Imagination 2021

Imagination by Louis Vuitton
Bottle Design Marc Newson
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Ranked 2 in Men's Perfume
8.9 / 10 4137 Ratings
A popular perfume by Louis Vuitton for men, released in 2021. The scent is fresh-citrusy. It is being marketed by LVMH.
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Fresh
Citrus
Aquatic
Green
Spicy

Fragrance Notes

Chinese black tea CO2Chinese black tea CO2 Calabrian bergamotCalabrian bergamot AmbroxAmbrox Ceylon cinnamonCeylon cinnamon Nigerian gingerNigerian ginger Sicilian cedarSicilian cedar Tunisian neroliTunisian neroli

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8.94137 Ratings
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6.33639 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 26.05.2024.

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Benedikt2019

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Fuck...
longer nix written here - at least in long version, but now there is a fragrance that took a long time with me and just knocked me again really hard. Unfortunately, a very very expensive colleague, but, what the heck, for lovers of fragrances, there is "almost" no too expensive, then you have to take up stop ne credit...

Joa, the imagination, what is there to write - or say?
It all started with a simple sample, which I once applied and thought to myself: yep, it's quite nice...then off into the sample box (do you have something like that? A box that is full to the brim with samples?). Then I gave it another chance, possibly out of boredom, because I needed something else than my bottle fragrances. Also this time I was not immediately gone and away, but after a while I thought: wow, what ne horny cloud here always rises to my nose!!!

The fragrance is just perfectly balanced, everything is right here:
- It is tea-like, but not dominantly tea-like...
- He is fresh, but not biting, shower gel fresh...
- It is sensual, playful and cuddly, but not sultry or sweet...
- It's synthetically ambroxan-y, but rarely have I experienced such an obnoxious ambroxan...
- It's cinnamon-spicy, but without being cinnamon-spicy penetrating...
- It's citrusy, but backgroundy and not like classic citrusy scents...
- It is durable and has sillage, but without being too slaying, but finely balanced...

All lumped together, "Imagination" is really a fragrance to dream, it is aloof, sensual, dreamy, attractive, playful, masculine, flattering!

A tea scent that somehow isn't one...maybe everyone has to make their own imagination of this scent, for me it's just perfect! As a fan of woody-fresh scents, it's actually a miracle that was allowed to move in, right?

Have ne nice night and good dreams
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Simply JCB
Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud (JCB), born in Grasse in '62, is undisputedly one of the (living) legends of the perfume scene. He is said to have worked in the perfume industry since the age of 10, and to have created his first perfume at 18. He subsequently studied English and Romance languages and literature before following his father as a perfumer. Starting in 1990, his employment with Firmenich saw him involved in the formulation of numerous iconic fragrances for the biggest houses, including Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Ermenegildo Zegna, Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Van Cleef & Arpels, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Lancôme, Nina Ricci and Paco Rabanne. Among others, he was involved in or solely responsible for the creation of such iconic fragrances as M7, L'eau D'Issey, Rive Gauche, Tuscan Leather and Noir de Noir. Among his greatest commercial successes is probably Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani.

in 2012, JCB became chief perfumer (maître) at Louis Vuitton. The luxury fashion house belongs to LVMH, the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy luxury group of the Frenchman (and temporarily richest man on earth) Bernard Arnault. Among other things, LVMH also includes Parfums Christian Dior, Acqua di Parma, Givenchy Parfums, Guerlain, Kenzo Parfums, Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Perfumes Loewe.

After a series of excellent women's fragrances (Matière Noire, Rose des Vents, Turbulences, Apogée, Mille Feux, Dans la Peau, Contre Moi, Attrape-Rêves, Le Jour se Lève (the classification is according to Parfumo)), JCB turned at LV to the creation of some of the most innovative men's or unisex perfumes of our time, a series that Imagination can be followed without a break: L'Immensité (2018), Au Hasard (2018), Orage (2018), Sur la Route (2018), Ombre Nomade (2018), Sun Song (2019), Cactus Garden (2019), Afternoon Swim (2019), Les Sables Roses (2019), Nuit de Feu (2020), Météore (2020), California Dream (2020), On The Beach (2021), Pur Oud (2021) - and finally Imagination (2021).

