L'Homme Idéal 2016 Eau de Parfum

L'Homme Idéal (Eau de Parfum) by Guerlain
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Ranked 17 in Men's Perfume
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L'Homme Idéal (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Guerlain for men and was released in 2016. The scent is sweet-gourmand. It is being marketed by LVMH. Pronunciation
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Sweet
Gourmand
Spicy
Fruity
Leathery

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
AlmondAlmond SpicesSpices BergamotBergamot
Heart Notes Heart Notes
VanillaVanilla Bulgarian roseBulgarian rose FrankincenseFrankincense
Base Notes Base Notes
Tonka beanTonka bean Leathery notesLeathery notes SandalwoodSandalwood

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The safe bank in cooler months
The L'Homme Ideal range from Guerlain now includes 6 fragrances. Starting with the EDT, this was followed by EdP, L'Intense, Cool, Sport and Cologne. A great row that gets along justly well here. Last year I bought myself the cologne, which is a great light summer gourmand. About 2 months ago then also this EdP, which could fit well for the coming cooler months. Also the EdT is super, but from the performance this one is simply grandios and also from the smell a style-safe choice.
Also a great choice in terms of price, which you can get in many shops for Guerlain ratios to small money. He is also worth the money because of this great performance. I bought 50ml for just under 50Euro. The 100ml version is also available for less than 70 Euros. Fair!

The bottles of this series are great. Beautiful glass, modern and stylish design with beautiful lid. The almond concept is also very well chosen. If the ideal man smells like that, everyone can decide for himself.
The fragrance is a safe choice for cool to crisply cold temperatures. He keeps what the fragrance pyramid promises: almonds, tonka, vanilla with noble spices and leather and a little rose. Great and stylish. Despite a concentrated load of sweetness, it does not come across too feminine and the spice-leather-pink blend also enhances this fragrance and keeps it extremely elegant. The vanilla, almond and tonka combination comes across nicely gourmandig and has a slightly cherryy touch, which I like extremely well. Also the cinnamon-like spices fit here well into the rather winter ambience. In spite of the strong gourmand notes, it would also go well with a noble and elegant outfit. This is also a fragrance that does not develop extremely visibly. The basic DNA is always retained, but becomes softer and more cuddly after a few hours, whereby the creamy, gentle Tonka note also comes through. All in all a thoroughly pleasant crowdpleaser for cooler temperatures.
Even if it is suitable for unisex, I find it rather masculine. Especially the spice-leather mixture makes it very wearable for men. Also versatile in terms of age. In my opinion he has many classic accents which meet modern gourmand notes. Actually, but worn by everyone with preference for this type of fragrance.
Also of the occasion very versatilely applicable. Can be worn well during the day, but especially during winter leisure time and evening / night events.

The performance is bombastic. Durability is somewhere between 14 and 15 hours with my test on the back of the hand. Sillage initially strong, later well perceptible via very close. Not too much like some winter firecrackers.

All in all a worthwhile option. It always goes in the cool season.
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A dozen roses for the man (9/12)
As a newbie (meanwhile not so new anymore), I try to write a series of comments. This is the ninth part.

The motivation, the idea and the criteria
I'm a real fan of the scent of roses (in my youth my mother had Paris from YSL. I thought "the hammer") but the rose isn't exactly the first thing you come across as part of a men's fragrance. Nevertheless the rose is included in - as I think - more and more men's fragrances.
According to the following criteria I have therefore selected 12 of these fragrances and will comment and compare them one by one:
- Men's fragrance (except Desert Rose by Urban Scent as a unisex scent, I just had to use it)
- Rose as heart note (exception: Much Ado About The Duke from Penhaligon's, I was just in London at the idea)
- Published from the year 2000
- Rating of at least 6.0 with at least 40 ratings
- No Oud (not mine)

