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    The new Guerlain Idylle website and video ! Does anyone know anything about Idylle yet or tried it ? www.idylle-guerlain.com

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    I'll try not to tease you as I actually own a bottle.... I think it's gorgeous. A floral mist - very rose centric, on top of a light patchouli/musk drydown.

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    Oh Gblue ! Lucky you ! You are teasing me- is it long lasting ?
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    the floral notes wear off after about 3 hours, the drydown is quite rich and lasts for a good 5 hours on me. but i like the floral part so found myself spraying it constantly!

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    Sounds really wonderful - I like the name too.
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    GBlue, does the drydown have the signature Guerlainade feel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticknot View Post
    The new Guerlain Idylle website and video ! Does anyone know anything about Idylle yet or tried it ? www.idylle-guerlain.com

    http://www.idylle-guerlain.com/guerl...erience/video/
    Yes, it's utterly gorgeous and I'm hoping to buy some at the airport very soon. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gblue View Post
    I'll try not to tease you as I actually own a bottle.... I think it's gorgeous. A floral mist - very rose centric, on top of a light patchouli/musk drydown.
    Ahhh sounds heavenly....

    *wallet cries*

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    Well folks, one of the most watched items this week on Ebay is a new boxed bottle of Idylle- so far at $20 - I think it's a 5 day auction !
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    Well it is now up to $64. I was not going to bid anymore than that. Hope whoever wins it, is one of the family (BN).
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    Oh Brielle ! I am behind on the news ! I bet it will go for over 150 dollars .....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticknot View Post
    Oh Brielle ! I am behind on the news ! I bet it will go for over 150 dollars .....
    It might. I was only willing to bid $63 and was immediately outbid to $64. No bidding wars for me. I just purchased a bottle of Nirmala recently and that was only because mama gave me the funds for it. Big difference to Guerlain bidding war funds needed
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    I agree totally Brielle - I won't be bidding on the Idylle- I have overspent on perfume as usual ! Just wait till the final hour of the auction when all claws come out !
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    45 minutes left, let us see how this wave swells.
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    Gee- I better go check Ebay - I am so behind ... here I thought there were a couple more days left to the auction.
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    38 min, holding steady at $64
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    Hmmm. I do wonder if it will go up to 100 dollars now but you never know - I've seen some really inflated prices within the last 5 minutes of an auction.

    *** It went for $ 69 ! Amazing- I thought it would go for more than that.
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    $69, what is that all about. We could have gone in on it together and split the cost if we knew it would not go for hundreds.
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    I know Brielle- I can't believe it ! We could 've done just that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    GBlue, does the drydown have the signature Guerlainade feel?
    no, it doesn't feel very much like a guerlain at all really. they called it a 'muscinade' at the training. this is not a bad thing!!
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    GBlue was kind enough to let me try this on the BN Lunch and it is lovely. My local Debenhams had a tester today so I gave myself a few liberal sprays and have to say this is a winner. It's very floral and feminine, I would describe it as quite fresh but in a good way. As GBlue said ithe base is all about musk.
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    There was a very brief article in the in-flight magazine I was reading on the way to Paris about Idylle and Thierry Wasser. If I can grab a copy of the mag as I leave the airport again, I will post more on it here. The Guerlain boutique on Rue St Honore was closed yesterday (Sunday) but this didnt stop me from peering in through the window at the gorgeous Idylle display. I look forward to sampling this tomorrow.

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    How exciting! And oh, Brielle and mysticknot, those bidding wars can be horrible. It's always a gamble. I really look forward to trying this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovethescents View Post
    How exciting! And oh, Brielle and mysticknot, those bidding wars can be horrible. It's always a gamble. I really look forward to trying this.
    Yes, but quite exciting in a way. I was so off when I thought it would go for $150 ! Ebay is always a gamble ......
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    I tried it today and thought it was pleasant. Pretty, too, but by no means unique.

    From what I can establish, it appears to be riding on the coat-tails of two very successful recent frags, namely Narciso Rodriguez for Her and SJP's Lovely. It has an acetone note up top, a sweet, rosy middle and a musk-lite drydown (which, to my mind, is the part most reminiscent of Lovely). All in all, it has quite a bit going on, and lasts well, in true Guerlain style.

