L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Extrême / Eau de Parfum 
Guerlain (2005)

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There are 100 reviews of L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Extrême / Eau de Parfum by Guerlain.

LIDGE Review:

This will be a review of the newer formulation of LIDGE. I have not, and will probably never try the older version.

The star anise opening to this scent is my least favorite part of this fragrance. It's a bold, brash, and harsh opening that just doesn't sit quite right on my skin. Thankfully it doesn't last too long. Once you get past the opening, you get to this wonderful patchouli and cocoa combination. It's an incredibly dry smell. You certainly don't want to go in expecting a creamy chocolate smell. That being said, I still get a slightly gourmand type of feel from this one. It's just an incredibly unique take on a masculine fragrance.

This smells much better at a distance as opposed to up close on the skin. For that reason, I don't think this is the best date fragrance. I'd also recommend spraying this on your skin instead of your clothes. The fragrance develops much better that way.

This is a fragrance that took some time to grow on me. I recommend anyone who's checking it out to give it at least three wearings before you make up your mind. This has a certain captivating magic to it that takes some time to really appreciate.

Best Age Group- 30+
Best Season- Winter
Occasions- Formal, Work, Casual
Projection/Sillage- Medium
Longevity- 10 Hours
Smell- 7/10
Overall- 7/10

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Jul 18, 2021

A delicate and beautiful thing. Why oh why does that gorgeous citrus subside in minutes? From then on you have a Bentley Intense half-strength dry off, just done better. If the citrus could be sustained this would be my nirvana scent. 7/10
Nov 27, 2020

I like the way Zealot's review lays out the L'Instant/L'Instant Extrême history. I agree, in that I'm one of those people who likes the original L'Instant pour Homme, the way it combines greens with the infamous Gurlainade of mossy, musky vanilla in a beautifully indescribable way.

Extrême takes that same formula and adds a bunch of ethyl maltol, which adds a smoky roasted nut smell, as well as a pinch of marshmallow and that chocolate illusion. I can see how this takes something unfamiliar and grounds it a bit, and I can see how a lot of men who weren't sure about L'Instant's diaphanous sweetness are more comfortable with Extrême's smokiness.

All told, I prefer the original, but still enjoy Extrême. Thumbs up, of course, but as a second choice.
Nov 25, 2020

L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Eau Extrême/Eau de Parfum (2005) is not an altogether different fragrance from the original L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme (2004) that preceded it. Both were compositions by the late Béatrice Piquet intended to be the next chapter in the storied saga of men's fragrances for the house, especially in the wake of Jean-Paul Guerlain being kicked out of his own family business after selling a controlling stake in the house to LVMH, who were in search for a permanent house perfumer at this time while using stand-ins like Piquet to continue Jean-Paul's effortlessly traditional Guerlain style. The hype and controversy that followed L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme is the direct reason for the release of L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Eau Extrême, which was later reformulated as an eau de parfum by Thierry Wasser when the whole line underwent homogenization into bottles that look like the one Habit Rouge (1965) introduced. Many older fans early on expected a powerhouse like Derby (1985) or a rich barbershop presentation like Héritage (1992), but they were kidding themselves by 2004 because those styles were all but dead outside Tom Ford's anachronisms over at fellow LVMH brands YSL and Gucci at the time. Instead of that, L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme was more of a sequel to Habit Rouge, translating the "Guerlinade" into a gourmand with traditional oriental tones worked in to try and foolishly bridge the emerging generational divide in the men's segment. L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Eau Extrême in its original form was the house essentially trying to apologize to its older clients, who clearly had deeper pockets and were keeping the brand aloft, delivering a stronger and more overtly-masculine take on the accord of the original "LIDG" that would better appeal to their sensibilities. Guerlain Homme (2008) would end up being the deliberately-targeting youth market masculine entry, creating another controversy among male "Fragheads" online, but that's another story altogether. The house of Guerlain really hasn't been able to do anything "right" with its most die-hard fans since choosing an outside perfumer for succession over Patricia de Nicholaï (niece of Jean-Paul Guerlain), so any creations after 2008 are more or less apocrypha.

