Guerlain • L'Heure Bleue • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||65%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I adore L'Heure Bleue. I should preface by saying that I am a huge fan of Guerlain fragrances and Samsara is my signature scent. L'Heure Bleue is a fragrance that reminds of a bygone era. An era of elegance, class and aristocracy. When I first spray it the aniseed top note is overwhelming and I don't care for it at all. However, when the scent dries down on my skin (after about 30 minutes or so), it is the most wonderfully soft, powdery fragrance and I smell the iris, carnation and violet most. I find the classic scents so refreshing in today's modern world where sickly sweet fragrances seem to run amok. I have always enjoyed wearing a fragrance that does not make me smell like everyone else.
Age: Unknown Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I have to give L'Heure Bleue a neutral rating of 3 because even though I don't like it, I do find it fascinating... truly a perfume from another era. My main impression is one of powder: fine, dry, and coating with Dust Bowl like sweep. It's hard for me to tease out the other notes from this enormous expanse of powder but I do get a suggestion of chewy flour, a hint of vanilla, and some spice. While it is almost totally unreadable to me, there is something very compelling about LHB. I would recommend trying it for sure. Even if you hate it, it's worth smelling such an iconic perfume.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
Very powdery, unmistakably a ton of violet and iris going on. It smells like the color periwinkle dusted with baby powder. But although it's powderier and sweeter than I usually go for, I don't have the urge to scrub it, and I'm starting to detect it doing something deeper and more magical as it dries down. Also, something under there reminds me of leather even though that's not in the notes.
The final drydown: root beer. In a classy way. Excellent staying power--lingered at least 12 hours. But I don't get the melancholy or amazeballs everyone else talks about, and am unlikely to wear it much. I do view it as a well-blended and historically interesting scent, though, and might occasionally dab it on in the spring.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Green
It is so unique woody, powdery and spicy. The vetiver is much more noticeable to me than the pyramid suggests. Anise too is really noticeable. The purple flowers are the stars but they don't over whelm, it's so well balanced. Lovely, I adore it. It reminds me a bit of Shalimar Perfum Initial. I cannot stop smelling myself!
It IS all that and so so much more. <3
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Well, it's time I reviewed this perfume. I've been contemplating reviewing this for some time now (I've been enjoying this perfume for a few months now) and I felt like I needed to let it percolate before I reviewed it. I felt like this perfume deserved it.
This perfume was first formulated by Jacques Guerlain in 1912, and so I knew when I purchased it that I was going to experience a pivotal moment in the history of perfumes. Everything about it intrigued me. I imagined it as the quintessential fragrance of Belle Epoque era Paris, so it was formidable and irresistable to me at the same time. That's the thing about it, the beauty of this fragrance is not an easy thing to approach. There's something bittersweet about it too.
The perfume opens very spicy and almost medicinal, like cloves, to me at first. But almost instantly, something sweet and creamy softens it and blends that into a fragrance that is altogether dreamy and skin-like. It is alternately light, like a chiffon gown, and heavy too, like an Edwardian dressing table draped in velvet. It calls to mind a lady who wears a corset and puts her hair up, but also applies rouge to her cheeks in a carefree way and lowers her dress so her shoulders gleam in the twilight of a Paris evening.
The difficulty of the fragrance is this- it does smell like 1912. This is both a good and a bittersweet thing. People comment that this smells like old lady, that it is stuffy and old-fashioned. Well, I would actually agree with you! It does smell like a relic of the period. There is no light citrus in this, or uplifting beachy-ness about it (not that there's anything wrong with that!) This DOES smell like your great-grandma's perfume, because in 1912 she was a vibrant, glamorous young thing.
I love that about it, though. This smells like an era we can never go back to, only in our dreams. This is an over-ripe concoction that is the essence of the end of the Belle Epoque, the turning point in the years leading up to WWI, which changed the world irrevocably in terms of worldview, and then, aesthetics. This perfume captures the essence of the time in which women still wore corsets and there were still horse-drawn carriages, but also in which people were first enjoying the automobile and women like Lady Sybil were cutting their hair and daring to wear dark lipsticks and even trousers, heaven forbid.
So, I guess what I'm trying to say, is that this perfume is beautiful but is both timeless and dramatically dated. No new perfumes nowadays are blended like this. No, this is a piece of history. That's why, while I love this, it makes me FEEL things and one of those things is melancholy. So, I don't reach for this often. But there's also a reason that it stands on my dresser, always visible and cherished.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Other Eyes: Brown
L'heure Bleue was a perfume that fascinated me by the simple name it carries from long ago. To me, vintage perfumes are works of art that require only a special type of lady with confidence and beauty to wear. L'heure Bleue isn't a perfume that can be worn by anyone- this is not some cheap Paris Hilton fragrance and certainly not for children. If you're into bubble gum lollipop smells.. This will disappoint you. This fragrance smells like an elegant woman whose skin in milky soft and has an alluring feminine side. This woman has soft red lips and eyes which reflect a setting of the blue hour- all is still and blue, stuck in a moment in time. The opening smell will be overwhelming, do not be scared. The smell becomes gentle with minutes. The smell consists of delicate powder, carnation, a mature vanilla, some sort of rose, anise, and some sort of marzipan smell. It truly is a beautiful fragrance, and I'm so glad that I've had the chance to come across with it and love it. It is one of my favorites, right next to my Chanel No.5, Shalimar, Tabu, and Youth Dew. I guess I'm an old soul.. For being 19 and all. Perfumes just aren't made like this anymore.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I've wanted to try this fragrance for years, because it is recommended on so many perfume blogs as a must-try fragrance. On me, however, L'Heure Bleue is very flat and simple. I get a sharp, musky iris and dry, baby powdery sandalwood. It smells of strong, sharp, old timey perfume and baby powder, which doesn't work for me at all. My husband also hated this on me.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
One of my favourites!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium Eyes: Green
I have read so many things about L'heure bleue! But I could not imagine how this perfume described as melancholic and comforting created over a century ago would smell...
Today I came across a bottle for the first time and almost jumped on it!
Oh, I know I'm not capable to review, just wanted to share the impression I got.
L'heure bleue brings in mind a glorious mansion that has been abandoned for many decades.
I can smell the heavy baroque wooden furniture and luxurious fabrics, all covered with thick layers of dust, the humidity, the darkness, the shadows, even the absence of life, but nothing human. At last I get some traces of smoke and imagine all the above burst into flames...
I can't say if I like it or not but definitely made me think.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I find this perfume a huge let down after reading the history of it and the history of it being a version of Coty L' Origan. To me, it is BLAH and totally bland . UNINSPIRING .
There are many old perfumes I still find to be wonderful fragrances and timeless. To me , LB is way over rated and over priced .
On a whim, I ordered L' Origan and did not have high hopes as I figured it would be boring like LB . What a shock ! It is a GORGEOUS perfume . It is alluring , feminine, warm and long lasting ( also shockingly inexpensive . ) I have an extensive collection of frags, but I have worn L'origan three times this past week ( also love Dior and Chanel and Lauder ) .
( Note : I also recently bought a bottle of the frag I wore as a starving college girl , Charlie Blue . Oddly enough it is cheap, yet lasts all day and smells wonderful , thirty years later ! I layered a spritz of Charlie with L'Origan as they have similar notes and put in on my shawl . Olfactory Heaven that has lasted several chilly days , and both cost so little compared to my other favorites , Addict, Coco , Hypnotic Poison .)
Back to Lheure Bleue : as we say in the south : "It ain't all that ".