    The bottle shape is charming, but spoiled somewhat by the long, plastic, gold-coloured top, which reminds me a little of old-fashioned bottles of nail polish.

    It does not appear to possess very much (if anything) in the way of guerlinade -- which is probably the reason why I enjoyed it.

    I'm sure this will prove a very popular scent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticknot View Post
    Yes, but quite exciting in a way. I was so off when I thought it would go for $150 ! Ebay is always a gamble ......
    Agreed. I'm not a casino-girl but I do do ebay. That still makes me casino-girl in a way, doesn't it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovethescents View Post
    Agreed. I'm not a casino-girl but I do do ebay. That still makes me casino-girl in a way, doesn't it.
    *LOL* I know what you mean - it's a gamble and there's a thrill re. bidding.
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    I was able to score a bottle and I did a nice relaxed testing yesterday.

    First - I personally love the bottle (although the garlic and Hershey's Kiss Association is dead on right and funny). Without those other ideas in my head though, my first thought was that of an old laboratory Erlenmeyer flask fancied up and that made me adore the bottle. Kinda "old-school" fragrance chemist feeling.

    As I sniffed the fragrance, I did immediately put it in the categoy of NR and SJP, but of course it was different. The beginning is very nice floral...creamy rose...and then the patchuoli came out. As my right arm dried down and put a fresh spritz on my left and I can definitely say the opening is more rounded and balance than the dry down to me. I even started getting a little of the old cherry scented mothballs on my right wrist.

    About 2 hours in, it dawned on my...on my skin, Idylle is almost a dupe of David Yurman (way more so than NR or SJP). To test this theory I sprayed Idylle on one of my daughter's arms and DY on the other...my DH thought they were the same scent although one seemed heavier (the DY)...but that was the amount applied most likely.

    So, there's my review...in the end I was disappointed in the juice (it's unfortunately not unique) since it was a Guerlain release. I mean, it's OK and may be a commercial success (more accessible than DY and likely attractive to a wide modern audience) but I didn't detect even a smidge of Guerlinade on my skin and I definitely know the "Guerlinade" feeling based on my Jacques-heavy collection of favorites.

    Neat bottle though, IMO! lol....

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    Oh, thanks so much for the detailed review, Perfumenut! NR and SJP would be just fine on me as a drydown, but David Yurman is unfortunately in my top three furry nemeses (yes, it appears to have a plural, also - more rarely - "nemesi"!), right up there with Boss Orange and Prada Infusion de Fleur d'Oranger.

    Won't stop me testing this one, mind...
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    I love the idea of a "furry nemesis!, VM!

    I need to try this one again, I was also lucky enough to get a sniff at the Basenotes lunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soirdelune View Post
    I tried it today and thought it was pleasant. Pretty, too, but by no means unique.

    From what I can establish, it appears to be riding on the coat-tails of two very successful recent frags, namely Narciso Rodriguez for Her and SJP's Lovely. It has an acetone note up top, a sweet, rosy middle and a musk-lite drydown (which, to my mind, is the part most reminiscent of Lovely).

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    It does not appear to possess very much (if anything) in the way of guerlinade -- which is probably the reason why I enjoyed it.

    I'm sure this will prove a very popular scent.
    (((sob)))I was really excited to hear about this scent and now...I'll sniff it if I see it, but am not nearly as excited. I am not going to Idylle something that smells like NR or SJP. Pleeeeeze....
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    Don't despair, lookingglass. It's a charming scent, but is part of a broader trend, to my mind, which diminishes its uniqueness a little for me.

    I have been carrying a card sprayed with this stuff in my coat pocket for around a week now, and I must say that it still retains the smell, which is actually quite impressive.

    Give it a try!
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    I tried it today and I'm afraid it smells like N. Rodriguez to me. Nothing wrong with NR but I expected something a bit more original from the new Guerlain.
    I wonder if the floral musc genre is the new fruity floral?

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    Sprayed it today in Debenhams. Totally horrid!!!! Sorry for the fans, but I hated it. Sickly sweet floral.
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    I visited the Guerlain counter at Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC today and was assisted by Luis, who was enormously helpful as I sought to get acquainted with all the Guerlains I'd missed out on until now. It was the highlight of my day, a happy half hour or so of smelling the greats.

    One of the fragrances I tested was Idylle.

