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L'Heure Bleue Guerlain for women

L'Heure Bleue Guerlain for women
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L'Heure Bleue or 'the bluish hour' was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1912. The fragrance is velvety soft and romantic, it is a fragrance of bluish dusk and anticipation of night, before the first stars appear in the sky. The top notes are opening with spicy-sweet aniseed and fresh bergamot that gently lead to the heart of rose, carnation, tuberose, violet, and neroli. The soft and powdery floral notes are resting on a base of vanilla, Tonka bean, iris and benzoin. The perfume is mysterious, elegant and timeless. It was created by Raymond Guerlain. The bottle is shaped like the one of Mitsouko and the stopper is shaped like a hollow heart that alludes to romantic pre-war years.

Perfume rating: 4.20 out of 5 with 2480 votes.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Anise Coriander Neroli Bergamot Lemon

Middle Notes
Carnation Orchid Jasmine Cloves Neroli Heliotrope Ylang-Ylang Bulgarian Rose Violet Tuberose

Base Notes
iris Sandalwood Musk Benzoin Vanilla Vetiver Tonka Bean

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This perfume reminds me of  
Apres l'Ondee
81 no yes
L'Heure de Nuit
59 no yes
Esprit d’Oscar
40 no yes
Shem - el- Nessim
30 no yes
Cornubia
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L'Heure Bleue Fragrance Reviews

Coffee_Girl
Coffee_Girl

I really tried to love L’heure Bleue, but somehow I can’t. There is something very animalic about this fragrance that reminds me of “skin” and play-doh; I love powdery scents but this one feels multifarious in nature.
Let’s start with expectations; everyone hails L’heure Bleue (or “the bluish hour”) to be a dualistic perfume, vital and important for its era. A hallmark to its kind, words such as sadness, loneliness, weariness and even hopefulness were used to describe this Guerlain creation.

I am a huge fan of this house and all of their innovations, but this is the only one which I’ve never understood, perhaps the issue is me; perhaps my nose isn’t refined enough…or that maybe I’ve lacked imagination. Either way, Bleue failed to extricate the feelings of despair and tragedy that I anticipated (for that I convey my desires to Mitsouko, the sibling to L’Heure Bleue).

Bleue smells like a romantic night, it’s intimate and slightly vulnerable, like a whispered secret between two lovers. The scent is mysteriously carnal and smells of desire; I get the slight impression of seeing myself buried within a woman’s warm powdered bosom.

There are lots of irises in the opening, along with a musky carnation. Vanilla is very apparent throughout its life, but no doubt it is in accordance with the heliotrope that creates this very unpleasant doughy fragrance that makes me sick to my stomach. I’m not sure why but the Benzoin and cloves add on a very medicinal texture that also makes this rather unpleasant. I sense very little rose and citrus, ylang-ylang and tonka bean become a little more apparent in the dry down.

Even though I cannot truly appreciate the extent of its brilliance, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate its innovation. This is a high class fragrance, though wrought with unpleasantness (to me), I can easily see why this became such a masterpiece. Longevity is pretty good, though this quickly becomes a skin scent after an hour. Either way this is not a safe blind buy; but considering that Bleue is slowly disappearing off the market, it might be worth it to purchase anyway.

Nov
03
2016
spotlessmind
spotlessmind

I have an empty bottle of this from the 90's before it was diluted slightly (as I've read) by Guerlain...and I can't being myself to throw the bottle away. Periodically I take a long drag of the intoxicating scent and wonder if I dare try ordering a new bottle to wear? One of the notes I detect has a scent a little like Play-Doh. Perhaps because of that it reminds me in a nostalgic way of my lonely childhood. In any case, I love this amazing scent.

Oct
28
2016
Phantosmia Bella
Phantosmia Bella

Some people say that L'Heure Blue and Apres L'Ondee smell quite the same.
While there's no doubt that they belong to the same era, the same house and share several notes, for me the similarities end here.
L'Heure Blue is not an easy, palatable scent. It has all the beauty of the early 20 century, yet it holds much more than a classic tenue.
Flowery, powdery, iris, heliotrope, vanilla - it's all been said before.
But this perfume smells HUMAN.
Eeriliy, it smells as if you're wearing someone else's scent on your skin. To me, specifically, this is the scent of my grandmother sleeping. Not her perfume (which, as far as I know and remember, was not L'Heure Blue), but of HER, her skin, her body. clean and lotioned, wearing her nightgown, with the slight scent of human body (not sweat but skin scent).
It's lovely and it's creepy and it's magical.
Got to figure out how to wear this one.

Oct
25
2016
biblio17
biblio17

A superb fragrance for real women.It can only be compared with the other classic scent of the Guerlain house, Mitsouko.Εach one is a masterpiece of perfumery.

Oct
23
2016
ClairaNox
ClairaNox

My feelings for L'Heure Bleue can best be described through song, and coincidentally these lyrics fit this classic beauty and my feelings towards it perfectly in my opinion.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If I could make a wish, I think I'd pass
Can't think of anything I need

No cigarettes, no sleep, no light, no sound
Nothing to eat, no books to read

Making love with you
Has left me peaceful warm and tired
What more could I ask
There's nothing left to be desired

Peace came upon me and it leaves me weak
So sleep, silent angel, go to sleep

Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe and to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe, yes, to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe

Oct
19
2016
gfarias848
gfarias848

OMG

I think that I find one of the fragrances of my life. Really. I already had tested L'Heure Bleue a couple of years ago, but I forgot how perfect is this for me. Unbelievable beautiful.

L'Heure Bleue it's like a bed of flowers, with layers of powder blankets. Soft, comfortable, warm. Fluffy purple flowers creating an aura around you, kissing your skin and whisper love promises in your ears. And don't think that this fragrance is melancholy. I think that is aristocratic, polite and well mannered like a member of a royal family or the Queen/King itself. I also picket a peculiar scent of cherry pie with almonds in the middle of flowers, like the finest piece of a French patisserie. Heliotrope maybe? Who knows, it's simply breathtaking. Love love love.

Oh and yes, it's similar to Après L'Ondée, but L'Heure is more voluptuous, full of body, curves and colors. Après is like a watercolor variation of this.

Oct
16
2016
Bretto66
Bretto66

Picked this masterpiece up on ebay for $99....yep what a bargain......forget about the 'Bluish Hour" this stunning perfume deserves to be worn at any hour by a woman or a man.....Beauty is genderless....Oh the "bluish hour" you make me happy to be a live!

Oct
12
2016
Mammuchan
Mammuchan

This fragrance is devastatingly lovely. I feel so privileged to have found her. First conceived in 1912 in the last carefree years of the Belle Époque, it thrills me she has come down over a hundred years, and through many generations, to find me and reveal her unique and exquisite beauty to me. "Displace one note, and there would be diminishment, displace one phrase, and the structure would fall

Oct
10
2016
For The Love of Perfume
For The Love of Perfume

I am so sorry to have to say this.......but I do not like this one, maybe it's my chemistry. I found it too powdery. Just not for me :(

Oct
01
2016
lucia.lawson
lucia.lawson

The Blue Hour is a beautiful twilight floral fragrance of the boudoir. I wore this on my honeymoon. I have always enjoyed L'Heure Bleue and it should be renamed to L'Heure Joyeux The Joyful Hours.

It is so soft and delicate like actual powder in a bottle. The iris and heliotrope are the dominant accords, with more heliotrope than one is used to. In addition there is violet and powdery roses. The florals are delicate and feminine like smelling flowers in slow motion in a dream. There is no aldehydes but there is anise and it's citrusy and sharp with fresh citrus notes of bergamot and lemon. The sweet florals are to die for. There's vanilla in the base that provides the florals with even more powder. This scent is easy to wear and can even be spritzed on your lingerie or nightgown.

I don't see how this is a "sad" fragrance. It is angelic and soft although it does have a formality and elegance. I see it more along the line of powdery boudoir fragrances like Samsara and Ombre Rose.

This perfume is absolutely beautiful and one that continues to sell and receives a lot of love and attention from perfume lovers and Guerlain frag collectors. A vintage L'Heure is like having a first edition Guttenberg Bible! Beautiful from top to bottom. If you like powdery florals this is the Queen of powdery florals. It's feminine and charming, and pretty. I wear it to bed now and there is no one there but my dog who likes the smell. A gorgeous dreamy floral to treasure forever.

Sep
27
2016
muncierobson
muncierobson

I've recently been sampling all things classic and Geurlain and have just got tester...

It smells like a very luxurious and expensive baby powder - citrus, vanilla and iris... Touch of violet. It reminds of those powdery Parma violets...

It has hints of green and is blended very smoothly. The vanilla gives a hint of spice but stays in the background.

I can see how some might say it's old fashioned but it's beautiful and can see why it has endured the test of time!

I can only imagine what a vintage sample may smell like...

Sep
12
2016
Perfumeaddict777
Perfumeaddict777

I got a sample from a fragrantica friend and oh my goodness, this is stunning!! Even my husband loves it! It does not smell dated or old to me. Right away i smell iris, violet, benzoins and it's not in the notes but i swear there is cherries in this! I smell cherries strong and sweet along side with the iris and violet. Heliotrope is noticeable to. This is sweet, warm, powdery.. smells like the inside of a makeup bag, that georgeous feminine cosmetic powder scent. Im hooked. I need a FB.

Sep
10
2016
kateridelisle
kateridelisle

Just a gorgeous powdery, floral, woodsy scent. Evocative of wearing a classic black taffeta dress, scarlet lips and a string of pearls, sheer class and timeless beauty in a bottle. A beautiful vampiress would wear this through the ages.

Sep
05
2016
mybookhouse
mybookhouse

The modern EDT of LB is sweet and lovely, reminiscent of the scent of old school Johnson's Baby Oil and sandalwood incense cones. Vintage LB extrait in the classic "bouchon coeur" bottle is less homogenous. It has a darker, stronger base, perhaps it's oak moss, a more potent musk, and more pronounced sandalwood. Vintage eau de cologne in the watch ("montre") bottle is also deeper but not as potent as the extrait. The drydown on the vintage LBs smells like the opening of the modern EDT. Basically, they all end up in the same place. The modern version just doesn't evolve on your skin like the vintage does.

I have not tried the modern extrait so I am not sure how it compares but all of the versions of LB I have tried are beautiful, feminine fragrances. The amazing thing to me about vintage Guerlain fragrances is how well they hold up. They are remarkably stable, works of chemical art. The new versions of classic Guerlain fragrances are also wonderful. The ones I have tried side by side with vintage are all very close. The fact that Guerlain is strictly a perfumer and not a fashion house with fragrance as a sideline really shows.