Fragrance no. 9 is: L'Homme Idéal - Eau de Parfum (*2016) by Guerlain
(so far: (1) Lumière Noire pour Homme by Maison Francis Kurkdjian, (2) 24 Old Bond Street Triple Extract by Atkinsons, (3) Lyric Man by Amouage, (4) Colonia Ambra by Acqua di Parma), (5) Déclaration d'un Soir by Cartier, (6) Desert Rose by Urban Scents , (7) ManRose by Etro), (8) Much Ado About The Duke by Penhaligon's

The house, the perfumer and the shopping
Guerlain is one of the oldest perfume houses in the world. Founded in 1828, it was run by the family of the same name until 1994. The perfumer-chemist Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain opened his first house in 1828 at Place l'Etoile, today's Place Charles-de-Gaulle (for those who are interested: The square was renamed on 13 November 1970, a few days after the death of the former French President). In 1853, Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain donated his Eau de Cologne Impériale to Empress Eugénie on the occasion of her marriage to Napoleon III, thus becoming the official court perfumer. Four generations later and after the development of classics such as Shalimar (1925) and Habit Rouge (1965), the company was taken over by the luxury group LVMH in 1994. The great-great-grandson of the company's founder, Jean-Paul Guerlain, was the last owner and, until 2008, the brand's head perfumer. Alongside Mathilde Laurent, who - as described in No. 5 (Déclaration d'un Soir by Cartier) - had already worked with and for Jean-Paul Guerlain in the early 1990s, it was and still is Thierry Wasser, above all, who drove the further developments. He succeeded Jean-Paul Guerlain in 2008, becoming the first perfumer-in-chief at Guerlain not to bear the legendary name. Swiss-born Thierry Wasser (*1961), who designed L'Homme Idéal - Eau de Parfum here - together with the German Delphine Jelk, is one of the "outstanding personalities in the perfume art of today". With this description, he was honored for his life's work on May 12, 2019 at the German Perfume Awards. After an apprenticeship at the Givaudan Perfume School in Geneva, his first creation (for Givaudan) was Salvador Dali for Men in 1987. In an interview, he describes his work as a melodic piece of music.
I came across L'Homme Idéal - Eau de Parfum for my series rather by chance and I would like to thank Shuqush for the bottling.

The fragrance, the ingredients and the experience
Guerlain's creations are often said to have a slight "family resemblance" in the form of a common, classic "scent chord". This so-called "Guerlinade" is the "code name" for a mixture of jasmine, iris, tonka bean, bergamot, Bulgarian rose and vanilla. L'Homme Idéal - Eau de Parfum also quotes this tradition. The fragrance starts with an intense almond amaranth, (cherry) fruity note. In contrast to the sometimes tangy-nutty to slightly bitter, here it is quite clearly the sweet side of almond, complemented by the fruity side of bergamot. And in my opinion, a hint of cardamom and possibly also cinnamon is added at the beginning - slightly balsamic. The bergamot probably comes from Calabria, where Guerlain - by the way - has been switching to organic farming for a few years now. According to Thierry Wasser, many people do not know the scent of bergamot from nature, which in his opinion makes it mysterious. This is part of the concept here, "enveloping, seductive and mysterious" is how the fragrance should appear. Interestingly enough, the almond tree belongs to the rose family and almonds are known to be used in the production of marzipan. While rose water is occasionally added to round off the taste - i.e. in the production of marzipan - the (Bulgarian) rose follows here, also in a rounded form. The heart note, however, is determined by vanilla. The incense is added - and it does so in a wonderful and perfectly balanced way - which then slowly merges into the leather. The whole thing is framed in a further rounding off by soft sandalwood and the manel-like tonka. As a result, Thierry Wasser and Delphine Jelk have created two triads in L'Homme Idéal - Eau de Parfum, two three-tone chords: The classic "guerlinade" (enveloping, seductive) of (1) bergamot - (2) rose and vanilla - (3) tonka, and the wooden oriental (seductive, mysterious) of (1) almond and spices - (2) incense - (3) leather and sandalwood. And the "gourmand" of almond, vanilla and tonka combines the two triads into a melodic work of art, entirely in the intention of Thierry Wasser.