    Luis said that as of Monday 9/21 they will give a mini of Idylle to any Basenoter who buys a 50 ml ($90) or 100 ml. ($130) bottle of this EdP. Mention Basenotes to get the mini and preferably ask for Luis, as some of the other SAs are not yet aware of the minis.

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    Update on yesterday's post: I'm wearing my sample of Idylle today and find it a quietly pretty fragrance. It doesn't shout, it has low sillage on me but creates a pleasant contented mood. Quite a nice everyday scent.

    I had a similar impression of Après L'Ondée which I tried for the first time yesterday (which of course has entirely different fragrance notes)-- that it's quiet but very pleasantly wearable and induces a good mood.

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    Thanks everyone for the reviews. It seems overall that this is not in line with the classic Guerlain scents; yay for the general public and holiday sales, boo for classic Guerlain lovers such as many of us.

    Well in hindsight i guess i am glad i did not win it, but i still am dying to try it. Maybe it will be glorious of its own accord if i think of it as a scent, rather than a "Guerlain".
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    I'm traveling to London and I'm writing this on the airport's lounge computer I walked into the duty free and saw Idylle. I ran for it and sprayed my arms. I waited a few seconds before the alcohol evaporated and was left with nothing. Nothing ground-breaking that it. I found the topnotes a bit sour and very huge pear note appeared out of nowhere!! It quietly died down and as I'm typing with one hand, the other hand is glued to my nose, and I'm left with ... NR for Her EDT. An utter, utter disappointment.

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    I've been able to sniff this now, and I really do like it (although not exactly my style for my own wear). I didn't notice the similarity to Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDT when I smelled it initially, but now that it has been mentioned here, I agree that there is a LOT of similarity. They are definitely not identical, but there is a noticeable similarity. And now it doesn't surprise me that I like Idylle, because I do like NR For Her.

    This part is interesting. My wife liked Idylle immediately when I had her sniff it blind from a sample a few days ago. She also liked it from a tester in the store today, before I told her what it was. But she has always disliked NR For Her (I wanted to get her NR, but she wouldn't let me). So this evening, I had her sniff two samples blind - Idylle, and NR For Her. Same result - she loved Idylle, hated NR For Her, and thought they were very different (these were half-hour dried-down samples on paper).

    So I think people have to sniff this with an open mind, and paying attention to their own noses. The more I compare the two scents, the more differences I smell. Idylle has more fresh and aquatic aspects. NR For Her seems more overtly floral. Idylle is described as a "radiant floral chypre", and I certainly get a chypre aspect - less so for NR For Her, which is also claimed to be a chypre (see discussion here). In the linked article, I love Tania's comment about calling NRFH and Lovely chypres ("It makes you think they've classified these things chypres because the oriental category was getting so crowded that they wanted to move some out.") Personally, I find Idylle to be a more classically "feminine" scent than NR For Her, which I think I could pull off easier in a "men's rose" sort of way.

    Also, definitely agreed that if there is any Guerlain homage, it must be subtle. Every tenth sniff, I can almost smell something like other Guerlains, but I think my imagination may just be running away with me on that one. Still, I think that the quality is up to what I, personally, would expect from Guerlain. And I'm happy, because I can buy my wife something in the floral musk genre that she likes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soirdelune View Post
    I tried it today and thought it was pleasant. Pretty, too, but by no means unique.

    From what I can establish, it appears to be riding on the coat-tails of two very successful recent frags, namely Narciso Rodriguez for Her and SJP's Lovely. It has an acetone note up top, a sweet, rosy middle and a musk-lite drydown (which, to my mind, is the part most reminiscent of Lovely). All in all, it has quite a bit going on, and lasts well, in true Guerlain style.

    The bottle shape is charming, but spoiled somewhat by the long, plastic, gold-coloured top, which reminds me a little of old-fashioned bottles of nail polish.

    It does not appear to possess very much (if anything) in the way of guerlinade -- which is probably the reason why I enjoyed it.

    I'm sure this will prove a very popular scent.
    I am lucky enough to have a sample of this beautiful perfume from and very kind Basenoter. You know who you are and thanks again ! It is indeed lovely and rosy with light musk. I'll a leave full wearing of this for tomorrow morning when I am not covered my usual perfumes.
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    They were freely giving out samples at Saks last week, promoting the pre-sale (a silly concept for a fragrance that isn't LE, but whatever). Being a Guerlain nut of sorts I was pretty excited. Unfortunately Idylle did not live up to the promise. It starts with a dark rose over subtle patchouli and other florals. The marketing materials call it a chypre but it is NOT a chypre. I'm not familiar with NR for her but it did remind me of JLo After Dark (don't ask why I know what that smells like) but with more refined and with less sillage.

    Certainly not bad, but to be honest I prefer the last Guerlain mass-release, Insolence (especially the EdP).

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    Quote Originally Posted by heynow View Post
    The marketing materials call it a chypre but it is NOT a chypre.
    Sugar, if THAT's a chypre, then I'M Nancy Reagan!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soirdelune View Post
    Sugar, if THAT's a chypre, then I'M Nancy Reagan!!!

    Quite true- it's all dark rose ,musk on me.
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    I find it so interesting that there seems to be a lot of agreement that chypre is a good and positive aspect to have in a fragrance. Classic chypres are fetching mega $ on EBay. Yet, just calling a frag a chypre does not make it so. Come on perfumers, get with the program. Make some more lovely chypres. Put the ingredients and $ where your mouths are.

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    I tried Idylle on a scent strip this week, and I didn't get anything from it at all. I think I'd completely overpowered my nose beforehand. It seemed quite subtle to me.

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    I have tried it and thought it very much like NR for her and SJP both of which I found a bit heavy, I'm not overly keen on NR on me, but this seems a much more wearable NR for her, really quite florally rosey and musky. Different to what I thought it was going to be

    Pleasantly suprised by this. Compared to the new Nina Ricci etc, I liked this better. Thought it had that classic sort of feel to it, very femminine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    I've been able to sniff this now, and I really do like it (although not exactly my style for my own wear).
    That is how I feel about it also.
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    Zero originality. Well made copy of N.Rodriguez for her edp
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    Is it just me who doesn't get the NR similarity, until the long drydown?

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    I finally finished my review of this. It's still not in the Fragrance Directory, so I thought I'd copy it here:


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    Idylle, the brand new feminine from Guerlain, is not a chypre - regardless of what Guerlain’s marketing says.

    Okay. I said it.

    Nonetheless it is a sweet, fruity musky rose – one that plays hard-to-get: a handwritten love letter, written on thick stationary that fades away quickly, as if written with invisible ink.

    The bottle is gorgeous: a hybrid of a miniature genie’s lamp and some sort of bronze plated onion. The glossy, metallic finish (pink gold?) contrasts with the gently tinted glass bottle and rotating it in light it gives off an optical illusion…tiny, gold bubbles appear to be floating inside the bottle. Even the atomizer is strangely ‘invisible’ - only visible when you hold it up to the light. It feels expensive and luxurious in your hands – the attention to the littlest of details is evident in all of the marketing/branding, including the micro site: www.idylle-guerlain.com.

    Idylle begins with a rose note wrapped up in a varnish-like aldehydic mixture of sweet and dusty nuances. For the new few minutes the scent simultaneously gets fruitier and the florals became more sharply focused – which start to balance out the sweetness and add depth and fullness. The sweet facet is not an edible sweetness – I’m overjoyed that it avoids smelling like a dessert (or a flavorant). The fruity aspect confuses me, since the pyramid lists no fruit notes yet an acidity exists…on the edges of the rose: a hazy, stone-fruit-like juiciness mixed with a tart, berry-like smell that mixes perfectly with the rose and freesia (I smell very little lily of the valley). The mixture conjures up a very vivid fruit/floral, sweet/sour, yin/yang combination – like some futuristic, Asian, hard candy that keeps changing flavor as it dissolves in your mouth. It’s fascinating.

    Nonetheless, all I kept thinking while this hummed along on my skin was, ‘So… when am I going to smell a chypre?’ As I mentioned, it doesn’t smell like a chypre. The Guerlain chypres I love (Mitsouko, Chant de Aromes, Derby) capture so well that vibrational mix of citrus, resins and oak moss – an obvious element that is absent in Idylle. Instead the musk base that the scent relies upon, supporting the florals and fruit, is missing a strength or solidity that chypres exhibit. In addition, musk heavy floral fragrances instantly smell feminine on me(and I hate using gender to describe a fragrance), but I smell Idylle and I imagine: boudoirs, lingerie, a woman at her wardrobe…the like.