Sep
04
2016
Soofiya
Soofiya

Describing classics is beyond me but I'm going to try my best
Trying and owning guerlain l'heru bleu was always one of my greatest dreams,since it's unavailable where I live,this was not a easy to access dream,I had lots of imaginations in my mind.it's a guerlain,and a classic,and a powdery one,and look at the dominant notes,heliotrope and vanilla,this one could be number one of my collection
Chance showed up recently and one of my dear friends ordered l'heru bleu from amazon and gifted me a decant of this dreamy perfume
This one is surprisingly familiar and nostalgic!it's hard to believe but I'm almost sure that my granny used to own a bottle of it and use it occasionally..I was a kid those days so I couldn't remember it's name or shape but I remember how it smelled clearly
There is no citrus notes in opening part,I can detect a blend of carnation,spices leading by anise and something balmy and sweet like benzoin,this spicy carnation is a symptom of a real classic for me,but not a dated one,not at all..I'm so greatful that it didn't open with a burst of iris,as I've imagined,as time passes there are more florals added to combination,very well blended and only florals that stand out for me are carnation,my beloved heliotrope and some iris,not an earthy,dusty iris,not a bitter one,this is a truely attractive iris,but most dominant note is heliotrope,which I really appreciate it's presence,it's not a sharp,soapy powder,not at all..it's a heaven of soft powder,delicious powder,modern powder with a very classic,royal undertone..middle notes apear in a twilight atmosphere,not bright but not very dark,there is a hint of animalic musk here that prevents it from becoming a clean,soapy scent.it's really difficult to describe,this scent is full of paradoxes for me and this makes it even more amazing
This soft powder heaven dries down to something more round and delicious,heliotrope which stands out as almond powder for me,spicy vanilla and benzoin and balmy sandalwood..it's a combination of bitterness and sweetness,very well crafted.drydown is less dark and more feminine but I can't say which phase I love better,it's all beauty,harmonic,balanced,a true masterpiece,far more better than what I've imagined
Longevity and sillage are great on my skin.perhaps it was a nuclear bomb before reformulations but I'm really satisfied with it as it is now
I agree this can pass as unisex but leans much more to the feminine side,still men who love warm powdery scents can wear it easily..best season for it is fall IMO,it's more cozy and rounded in falls but it's also wearable in winters and even springs
Guerlain l'heru bleu is a fragrance for special occasions,it's gorgeous,soothing,comfortable and wearable..a must have for me
❤❤❤❤❤

Aug
27
2016
PinkRainbow
PinkRainbow

There is no scent in the world that compares to this one. Totally one of a kind. You can picture old buildings in Paris with a walk at sunset. Pure love and nostalgia.

Aug
26
2016
mschnabel666
mschnabel666

I've been a perfume addict for a few years now.... blind buying online after reading Fragrantica reviews ;) And sweeties/gourmands are my thing.

But I've also been getting into vintage and collecting. I'm not so concerned with getting VINTAGE bottles and vintage formulations... But I am collecting the oldies from Guerlain. I love Shalimar and bought several flankers too. Mitsouko EDP is on order. I know Mitsouko won't be my thing, but I really got a GREAT PRICE on a 2.5 OZ EDP.

I got LHB yesterday in the EDT. It's not my thing... but I like it. It's comforting and cozy. It's not cloying or that potent (about 6 sprays in the Michigan summer- mostly on skin) and it's a fresh Ivory soap smell. Clean and powdery. Def smells vintage/old lady but NOT in a bad way. Just smells vintage, like French face powder. And then the drydown is a nice powder vanilla that smells much like Insolence EDT to me. It lasted all night on my shirt, but very little sillage.

I don't get any aniseed, tonka, benzoin, or anything spicy/dark.
I don't find it melancholy at all... more like a comfort home scent... since this is not something that fits me, and not something I would wear in public.
I will wear at home while watching Old Hollywood movies and snuggling with my dog. ;)

I like LHB EDT. I will def use up my 1.7oz.
Anddd.... I ordered the EDP for myself. I found a good price on Amazon, and had a $3 off credit. Haha.

I find the EDP stronger, sharper.... but pretty much the same. Both remind me of the most expensive Charmin toilet paper you can buy... the kind that smells like TP and powder. :)

I still really like both for an alone comfort scent.

Aug
23
2016
Ume_
Ume_

Another classic to die for. Some time ago I managed to buy a decanter of the old version of edp and it's the great evening wear, very sensual yet soothing. Happy to have this in my collection.

Jul
27
2016
no-fi
no-fi

Ladies: If you are wearing L'Heure Bleue and standing very close to me, I will do almost anything for you. This stuff is kryptonite-level powerful. #swoonorama

Jul
23
2016
kapted
kapted

I had to buy this. One try and it was mine. The anise lingers forever.

Jul
22
2016
Code1ne
Code1ne

The words that I usually see attached to LHB are soft, melancholic, powdery, romantic, pure, and even innocent, the notes should back that up, so it must be my skin chemistry that transforms this. Perfumes are always sweeter and creamier on me, so it's hard to pull off a perfume without some type of "edge", be it patchouli or incense or leather. Anyway, LHB is a total BOMB on me, it makes Shalimar seem subtle by comparison. The words I would use to describe it would be: opulent, glamorous, decadent, heavy, sparkling, elegant, vixen-ish.. It makes me think of old Hollywood, 30's bombshells, boudoirs, drinking whiskey on the rocks while on vacation with a lover. It's definitely romantic, but it's all classic glamour and sex to me, no melancholy here. It reminds me very much of Habanita if anything, but it's fresher, more floral, and much more complex to my nose. The carnation is spicy enough to keep the whole thing from veering into baby powder territory, and combined with the vanilla it's so warm that it gives me a nag champa incense vibe, which I really dig. The cold florals keep it from getting cloying, and the supporting floral, citrus, and spice notes keep it from feeling too simple or old fashioned. It doesn't rely much on notes and accords that were trendy at the time, so it doesn't smell dated. It's perfectly balanced in every possible way. It's also one of the strongest perfumes on the market today, at least on me. It lasts and projects better than any other (current version) heavy hitter I own, including Angel and Poison. Reformulation has yet to kill/tame this one. And nothing projects on me, I wear multiple sprays of Angel in warm weather (the horror, right?) and not a single person has complained, my skin just eats perfume up, but not this one. I'm also not someone who usually reserves perfumes for certain occasions, I don't like rules, but this is one of the very few that just feels wrong to wear in a casual setting (except when I'm staying home, then anything goes), like I'm doing it a disservice or something. I'm not as big a Guerlain fan as most, I don't tend to prefer powdery scents and that's Guerlain's specialty, but this and Shalimar are total masterpieces.

Jul
20
2016
MrsPress
MrsPress

I am not going to try to describe this fragrance or the feelings that it invokes because others have already done so, far better than I ever could. However, what I do want to say is that if you have tried this and do not like it, give it another chance in warm weather and apply to the warmest parts of your body. This fragrance needs a lot of heat to be at its best, and when it's there it is beautiful!

Jul
13
2016
IndigoEye
IndigoEye

I can agree with most reviews abut this - positive and negative. It is tender, spicy, delectable, powdery, dated... It was my signature for a few years but then I stopped enjoying it, possibly due to re formulation, I'm not sure.

I think carnation can make it seem dated but after enjoying Papillon's Salome recently, the carnation in that took me back to my memory of l'Heure Bleue. I sampled it at the Guerlain counter and it smelt sweet and cute and fluffy. A nice surprise, although still not as I remember it exactly.

I still love this but I don't see myself buying it again in the near future. Aside from anything else, I don't trust Guerlain anymore to stop fiddling with the compositions.

Jul
11
2016
nenaolivo
nenaolivo

I don't have a signature fragrance but this is my favorite. Makes me absolutely happy. Evokes sweet memories and more than a fragrance is pure sentiment. An absolute masterpiece.

Jun
26
2016
jacmac
jacmac

Starts very medicinal on a powdery base, then 30 minutes in it's all baby powder all the way, with an Iris or Carnation in the background. There's something plasticky in there too but I can't figure it out, and the baby powder is so dominant I really dislike it.

Jun
23
2016
casey.ahna
casey.ahna

Magic in a bottle. The first time I smelled L'Heure Bleue was like the first time I heard Dark Side of the Moon all the way through. Mind = blown..... absolute perfection.

Jun
22
2016
Oriane
Oriane

It smells like a moment of joy, when you know that you are full of joy and the world around you is full of joy, too. And it is soft, it is blue.

I did not get the blue thing at the beginning. The evening had not come yet. In the late afternoon, I could see touches of green, yellow and orange. I could taste sage, terragon and anise. I could almost hear a nursery rhyme, or a poem. Then, the evening came and I understood what l'heure bleue was. It was the blue in which all things are enfolded when daylight is fading. It was the secret joy you feel when you take a walk at sunset. The orange blossom was opening a Mediterranean night at the heart of Paris.

What a wonder.

Jun
15
2016
Mirabele
Mirabele

i wanted to like it but it didn't happen. i tried several times but i really just don't like it. i am kind of dissapointed in myself that i can not appreciate such a famous classic, but there is not much can be done about that. it smells powder and powder and old powder to me and not much else. it reminds me so much of something i used to smell as a child. some older woman had something that smelled so similar. i am sure that no one at that time and in this place could afford herself a Guerlain, so it must have been something else, perfume, talc or powder that smelled so similar.

Jun
13
2016
Nessers
Nessers

This was a gift from a secret admirer. Or maybe I just purchased it in my dreams . either way it showed up at my doorstep today and I received a vintage bottle . a classic formulation . powdery floral . similar to Chanel Number 5 but not quite as strong and for the people out there that think it's off-putting maybe should give this one a go . I'll leave this short and sweet . A beautiful scent for the time it was made

Jun
03
2016
SuzanneS
SuzanneS

1.7 edt 2015 edition
Im not a huge guerlain fan as my chemistry doesnt generally do well with it. I really enjoy this as a nice rendition of the vintage past as i can detect a slight civet whisp that is a hallmark of a lot of vintages but does not become a player. Its been very hot and I enjoy wearing it as a calming powdery freshness. I diddnt think Id reach that much for it, but I am pleasantly surprised. Wear it for a bit, live in it, get to know l'huere blue. I see now what the hype is about. I enjoy it and can only imagine the vintage. Hats off to Guerlain trying to preserve the classics.

Jun
03
2016
gtabasso
gtabasso

Review for EDT:

This is a powdery floral classic that starts out a little citrus and minty/medicinal like an ointment or rub that must be the anise, benzoin and bergamot but then dries down to a lovely powder typical of Guerlain. The main floral note in the drydown is iris.

May
31
2016
fyre92
fyre92

There's most definitely a correlation or slight similarity to this and Chanel no 5 edp. This has an intense violet and incense note but they are similar.

May
26
2016
fabirss
fabirss

I LOVE L’Heure Bleue on my clothes, but when it comes to my skin, the magic doesn’t work. If I spray it on a scarf, for example, a get the most luxurious and comforting benzoin scent, but if I spray it on my skin all I get is this cloying incense that overpowers everything else. What a pity. Even so, this one is a like for longevity is amazing and because it is a Guerlain classic.

May
18
2016
meligonlan
meligonlan

This is a masterpiece, but like all masterpieces they should be in a museum and admired from a distance. I can't wear this perfume because it gives me a headache however I have to admit the composition is special and unique!

May
14
2016
carpp79
carpp79

Classic, chic, aristocratic... But only in "very" cold weather, I mean, snowy weather! Wore it during a whole winter at Turin (Italy). Fantastic scent!

May
12
2016
tessa2809
tessa2809

I've been on the fence about this perfume in my younger years, because I have the 'old lady' association that sometimes comes along with classic perfumes like these. However, wisdom comes with age and I now consider l'Heure Bleue truly as a beautiful scent. The first hour is rather strong and powdery on me, but after that I get a beautiful iris and a soft, incense-like drydown that reminds me of Samsara. L'Heure Bleue definitely is her more mature and mysterious sister. Classic!

