Product Type: Guerlain fragrances
Newest Review: ... claims made by Guerlain. The top notes of the fragrance are described as Bulgarian Rose, Raspberry Litchi and Freesia. Now personally I h... more
A heady floral scent
Guerlain Idylle Eau de Parfum
Member Name: jillycat
Guerlain Idylle Eau de Parfum
Advantages: A wonderful heady rose scent that lasts well lovely bottle
Disadvantages: Can be a bit expensive
One of my presents at Christmas was a bottle of Guerlain Idylle Eau de Parfum. It is a wonderfully sensual perfume and it was a great gift to receive.
The bottle the perfume comes in is wonderfully curvy to look at and resembles a tear drop. It is very tactile to the touch as it is so smooth and well-formed so when I am applying the fragrance it sits very comfortably in my hands. The bottle has a lovely golden quality to it and the cap slots into the bottle effortlessly. The atomiser gives a lovely fine mist of the perfume and is very easy to target where you want to apply the perfume to as it gives a great controlled burst.
Guerlain describes Idylle ('Love Dream') as "Like a mist of petals on the skin, a fresh floral bouquet warmed by the sensuality of chypre" now that does make it sound very appealing and I have to say in this case I do think it lives up to the claims made by Guerlain.
The top notes of the fragrance are described as Bulgarian Rose, Raspberry Litchi and Freesia. Now personally I have to admit I have never detected at any point in the wearing of this perfume any raspberry or Litchi (lychee) notes at all. What I do notice straight away on spraying this perfume is the rose and freesia fragrance. The rose is a warm deep scent that gives the fragrance a full bodied scent that is balanced out by the lighter notes of the freesia. What it reminds me of is going round so traditional country gardens at National Trust properties and the heady scents that you can get in some of the rose knot gardens. These last well and even throughout the day it is still possible to get a lot of these rose notes.
The heart notes are described as Rose, Peony, Lilac, Jasmine and Lily of the Valley these come through quite strongly and it is the mixture of rose and peony that I like. I find it hard to detect the jasmine and Lilac if I am honest but it really does feel like a flora bath of scents like sniffing a large bouquet of flowers in the middle of a florist the stronger scents just dominate.
The base notes are White Musk and Patchouli and these come through to give the perfume warmth and to offset some of the floral notes nicely and give it a more sophisticated depth than a pure floral scent in my opinion. These musky and woody tones give it a nice earthy balance that I like as I personally find pure floral often can make me sneeze but there is no danger of that with this heady blend.
Overall this scent is a wonderful rich floral perfume with a deep rose scent that is balanced with some freesia and peony to lighten it slightly. The warmth from the musky woody tones I think gives it a sophisticated edge that some other floral perfumes are lacking in.
The stay power of this perfume is very good and it certainly lasts throughout the day from application in the morning.
I actually think this perfume is more suited to woman in their 30's and above as I don't think it is light enough or fresh enough to be what I would call a girly perfume. As it can be quite a heady blend I equally think this perfume is not generally a work perfume but more of a perfume for romantic nights out or days out with your partner. I have worn this in the summer when the roses are out and it has felt right to do so to match the seasons. Equally I have worn it in the winter months when I want to remember the heady scents of gardens in full bloom so I don't think the perfume has a seasonal quality to it.
I would definitely recommend this perfume to other women who want a sophisticated woody floral scent as it lasts well and creates a lovely heady mix on the skin. It is available on line from places such as Amazon and House of Fraser it retails at around £42 for a 35 ml bottle thought you can often find it a bit cheaper on offers.
Summary: A wonderful heady scent of rose and wood that is sophisticated and lasts well
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