    Yet it still maintains a sexy, sultry aura – which is probably the image Guerlain was trying to convey, in the advertising. They succeeded! Not smutty – but a scent that draws you in flirtatiously with small, tiny details. And it lingers. Until all of a sudden, it up and disappears. When it is gone, it is totally gone. I am not sure if this is because of my musk anosmia (is there a lingering base note that I just cannot smell?) or the scent – or maybe skin chemistry. I tried spraying lightly and heavily – either way, the longevity of the scent was only about 6-7 hours. Sillage, though, is very strong. Strategically applied, this is one scent that I will enjoy smelling in the air, on the right woman.

    Me, I’ll stick with my Mitsouko.
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    Thanks for the review Mike! I tried this one for the first time today... oh boy what a scrubber, and one that I can't for the life of me get off my wrist. Now, I'm probably not being fair to this frag since it's the peony that I just can't stand... Any frag with peony in it, really. This stuff slashes up my throat and makes me sneeze like mad! And where's the chypre?

    I thought L'Instant and Insolence were bad, but this one takes the cake. I'm beginning to think that Guerlain and I are like that type of old friends with which you have little left in common. Treasure the memories (aka the vintage bottles you have), look elsewhere in the future.
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    Mike, i adored your review. While not a Chypre, i will concur with this; seems silly Guerlain took this route in categorizing this scent. Your description is spot-on how i perceived this scent, boudoir and all. That was one of my main points of enjoyment, the woman at her wardrobe/vanity aspect, very feminine. I will have to say overall, i actually enjoyed this.

    Mind you, at first i was thinking how horrid all the other Guerlain releases have been and that this would be another horror show, but i was surprised. I went into testing this with one thought "Wear it and think of it as a 'scent' not a 'Guerlain scent' and see how it goes." I was so surprised that i actually enjoyed it.
    Yes, at moments it seemed to be veering into 'meh' territory, but it really melded with my chemistry, which was also surprising.

    So as SMM said about me liking a newly released Guerlain "The Apocalypse is coming", because i unabashedly can give this a thumbs up.

    While it may never be in the league of classic Guerlain scents, nor even many other well loved classics, it is a nice fragrance taken for what it is; a late 2009 release hoping to pick up the ever needed holiday moneys spent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlino View Post
    I'm beginning to think that Guerlain and I are like that type of old friends with which you have little left in common. Treasure the memories (aka the vintage bottles you have), look elsewhere in the future.
    You are exactly right about Guerlain. I may like this scent, for what it is as a scent, but i feel that Guerlain and i have lost all the commonalities that brought us close. And maintained that closeness for so many years. It is as if you look at an old friend one day and realize all the wonderful times you had shared will from now on only be memories. But you know you will continue to pour over old photos for quite a long time to come.
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    I have to echo what has been said- Idylle is a good scent but it is not really Guerlain as we know it. Insolence - I found ,surprisingly ,was very good . L'instant - I don't particularly like.
    I guess this Guerlain's way of keeping up with the 21st century esp. after the LVMH takeover.
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    I only tried on paper so far. First impression was EL's Pleasures - lots of lilac. A tiny bit of lily of the valley and some other sweet floral (sweet peas? freesia?). Then quickly morphing into a SJP Lovely clone.

    The SA gave me a sample when she noticed me struggle with the bottle but I'm yet to try it on skin. I wear NR For Her EDT but SJP's Lovely, while similar, had a really disconcerting feel of smelling like someone else and Idylle seemed to have the same effect. Not original but after a brief trial I still thought it nicer than some other recent offerings like..cough....Lola...cough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brielle87 View Post
    I was so surprised that i actually enjoyed it.

    While it may never be in the league of classic Guerlain scents, nor even many other well loved classics, it is a nice fragrance taken for what it is; a late 2009 release hoping to pick up the ever needed holiday moneys spent.
    You're right: I think that sometimes we tend to think of Guerlain as only Mitsouko, Shalimar, Vol de Nuit and L'Heure Bleue while they brought us many other things as well, things that are completely different from the bombastic four I just mentioned. Think of all the eaux de cologne, think of Chant d'Aromes, Vetiver (pour Elle), Derby, Nahema... We're bashing Guerlain for doing something different, while at the same time we applaud other houses such as CdG, L'Artisan Parfumeur and Creed for their variety.