May
11
2016
HeidiLynn
HeidiLynn

I do not consider myself prejudiced against powder, but this is a bit much. I've worn it now 3 different times, and each time it devolves into a strictly powdery scent. It does start with an interesting anise note, very faintly spicy, but that lasts for only maybe 30 minutes. After that, it is a veil of powder, lightly floral, lightly spiced.

"Powdery" can mean so many things, and this is a light incense-like powder -- sandalwood, benzoin--with ylang-ylang and iris, carnation and a bare hint of coriander and clove. It's a "toiletries" style of powder, but not "inside of a purse" powder. It is not the floral powder of Lutece, but it is close--the coriander, anise and cloves make it more savory than that. I had hoped it would have a strong heliotrope note, but that is not apparent on my skin at all. It is more interesting nose-to-bottle than it is on my body. I found this to be surprisingly un-complex; the number of notes listed belies the simplicity of the fragrance. The longevity is good, at least 5 hours, sillage was decent but not overpowering.

May
05
2016
Msgreenpebble
Msgreenpebble

Like smelling the inside of a beautifully maintained antique violin. Best worn on stormy autumn afternoons. Magical!

May
04
2016
Parfumee
Parfumee

L'HEURE BLEUE

GUERLAIN

GROUP: FLORAL

NOTES: ANISE CORIANDER BERGAMOT LEMON NEROLI IRIS CARNATION ROSE HELIOTROPE ORCHID JASMINE YLANG YLANG VIOLET TUBEROSE CLOVES SANDALWOOD MUSK BENZOIN VETIVER TONKA VANILLA

SILLAGE: HEAVY RADIATES WITHIN 6 FEET

LONGEVITY: VERY LONG LASTING 7 TO 12 HOURS

REMINDS ME OF: APRES L'ONDEE GUERLAIN METEORITES GUERLAIN ESPRIT D'OSCAR OSCAR DE LA RENTA INSOLENCE GUERLAIN ISABELLA ISABELLA ROSSELLINI

THE BLUE HOUR

Launched in 1912, Guerlain improved his Apres L'Ondee with this fragrance which continues to sell and is a hugely popular and beloved perfume. The Blue Hour evokes twilight in a garden of purple flowers. This is a heliotrope and iris violet perfume whose color is purple and blue. It's a heavy floral with a lot of meaning to the person who wears it. It begins with anise which at the time before aldehydes was the only way for a fragrance to start fresh and perfumy, along with citruses. The natural bergamot and neroli is very prominent at the first spritz of L'Heure. It then turns very flowery. If you don't care for the smell of flowers get out of here. The heliotrope is in full bloom, the iris gives the scent a cloud of sweet powder, the carnation and orchid is silky and sexy, the tuberose jasmine are white floral beauties that are not shy. Fragrant flowers for days. The scent lingers and rather than being too sweet gradually darkens and turns into musk, and warm creamy benzoin and dense incense. It always feels like night is falling and the mood is introspective, melancholy, even funereal. We sigh and we cry and wonder what happened to perfumes when they were this good. Highly recommended for all fans of what a real perfume can do and what it is, all fans of Guerlain and classic vintage fragrances. This scent is as loved as Shalimar and Chanel No. 5. It is a floral masterpiece and always will be. I proudly wear it to travel back in time.

Apr
28
2016
amberonic
amberonic

I obtained a spray sample from the SA at the Guerlain counter at Neiman Marcus. I've worn it 5 or 6 times, and it's beautiful; however, my experience is just a shard of what I understand this fragrance to be.

Despite its beauty, I feel as though I'm smelling the equivalent of looking at a master oil painting digitally reproduced on an electric screen. All the data is there, but the image is flat and pixelated. It may be my chemistry (either of my skin and my olfactory sense) but throughout the life of LHB on my skin, there are glitches, particularly with the vanilla and violet. It's like I'm watching a video on a computer and suddenly some pixels suddenly fail to render, and there's just a weird green mess where someone's face should be. The smell will be glorious sensual floral perfection and suddenly a gross stinky deformity, like a bouquet where 1/3 of the flowers are rotting.

We've had this creation here on Earth for over 100 years. I would like to imagine my particular experience is related to this decade's reformulation. I can only hope that within the future of my life, I'll get to experience that master oil painting in a holodeck instead of in front of a 1280x720p monitor.

Apr
24
2016
RaggedyAnne
RaggedyAnne

My husband bought it for me for Christmas, and I have to say that at Christmas I really liked it, in fact I chose it and thats why he bought it, but it really didnt last too long on me, 4 hours max, but I thought it would be fine for special occasions, because I really do like it....I love the vanillary powdery-ness of this perfume.
So last night I decided to wear it just for the evening, I thought 6 O clock until bedtime, as it doesnt last long it will be gone, perfect.
But as its now warmer (April), OMG it took on this beautiful alter-ego, and what was initially a LIKE, has now turned into adoring love. It smelled totally different to what I remember it smelling like in those winter months after Christmas, the drydown is to die for, yet It was barely recognisable in winter, it just seemed to fade away into nothing. The lasting power was enormou, It didnt last the 4 hours it usually does, it was still going strong at 2am....8 hours later!
LHB is my new signature perfume, I have had it since Christmas and it has sat on my dressing table, and worn very infrequently, but that is about to change. It's obviously ( for me anyway) a perfume best worn in the spring or summer, winter just didn't bring out the best in it for me.

Apr
21
2016
Amber98
Amber98

My grandma wore it and still wears it to this day. It's timeless and I really like this perfume myself! Might purchase it for nostalgia and the beauty of the fragrance.

Apr
20
2016
ketoile
ketoile

I don't usually particularly like floral or powdery scents, but damn if this one doesn't actually have the reported magic. After the dry-down, it ends up somewhere very evocative and subtle, that's a bit "lady" and old-fashioned, but in the best possible way, and without broadcasting it to everyone near you.

Apr
13
2016
milazinha
milazinha

(If anyone would like to try this, happy to trade decants for my want list.)

Very sharp, harsh iris and violet. I'm not into florals, but even if I were, I cannot imagine myself wearing this. I get no sweetness, and it's too in-your-face. Not for me!

Apr
13
2016
Tara1
Tara1

I feel like I am a bit late to arrive at the party!

For some reason I never properly sampled this gem until recently.

Now I love it!

I find it very easy to wear and very enjoyable.
It is simply superb.

I am amazed at how long it lingers in my space. Gorgeous dry down!!!

Yes!

Apr
08
2016
Fragrant Desert
Fragrant Desert

Very tempted to make this statement so decided to do so since took my time first. Could L'Heure Bleue be the Best perfume ever created? I say yes. This isn't my favorite group. Most of mine are oriental floral but none really ever reached the highest of heights for me. Until now. If this symbolizes "before" the war and the beginning of love I think Guerlain nailed it squarely and firmly. No matter what they say or how many are sold, the Best, to me, is not No. 5, it is L'Heure Bleue. Deep down inside Chanel, Dior and all the others must know that the crown for Best Perfume House belongs to Guerlain. I can't describe love at its start or how the notes here tell that story which fills your soul when you wear this. Admit, in my ever-growing self-discovery of fragrance powdery and Iris are currently pointing towards all my real favorites. White Diamonds must remain my signature scent for many reasons personal but a new category must be created for L'Heure Bleue and I don't even know what to call it because how can you ever really name new love? You feel it. You experience it. You cannot properly describe it. L'Heure Bleue must be what it is like when God smiles.

Apr
07
2016
KarlekLila
KarlekLila

I cannot express enough love for the House of Guerlain! So many of Monsieur Guerlain's creations are utterly timeless. L'heure bleu is one such scent. It's soft, evening iris-heliotrope-vanilla powder is at once both vintage and modern. I will not attempt to describe it's magic, as so many other reviewers have done far better than I could. I will only say that Bleu must be tested for one's self. There is a reason that classic fragrances such as this by such an old perfume house have remained beloved by so many for so long!

Mar
23
2016
shiva-woman
shiva-woman

I finally got around to it! What a lovely fragrance, well-blended, definitely Guerlain, somewhat reminiscent of Chanel 5 (someone below mentioned and I agree). This is altogether spicy-powdery, sweet with a benzoin kick that at first wearing made me think of leather. It has the light aldehyde aspect, but is overall a powder powerhouse with spicy aspects. The notes as listed I think are "true" as in I sense them (though less on the lemon/neroli bergamot and anise--alas on the latter), but overall this is so nicely composed that no note dominates entirely. They all harmonize to create a soft woody spicy aspect (I think it would fall into various camps of florientals, woods, spices). On me, the benzoin, carnation, woods, and ylang-ylang really project. This is a distinctive, memorable scent.

I am now only sorry that I have endured too many poor perfumes to get to this one. This is an absolute "anchor" perfume, one that all Perfumistas should try (and even buy if you can get pre-formulation). I am wearing the pre-form EDP. Silage and longevity are excellent--as in I leave a nice trail (not killer); it lingers on my clothes (softly) and lasts... Apply with light hand.

With respect to season--any season is a good season and time to wear your perfume! Having said that, for me this is more evening than day, more fall, than summer. But it's officially spring, and I'm wearing it to the post office (my next errand!). It does not make me feel blue--but rather happy that I am amidst a personal cloud of deliciousness over a sea of impoverishment.

Mar
23
2016
Museumgal
Museumgal

What a powerhouse! Iris perfumes are usually so shy an light. This is bold and strong, a real statement scent. Powdery and then sweet with the heliotrope especially. An iris scent for nighttime wear. Beautiful and classic!

Mar
15
2016
Jyrhara
Jyrhara

I own an EDT from the early Nineties, it's as powdery as it can get, but without being dry. It's really sweet, more so in the drydown. It's a really classy perfume. I love it, and on me it lasts very long, surprising me half a day after spraying.
I smell mostly iris but at the end of the day I get sweet smoky vanilla.

Mar
15
2016
Miss X
Miss X

After reading many reviews here and there about LHB, and finally tested and bought it (2014 EDP version), I must say the following for the ones who still have never smelled it and want to know what is this about, because there seems to be like a groundswell of opinion about LHB, a general feeling with other emotions, artistic expressions and concepts attached, that I absolutely respect, but I just don't perceive it this way, not at all:

· It doesn't smells blue, neither sad, nor even melancholic… but yellow, solar, powerful and wealthy. I wonder why people feel sad with such yummy and sweet citric and vervain bomb (especially in the beginning, then it softens).
· Nowadays, it's impossible to say that "it is unique, or a smell that can't be described because it's not similar to anything you could have smelt before". In fact, it's the characteristic scent some luxury hotels use to perfume their linens and towels, I swear.
· Some people compare it to Insolence, Méteorites, even Lou Lou… I was expecting something similar, but: where are the violets in LHB? In my opinion, if there would be an evident resemblance to another perfume it would be to Chanel nº5 and maybe nº19 as well (in the drydown). As nº5 was born after LHB, it could be the Chanel's version of Guerlain's LHB, the aldehydic one.
· LHB on one hand, Chanel nª5 on the other, they both share that characteristic "gourmand", creamy and delicious citric note which radiates that solar warmth. The difference; nº5 is more sharp, acid and dry. An alternative and matte touch, soapy, lactic, porous and chemical.
While LHB is gentler and oily and more stable over time, slightly longer lasting, (higher quality than Chanel) and a little bit more innocent, powdery or floral. Both perfectly contemporaries, for those "muppies" (the new yuppies) who truly appreciate the atemporal classics.
· As I said, I can't detect violets nor any particular flower. Indeed, the overall impression is that it's floral, but the only I vaguely distinguish is a honeyed mimosa in the beginning and a refined lavender vibe in the middle phase, which reminds me to cola drinks.
· I wouldn't either say that it contains vanilla, resins nor woods; it is light and naturally sweet.
· It could be worn all year around and I think it will be particularly nice in summer.

