fragrance (bought blind), but I didn't find the difference overly dramatic to the point to warrant owning both, within reason.
After a full wear of this fragrance, I have to say that if you don't have class then this fragrance is not for you. This one is not for the t-shirt and jeans kind of a guy, but more for the kind of guy on the cover of GQ magazine. All I have to say is L'Instant de Guerlain Extreme is a very classy and prestige fragrance.
i feel citrus is more pronounced in the opening notes of the edt than the edp, and edp is definitely more stronger of the two in projection and sillage.
Stylish box and bottle, also, extremely wise buy
Mine came today and I LOVE the smell.
I sprayed this twice on my chest about 8 hours ago and it is still going fairly strong. I think this one will take a while for me to get to know well, but I do love this blind buy! Initial impressions are that it starts with a quick blast of short lived citrus that contains cacao, a combination that I have never smelled in a fragrance before. (So sue me, LOL!) And the cacao does stay throughout for me but becomes a little bit more subdued when the cedar, patchouli and sandalwood kicks in. And there is some sort of resin and spice in the middle too, must be the anise. I too get some vanilla but that is not listed so maybe it is an illusion from the combination of some other ingredients. This one will be in my regular rotation for sure and eventually I will get to know this fragrance...
Great stuff and glad I bought this.
(Wondering how many sprays you use if this if you own it. I did two and it seemed powerful to my nose at home. Not sure of the projection and silage because I have not worn this out yet.. I figure one spray may be enough. Opinions please!)
Good sTuFFFFF!!! I Love LīInstant pour Homme Extreme EDP, itīs a must HAVE
It's a pretty good fragrance, but i agree that people may go a bit overboard with their enthusiasm for this one =) What if it is was more readily available in the US? Would there be as many threads raving about it?
Out of curiosity, how many of you that recently bought LIdGE bought it blind?
Like ChoppedGarlic, I also wonder if scarcity affects our perceptions of certain fragrances.
I bought it blind, or at least nearsighted! (I had smelled the regular version and liked it.) Glad I found this and even if hyped, I am very, very happy with the fragrance and it is now a favorite scent that I will wear often. But the question makes me wonder about other fragrances that are also not available in the US. Certainly there are "rare" or unavailable fragrances that are not liked as much as this. Certainly the fact that it is generally unavailable here factors in to it's cult status, but if it were a bad scent I don't think there would be much love for it, available or not. Just an opinion...
I bought it blind, as there is very little other way to get a hold of or sample it outside of The Perfumed Court, and I figured the money for a 1.5 spray decant plus international shipping would end up being about 1/6 the price of the full bottle whilst only yielding 1/50 the volume of a full bottle. Plus I did like the smell of the EDT that I was able to smell locally. Chalk another one up for BN hype-buy! (Though economics did play a part)
Interesting thought about the scarcity/rarity affecting perception, however initially I think the main force behind some of the love for this one was provided by guys in countries where it was much easier to get a hold of, so the rest of us in turn became curious. There are some things I know that I've purchased before purely on the fact that it wasn't readily available, or at least wouldn't be in the near future. I guess I'll have to decide the case for this one when it gets here.
P.S. Hobbs, you pick up the secret weapon yet? :wink:
Yeah Akahina, that's a great pic - maybe it could be used as its image in the directory (instead of nothing).
I think basenotes does a pretty good job of preparing me for a blind buy, I mean there are usually enough good reviews and thoughtful descriptions of a scent to get an idea of what to expect.
And I've definitely bought scents partly because of impending scarcity, and I don't regret those purchases. I think a lower supply does heighten the demand for a scent, all else equal. A bad scent will likely not benefit much, but a good scent can certainly obtain a level of hype due to scarcity (and sometimes the hype is justified).
I also blind-bought it after buying the EDT and then hearing about it on here. The things that convinced me were (a) I know my own taste - even my SAs point it out - that I tend to like EDPs, and (b) the European BNers who could get it generally preferred it by a large margin.
I generally use 2 sprays - 1 under my shirt and one on the arm. I use the deodorant as well, plus a dash of the EDT as a mist after dressing, to get some faint sillage in the morning. It's a great combination.
I think the reason the hype machine cranks up on these absent fragrances is simply that it's all we have. The frags are not totally unobtainable, they have good reputations, and if you act promptly when they DO become available, you're likely to get the juice in your wardrobe. Semi-nasty or strange frags never get this kind of love, either - they're always easy-to-love frags. But people want to be sure it's something they're really going to like, so they ask 20 questions before they buy. Personally, I don't think the questions are needed, because these frags are dead easy resellers - at no loss or risk. These kinds of frags are almost an investment - my advice is to buy first and ask questions later. :wink: