Okay , my first thoughts were not poetic. They were " B****dy h*ll !! " and not because I dislike this so much or that I was shocked but because I had forgotten that when Guerlain do something well and * right* ,their competition goes to dust. Tonka Imperiale is a delight to the senses. This is an almond vanilla scent of the most superb , grown up and sophisticated kind with an edge of light incense and tobacco ! Round ,sweet, decadent. Straight away , you can tell it's Guerlain because the glorious Guerlinade accord is in there - hazy ,lazy ,unique and rich .Overlaid is a purr of tonka bean ,almond , vanilla, sweet hay , a touch of honey ( nothing raw and animalic , no sir ! ) .It is balsamic. The rosemary is there but I could hardly describe it as such - it just gives it that little lift , a touch of freshness or everything would fall down into a pot of sweetness and haze. The dry down leads to a focus on the tobacco - vanilla - incense ,on my skin .It doesn't shout but sits there in the base and gives much depth. I must add the incense touch is really fabulous . Is there powder ? No wouldn't say so even though there is a texture of powder to the whole thing ,velvety might be a better word. The newer Guerlain releases if I could describe them in one word - it would be 'plush' . Everything is balanced ,nothing is out of place and it is a sensual perfume of the most hedonistic kind . Romantic as well. I can imagine lying around on silk sheets , lots of pilows being fed grapes from a cornucopia of fruit and drinking wine .... okay I am getting carried away now ! The pedigree is there with this scent and there is seamlessness. I love Tonka Imperiale. Very well done. I am concerned about how restrictions on heliotrope will affect this scent and others too !
Tonka Imperiale by Guerlain, 2010
Rated #1499 in Fragrances
This opens up with a marzipan glazed honey accord and is quite sweet. After this opening I am picking up a big dose of rosemary and its starting to smell strongly of almonds. The fragrance is very sugary and reminds me of white chocolate or the icing on a fancy cake. This fragrance is beautiful but just to feminine for me to pull off. Would smell great on a lady though.
Tonka Imperiale by Guerlain - One is initially treated to a dulcet, marzipan-like accord, fashioned from the bittersweet bergamot, the nutty almond, and sweetish honey. Mint-like rosemary, with its faint terpenic aspect, wonderfully tempers the sweet accord. Transitioning to the middle, a billowing tonka bean imparts its spicy vanillic facet to the opening brew. A plume of fruitiness and dimmed smokiness from tabacco as well as a shadow of tutti-frutti jasmine swirl about. A drizzle of delectable heliotrope, with its delicate, caramel sweetness, presents. Segueing to the perfecting base, the tonka bean takes on an amber-like creaminess, and commingles with the balsamic menthol of pine. A fresh and somewhat sweet woodiness from cedar permeates the blend, while resiny, smoky, and slightly sweet incense sparkles here and there. A drydown of epicurean delight ensues. Possessing average projection and longevity, this entrancing gourmand composition is well-crafted and unisex.
So I tried this yesterday and now I need to go to Liberty Medical. It's just ridiculous how sweet this is. Tonka Imperiale is just a bunch of dessert fillings without any complexity or depth. This should've been an easy win for Tonka Imperiale because I'm biased towards Guerlain; it's my favorite house . I couldn't wait to LOVE this so I could add one of these uber-luxe Guerlains to my collection. Well, nurtz to me. Perhaps it could work on a woman. If you can't get a sample of this but you feel that you need to understand it, just empty a can of Reddi-wip into your mouth.
"From his brown and golden fur Comes such sweet fragrance that one night I was perfumed with it because I caressed him once, once only". Thus writes Charles Baudelaire in his poem Le Chat (The Cat) defining the tamer interpretation of le parfum fourrure... Tonka Impériale is an amazingly restrained and balanced oriental gourmand. Wearing it is like enjoying the warm and cozy cashmir pullover and sipping ever so lovely Eiswein from Kracher... wonderful!
Ladies and Gentlemen... This is sum sexy stuff. Tonka Imperiale went to my top shelf quickly. The notes are as listed but with the classical Guerlain feel. To my taste, this is not sicking sweet but certainly a sweet gourmand centered around the house famous tonka bean. Besides the tonka note, I get hay, honey, almond, and a slight tobacco note (lighter than back to black). The incense and cedar is there but just enough to balance out the "sweet tooth vibe". Layered with spirituese double vanille, Tonka Imperiale is mind blowing.
This has to be one of the greatest scents ever! North of $250 a bottle for 75ml, but I actually think it's totally worth it! Men can wear it, women can wear it, and both love the smell! It comes with a normal sprayer and one of those "bulb" sprayers. I was informed by a friend to not use the bulb because it allows the fragrance to escape through evaporation. Overall this is a great buy! I am actually ordering a second bottle as backup because I see wearing this quite a bit. I do 4-6 sprays, and it last a good 7+ hours. Best scent I have owned so far... And my list is huge.
Nice fragrance, but on my skin it turns to full-on marzipan. Way too sweet for me!
Vanilla with a musky smoky drydown, put another way, vanilla with a dark side. Still determining if this is a "must have" or a "nice to have" but it's certainly thumbs up all the way.
This has the best dry down of any perfume I've tried to date. The smoky incense is perfectly balanced with a smooth, dry tonka, without being sweet or cloying. It's hard to recommend this for a guy, as it opens with a huge purple bloom of flowers, but once that passes (fairly quickly) it's just fantastic. It's a powerful fragrance, so I usually just put on a dab, about half an hour before going out, and it's perfect. I'd be totally defenseless against a woman wearing this fragrance.
Tonka Imperiale by Guerlain, 2010
|Notes||bergamot, bitter almond, rosemary, jasmine, tonka, tobacco, incense, cedar, pine|
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