To sum up, I adore this perfume, it's so legendary and makes you feel that particular state of buoyancy, like a fantasy close to come true. There are other modern and cheaper perfumes, currently, which could smell objectively better, but no one makes you feel more powerful, wealthy, bright, peaceful, intellectually mature, feminine and chic than LHB.

Mar
14
2016
kousuisei
kousuisei

To be honest, unless you have been predisposed with the 'marketing' of the scent, this scent is not 'sad' or 'melancholic' at all.

To me, it is calming. Sure it's not a 'happy' scent, but certainly not sad.

At first spray, you don't get the citrusy note like you do with other fragrance, but instead, it's rather medicinal and cold.

However, once the top note disappears, it slowly opens up to a soft floral and powdery smell.

Mar
08
2016
Marco<3
Marco<3

Appena l'ho sentito, mi sono emozionato.
Un profumo immenso, rappresenta appieno quel momento in cui una persona, dopo aver passato una giornata di lavoro, si concede il lusso, di pensare a se, guardando quello splendido blu che solo il cielo prima del tramonto può dare.
Rassicurante, rilassante, un profumo che c'è ma è nascosto sulla pelle, bisogna scovarlo.

<3

Mar
08
2016
XxRosexX
XxRosexX

Upon first spraying, it opened up as a powder bomb, but very quickly settled into something truely other worldly soon after. It felt as if the cold night air had blown a dry ethereal cloud into my bedroom making the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I imagined a woman who had died long ago of a broken heart had been conjured to me by the scent, and her disembodied spirit lingered near as the smell that perfumed the air reminded her of something she had once lost. Almost as soon as it had developed into this masterpiece, it was reanimated and became the must of a woman whom I would be very cautious of if we ever met. I find the scent even more unnerving in this form than in it's arid ghostly state. Now the deep fragrance of benzoin, ylang ylang, and musk try to push through, but the combination of carnation and lilac peirce through the warmth of their hearts, and iris attempts to choke the life out of them by emitting a cloud of dust and powder, reminding me that this frag is a stone cold bitch. I am devastated that the eerie beauty that once floated before me in the top notes have deceived me and left me with this cruel witch. As I settle into it, I learn her nuances, and my guard is weakened. What once before frightened me about her, I now see as characteristic idiosyncrasies. Maybe I'm just entangled in a spell like a baited animal, but if so, I'm done for, as I can't imagine a world now where I would forsake my queen.

Mar
07
2016
ms rochambeau
ms rochambeau

The slightly gourmand notes evoke a light, fluffy French pastry with almonds as the wistfulness of it induces quiet moments of reverie throughout the day.

Mar
02
2016
beatrix75
beatrix75

Today I receive my 75ml bottle of lhb.Oh it's soo beautiful so romantic blue and cozy,the floral note its strong and powdery at first then you feel the melancholic image of something like spicy anise vanilla Tonka combination with lots of iris, soft lipstick and incense smell.Very unique nostalgic magic long lasting fragrance classic and elegant ohhh I love it so much I feel like as if walking barefoot in a big cloud and I can feel on my skin the sunshine the warmth and happiness !!! Love forever young forever<3

Feb
25
2016
globus pallidus
globus pallidus

You have to smell L'heure bleue to understand (believe?) the Guerlinade. It is all there is and not much to distract from it: high-quality citruses and honeyed orange blossom going into a floral bouqet that seems well blended to the point of being undiscernable, many different spices that never overpower, are more like a fine dust over all those things that are going on, plush musks, chewy resins and the legendary powdery vanilla.
It might not have as much character as Mitsouko, but buoy does it make up for it in loveliness.

Feb
21
2016
pickledprose
pickledprose

im frustrated this smells just like mitsuko to me it makes me thing something wrong with mine

Feb
18
2016
coffeebee
coffeebee

First impressions - how can this be a polarizing scent? It's as gentle, soft, and cuddly as a kitten. Kittens have a beguiling nature, though, as does L'Heure Bleue.

I don't find it to be somber or lonesome, but there is a wistfulness about it. I *do* get the sense of twilight, a spring day coming to a close, and there is a misty fog crawling over a meadow of sweet grass, violets, and herbs. I smell the night coming in and moon rising, the dust in the air being settled by the damp evening humidity, crickets chirping...such a neat sensory experience, especially because it starts out as dry and dusty immediately after spraying.

I think this one will teach me more about noticing anise/licorice, iris, and carnation - some of my favorite notes. At first it seemed like another romantic, powdery violet scent (which would be okay - I love those perfumes)...but there is so much more hiding in the later hours of wear. I took one more deep inhale from my wrist before bed last night, 6-8 hours into wear, and I got a burst of savory-sweet licorice and vanilla.

Sillage is soft, this seems to be a personal scent, but I do pick up swirls of scent around me throughout the day when I move, especially in humidity.

One more thought - there's something about it that reminds me of the original Coty Airspun face powder. Yum.

Feb
16
2016
Tambourine
Tambourine

My signature Fragrance.

One of my first fragrance with Habanita when i was 1( years old, and i came back to L'Heure Bleue when i was 26, about ... ten years ago (wouah).
This pefume tells so much things: elegance, romantism, melancholia, sensuality, feminity, softness...It expresses so much feelings at the same time!

L'heure Bleue opens with citrusy and little bit anisic top notes, and then becomes flowery and slightly spicy, around orange blossom, enriched by rose, tuberose and carnation (eugenol). The drydown reminds guerlinade: vanilla, iris, heliotropin, sandalwwood...

A masterpiece, faithful to Jacques Guerlain olfactive writing, a timeless classic.

Feb
16
2016
ramin1215
ramin1215

The Blue Room BY Suzanne Valadon

Feb
12
2016
VanillaTabbyCat1963
VanillaTabbyCat1963

The ultimate purple scent! My all time favorite. There is no fragrance as interesting and beautiful. Hits all the pleasure centers!!

Feb
11
2016
morkant
morkant

I can only assume the reformulation has killed this one. I smelled the original once, and in my memory it was so much better that the current EDP.

I'm not saying its bad but... just flat, kinda `damp`, no `lift` or sparkle. The original instantly made me think of some enchanted kitchen from a storybook, the new version is not bad but definitely not the masterpiece it once was.

Feb
07
2016
Guermantes
Guermantes

Well, back in the day they definitely knew how to make perfumes!
I'm wearing EdP today, when we first met it was EdT. The composition is very sophisticated, apart from the Heliotrope, Iris and vanilla my uneducated nose tries to guess a symphony of other notes. It doesn't evoke any sad associations at first, only if I used my imagination which I prefer not, because I have a terrible obsession about sad things and especially war and I'd prefer not to destroy such a perfect perfume. So this will not be a story from the 1914-1918 or the second war. This is the time before the world got broken. And everything could go different, who says the world's history has been fixed?
Anyway... wearing this fragrance today gives me a lovely "retro" feeling, similar to this which I feel while wearing true steel boned corsets or looking at portraits from the Belle Epoque. Yes, there is a hint of melancholy... in fact, every beauty is a bit melancholic. No true beauty is easy.
I love this fragrance.

Feb
03
2016
JardinHomme
JardinHomme

Wow. L'Heure Bleue holds no punches. From opening to drydown it chills the blood. It makes me think of a serpent slithering through a flower garden at dusk, of the ghost of a first-class Titanic passenger, and of a Parisian Patisserie closing at sundown, all at once.

It smells like iris, menthol, marzipan, sandalwood, and musk, among other accords my apparently phillistine nose isn't worldly enough to discern yet.

Calling L'Heure Bleue a perfume is like calling Hamlet a little stage show. It's an hour, it's a color, its an era gone by. It's olfactive poetry.

As a man, I can't really call this one unisex. As much as I don't believe in gendering fragrances, I also advise men who don't want to admit that they wear perfumes marketed to women against spraying it on. But I will keep my EdT bottle for strolls along the river in the shade before the moon rises, when I want to reminisce.

Feb
02
2016
Florista
Florista

Wow. Gigi the Fashionista's review inspired me to buy a vintage bottle in the middle of the night. I have wanted to try the pre-reformulated version for so long now. It's about time.
UPDATE: What impresses me the most about these kind of classic perfumes is how they manage to hold and then unfurl so many specific notes. First a rush of anise, white floral, pepper, and bergamot all fused together until, for a moment, something like paperwhites comes out. Then it's a who's who of the garden: the rose makes an appearance solo for a split second, carnation, violets and greatest of all, heliotrope makes a long impression as the true heart of this fragrance. Along with iris, heliotrope is a floral note that wavers between smelling botanical and smelling like human skin. What I love about L'heure Bleue is the same thing I love about Mitsouko: they both seem to have been created to elevate the beauty of a woman's skin. These aren't deodorizing perfumes that mask the human scent with a wall of flowers. These are idealizations of natural skin scent intended to haunt all who come in close proximity to the woman who wears them. It's in the transition from heliotrope to iris and vanilla and tonka that I feel I have arrived to The Blue Hour. The energy has dropped and the body and mind melt, staring at the sky and inhaling the dense mixture of earth, flowers, and mist. The vanilla drydown is classic Guerlain and it adds another dreamy facet to the idealized skin scent. It's difficult to think of any modern perfumes that come close to matching this balance of softness with complexity. They really don't make them like this anymore.

Jan
29
2016
nordhaul
nordhaul

I wrote a pretty non descript review ...saying
this perfume does not disappoint nor impress
while secretly I somewhat resent this perfume
and it's time I admit that, with the help of what
I just read on here saying this perfume smells
like a poignant heartbreak that had trillions of
balloons on it. So thanks for the validation. It
sure does smell AWFULLY blue. It smells like
falling in love, stupidly, abruptly, in which tragedy
is right around the corner. I don't like this concept.
Not to say this isn't a beauty or even masterpiece,
but the dose of reality that ensues can be traumatic
to the not-ready. I wasn't expecting to be pried open
like this. Shalimar did that and now this. Aye. Peace.

Jan
26
2016
lairdutemp
lairdutemp

This is a gentle fragrance, not overpowering. I love the vanilla in this. It is a good fragrance for cold winter days and nights.

Jan
25
2016
grayspoole
grayspoole

I did not seek out Oriental perfumes at the start of my perfume journey when I was primarily focused on chypres and florals. Gradually, I began to try a few great vintage Orientals and now I have quite a few in my wardrobe. I enjoy wearing Oriental scents especially in the colder months.

I have L'Heure Bleue extrait in a rosebud flacon bottle that I date to the late 1950's-70's. I also have the EDT, batchcode 2000. Both versions smell wonderful to me. Unsurprisingly, the extrait has less sillage than the EDT but it develops beautifully on the skin. I do perceive one big difference in the composition of the scents--the older extrait has a considerable musk-civet animalic character that I don't get at all in the 2000 EDT version. As a result, the extrait feels more somber and serious than the fresher, more playful 2000 EDT.