JCB's fragrance creations for LV are characterized by a special style, which the maître achieves by focusing on two elements in particular: Citrus and high-quality oud. Occasionally, these two (with leather, which, however, is found less often in the fragrance pyramid) appear together in his work, and he often dedicates an entire fragrance to one (e.g. On The Beach) or the other (e.g. Pur Oud). But smoky (Nuit De Feut) and floral (Mille Feux) fragrances are also part of his younger repertoire. As particularly typical I consider his citrus fragrances, which he either conceives as pure yuzu, orange, lemon or mandarin fragrances or very (!) skillfully combined with leather (Sur La Route) or other fragrance components (L'Immensité).

Imagination may be counted among the (not pure) citrus fragrances of JCB. He can be easily classified between Cactus Garden and Afternoon Swim: With the former it has (not only) its teen note in common, with the latter in particular the (slightly) aquatic freshness. Unlike Cactus Garden (bergamot and lemongrass) and Afternoon Swim (mandarin), however, the citrus part of Imagination is dominated by 'Sicilian lemon'. Compared to the 'pure' citrus fragrances, Imagination is 'softer' and 'rounder' due to cinnamon, wood and especially the (at least here unjustly feared) ambroxan. Through these, the citrus as it were 'broadening', softening and 'deepening' components in the heart and base notes, Imagination clearly stands out from the citrus scents such as On The Beach and California Dream. In that, again, it very clearly resembles Cactus Garden. Due to the ambroxan, it also reminds from a distance of non-JCB fragrances like Bleu de Chanel, but without (!) giving the impression that one would have to perceive the scent through a dense, even almost scentless medium. Rather, the black tea note, especially in the top and heart notes, provides a clear, almost watery olfactory experience (while skillfully keeping the ambroxan, as a possibly more technical than olfactory fragrance component, in check). In the base finally dominate a sweetish bergamot and dry wood.

For about 10 days Imagination is now on sale. In the past two to three days it could be observed that already a not inconsiderable number of (almost) full bottles in the souk have changed the or the owner*in. Insofar as this must be considered a disappointment of some Parfumo or Parfuma, I would agree that the new Louis Vuitton is not the 'big hit'. JCB has spoiled his customers* a lot and his latest fragrance is no exception within his overall work at LV so far. If I wanted to criticize something myself, I would probably refer to the lack of citrus, as I also very much appreciate his pure citrus scents. Due to cinnamon, ambroxan and black tea (and in the absence of a slightly stronger citrus), Imagination may have turned out a bit too sweet? A second reason for complaint may be the somewhat poorer durability of the fragrance, where JCB with On The Beach but has shown that even pure 'Freshies' can keep very long and have a very good sillage and an interesting development.

To read:
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Cavallier]
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LVMH]
[https://www.parfumo.com/Perfumers/Jacques_Cavallier?current_page=1&order=y_asc]
[https://de.louisvuitton.com/deu-de/artikel/les-parfums-louis-vuitton-jacques-cavallier-belletrud]
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Atanarjuat

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Jacques
In fact, I like the DNA of Cavallier-Belletrud fragrances under the thumb of the "Société par actions simplifiée" quite like, because they know fresh modernity often complemented with a certain twist and so often quite interesting compositions result.

This has always worked quite well for me in the men's LV perfumes launched since 2018 - and it still does. The Colognes are a little more one-dimensional and just do not have that little edge, yet I also have sympathies for Afternoon Swim and just also Cactus Garden.
Why just the former a similarity to "Imagination" is attested, I do not really understand, rather still in small the Cactus Garden, whose soapiness and the proximity to tea could play a role.

The images between Iceland and sky, water and mist start bright and fresh and quite citrusy, less orangy in the top note (which comes back more at the end). Not acrid, but bright and clear like undulating waters. In the heart we have the black tea, slightly spicy with ginger accents and cinnamon parts - never smoky though, never resembling an Assam, but fine and light. The classification "woody-spicy" above I see as exaggerated. The tea is also not drunk with milk (no iris, no sandalwood, no Lost Alice), seems rather watery-woody (guaiac) and the incense makes it float through mist.

A consideration towards signature scent potential is also conceivable, the DNA works all year round, even makes it through a winter no matter how strong. For my part, however, I can imagine "Imagination" also well in colder temperatures, without him ever reminding me of Christian festivals in December - on the contrary.

Of course "Imagination" is again Belletrud-typically in the popular mode on the way and of course he meets hereby probably again a mass taste. But then I do not care if I find him well done. And that's what I think. The will be a real hit for LV!

Who is looking for an all-rounder without too common orange and yellow aesthetics with wood rip-off in the base, but does not reject them per se, is open to new old and old new, which / which is really well served in the latest work Cavallier-Belletrud.

