Guerlain's Lui is mostly a Benzoin fragrance. The opening is a combination of gourmand notes: grilled hazelnuts, ambery, nutty, caramel, roasted coffee, woody, and soft spicy. The Benzoin is creamy and the scent feels edible to the nose. A well-executed blend of resins and gourmand notes . The quality is as expected by Guerlain fragrances, also the design and presentation are very luxurious. I absolutely love it. An evening/night scent, unisex. On the same direction as Dior Bois D' Argent and Annick Goutal Myrrhe Ardente but more gourmand. Projection and longevity are very impressive lasting all day on the skin and on fabrics
A good take on the spicy carnation vanilla theme. Strikingly similar to Caron 3rd Man, which I prefer due to its 20th century classical construction (and is still in good shape by all accounts and very affordable)
Beyond its emphasis on smoky vanilla, Lui doesn't feel particularly connected to Guerlain's history; smoky vanilla this may have, but there's no real Guerlinade here.
But it does feel more classic than contemporary, with its carnation and clove and vanilla gesturing in the direction of such accomplished scents as Caron's Third Man. We might say it's a bit of classic French elegance filtered through contemporary abstraction.
There's a beguiling, enigmatic aspect to Lui in its early stages; the pear is almost ghostly, and the dry, dusty clove and vanilla creeps in like a fog. It's not especially sweet or gourmandish, instead more like a potpourri with a harvest-time aroma.
There's an air of relaxed romance present in Lui, courtesy of its inviting coziness and lack of pretense or formality. It's a scent that's utterly at ease with itself, accomplished but with no desire to trumpet its own accomplishment.
I must give credit where credit is due to Thierry Wasser and Delphine Jelk. In Lui, they've made something very special.
Light airy pear clove benzoin. Leather drydown. It is a very light wear, in my eyes it leans feminine. Well blended and of obvious quality. It goes down to neutral from Up because of its light nature. I like a little more body.
Lui opens with a dusty, almost smoked clovey/light fruit combination that quite caught me off guard. I didnt get much of the listed pear note in the opening, which is probably a good thing.
This ashy, dry spice (clove/carnation) structure offsets the underlying sweetness beautifully, so the composition never comes off as overwhelming or "thick" - but it has a definite, extended presence. The evolution is not extreme: Lui comes across as a dry-sweet, lightly spicy leather/benzoin scent from top to bottom, with more spice and smoke on top, and dusty, almost papery, leathery benzoin on the bottom.
In general attitude/vibe, I am reminded somewhat of Arsen Lupin Dandy. Add some smoke and spice to that suedy leather, and youd maybe have something like this. Fairly unique in today's market, Lui is satisfying, versatile and unique. Thumbs up!
An interesting combination of vanilla and greens. Lui has a lot of the dna of L'Instant Pour Homme, notably the mix of vanilla and vetiver and Guerlain's signature sweet pea note. But then it's also got a lot of ethyl maltol, that candied toasted nut cigar smell, as well as a shot of papery tobacco leaf. The end result is nice, the mix of greens and that roasted smell over the marshmallowy vanilla works better than I'd have expected - this could have been a Pink Sugar nightmare, but the greens go a long way to prevent that and land Lui in specifically Guerlain territory. That being said, I'd still pick L'Instant over this, and I think Cologne du 68 does what Lui (and L'Instant, for that matter) does with much more panache and complexity.