Vanilla is an ingredient that has been used in fragrance for centuries and for good reason. According to a study conducted by the Sense of Smell Institute, of all ingredients that go into fragrance, Vanilla is the most liked globally. Now as a male, the thought of vanilla doesn’t sound very masculine; however, did you know this enticing spice is actually a natural aphrodisiac and produces the feeling of happiness? Happy is exactly how I feel when I wear the newest fragrance by Guerlain, L’Homme Ideal and I attribute this to the brand’s unique method of extracting the essence from this expensive spice.
Guerlain is one of the few perfume houses which extracts vanilla using a tincture method. This process involves the vanilla pods being cut into pieces and plunged into alcohol until it takes a beautiful amber colour (the colour of this fragrance). The result is a beautiful aroma that reproduces the scent of the vanilla pod while heightening the smell of the additional fragrance notes used to create this fragrance.
Name: Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Eau de Parfum
Fragrance Notes: almond, spices, bergamot, Bulgarian rose, frankincense, vanilla, leather, tonka bean and sandalwood.
Described as: a woody oriental fragrance, this scent is both sophisticated and distinguished. It bursts with freshness before developing into a beautiful woody scent on the skin which lasts for hours.
Wear it: There’s something decadent about this fragrance that I just can’t put my finger on. I enjoy wearing this scent when I’m heading out for a nice dinner or drinks, and I’m dressed to impress. Ideal L’Homme pairs perfectly with formal events and well suited to evening wear. During the cooler months, this fragrance can also be worn during the day as well.
Price: Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Eau de Parfum 100ml $133. Available now from selected Myer and David Jones department stores nationally.
The verdict: The craftsmanship of this fragrance is exquisite. The notes shine and are long-lasting without smelling artificial. I can’t get enough of a long-lasting fragrance that gets me noticed, and this scent does just that. One of my favourite things about this fragrance it how it makes me feel when I wear it – sophisticated, masculine and luxurious. Guerlain L’Homme Ideal would have to be one of my favourite fragrances of 2016.