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Ischgelroi

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Unfortunately another weak Louis Vuitton
I bought with first a bottling and then a bottle, because I was fascinated by this fresh top note.

The whole thing went like this: I sprayed 2 sprays of my bottling on my arm and smelled it. Briefly, I was like in a trance from this great top note. So I bought me even if this is stupid, in the souk a bottle. After about 1-2 hours, I already noticed on my arm that this great top note had disappeared and disappointment was already spreading. Unfortunately, this disappointment was increasingly stronger and lasted until the end.
Now to the fragrance itself so you can understand my criticism better:

Imagination has as it also stands in the description a beautiful note of black tea combined with orange, bergamot and lemon. Here you can really think here can not go wrong much which is also true, but this strong Nerolinote is here unfortunately out of place and creates it increasingly destroy the top note. I already know the nerol note from Sun Song, On The Beach and Mètèore. In Mètèore, this nerol note doesn't really bother me, but in Sun Song, On The Beach and Imagination, it just destroys the top note for me. The teen note of Imagination somehow disappears in the further course and can only be smelled marginally. Imagination is after about 1 hour at a point where I really have to say yawnnnn !!!! Normally I don't say something like that directly but Imagination bubbles along for the next few hours.

Unfortunately, I find Imagination all along the line failures, because it the advertised Teenote, ginger and cinnamon just do not manage to assert themselves against the Neroli. The whole thing leads to a kind of 4711 with a teen note. It's just not what I was hoping for and unfortunately this is only because of the neroli note. This Nerolinote makes for me the whole fragrance unharmonious.

The durability is good, however. I could perceive Imagination 8 hours on my skin. The silage is here also solid at about an arm's length well perceptible for 4-5 hours.
I was really looking forward to this new Louis Vuitton. Unfortunately, I was here but hard
disappointed. Imagination is unfortunately a flop for me.
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HannesxBenQ

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The eye operation and the end of the search.
My first review and possibly my last.

I have bought an incredible number of fragrances over the years. Some good and expensive, others not so good and now just part of a collection. I bought every fragrance that was on trend at the time and was rated reasonably well.

Always on the lookout for THE one fragrance.

Now I bought the LV Imagination sample.
At first I smelled it straight from the bottle, just citrusy and penetrating on the nose.
(I hate it when people spray perfume on their wrist, rub it in and sink their nose straight into it) You have to let perfume come to you.

To test the perfume, I sprayed it on one of my children and off we went to the playground As it was a bit cooler, I noticed this scent of hoarfrost in the air and a hint of burnt wood when a fireplace is burning nearby.
That's when I noticed the scent of Imagination. It smells everything else like the bottle itself, much softer, more delicate and sweet but still deep and absolutely masculine.
Such a beautiful fragrance.

I loved wearing it more and more, as soon as the sample was empty, I bought the bottle and have the feeling it was the last one.

Yesterday I had an eye operation.
Shortly before the operation, I was given my gown, put it on and sprayed myself with another spray of Imagination.
Everyone was friendly before the operation.
After the operation I was asked by 4 nurses what scent I was wearing, by 2 men what the scent was called and where they got it from. The whole nurses' room smelled of it and it was the topic of conversation par excellence.

I thought to myself what a scent can do. I'm sure the staff may notice many scents from different patients every day, but I found it surprising that this one caused such a stir.

Now that I've been discharged, my eye is fine and life is looking up, I'm writing my first review and comparing it to being at the end of my endless search, I've finally found it. THE fragrance. Luis Vuitton Imagination.
Not because it is well received, because it is with me through one of the best times in my life, is always wearable and should be the fragrance for my children that reminds them of dad
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ArtistscentArtistscent 2 years ago
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This is only voted no.1 in Men's perfume because of lemming behaviour. This is a fine perfume, but it's not worth the money or the laudation
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MauwMauw 2 years ago
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A violent Arnold Palmer. Maybe it smells good in the air, but while wearing it you are trapped in a prison devoid of any breathable air.
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Mhanna1013Mhanna1013 2 years ago
Smell like soap, very bad smell for me, I didn't like it
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ScmemoryScmemory 11 months ago
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I am sorry but this one is Overhyped. Whisper of citrus and tea. Boring one from the LV line for me along with Meteore
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EstbienlaEstbienla 3 years ago
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Good scent. Quite simple is well done. Nothing new to my nose. Quite common. It should be sold 60% cheaper.
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