I won't try to parse notes because L'Heure Bleue is an unusually unified composition, and it doesn't change all that much from beginning to end--it is just L'Heure Bleue. Along with its soft, beautiful floral notes of iris and carnation, L'Heure Bleue has a somewhat gourmand character from spices such as anise and clove and the vanillin and almond-y heliotropin, but I am happy to say that it never smells "edible" on me, since I prefer not to smell like food. I find L'Heure Bleue to be comforting and soothing, and I see it as a perfume of deep contentment rather than melancholy.

Jan
23
2016
lou hotchkiss.knives
lou hotchkiss.knives

There are three Spirits living in this beautiful bottle. The first one reveals herself with he top note : powdery yet dramatic, she's a silver-screen star from the Belle Epoque, doe-eyed and alabaster-skinned, clad in vaporous whites and delicate embroidery. She makes her entrance in a cloud of heliotrope and anise, every one of her movements exuding grace and elegance. Some may find her a tad bit old-school, and indeed this is miles away from the gaudy feminity of modern celebrity perfumes. This is Womanhood in all her Art Nouveau glory.

With the middle notes, a sorcerous Salome appears, sprawled over velvet cushions, and crowned with roses, violets, jasmine and carnations. The heart notes of L'Heure Bleue are sensual and alluring, with all the gracefulness and seduction of a dancing Mata-Hari.

At the bottom of the bottle lives a Goddess whose breasts are covered in violets and whose head is crowned with the faint twinkle of the first stars. In the perfect blue of dusk, as the scent of tonka bean, benzoin and sandalwood rises from the offerings bowls on her altar, the heart swells with a certain melancholy, a nostalgia for an era lost in the mists of History and legend, an awe-inspiring and poignant feeling that tugs at your soul like the longing for a faraway love.

I could wax lyrical about this fragrance all night. I have been wearing it for the past ten years and my obsession shows no sign of abating. I have tried Mitsouko, Shalimar, Apres l'Ondee, but L'Heure Bleue is my true love.
The recent reformulations has somehow dimmed its potency, but its crepuscular beauty remains the same.
This is a true masterpiece.

Jan
22
2016
Angela Agiannidou
Angela Agiannidou

L heure bleue, l heure magique! How can a perfume be so classy, old school and yet modern? Fresh but sweetly resinous, cool with radiant warmth? This is so aromatic and balanced. It opens up fresh and gradually the resins and spices take over. The combination of a strong carnation note and iris with violet give it a powdery, vintage spicy vibe, the vetiver ever so gentle in the background with hints only of rose and musk and strong resins which, mixed with bergamot lend a balanced and rather waxy freshness. Very romantic and so nostalgic, spot on 'bluish hour'. This is such an otherworldly scent, its haunting quality captivates totally.In a sea of generic mediocre 'l heure bleue' shines supreme with its gentility and smoothness. This is not for loud statements, yet you know its there, persistent and long lasting, spicy enough and fresh with an enveloping sweetness.Iam glad I own it.

Jan
21
2016
kitro
kitro

Wow.

Seriously, wow.

I didn't think I liked this. Well, no. When I first sprayed it, I did like it, it was clean and kinda soapy and nice. Then, I didn't like it. It smelt herby and kinda medicinal. I thought about trying to wash it off. Then I did like it, even though it hadn't really changed. Then it did change, to something softer and more powdery, and again, I didn't like it, but then did. Which is good, as it lasted around 30 hours!

It's so... strange! Mystical. I thought it would be over-hyped, not as impressive as people say. In some ways it is, it's nothing like what I expected. But then, it's nothing like anything.

So, smell wise. What I was thinking was herby and medicinal is really carnation and spice I think. At one point it was really reminding me of Germaline, but nicely. It smells vintage, old fashioned without being old lady. Comfortable. I'm writing things that should smell horrid, but they don't, not here. They work, they fit.

It lasts. Oh boy, does it last. I sprayed three times while shopping in an afternoon, and could still smell it at bedtime the NEXT evening. Only just, mind, the barest, gentle touch of scent wrapping around me as I got changed for bed.

Part of me wishes I hadn't smelt this. I'm seriously craving more of it!

Jan
20
2016
petravesna
petravesna

Pure sandalwood. No development of character, boring. On top it burned my skin.

On its defence, perhaps it was not an original formula.

Jan
19
2016
hsheep
hsheep

Yikes I was not ready for that initial blast, and I just dabbed this on (new EDT)! This fragrance exploded onto my skin with a whirlwind of an older era vibe. It was a medicinal/herbal powder tornado, I can't say I liked it at all. But I know enough to let fragrances settle down, and this one eventually softens and different notes emerge and mix with the top notes. I get a hint of vanilla and softer powder, I can also smell the carnation in there.

Although I can appreciate the history of this fragrance, I'm afraid I just can't handle it. It literally mows me down in its presence. But I'm glad I tried it.

Jan
19
2016
Gigi The Fashionista
Gigi The Fashionista

MY BLUE HOUR

1912 was a good year for fragrances. This was before aldehydes were introduced in perfumery so fragrances for women were strictly floral and chypres with woodsy notes. Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant was also released the same year as Guerlain's L'Heure Bleue. It was the year that the RMS Titanic sank into the Atlantic Ocean taking 15 thousand lives. This fragrance does at times evoke that tragedy. It's Rose De Witt Bukater's perfume, a fragrance of a soul in pain who needs release. The name of this fragrance refers to the Blue Hour which is usually about 6PM when the sun has set and sunk into the horizon and twilight has settled in. You can't see the sun but it's warmth and soft light is still there. It's a time I have always loved. A time for meditation and to be alone with one's thoughts. I have sat alone on park benches at this exact hour and there is a serenity and stillness, even a melancholia that one feels. The night time is nothing like this as I consider the night to be more sensual and more alive. I would never want to be stuck in eternal twilight but if it smelled anything like L'Heure Bleue I would live there forever. This is a classic floral fragrance of such sublime heartbreaking beauty. Yes it has been reformulated and there is the additional note of vanilla and tonka to suit the vanilla lovers of 2016, but the rest of the formula is the same as the one from 1912. This is like walking in a garden of blue and purple flowers in twilight time. I have the vintage original and I wore it today and I cried. It affected me as much as L'air du Temps. I want to live in a world of peace and love and fragrances like this almost make me believe it's possible. She starts with citric accords: neroli, bergamot, and lemon. She has a huge floral heart: heliotrope (yes! my favorite purple flower) iris, violet, orchid, jasmine, carnation tuberose and ylang-ylang. I can smell each of these lovely flowers but the Queen of this Garden Court is Iris. Even the Rose who is usually the Queen has been relegated to the role of Lady In Waiting. I've experienced this effect in other fragrances like Givenchy's Ysatis Iris which is a big iris perfume. This one too it's an iris perfume. If you love iris this is for you. It gives it the right touch of sadness, sweetness and vulnerability and yet it has a lot of strength and power, terrifying power. It's a romantic tragedy from 1912. The old formula had a ton of sandalwood and oak, oak moss. The new formula has less of it and is bigger on vanilla making the fragrance sweeter and more feminine. The citrus in the old formula made it unisex. I would say the same thing can apply to the new formula but the citrus is only serving as a way to freshen the fragrance. For me this fragrance is a lady, a queen, and a guy just can't pull it off the same way a woman can but he is free to try. Like with Nina Ricci's L'air du Temps, this fragrance wears like a piece of 19th century Romantic classical music, like a Chopin Nocturne or exactly like Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata No. 8 in C Minor Op. 13. This is like the beautiful vision that Schroeder from the Peanuts (Charlie Brown cartoons) has when he's playing Beethoven, a series of images like angels, cathedrals, the ocean, flowers, and music sheets. Seriously listen to that music and smell this fragrance. It's a perfect match. I am seriously considering changing my signature scent from Arpege to this one. Arpege doesn't seem to have the depth and meaning that his fragrance has. Guerlain the master perfumer created a divine fragrance that I believe even God himself would wear. No blasphemy there. I will love this fragrance all my life. And this is for anyone I repeat anyone male female of any age race or social status rich poor anyone who loves flowers which are part of the planet we were all born into. I am experiencing my Blue Hour until my final hour on this earth.

Jan
18
2016
weasley
weasley

To be honest I've been kind of intimidated by the old classics like this one, but after finishing my sample I can say that this one is not scary at all.

The opening reminded me a lot of apres l'ondee, which I love, but this was deeper and richer, and doesn't have the feeling of water and cucumbers that apres l'ondee has. It lasts a lot longer as well, and has a sweeter base that I adore.

The opening is a bit strong for me, (it made both me and my mother sneeze) but I love it when it's been worn for a while and becomes sweeter and warmer. I kind of wish I could skip some of the top notes, but they are part of the experience as well. The beginning does not feel natural on me, but rather like I'm dressing up as someone else, someone older and classier, or someone from the past. But I kind of enjoy experiencing that with perfumes too.

I would say that it a very evocative perfume. It's hard to label it as one thing, as it made me feel something different each time I wore it. Some days it was really melancholic and blue, some days it was too classic, like wearing a costume, some days it was modern and new, like being young in a big city.

Delfinetly my favorite of the old classics so far. And I still don't feel like I know it completely.

Jan
18
2016
leighhannah
leighhannah

This perfume smells like poignant heartbreak.

Jan
11
2016
PinkRainbow
PinkRainbow

A provocative and mysterious scent that has been around a long time.

Jan
09
2016
K1
K1

There are uncountably numerous iris-spinning fragrances but what makes Guerlain's bride distinct is the company's noble iris which smells virgin, young and cute with hints of candy sweetness and first class maquillage powder.

L'Heure Bleue opens so bitter and soil-like and enormously powdery and balmy. The perfume's grown format is soft resinous, warm smoky, and floral powdery. The complete fragrance is seriously out of this world. The soapy wet-soil smell of the intro now is grown and mature with amber and carnation.

L'Heure Bleue is a perfect romantic, a signature, and as noble as coat of arms. Strong longevity, medium projection but perfect trail of smell…
★★★★★

Jan
07
2016
nordhaul
nordhaul

Does not disappoint. Or impress.
Lives up to the hype. No more...
...no Less. Nothing else to say
re this Masterpiece. ...Peace...

Jan
04
2016
giokaal
giokaal

This is an amazing perfume a true art masterpiece!!!!!!!! It's nostalgic, powerful classy luxurious weird amazing!!! beyond the limits of every perfume I've smelled !!!! I love it!!!!!
I have nothing more to say about this one of a kind fragrance!!! it's a genuine Guelrain!!!! It's so unique you can recognize this smell immediately!!!!!!
I m very proud to have it and wear it on special occasions!!! I would love to wear it all the time but with this amazing perfume I can't stop thinking what will happen if it ends? What if I can't find it anymore!!!! I feel like I must keep as much as I can of its precious drops!!!!!!!somehow it reminds my of mitsouko like a distant cousin!! They are related!!!! But this creation is higher on my scale!!!!! Please try it find it buy it and wear it you ll make a better world!!!!!!
Imagine Catherine Deneuve wearing a classy dress opening her colorful umbrella to avoid the raindrops of a separation! I get this image every time I smell it

Thanks
G.

