Top Notes: Anise, Coriander, Neroli, Bergamot, Lemon.
Heart Notes: Carnation, Orchid, Jasmine, Cloves, Neroli, Heliotrope, Ylang-Ylang, Rose, Violet, Tuberose.
Base Notes: Iris, Sandalwood, Musk, Benzoin, Vanilla, Vetiver, Tonka Bean.
I wanted to try some of the classic Guerlain fragrances a few years ago, including Mitsouko, Apres L'ondee, and L'Heure Bleue. L'Heure Bleue is the first one I tried, and I was/am very happy with it. I can see why this is considered a classic. It smells heavenly!! (I have fallen totally in love with it. : )
L'Heure Bleue is soft, fresh, clean, feminine, and yes, powdery, too. It has a fresh, fairly intense floral base. (It is considered an "Oriental" or "semi-Oriental.") Initially, it has a moderate++ sillage, and after two or three hours, it wears fairly close to the skin, at least on me. It smells like the kind of fragrance one wears to "dress up" for a special evening, so its name is very apropos. I like it enough to know that it will be a staple in my collection for all the years to come. It does not smell like any other fragrance I own.
Many young ladies these days do not like anything that smells powdery. They prefer fragrances that smell candy sweet. L'Heure is not that kind of fragrance. If you do NOT like a fairly strong powdery note to your fragrance, then this is not the scent for you. However, if you do like or do not mind a powdery, make-up-E scent, then I think you will like L'Heure Bleue.
L'Heure Bleue makes me think of ladies in long gloves, long evening gowns, with upswept hair and sparkling jewels. It is very elegant and feminine to be sure. It is alluring but not overtly "sexual," if that makes sense. If you want to at least try some of the classics, then this one is definitely one to try. You might even fall in love with it as I did. : )