Which of these is the best between the two. If I was to slap money on one which one would be the better buy and what is the difference between the two?
To be frank, when it comes to slapping your own money down, you should be asking your nose not asking other people - sample them and decide for yourself. It's a very subjective choice, and both fragrances have their followers - for what it's worth, I'm currently wearing the standard, which I prefer to the Extreme.
Both are great, high quality fragrances, but I much prefer the EDP (Extreme). I've done side-by-side comparisons with both, and they're really not all that different when it comes to overall scent. For me, however, the EDP is smoother, richer/deeper and has noticeably better longevity. The EDP turns down the citrus just a little & amps up the patchouli, woods & cocoa. For me, it was the EDT mastered. I like the EDT but absolutely love the EDP, and think the drydown is one of the best ever.
Guess I should have mentioned I dont know any trusted perfume vendors on amazon or eBay. I got stuck w an old/stale frag once. However I see i can call Guerlain boutique in Toronto and get some of the juice. I hope they will send me a sample or two before I buy.
guys, the Toronto Guerlain store is good. Valerie, who I would consider a friend, is the manager and knows how to treat customers well. Especially if you're anywhere in Canada, call them up for samples and send them your business where possible, they're a good team here. Actually they'll be hosting the next fragrance-head gathering here in a few weeks, just for example.
if anyone has inquiries or needs Guerlain help, PM me and I'll speak directly with the store.
I must tell you that I am extremely pleased with the service from the Toronto Guerlain Boutique. The samples arrived today. Well packed in bubble package. Each sample of ample size and labeled. I'll be testing these tomorrow :-)
I would only buy and/or wear L'Instant Extreme (EdP).
“Some perfumes are as fragrant as an infant’s flesh, sweet as an oboe’s cry, and greener than the spring; While others are triumphant, decadent or rich; Having the expansion of infinite things, like ambergris and musk, benzoin and frankincense, which sing the transports of the mind and every sense.”
― Charles Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil & Paris Spleen