Dec
31
2015
RubyBirdy
RubyBirdy

I can acknowledge this is a wonderfully-executed masterwork and simultaneously admit that, alas, it just doesn’t work for me – not for my skin, not for my tastes. On paper, I think this smells amazing: “cold,” melancholy, true to its name. It hearkens back to a time when high-quality ingredients and skill in crafting a fragrance were a given. But when I spray it on myself, the powdery violets come across medicinal and overwhelming. They just completely envelop me in a cloud of old ladies with a hint of fancy bathroom – there’s something trying to cover up a slightly urinous note, I’m afraid (It’s not me!). I don't know what it is about Guerlain perfumes, but many of them, like this EDP and the Mitsouko EDT, give me a definite toilet-cleaning vibe - wish I knew what was going on with that. Anyway, I also seem to lose a lot of the captivating anise that smells so good on paper. The aldehydes made me sneeze. Fortunately, the vanillic drydown somewhat lessens the old lady effect after about three-and-a-half hours, but it does become very sweet after more time passes.

I wouldn't buy it for myself, but a sniff of it on paper is a good reminder of what well-made perfume can be in a world where crap is dressed up and paraded as luxurious.

Dec
22
2015
jules11
jules11

I just received a sample of this. I didn't enjoy the sharpness when first applied. The top notes are pungent and vintage, dry and powdery. But then I have an extremely sensitive nose. The drydown reminded me of something from my past. I'm sure my grandmother must have worn something similar. It was comforting. While I don't think of it as a romantic scent (my husband agreed it was not a sensual smell), it is very lovely and classic. Silver screen glamour as it turns into powdery iris. Not something I would purchase to wear for myself but maybe use as a sachet to scent delicates. It is definitely one of a kind.

Dec
22
2015
Chelsea1605
Chelsea1605

A kind fragrantican sent me a small sample of the newer version of the edp and if this is how beautiful the reformulation is, one can only dream of what the vintage is like. It's soft, and powdery. I get the florals, the anise and later the benzoin. It's just really complex and every time i smell my hand it develops into something new. It's not something i feel i could wear though for some reason.

Dec
16
2015
janelbragg
janelbragg

This is like profound fragility....that was my first thought. I have never in my life smelled something and thought that until now. It is the first time I have smelled a fragrance, or anything for that matter, and felt that strong of a reaction. It is also the first time I have felt compelled to write a review after the several years being on this site. It is beautiful.

Dec
12
2015
halesgordo
halesgordo

Words do L'Heure Bleue no justice. I have never smelled anything like it, but I have again and again and again. It is uncanny how familiar the fragrance is and it transforms into a new thing of beauty over and over opening up a new sensory and memory flash each time I move or bring my wrist to my nose.

At bedtime, I wear this scent and it soothes and comforts and erases any tension. My daughter crawled under the sheets a moment ago and said, "You smell sooooo good! What is it? I told her the name and she said, I don't care what the name is, what is in it? And before I could finish telling her all the notes, she was fast asleep. L'Heure Bleue is magic.

Nov
23
2015
Tam
Tam

Do you have a fume in your collection that is so brilliant you don't feel you are worthy enough to wear it? That is often the case with me and L'Heure Bleue. I call it my 'signature' when asked by fellow fumeheads but in fact I only wear it on very carefully selected occasions as I often feel I am not worthy enough to wear it. I can't say anything about it's notes that hasn't already been very beautifully articulated here by commenters already. For me it portrays calm, intellect and melancholy. I'm prompted to add this review because it has been a highly depressing week when atrocities across the world (don't want to go into them) have brought home how precious life is, how vulnerable we all are and how we need to show respect for and look out for one another. L'Heure Bleue is the fragrance I am wearing at present to encapsulate these sentiments. Perhaps if we scented everyone in the world with L'Heure Bleue it would be a much better place.

Nov
17
2015
estaesta
estaesta

the bottled twilight zone tears . this is not a perfume . its the first time you understand the beauty of opera. for me tristan and isolde - liebestod by wagner

Nov
12
2015
SuzySchnabel
SuzySchnabel

When we talk about this scent we should mention production-year and strength otherwise it gets too confusing, the differences in quality/strenght are too big, adding to it the personal preferences of the reviewers.
Since this is/was my fav. Guerlain I've tried in time different versions from 1987 till now, usually prefering the EDP.
This summer I decided to go for a 10 years old extrait, the classic red/white illustrated box with inside the little gem on a dark-blue velvety lined base. This just remains closed and will only be looked at because I had to 'solemnly swear' this to the person who sold it..." No, no...you WILL NEVER OPEN that bottle..just a collector's piece..you promise, ja ?" And I intend keeping this promise because I bought it together with the extrait-tester, this being 90% full, and having asked if I could use at least THAT one, the answer was predictable "Well, just a tiny little bit...only very special occasions...but carefull!! " Point is: since I smelled THAT HAUNTING THING I had NO peace because I had smelled pure paradise as simple as that. All my previous EDT/EDP being just mere shadows of that quintessential paradise. And vague shadows can indeed have a seed of light melancholia about them. But not in this Eden. Two spritzes lasted 24 hours and had released all the honeyd flowers and serenity during a incessantly rainy
day so after being haunted for almost a week I just phoned the shop and flew to pick the 'things' up otherwise I wouldn't rest. How many times did I wear it? This is another haunting thing because I happen to see the perfumist ( we have good laughs ) and it's always this melody : "How many times..? ! " So I'm scared to wear it anyway ......maybe twice ? One and half ? Paradise for me is.. sniffing the liquid gold from its bottle... it just sits there, paradise.
"How many times......"

Nov
11
2015
Marie69
Marie69

My Mom had L´Heure Bleue on her dresser for years, in the inverted heart topped bottle. She said she didn´t like it so much but that my father had given it to her and that it was quit dear...I don´t remember it from those days either way, as I was far too busy with my more sophisticated and modern Jontue and Green Apple. Today, too many moons later, I try for the first time a small vial of maybe 4 mls something labeled in hand L´Heure Bleue 1912. I received this in a very large lot. It is a deep topaz colour, and has the purest, most lovely powder smell, skiing in powder made from floral dust, but rich and not too sweet. I cannot imagine this vial to be the original 1912 batch....but Wow is it lovely.

Nov
10
2015
militanttihintti
militanttihintti

This scent makes me very emotional. It has been described the most melancholic fragrance ever made and I think that says it all. There's nothing quite like it.

Nov
07
2015
Tapioca
Tapioca

Normally, I'm not a fan of jasmine, but this perfume is such a complex and radiant beauty that it somehow doesn't bother me. It is like the Vermeer of perfumes: a masterpiece, but I don't know if I'd want it hanging in my living room. I bought a FB since I couldn't find a sample or decant anywhere here in Germany. Now that I have it, I just have to find an occasion to wear it Maybe when I have lunch with my husband's grandfather in two weeks? Maybe to the weddings I'm invited to next spring? This is definitely not something that I could wear everyday, but it may have me sniffing the bottle on a regular basis.

Nov
06
2015
Hot Tomato
Hot Tomato

If you have ever seen the classic Gene Kelly movie "An American in Paris" or heard the gorgeous music of the Gershwins' Rhapsody in Blue. This is the fragrance I associate with these. Each is a masterpiece.

Nov
04
2015
Taliera
Taliera

Do NOT spill this on yourself. It takes 3 days before everybody refrains from saying "what's that smell?". And yes, 3/4 of a mL can do that. It is a gorgeous fragrance, but it's somewhat burned my nostrils and all I can smell now is benzoin, like Vicks! That aside, I find this to be an incredibly vintage scent. Powdery iris, peppery florals with an oriental base. Drydown is soft like seude and very, very beautiful. Calm and melancholy.

Nov
01
2015
Zaleska
Zaleska

The most beautiful perfume I've ever tried. Period.

Oct
30
2015
kittypup
kittypup

A girl stands on an ancient bridge, overlooking an ancient river, an ancient city, mist rising, dusk, the sky bleeding blue into pink into nothing. The girl holds one hand in the other, memories, hoping, longing l heure bleu. The girl is me.

Oct
27
2015
linkypinky
linkypinky

TillyWave - Thanks so much for this review! I am forever on the lookout for reviews providing comparisons between EDT and EDP versions of perfumes. I personally always tend to be on the EDT team so your review is right up my alley. Thanks again!

Oct
19
2015
k_althawadi
k_althawadi

TOP 5 Guerlain
#3

Oct
13
2015
TillyWave
TillyWave

Ghostly Floral (2014 EDT)

I've actually had a bottle of L'HB on my shelf for a few years, until I sold it to someone who would love it more than I did. It was an EDP, from 1999, presumably manufactured prior to massive reformulations that many Guerlain were subjected to during the 00's. I did like it but it was really dense, and just smelled like a million sweet red pungent carnations on my skin and that's about it. It smelled good but was nothing that I really wanted to wear.

Of course eventually I became curious for the scent again, and also figured that since I've never tried the EDT, that maybe there was something that I was missing, or that the newest formulas by Wasser were reformulated for the better. Anyway I was able to try both the EDP and EDT side by side thanks to a generous member of this community. The new EDP did the same thing that the old one did--carnation & more carnation on my skin. The EDT was something else though.

It is a very dreamy, nostalgic, romantic floral. It really smells of another time. There is a creamy medicinal tangy note--that doesn't sound very nice but combined with the flowers reminds me of a cool, dark evening with a kind of cold peppermint menthol tinge to the wind. It wraps around the flowers, iris, violet, carnation, rose, heliotrope, lily of the valley and works perfectly. The woods and spices underneath are very, very soft, and serve as a supporting backbone and nothing else. First and foremost L'HB is a floral. This wears for about 6 to 8 hours and has only moderate sillage. I really don't think it would be a big deal to wear this out, it's not too loud at all, it is rather delicate.

Pleasantly old fashioned, from a lavender tinged time. This is a beautiful, comforting, scent, more antique than retro. I read an article in a perfume blog saying how older/modern perfumes are really lagging right now (say, perfumes from 1950 and beyond through the 80's.) People have all sorts of disdain for everything from Youth Dew, to Charlie and Aromatics Elixir, through Giorgio Beverly Hills. But really old perfumes, ones that are from generations ago, are still very popular and revered. (I'm thinking of any old Guerlain or Chanel here, among others.) L'HB reminds me of that, it smells so old that persons alive today couldn't possibly remember a time when it was popular. It is from a time so long ago that we can hardly understand what it was like, living then.

Anyway I posted a thread, EDT vs EDP for L'HB, and the general consensus was that most loved the EDP. The EDT works best for me I guess, my bottle is from 2014 and smells lovely. I would give up my food budget for a year to score some vintage extrait, but that's probably never going to happen ha ha. For now I am happy with my beautiful, wistful EDT.

And, thanks for bearing with these long reviews lately. Some perfumes just have more going on than others.