The key differences between "LIDG" and "LIDGE" are the tweaking of the notes they both share, and the addition of white pepper, vetiver, and an earthier, more-natural patchouli that would clearly find favor more easily to a mature nose used to patchouli appearing the way it does in scents like Givenchy Gentleman (1974), than something waxier and more fractioned/isolated like the patchouli in most modern designer contexts. What this means to someone who may not have smelled "LIDG" before trying "LIDGE" is that this is more of an oriental than a gourmand, and more conventionally-masculine in tone. The opening of lemon and bergamot is joined right away by star anise, with the elemi taking more of a back seat to it than in "LIDG", allowing a white pepper note to come through and replace the lavender found in "LIDG", sharpening this up. The camphorous nature of the patchouli in this iteration lends a minty touch not found in regular I'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme, but that peeks through a heart of jasmine and lapsang tea, with the added natural sweetness of neroli replacing the thicker sweetness of cacao in the dry down. The cacao is still there, but moved into the base alongside the sandalwood, patchouli, and oakmoss. Hibiscus is replaced with hibiscus seed and also shows up in the base, while ambrette is swapped for vetiver, benzoin, and vanilla. The ever-so-slightest hint of "Guerlinade" is there to maintain that historical link, but you have to really look for it as opposed to "LIDG". L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Eau Extrême wears stronger, greener, spicier, woodier, and feels like a missing link between the original "LIDG" and something like Cartier Roadster (2008). The smell of "LIDGE" is not orders of magnitude stronger than "LIDG", but is much less subtle, less blended, and will get your attention more, especially with the patchouli. Wear time of "LIDGE" is over 8 hours and projection is still moderate, but sillage proves more tenacious than its predecessor. Versatility is actually a little wider with this one if only because the drier and spicer mood it sets allows "LIDGE" to fare better in hotter weather, but I'd still say this is formal or romantic use only and even then best in cooler environments where the vanilla in the base doesn't scream.

In my eyes, the only real difference between "LIDG" and "LIDGE" is the mellifluous blending of the former, with full intent to be a classically-minded interpretation of a modern style, and the more heavy-handed approach which leads to greater note separation in the latter, meant to appeal to old-school guys who wanted bolder and more-noticeable masculine accords in their fragrances. Neither take on the DNA found in both fragrances is modern in execution to begin with nor overtly masculine, but while "LIDG" followed the conventions of the 2000's a bit closer with its more-floral and "metrosexual" nature, the way "LIDGE" plays out on skin as smokier and deeper speaks clearer to someone that appreciates sophistication over subtlety. I commented in my review for it that L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme is very niche in style, and I think that L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Eau Extrême is even more so, especially in light of the note separation and bold brush strokes that perfumers in the niche section like to paint with when composing. The modern Eau de Parfum that eventually replaced the original "LIDGE" is also more than satisfactory to my nose, although someone who has been wearing the original for years is bound to tell them apart and find resentment for the new stuff; it is the nature of things when dealing with the perfume community. From what I can tell, the guys out there in the "FragComm" tend to prefer "LIDGE" (particularly in sought-after vintage bottles) over any rendition of the standard L'Instant, although I disagree with that assessment, placing me in the minority here by siding with the original Béatrice Piquet-penned composition because the additional smoke and patchouli do nothing to enhance the likeability in my eyes. Having said that, "LIDGE" in any format is a marvelous and classy oriental perfume with gourmand touches for men, showcasing that "Guerlinade" can be made in the hands of those outside the esteemed perfume family. Whether or not you need both "LIDG" and "LIDGE" is up for debate, but neither of them is a bad choice. Thumbs up.
Apr 29, 2020

After a brief moment of freshness owing a dyad if lemon and bergamot, the start is dominated by an aniseed that adds a sweetness, which over time takes on characteristics of a tonka-like impression. Soon after the aniseed, a spicy tone develops, which is created by a combination of white pepper and touches of elemi.

The turns increasingly floral, with a soft and quite light patchouli being in the foreground at that stage. It is a peasant and quite rounded patchouli without and sharpness or darkness on me. A jasmine impression is evident too, adding glimpses of brightness that replaces the effects of the citrus in the top notes. At times a bit of a nigh leather-like very restrained smokiness is evident. The tonka-like impression lingers on with whiffs of caramel in is to at times, but later in the development this notes morphs into more of a cocoa powder note, which is not particularly sweet and has a somewhat creamy texture and persists well into the later stages.

In the base that cocoa is still present, but combines with a light sandalwood that is a bit nonspecific at times. Touches of hibiscus seed are present, but very weak and perfunctory really. The cocoa lasts longest and gradually fades away until the end.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and an excellent ten hours of longevity on my skin.

A nice floral-gourmand spring creation for cooler days, that is pleasant but a bit predictable; and times is appears rather synthetic and a touch generic. Still, it is crafted well. 3/5

Feb 16, 2020

This one's almost a neutral, as it leans too far feminine. I love the scent, but I probably enjoy the EDT more. Even though it leans feminine as well.

Somewhat linear, and I definitely wouldn't want to wear this in the heat and humidity. Good evening scent, wish it was more masculine though.

Full bottle worthy? Hard to say. When winter hit, I was longing for the EDT I had previously sold. Would I feel the same if I sold the EDP and the next winter hit?
Dec 15, 2019

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