As the histories of perfume houses go, Guerlain’s runs back two centuries ago. The French label’s fragrances dictated the seasons in perfume trends all over Paris and around. Today, some 350 perfume creations later and still creating scents for the ideal man, Guerlain perfume’s moto survives – ‘Never compromise on quality’.
Guerlain Perfume, L’Homme Ideal – A New Fragrance Steeped in History
The Making of a Modern Perfume
The house of Guerlain introduced its latest men’s fragrance, L’homme Ideal /em>, by striving to define not the ideal man, but the primary ingredients in the service of the ideal scent.
‘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.’
Top and Middle Notes
L’Homme Ideal opens with strong. The combined effect of creamy almond and sharp spices calls for a nosedive. Coumarin, tonka bean, and sandalwood come to the fore.
This is all a prelude to the star and coat of arms of the house of Guerlain – the famous vanilla tincture. The perfume laboratory uses a special method of creating the scent. It cuts up the pods into small pieces and marinates them into alcohol.
‘Faithfully reproducing the original vanilla pod and its heady syrupy facet, it heightens and ennobles the whole fragrance, from the top to the base notes,’ says Master Perfumer Thierry Wasser and Guerlain’s ‘top’ nose.
It all happens in a matter of seconds. You barely make sense of the first whiff, when the second fragrance hits.
Smart. Top notes of juicy citruses, rosemary, and bittersweet orange blossom trigger a whirlwind of Mediterranean memories.
The woody yet oriental bergamot lies at the core of Guerlain Perfume L’Homme Ideal. The head perfumer Thierry Wasser cites it as a favorite ingredient in his preparations. The main Guerlain Perfume harvest is found in Tunisia, where the brand distils 100 tonnes a year for its own use.
If your nose tingles with the memory of a British breakfast complete with hot tea, you might qualify as a perfumer. Bergamot is at the heart of Earl Grey Tea’s distinctive smell and flavor.
In the composition of Guerlain perfume, the freshness of the scent cuts through the leathery, down to earth cedar and vetiver. The initial sweetness fades away, leaving the scene for a more masculine touch.
On the skin, Guerlain Perfume L’Homme Ideal lingers for up to 7-8 hours. However, within a couple of hours, it becomes a skin scent, making the essence ideal for a romantic evening or a discreet olfactory sensation.
The bottle is taupe-colored and square-shouldered in design. It’s like a tight suit fitting the elegant demeanor of a commanding, confident, yet sensitive man. There’s nothing to be said against the choice of packaging. The cover reflects the essence.
Guerlain has long ago taken its place in the triumvirate of French luxury fragrances. The big three – Chanel, Guerlain, and L’Oréal are striving to maintain high levels of quality, despite regular problems with harvests, climate change, pests, political and economic conflicts.
Guerlain perfume has lived too long a life not to have learned that whoever rules scent rules the heart of men.
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