Guerlain • L'Heure Bleue • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||66%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
For the longest time I wondered what I was wearing that smelled so different than what people were describing. For instance, to me this is a chypre, not unlike the foundation of Mitsouko, and when I finally read someone else make the comparison, I was relieved that my nose wasn't alone. Also, I was delighted when someone else mentioned the root beer drydown. Haven't noticed it as much with L'Heure Bleue, but Mitsouko has a horehound candy/sarsaparilla drydown that I found pronounced, and oddly habit forming. I also am a bit blown away by the overwhelming top notes, and my boyfriend backed away and wondered why I'd put so much on, but in half an hour, it fades to a very faintly spicy, faintly vanilla/powder chypre with floral notes. It's like hearing a neighbor's emo music on a windy day, you just catch tantalizing impressions of various tones. I'll note the anise, then a deep floral, and under it all, that sophisticated chypre. This one has really grown on me. It's also warming me to Mitsouko more, which was not love at first sniff.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
A classic scent. I waited years to try this. I was afraid it was going to be like her younger Sister Mitsouko. Not at all. First spray is this strong powdery scent that dries down to a nice incense type perfume to me. It's a clean powdery scent. I don't get baby powder. Nothing meloncholy about this scent. It's beautiful. Transports me to a simpler time. So much better than all of the fruity florals that clog the market today
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Normal Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
Comforting scent...I do not find it melancholy at all...the dry down on me is like baby powder...smooth, silky, soft, and intoxicating. I love the snugginess of it!
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.
EDIT 12/16/2013: Had to change my rating to a 4 because LHB has grown on me and I went out and bought a bottle. I can smell floral touches and more spice where as before it was all powder. I still find it strange but wonderfully so. I had a sample of the EdP but bought the EdT which is lighter/less potent and maybe a tad sweeter.
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: 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!