    If it weren't for the peony I could probably enjoy this one for it reminds me quite a bit of Nahema, albeit a younger one at that.
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    Haven't smelled Idylle yet but I think it's so nice that Guerlain once more make a quiet floral. They do that so well normally. Last time was Chant d'Arômes. It was so lovely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heynow View Post
    I'm not familiar with NR for her but it did remind me of JLo After Dark (don't ask why I know what that smells like) ....
    As someone who knows what JLo Deseo For Men smells like, I know what you're saying, so I won't ask. But there still has to be a great story here!

    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    I find it so interesting that there seems to be a lot of agreement that chypre is a good and positive aspect to have in a fragrance. Classic chypres are fetching mega $ on EBay. Yet, just calling a frag a chypre does not make it so. Come on perfumers, get with the program. Make some more lovely chypres. Put the ingredients and $ where your mouths are.
    I agree totally. It would be interesting to know why that little word slipped in there. I still do detect a small chypre aspect to the scent, but calling it a chypre in that sense is like calling your average fruity floral or marine aquatic a "woody" fragrance because it has a tenuous woody note in the base. Yes, I know it's done, but it's simply misleading, and I wish companies would stop doing it.

    I almost want to give Guerlain the benefit of the doubt, by thinking that they were afraid to use "chypre" as an adjective, or something of the sort.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gblue View Post
    Is it just me who doesn't get the NR similarity, until the long drydown?
    Nick, I'm going to make matters even worse. I only get the similarity up front! For me, the long drydown of Idylle is way better than NR's, and shifts away at that point. But I also see a very long drydown, just as you do.

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlino View Post
    Thanks for the review Mike! I tried this one for the first time today... oh boy what a scrubber, and one that I can't for the life of me get off my wrist. Now, I'm probably not being fair to this frag since it's the peony that I just can't stand... Any frag with peony in it, really. This stuff slashes up my throat and makes me sneeze like mad! And where's the chypre?

    I thought L'Instant and Insolence were bad, but this one takes the cake. I'm beginning to think that Guerlain and I are like that type of old friends with which you have little left in common. Treasure the memories (aka the vintage bottles you have), look elsewhere in the future.
    Yes, thanks, Mike - great review. And as for the scent - I do love peony, so I think that explains something.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brielle87 View Post
    So as SMM said about me liking a newly released Guerlain "The Apocalypse is coming", because i unabashedly can give this a thumbs up.
    - But seriously, Brielle, I'm glad you're getting something out of it.

    Quote Originally Posted by mysticknot View Post
    Idylle is a good scent but it is not really Guerlain as we know it.
    What a great way of putting it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlino View Post
    You're right: I think that sometimes we tend to think of Guerlain as only Mitsouko, Shalimar, Vol de Nuit and L'Heure Bleue while they brought us many other things as well, things that are completely different from the bombastic four I just mentioned. Think of all the eaux de cologne, think of Chant d'Aromes, Vetiver (pour Elle), Derby, Nahema... We're bashing Guerlain for doing something different, while at the same time we applaud other houses such as CdG, L'Artisan Parfumeur and Creed for their variety.

    If it weren't for the peony I could probably enjoy this one for it reminds me quite a bit of Nahema, albeit a younger one at that.
    Thanks for putting it in a very nice context.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I am not sure if this is because of my musk anosmia (is there a lingering base note that I just cannot smell?) or the scent – or maybe skin chemistry.
    I'll bet it's the musk anosmia. This one uses a musk that I can still smell on the test strip after all the time since my previous post (13 days). It's a bit powdery - my wife doesn't like the drydown because of that. And I'll reiterate that the drydown is much nicer (for me) than it is in NR For Her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    I'll bet it's the musk anosmia. This one uses a musk that I can still smell on the test strip after all the time since my previous post (13 days). It's a bit powdery - my wife doesn't like the drydown because of that. And I'll reiterate that the drydown is much nicer (for me) than it is in NR For Her.
    As I thought. Sometimes my anosmia can be downright irritating. I feel so 'left out' sometimes - like being color blind to only one color.
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    I have a sample but haven't tried it yet because I can't tear myself away from Coco Mademoiselle. Really think I'm losing interest in all other fragrances.

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