The ideal man is a myth. His fragrance, a reality. Guerlain decodes men’s aspirations and creates for them a concentrate of ideal.
The ideal fragrance? Smart, handsome, strong. Three adjectives, three accords for this fresh woody fragrance that will trigger your full potential.
The fragrance was launched in 2014, and created by perfumer Thierry Wasser
L'Homme Idéal Eau de Toilette fragrance notes
- citrus, rosemary, orange blossom
- amaretto accord
- tonka bean, leather, vetiver, cedarwood
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Latest Reviews of L'Homme Idéal Eau de Toilette
This is a pretty simple fragrance, a tonka and almond heart with little frills around it. A vague citrus note that fades within minutes. A bit of synthetic orange blossom that peaks out for 30 minutes in the early heart. A wisp of clean leather and cedar that you probably wouldn't identify if you hadn't read the notes first. No trace of vetiver even when I try hard to smell it. If you have ever eaten Vanilla Almond Puffins cereal, you know what this smells like. Pretty boring, not a great performer.
To be fair, it did grow on me a bit over several wearings. I learned to spray heavily (this won't choke a room no matter how much you use), and at around 4 hours, if your body heat is just right, there are some happy light wafts that might bring a smile. But Armaf Craze and Burberry Brit both cover the same territory with more imagination and at a lower price, so there really isn't a need for this.
Now this is a very light and subtle fragrance with not much projection or sillage. After two to three hours it's a skin scent and disappears quickly after that. This is one of those fragrances where it's so light you can spray to your hearts content and never be in danger of it becoming cloying.
All in all a nice scent let down by poor performance on all levels.
And 'not smelling like a woman' is the best thing I can say about it.
Instead of the Ideal Man, this slick but fatuous bunch of chemicals smells like woody Amaretto trifle.
It should be called Le Jeune Idéal : that’s how grown up it is.
After 30 to 60min as those notes start to die down I get to notice the almond and a tonka a bit more. But after such a sharp opening it's actually hard to appreciate them, like my nose has gone numb to it. Maybe if I could skip right to the drydown this would be wearable. But, I can't stand the opening enough to try this again.
A Bakewell tart is an English confection consisting of a shortcrust pastry shell beneath layers of jam, frangipane, and a topping of flaked almonds. With a glacé cherry on top.
Quite tasty with Tea for two ...
Good longevity on my skin 7 hours
Common dry down like most designers
I prefer the EDP to this, but it is still a nice, good quality fragrance.
I absolutely love the notes combination here. This fragrance has that sweet, nutty almond facet combined with the tonka bean aspect. The orange blossom also gives a nice, fresh aspect to it (especially when combined with the citrus). The leather and cedar round off the base here. It's a lovely lovely fragrance.
I see this one as very playful and laid back. It doesn't take itself too seriously. I also think that it would be a great hit with a lot of people. Nothing negative here. Just the right amount of gourmand sweetness and playfulness. I can see myself wearing this fragrance a lot. Refreshing and sweet, with just enough woody base and masculine aspects to keep it going. Extremely well made. I like it very much.
It's slightly less harsh here than D&G La Force 11, making it more wearable. It's not too bad to sample, but it's the kind of thing I think I would get tired of fairly quickly, too harshly chemical smelling.
Mixed in the the chemical-smelling woody amber base is a tobacco-type smell, which is bringing to mind D&G The One for Men, and which is a nice addition, but probably doing no more than making this one wearing bearable. This is one where I probably won't even finish the 1-ml sample.