Sep
19
2015
AngieGCarp
AngieGCarp

This is THE BEST vintage fragrance I have ever come across. I know the current formulation is not the original but that hardly seems to matter because this one is heaven. LHB is soft and grounded. What comes to mind is like a well bred and powerful horse that gently glides its rider through tough terrain. Strong and gentle at the same time. Upon my first spray, I began the what does this smell like game and what came to me first was Cabochard by Gres then as the minutes past I smelled the sweet smoke of Habanita (the old one) by Molinard....THEN I was convinced I smelled the powdery smoke of my grandmother's Oscar by Oscar de la Renta...in my opinion, if you like one of those, LHB will blow your mind. Normally, I don't put an age type on a fragrance but I don't see anyone let's say under 35 really appreciating this only based on the fact there is no flossy sweetness, airiness or freshness. This is a heavy perfume with a lingering and multidimensional dry down. It would not be easy to just pop on a pair of jeans and flip flops and wear this out and about. It is semi formal. Work appropriate if worn in minimal amounts. I am over the moon upon stumbling over this beautiful creation. It deserves all the praise it is given.

I would have never given this a second look if it had not kept popping up on the "suggestion" list on the left hand side of the screen when looking up my favorite fragrances...yay! That feature of Fragrantica does help!

Sep
01
2015
oks-oks
oks-oks

I am very new to this legendary perfume, it is my second time to wear it today. I should say L'Heure Bleue is so very different to everything I have experienced so far and it is incredibly beautiful. The blending is impressive. Iris, heliotrope and carnation are gorgeously mixed the way that that you could say all these flowers with one of them coming to the front of the stage from time to time. The background is very powdery and a bit spicy and I love it! The fragrance does evolve with time and goes through several stages on your skin. At one point it reminds me of a nice French cafe with delicious cakes - no idea why, it's no way a gourmand scent.

The thought that this fragrance could have been worn by my grandmother and my great grandmother somehow fascinates me. It comes from the different epoch and it smells like it. At the same time it is surprisingly easy to wear today. It sits quite close to skin with occasional whiffs and impressive longevity. Mine is a modern EDT version. Never overwhelming but modestly present. Very elegant. A must try for any perfume enthusiast!

Aug
31
2015
distracts
distracts

I have the EDT. I just used the tiniest bit and it is nearly overpoweringly strong - if the EDP is stronger, I probably would be knocked out by now. After a sharp aniseed opening, it dries down to sandalwood with the barest hints of iris and carnation. I only get wafts of other things after about four hours, and it takes until about five hours before it becomes the heady, iris-heavy floral I expected from reading the notes. It seems to get stronger and stronger the longer I wear it.

My one quibble with the entire thing is the packaging - I dislike that while it is a glass bottle, the top is plastic (if the plastic yellows as it ages this will be especially uncool), and I dislike how much comes out in a single spray given how strong it is. I really need only about 1/5th of the amount that comes out in one spray in order to be thoroughly saturated.

Aug
12
2015
Vanessa Dunlap
Vanessa Dunlap

I deleted my review because it was too long and I felt that I had nothing new or useful to add to what has already been said of this masterpiece. So...to condense everything I wrote: L'Heure Bleue, when I smell/wear it, conjures up Schubert's Impromptu Op. 90 No. 4 (particularly the way Vladimir Horowitz plays it in "The Last Romantic" documentary). For me, this is the audio representation of this timeless, classic work of art. Any words from me cannot do it justice.

Aug
06
2015
tfirebaugh
tfirebaugh

LHB? What can I say that hasn't been said before? When we first encountered one another, it was in the EDT concentration...A Blue Labeled Gold box from a Grey Market Perfume Store in a dying old Mall. The shopkeeper said he would only open the box to let me test it IF I promised to buy--literally a deal I could not refuse. I already knew how much I loved my Mitsouko and ADORED my Shalimar. At least we could experience this together. He opened it. I sprayed some on my wrist. I didn't get it. Hairspray and Perm Solution. I immediately got a headache and feigned a smile, forked over the $75 and the deal was done. I had to go home and rest for awhile.

This bottle sat on my vanity amongst all my other gems--I wanted to love her, but I remembered the high pressure sales tactic, the yellowed plastic on the box as he opened it, and the migraine that ensued. She was quickly sold on E-bay to an enthusiastic buyer who promised to show her the love that she deserved. I was satisfied to never try again.

A few years later, I was chatting with a customer at the Local Food Coop in which I work. She was unsatisfied with us not having any of her favorite hairspray in stock when BAM! Something happened and I REALIZED what she was wearing! And it was ABSOLUTELY STUNNING on her. I smiled at the patron and asked gently, "I hope you don't mind me asking, but are you wearing L'heure Bleue?" She stopped suddenly in her tracks and said "Yes! How would YOU know such an old perfume?" I told her of my love of fragrance and what began as a strained encounter became a light, friendly chatter. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted, abandoned by the chocolate bars, a bottle of the hairspray that she had wanted. It sounds corny, but through this experience I learned to be more tolerant and to realize that everyone has a story.

Just today, I bought my bottle of L'heure Bleue again...This time the EDP concentration. Needless to say, it is absolutely radiant. All of the stuffiness of the EDT to my nose are transformed into a glowing, brightly lit floral and citrus nosegay. After an hour it is fading into a beautiful almandine accord with the flowers still radiating. No headache, only bliss.

Jul
27
2015
Dcarlo
Dcarlo

I just tested this precious perfume two weeks ago in Mexico, DF since it is no longer available in my country.
What a gorgeous, delicate, adorable and heavenly scent!
It opened like a garden of tuberose, roses and violets from another time.
Minutes later the heliotrope and carnation joined the group making it impossible not to adore it.
L'Heure Bleue really tells a story of an age of innocence and joy.
Although its name talks about the twilight, it reminds me of a country garden in the afternoon just after a delicate mist.
Everytime I sniffed my arm it took me back to my childhood and I remembered I smelt it when I was 5 years old and made my first trip to Colombia, a beautiful lady wore it and I loved beeing next to her on the plane.
Although I saw on another forum that this is perfectly unisex, I must say no way.
L'Heure Bleue is by far the most wonderful and feminine scent ever.
If a man loves it and would like to wear it, it's fine but wear it at home.
This is a true female perfume like no other.
Refined, classy, innocent, delicate, divine!
If dreams could have a scent, that would be Guerlain's L'Heure Bleue for sure.

Jul
19
2015
mrsg34
mrsg34

The bluish hour before dusk indeed, what a lovely mysterious scent, the fact that this was created in 1912 and still so wearable in 2015 and beyond goes to show what a remarkable perfume house Guerlain is.I find this a romantical, dreamy scent which I am pleased to have in my collection, beautiful.

Jul
15
2015
bapita
bapita

To me, this is a very elegant, formal, and cool, if not cold, scent. It is very strong and definitely evokes decades long passed. I imagine an aristocratic, elderly lady wearing this, carrying herself in an exceedingly reserved manner. Also, and probably merely due to the associative power of this perfume's name, I am quite convinced that this lady never smiles and always grieves. As for me, I think I'll grow old and depressed fast enough as it is, so I'd rather pass on L'Heure Bleue.

Jul
10
2015
archivist
archivist

I just received a bottle of the 2014 in swap, I was ready for a backup bottle because my bottle of 2013 is getting low. You can see my (lengthy) review of the 2013 further down this page. The 2014 and the 2013 are different, to my nose. The 2013 (the first full year of production on Wasser's successful reformulations after finally developing some IFRA-legit alternatives to classic Guerlain components) is rich and warm and powdery, and to my nose it was almost indistinguishable from L'Heure de Nuit, released in 2012.

This 2014 is undeniably more high-pitched, not as deep or warm as my 2013 bottle.

It's nowhere near as bad as 2010-2012, when Guerlain reformulated it for IFRA (badly) and sales of vintage bottles on ebay went through the roof.

Of course it's possible that this is from a vat of juice that is pre-2013, and bottled in 2014. It's also possible that my 2013 bottle was from a 2008 vat. There's really no telling; all our discussion of batch codes should involve an understanding of the margin of error caused by the distinction between the age of the perfume in the vat and the perfume in the bottle; the date reflects bottling, not the composition of the juice. But it does make me apprehensive to see such significant variation and a seeming turn back to the shrill.

Jul
09
2015
malinkonija
malinkonija

I am not sure how to describe this golden juice. There are almost no main notes that I like listed in this fragrance, but I absolutely love it! There is also carnation that is one of the few notes that I really dislike! But yet, this is magic to me. I have no rational explanation, it just feels right, you know? When I am wearing this I feel peaceful, happy, carefree. It smells like home.

Jun
18
2015
chanka
chanka

finally I had the possibility smell this
it is nice classic old fashion perfume..
interesting

Jun
16
2015
houstcs
houstcs

So, I want to start off by saying I disagree with the comparison to Apres l'Ondee. Sometimes I think people just check these things because of the notes. Putting on Apres l'Ondee is like distilled water compared to L'Heure Bleue. Maybe my emotional connection to a true violet makes me a biased person, but smelling powdery notes in a perfume does not simply make them similar. For me, I became emotional immediately. L'Heure Bleue was recently sent to me, and I want to figure out the years. This is one of the most intriguing perfumes I have worn. It has the sharp chemical blast that is almost like a turpentine or paint thinner, that you find in the best violet perfumes. When wearing this, the rest of the world doesn't matter, anything going on pales in comparison to the beauty that is this L'Heure Bleue. The sharp note of violet, not iris, is ever present, but lifted into a monumental perfume by the rest of the ingredients. There are times where she smells of pure violets, but in the air around you is surrounded by lofts and passing hits of supporting actresses. There are times it smells powdery, not baby powder but the powder of the pure violet soap that almost burns the nose a little, but it will fade to something warm and a little oriental. I once called Prada no.7 a cock fight in a Chinese garden, and this may very well be a nuclear war in that same garden. Benzoin is the perfect support actress. Apres l'Ondee, pshhhh, please.

Jun
06
2015
Angeldaisy
Angeldaisy

this is for the EDT.
l'heure bleu is that magical hour when it is neither day nor night, my favourite time of day...
trying a perfume created in 1912, i set myself up for disappointment or at least me feeling quite sure i would not be able to fully understand, appreciate, or relate to it in the way that was intended.
over 100 years have passed. the world is no longer quiet.

i am not really detecting individual notes...i can smell the result of the notes that meld together into a finished work of art.
neroli and bergamot enveloped in luscious soft sweet powder.
bursts of citrus.
....i cannot be the only person to smell this warm sunshine, orange sunshine? The sun setting across a shining blue sky?
....pastries? cakes, yes! petit fours cooked slowly after dinner in a cooling oven, wafting out through an open window as she walks by. and is that sweetness not also the sweetness of the night scented flowers beginning to release their scent to the winged creatures stirring at dusk?
the soft musky powder is a woman's soft skin as she is embraced by the person she has arranged to meet.
100 year pass by. this is NOT old or old-fashioned.

- i am confused by some reviews and the perfume only makes sense to me now i had experienced it.
to me....this is not melancholy! nor is it old veils, dusty feathers or leather gloves. bitterness!??? i do not get ANY bitterness.
it is warm, it is dry, it is out in the fresh almost-night air...there's no rain or hot tea!
it certainly is not blue! only the sky is that colour.

this must be one the most enchanting and timeless scents around.
there is much romance and anticipation around it.
i don't think i can wear this during the day...it suits the hour it describes perfectly.
oh my...i truly love this.
(and it is Guerlain...that's for sure.)

May
21
2015
risarii
risarii

I'm testing out my sample of EDP and it was love at first spray!