The conclusion, the comparison and the practical application
In Guerlain's L'Homme Ideal range, the eau de parfum is certainly the fragrance for the cooler months and evenings, perhaps (with its classical DNA) for evenings with classical music. In my series, it's most likely to join Colonia Ambra (see "A dozen roses for men - 4/12"). The rose is also here accompanying and rounding off. Seldom have I experienced the development of a perfume from the top to the base note so finely and yet so clearly. However, for my taste - especially for an eau de parfum - the fragrance could be a bit stronger in the haltbarket and sillage. In any case, L'Homme Ideal - Eau de Parfum is "enveloping, seductive and mysterious" and 100% a wonderful gourmand.

(1) Lumière Noire pour Homme - The noble softie
(2) 24 Old Bond Street Triple Extract - The Elegant Briton
(3) Lyric Man - The "pure" rose
(4) Colonia Ambra - The "warm (rose) wood"
(5) Déclaration d'un Soir - The "olfactory emotion"
(6) Desert Rose - "The name of the rose"
(7) ManRose - The aesthete
(8) Much Ado About The Duke - The ambivalent classic
(9) L'Homme Idéal - Eau de Parfum - The Gourmand
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From ideal men and the traditional house Guerlain
L'Homme Idéal. The fragrance for the "ideal" man. But how is "ideal" defined or does not everyone have a different idea of "ideal"? So can one fragrance fit all ideas of "ideal", the "ideal" universal tool? If Guerlain has his way, the ideal man of today is wrapped in a sweet-rosy scent cloud. Masculine? No. But still very wearable, if you like this kind of scent.

In my opinion, L'Homme Ideal EdP is the best fragrance in the range. Thierry Wasser and Delphine Jelk have (I think) deliberately designed a range that is quite "mainstream-heavy", but can still have its own character (for example the almond note that runs like a red thread through the fragrance range).

For many people who are intensively involved with fragrances and are also part of our community, the L'Homme Ideal series is often titled "inappropriate" for Guerlain. To "0815", too "boring", too "marketing". I can understand the criticism here. All the fragrances in this series can be recognized by more experienced noses as "less complex" than Guerlain's big names (Habit Rouge, Shalimar, Spiritueuse Double Vanilla, etc...). That's true, but why not create a fragrance series to make Guerlain accessible to younger and not yet so "fragrant" audiences?

After the first activation of the spray button (which I think is very good and releases an even and neat scent charge) you will perceive a warm and very nice sweetness, but without any of the ingredients used coming to the fore. L'Homme Ideal EdP is a gentle fragrance that is never "slapping" at any time, but wraps the wearer in a beautiful aura, which is especially the first two hours very good and can be perceived within a larger radius. After some time a cherry note crystallizes more and more, even if cherry is not mentioned in the pyramid of fragrances. For me, EdP is a fragrance that is very well perceptible over the entire fragrance process, even if it is closer to the skin. The durability is absolutely ok for an EdP and so far I have always received only positive feedback, both from men and women. If L'Homme Ideal EdP would be declared as a unisex scent, this would be absolutely understandable, as I can imagine it also being used by women (which would have to be reflected in a name change).

In my opinion, the fragrance is wearable in all seasons, but in summer it is more likely to be worn on colder and rainy days, as I think that otherwise it could unfortunately drift off a bit in a too pressingly sweet direction.

Guerlain has succeeded in creating a fragrance for the mainstream market, which is, however, completely independent and clearly stands out from the currently offered designer fragrance segment and can truly show niche level. I can say that I would have gladly paid more for this fragrance and would definitely not have regretted it.

