I know that this scent is somewhat of a legend in the community. Kinda like if a guy in his 40s was wearing Abercrombie's Fierce or something. I ended up getting upset as I thought this frag was now a joke compared to the black rimmed version. Beatrice knew DAMN well what she was doing when she made this, and even if perhaps thierry had a touch in the reform version, i can tell you without a shadow of a doubt this MASTERPIECE was made with that mature, well versed, classy, confident and attractive man in mind.At the end of the day, it's all about the scent, and that's what I'll be reviewing this based on, nothing else is taken into consideration. Yeah he can pull it off, it's a nice scent, but it's just seems odd, like it doesn't belong on him. All things aside, there is one thing I cannot fault this scent with, and that's it's uniqueness. when I wear something like, say, Versace Eros (nothing wrong with eros, really nice frag!
Surprisingly, as a dark chocolate fan, I found this to be a fresh patchouli-driven scent with noticable (but light) anise & supple powderiness (not exactly "cocoa"), not overly masculine, and yes, a classic; however, it doesn't strike me as that interesting, and whoever started comparing this to Dior Homme (a completely unrelated iris-centric scent) needs to stop the abominable trend—The truth is, neither is chocolatey! For me this is more the thinker, the traveller and spiritual kind of guy type of fragrance. I had read reviews of LIDGE, but had not tried it at that point. Almost no dislikes, except those in the house of Guerlain.This was the one fragrance that made me interested in parfumes. To my nose the differences are not as significant as some reviewers claim. I immediately spotted the black rimmed bottle (at that point there was no vintage / reformulation option) and picked it up to sample it. But the bs about it's staying power..Update: After an hour the sillage drops on me, from six feet to two feet. But it stays there though out the day, and that's cool with me. This is really nice, gourmand-ish and refined indeed but not at all similar to A*Men. I bought the original version last time one year ago, and the stopper was already plastic, not the bakelite one (I still keep it) from the first edition.Even considering the output to be infinitely different from that reformulated in its first 5 | 10 | 15 minutes, the uneasiness that LIDGE causes among its admirers or critics, I consider that Guerlain was able to maintain the quality of this masterpice, even adding it to a new bottle more "humble", and about such a "reformulation" there. Considered by many to be a must-have, and a masterpiece, I finally pulled the trigger on this juice to expand my ever growing collection. Interestingly, the opening reminds me of Amen Ultra Zest. Most perfumes, if bad to my nose, at least have some redeeming qualities and aren't total scrubbers. You always should wait for the development, the drydown. Nonetheless, this is certainly a very unique scent.L'Instant de Guerlain Extrême Eau de Parfum: I took a chance and wore this fragrance last evening on a warm, August night in GA. Wouldn't choose it for the daylight in the sun, but for a summer night out it was perfect. As a fragrance hobbyist, I felt I needed to have it. This one smells like rotting oranges in bitter cacao at the opening. Except where Ultra Zests orange opening is bright, delicious and sweet, LIDGE's is like the same orange opening dug up from a grave. And here's where a 5/10 fragrance in my book, turns into a masterpiece 10/10. Some people love the opening, and I can understand why. Perhaps when I'm in my late 40s this scent will be a familiar face, finally ready to embrace me and my wrinkles.Neroli, patchouli flower, Indian jasmine and Lapsang tea are the heart of the composition, laid on the base of cedar, Mysore sandalwood, cocoa, patchouli and hibiscus seed. This is like a cherished desert made by craftsman in some old town European cold country.
The more you spray the more you drip with a sweet tooth of winter's gorgeousness.
Try blending Muglers Ultra Zest with the L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Eau Extreme , two sprays each on either side of the upper and lower neck, the orange tanginess of Ultra Zest goes well with the LIDGE macho cacaoness . The mixture of tones is too much complex, undefinable, confusing. 08.4/10.0 - Scent(Top)/Aroma(Topo) 08.5/10.0 - Scent(Mid)/Aroma(Meio) 08.7/10.0 - Scent(Base)/Aroma(Base) 09.6/10.0 - Uniqueness/Singularidade 09.7/10.0 - Longevity/Longevidade 09.0/10.0 - Sillage/Rastro 07.5/10.0 - Versatility/Versatilidade 08.6/10.0 - Presentation/Apresentação -------------------------------------------------------------------- 08.6/10.0 - Total Personal notes!
It seems that it is a mixture of all kinds of essences one could find and put in one bottle. Certainly for guys 30 who can appreciate a complex fragrance like this. Based on general comparison ranks among other fragrances. Baseadas em ranques gerais de comparação entre outras fragrâncias.
) then the next day I put this on, i think to my self how eros was made for a younger guy, probably the clubbing type, and how this was made for the mature, settled man!
this thing just amplifies salt and pepper hair (I'm 35), grows a bit more of my chest hair, makes me feel like casanova and boosts my confidence!
At that time, both the black rimmed and clear rimmed bottles where available. Over the years I have worn this several times, but have not done a review of it, until now. Closing my eyes I can almost taste the delicious chocolate and fruit candy as it melts in my mouth.. About 20 minutes in I get some spice and earth tones as the star anise and patchouli start to emerge. I concluded that in the opening, LIDGE vintage is better than its "reformulated" version, and what led us to take such a conclusion ?! Unfortunately, the drydown is a skin scent, and the 2 hours of projection is the opening, so you're kind of stuck with the loudness of the opening, of which I personally am not a fan of, to represent you.