The innovative "L'Homme Générique with Almond" by the house of Guerlain
I was curious to measure my own apreciation over Guerlain's L'Homme Ideal. The reviews I read and the Parfumo scent rating is quite polarized with high and low marks. I never consider the fragrance trolls zero points voting. I would only rate a scent with a zero if it would really stink or contained plain H2O in the bottle. L'Homme Ideal EDT does recall me fragrances like Code Profumo, Pure Havane, Insurrection II Wild, Azzaro Intense and SpiceBomb (the last one iin a lesser degree). All those fragrances have higher ratings (and performance) than the this Guerlain fragrance. Other Guerlain perfumes usually have much higher rates than L'Homme Ideal as well. L'Instant, Vetiver, Habit Rouge and Heritage are Guerlain's untouchable Men fragrance landmarks.
L'Homme Ideal supporters claim this cologne to be very alluring, quite sexy, good performer and with an unique scent.
The top notes reveal a faint rosemary note (I do not detect it), generic citrus and a heavier flowerly orange blossom note. It's generic and metrosexual in fact, but nor really boring. The heart notes make their in less than one minute later and the scent becomes more pungent with sweet tonka bean and a potent heavenly almond that endures till the dry down.
This middle notes reveal a very good blending. Even if other fragrances rely on almond and tonka to mark a gourmand position, in Guerlain's case it giives you an individual middle notes combination, together with an orange blossom top note, to propose you an elegant gourmand ambiance that I relate with other designer scents like Code Profumo or Pure Havane, even if those perfumes are using a different combination of notes. It's not all that different from other competitors, but it's not very "Guerlain" as well. The fragrance shines all through this phase.
The more subtle bottom notes call for a more vulgar blend arrangement of quality cedar, leather and vetiver that team up quite well with the prevailing heart sweetness, mainly due to the powerful almond note.
L'Homme Ideal trails its own way now for a very pleasant drydown but with an average performance. I already tried the EDP but it seems to me that it has a similar performance with a kind of cloying scent. Stronger but not better. Heavier but equaly short lived.
This Guerlain fragrance promotes new paths in this industry. it's not as revolutionary as those started by Thyerry Mugler twenty years ago,but nevertheless quite innovative for a conservative designer like Guerlain. I also believe that this new type of blending to be quite different from those innovative designs of Paco Rabanne.
I do believe that this fragrance will grow in supporters and users in the years to come. There will be more consensus around it. A more competitive pricing would help a lot as well.
Performance is average with a longevity of less than 7 hours and a sillage of about an arm lenght. The projection is quite inferior to what I am used with Guerlain perfumes. I applied two heavy sprays.
My rates for L'Homme Ideal EDT:
Scent Opening:...........7.0 (metrosexual vulgar opening, unusual in Guerlain's perfumes)
Scent Drydown...........8.5 (more "unique", sweet, subtle and agreable than the opening.)
Longevity:...................7.0 (less than 6~7 hours with 2 good sprays)
Sillage:.........................7.0 (4 feet at its peak with 2 good sprays)
Versatility:.................8.5 (the EDT sweetness is very elegant and alluring. It has got a fresh nuance that contributes to propose a wider range of situations where you can safely wear L'Homme Ideal like signature scent, office fragrance, in leisure ituations, in dinners, conventions, receptions, weadings, dinning out, dates, intimacy... but not really in clubbing, work out, beach or sweating activities)
Wearability:...................9.0 (just forget to use it in sunny Summer days outdoor activities or cold winter nights)
Compliments..............8.5 (With an increasing number of people enjoying sweetfragrances (but not sickly sweet) , I realy do think that this fragrance will please to a wide range of both younger and older people)
Uniqueness:................8.5 (This fragrance has lot's of cousins but no brothers)
Quality:........................9.5 (great almond, orange blossom, tonka and cedar notes; heavy handy bottle and good sprayer)
Presentation:..............8.0 (nice but common)
Price:............................6.5 (€46,00 for 100ml tester. For this price I could buy a Guerlain's Heritage EDP 100 ml flask)
Average:........8.00 / 10.00
- between 7 and 8 =above average;
- between 8 and 9 = recomended;
- bigger than 9 = don't miss it;
I can recommend this Fragrance but do compare it with similar alternatives. I don't plan to buy another bottle whenever the present bottle finishes. Anyway, for the usage I will give it, it's going to last for quite a while. I may purchase a "L'Homme Ideal Boisé Intense", if such a flanker type will be issued in the future.
Like many other people I am not impressed. It's an "honest" fragrance but to expensive for its juice uniqueness. For a little more than half of its price I can order Azzaro EDP Intense (another fragrance that arises to my mind when I wear L'Homme Ideal). Although less versatile for its zero freshness, I prefer the Azzaro's scent and I get a lot better performance. For the same price, I really prefer Pure Havane. Climbing up the price leather, I prefer Code Profumo to L'Homme Ideal EDP, and I get a way better performance.
EDIT (April 2019) - This fragrance is actually growing in me. I like it a lot more than one year ago!