My conclusion: An independent fragrance, which in my opinion stands out very positively from the current "mainstream fragrance assortment" and can be used for many occasions. The fact that Guerlain is currently trying to "cannibalize" the L'Homme Ideal line a bit and is launching Flanker at ever shorter intervals is something I think is a pity, but it can't be considered too "reprehensible" in today's world when companies and fragrance houses are trying to exploit all possible levels for new sales. Guerlain doesn't have to prove anything to anyone anymore, as they have already launched several iconic fragrances in the past. In times when craftsmanship still stood above profit margins and the like.
So: Well done Guerlain. I like to wear L'Homme Ideal EdP very much and can recommend it from my side.
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Wait a minute, do I know him?!...
I treated myself to this good stuff after I smelled it at the Douglas At Douglas I didn't recognize the scent on the test strip, but after smelling it on my skin, I immediately recognized who this scent resembles, namely Insurrection Pure Wild 2, only this scent here is much more natural and round, but also much spicier in the heart note. In the beginning I smell a Cherry Coke, not too sweet, but the dark cherry is definitely noticeable. In the heart note, the fragrance changes and becomes almond-like, but also smoky, through the incense. In addition, something very earthy opens up, I think it is the rose. But it is a very dark and noble rose. More and more the vanilla comes to the fore, which combines with the almond and the cherry.
At the end I notice dark black leather, like from a chic sports car.

All in all this fragrance is really very round, spicy, earthy and sweet. Meanwhile in my Top 5. also the bottle is very beautiful and noble from heavy glass.

The durability is really abnormally good on my skin, I noticed it on my wrist 15h, the first 4h it radiated a lot and then from the 10th hour on it gradually became weaker. On my neck, however, I took it 24h, I could still feel it early in the morning after getting up when I went out with my dog. Really a monster
In addition, the price-performance ratio is also good, because on the Internet you can find 100ml for just under 50€, that's really clear.

If you want to have a nice spicy allrounder, you have come to the right place with the Guerlain, which is ideal! ;-)
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The big 'who's who' of the Idéal range:
Since many reviews and descriptions of the Guerlain fragrances made me very curious, but also very confused, I had to test them all and categorize the fragrances to find the one I like best.

The EDP is a weaker version of the Extrême. Creamy, plumy sweet.
It has no cinnamon notes and does not last as long. It is lighter and easier to wear without being as "dark" as the Extrême.
The sillage leaves a pleasant almondy, plumy-sweet trail.

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Classification in the L'Homme Idéal range, status - end of 2023:
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L'Homme Idéal Eau de Toilette
the classic
- almondy, slightly sweet
- very fresh, sparkling
- very soapy
- like fresh hand cream

L'Homme Idéal Eau de Parfum
the other
- different from the EDT
- more sweetness through plum
- less fresh
- creamy

L'Homme Idéal Intense
the real successor
- the stronger EDP version of the L'Homme Idéal Eau de Toilette classic
- almondy and floral sweet
- some freshness
- slightly fresh "pointed" spiciness
- very soapy

L'Homme Idéal Extrême
the stronger other
- the stronger version of
L'Homme Idéal Eau de Parfum
- more sweetness due to plum
- dry spicy (tobacco/pepper)
- dry cinnamon
- slightly smoky/leathery
- less creamy than the EDP

Conclusion: Extrême for me! Spicy, peppery, warm sweetness, cinnamony, masculine.
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JFP26JFP26 3 years ago
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Sexy, elegant sweet almondy-cherry mixed with a tiny touch of leather. Unisex. For all season all occasion except for high heat. Good one!
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As someone who typically despises cherry in fragrances, this is blended masterfully. Worth trying.
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Warm, sexy cuddly scent with cherry, tonkabean and almond. you definitely smell the leather on the next day
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Class in a bottle. Cherry, almond and guerlinade. Great performer but not cloying, good for any occasion in cooler weather or nights out.
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One of my most used evening / cold weather fragrances. A staple and a holy grail in my collection. Sweet, yet leathery and a bit smoky.
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