So amazing; indescribably beautiful, really. It's what you imagine the most beautiful woman in a Victorian or Belle Epoque painting to smell like; how angel wings would smell. Haunting, romantic, feminine. It's powder, makeup, intricate ballgowns, lace, fans, white gloves, masks and champagne. It is melancholic. Truly, it is The Blue Hour (Dusk) bottled. Breathtaking. Perfect.

(Will update with more detail after I've worn it longer. But it's so beautiful it makes me want to cry, which I've never experienced with a perfume before.)

Edit:

I've now been wearing this for around 4 hours and I still love it. The execution of this fragrance is amazing. It's so well blended. On me, it starts out as powder (iris and heliotrope?) and a lot of anise. Gradually, the floral notes blend in with this (mainly violet, rose, carnation and the aforementioned iris and heliotrope, with a bit of ylang ylang and tuberose) and then the tonka bean, benzoin, vanilla and sandalwood come in, resulting in a gourmand vibe. Once this stage comes, L'heure Bleu smells like a delicious French pastry mixed with flowers. It smells like Paris at dusk.

As I stated originally, it has a melancholic tone to it, like it's the most beautiful bygone moment---a time that was magical but lost forever---encapsulated into the beautiful hollowed heart bottle. The moment before war irrevocably changed everything and everyone. It's Paris before it it's innocence was stolen and crushed to death. Smelling it is bittersweet---both literally and metaphorically. It's sweet (happy) because it embodies the romance and glamour of Belle Epoque Paris and the breathtaking beauty of The Blue Hour, but bitter as we look back at a time before World War I, the most devastating occurrence people had ever witnessed which resulted in the loss of 50-85 million lives and the innocence of humanity. It changed life as we knew it and the bliss and beauty of the Belle Epoque era was destroyed forever.

It's the most emotional perfume I've ever tried. It's truly a moment and emotion bottled, which is absolutely astounding. I don't know how this was made by a mere human.

To conclude, it is something only Guerlain could've given us. It has Guerlain DNA running through it's veins, with the signature Guerlinade in the base, and shares DNA with it's sisters, namely Mitsouko---the perfume that encapsulates the end of the war with a feeling of sadness yet a hint of optimism and hope---and to lesser extent, Shalimar. L'heure Bleu is a fragrance--nay, a piece of art---that has touched my heart as well as my nose (hehehe) and I will definitely be adding a full bottle to my collection. I would also like to test the EDT. I would also like to add that while this perfume does smell of a different time (as I said, it's like a moment in time locked in a bottle) it certainly isn't out of place today. It's like a Renoir or Van Goh painting or a song by Stravinsky; it's beauty is timeless.

Vive la Guerlain!

May
18
2015
Kain
Kain

This is just a masterpiece that I can't believe it has been made more than 100 years ago!
It says for women but I'm telling you. you guys out there. if you love "Dior Homme" and it's extremely elegant and classy powdery aura this will knock your socks off! something that happened for me after testing this! this can be unisex for sure!

After spraying this on your skin and just from the first sniff you can tell that this is a classic fragrance. but does it smell dated too? hell no!
The opening just makes me smile and smile.
At the beginning I can smell lots of thing.
It's powdery even at first sniff, it's green, mossy, kind of fresh, slightly sweet, soft floral, soft spicy, musky,...
The powdery feeling of iris is right in front and there is a dark green and mossy feeling beside it and mellow spices, some sweetness and some other floral notes (definitely are in the background) just add more characters to this triumph.

As times passes and in the mid I can smell almost the same smell but now musk gets stronger and I feel some sort of dirty and kind of leathery scent which is quite enjoyable.

In the base most of the notes settle down and even some of them disappear and only thing that I can smell is a soft semi sweet and creamy vanilla plus a little bit of powdery iris and some spices in the background.
Loved the opening and mid. but base is OK and definitely not as great as those two parts.
Projection is average and longevity is above average and something between 4-5 hours on my skin.
I bet they watered down new ones a lot because it seems older bottles have great projection and longevity but new ones are just average to above average.
A fantastic formal scent for both genders.

یه عطر فوق العاده و عالی از برند گرلین که واقعا باورش سخته که بیش از 100 سال پیش ساخته شده
عطر زنانه عنوان شده اما شخصا به آقایونی که این مطلب رو دارن میخونن اطمینان میدم این عطر خیلی راحت میتونه مردونه هم باشه. اگر از بوی پودری و بسیار شیک و رسمی دیور هوم خوشتون میاد مطمئن باشین تو همون اولین استشمام این عطر شما رو از خود بی خود میکنه. این عطر خیلی راحت میتونه یونیسکس باشه

پس از اینکه این عطر رو روی پوست اسپری میکنین و در اولین استشمام صد در صد حس خواهید کرد که با یه عطر کلاسیک طرفین. اما آیا بوی قدیمی و از مد افتاده ای هم میده؟ به نظر شخص من به هیچ وجه
وقتی اینو بو میکنم همش دارم لبخند میزنم نمیدونم چرا
رایحه ابتدایی با یه شروع خیلی پیچیده و عالی و در عین حال بسیار بالانس شروع میشه
رایحه پودری زنبق از همون ابتدا و با اولین استشمام میخوره به مشامتون. یه سری رایحه های سبز و گیاهی و خزه ای با حس تقریبا سنگین و تاریک و کلاسیک هم باهاش ترکیب شدن که بوی اونو بسیار جذابتر میکنن و سرانجام کمی رایحه های ادویه ای، کمی مشک و کمی رایحه های گلهای دیگه که البته در مقابل زنبق هیچ حرفی برای گفتن ندارن بوی عطر رو پیچیده تر و کامل تر میکنن

با گذر زمان و تو رایحه میانی بوی عطر تقریبا همونه منتها مشک قویتر میشه و من یه حس چرکین و کثیف و شاید بشه گفت یه جورایی چرمی ضعیف هم تو عطر حس میکنم که عطر رو کمی خشن تر و مردانه تر میکنه و این حس خیلی عالی و دوست داشتنی هست

تو رایحه پایه خیلی از رایحه ها تا حد زیادی از قدرتشون کاسته میشه و حتی بعضی هاشون از بین میرن و تنها بویی که من حس میکنم بوی نیمه شیرین و ملایم و خامه ای وانیل هست به اضاقه رایحه ضعیف و دلنشین و پودری زنبق و کمی رایحه های ادویه ای که کاملا در حاشیه قرار دارن
شروع عطر و رایحه میانی واقعا طوفانی و فوق العاده هستن اما رایحه پایه معمولیه و به جذابیت ابتدا و رایحه میانی اش نیست
پخش بوی اون متوسطه و ماندگاریش هم در حد 4-5 ساعت بیشت نیست روی پوست من
مطمئنا نسخه های جدید بشدت آبکی شدن چون اینطور که به نظر میاد نسخه های قدیمی تر پخش و ماندگاری خیلی خوبی داشتن اما این جدیدا در حد متوسط هست تو این قست ها
در مجموع یه کار بسیار شیک و مجلسی که کاملا برای مجالس و لباس رسمی مناسبه و اصلا بدرد استفاده روزانه و کژوال نمیخوره به نظر من

May
12
2015
jellybeantree
jellybeantree

One word that describes this fragrance ENCHANTING!! Thats all I have to say.

May
06
2015
MattChartier
MattChartier

I tried the Parfum on a test strip at the Guerlain counter at Saks on March 16, my birthday. Today I found the test strip in my jacket from that day, and was sad that I could barely detect it - I dropped some vodka on it and it came right back to life! Oh how badly I'd love to have my own little heart-stoppered bottle of L'Heure Bleue ... but I bought Shalimar instead. I'll get this the next time and treasure my blotter until then.

May
06
2015
Scentmad
Scentmad

Classic, feminine, beautiful. This is just fantastic. I have worn this on and off for years and I decided to reach for it today and I am reminded of its beauty every single time it's on my skin, this is a perfume i really should wear more often. Soft, powdery, charming and timeless. Because this perfume is not a shouter it is easy to dismiss it, a little patience and you will be rewarded, I love it.

Mar
28
2015
Mergirl
Mergirl

Blue smoke
Opium
Embroidered silk
Sweet powdery incense
Rain outside
Feather ornaments
Velvet
Stone buildings
Coolness
A fan waving
Darjeeling tea brewing
Lotus seed paste
French spoken
Urban setting
Suede gloves
Pale Odalisque

Mar
28
2015
imogene
imogene

If you are lucky enough to find this, just buy it. It is such a delight. It's odd at first but as it develops it's addictive. I found an almost full tester in a perfumery which was closing down. These old Guerlain classics are not so available in your usual perfumeries in Holland. You need to go to Niche shops. I was lucky. Very curious having read all the reviews and found this described in books. This is a must have for any real lover of perfume. Day and night wear but I think night. All my favorite scents remind me of silk lingerie and pearls and champagne, stockings and and a nice frock. I am old fashioned but if I had a teenage daughter I would introduce her to this. Some things should be treasured. Guerlain scents ...definitely.An acquired taste like black olives...

Mar
25
2015
PurseJunkie
PurseJunkie

I was recently fortunate enough to receive three different formulations of L’Heure Bleue. I began with the EDP. I found it extremely powdery with an Ivory soap note. And that was it. I’m sure it develops into more, but I also found that I grew anosmic to it very quickly. On a reapplication I thought I got carnation for a minute, then didn’t and then decided to stop trying to pick out individual notes and just enjoy the ride for as long as it lasted.

The EDT I found much more exciting, with a fresh top note of bergamot and a nice, nutty undertone. At 10 minutes it smelled positively delicious, but still with an after-whiff of Ivory soap…like eating an almond croissant in my grandma’s bathroom.

The vintage cologne fell somewhere between the first two. Bergamot: no. Tasty pastry: yes. Grandma’s bathroom: oh, hell yes.

Speaking of which, let’s address the old lady in the room, shall we? This has an “old lady” quality to me insofar as it reminds me of my grandmother. What can I say? The woman liked her Ivory soap and her purple flowers. Well, what of it? I know some people don’t like the O-L word but I don’t think it has to be a pejorative. I’ve known some pretty damned cool old ladies in my time; fingers crossed, I hope to be one myself someday. When that time comes I’m sure L’Heure Bleue will still be there for me.

Mar
21
2015
RosieRachel
RosieRachel

Another perfume that I really wanted to love... the name is so beautiful (it means dusk) and I think it would be a wonderfully feminine and elegant fragrance if it blossoms on your skin... and sadly, it doesn't for me. I'm so disappointed!

On my skin, L'Heure Bleue begins with powder, powder and more powder; but a very light powder, of mainly iris and heliotrope, that's combined with a chemical accord. My skin amplifies this note, which I believe is the vanilla... and it's ruined the fragrance for me. Me and synthetic vanilla accords do not get along.

As the fragrance dries down, it becomes softer and cleaner, and I detect a beautiful powdery rose, before the finish of a musk-vanilla-sandalwood trifecta. Sillage is quite soft; lasts for about 9-10 hours.

Mar
09
2015
Hilda0414
Hilda0414

Magnificiently complex perfume. Amazes me how something formulated so many years ago can endure so perfectly. Has a slight resemblence to Shalimar, in my opinion. When I wear it, it makes me think of lovers watching the sun beginning to set in France....innocently and totally unaware of the world war on the cusp.

Mar
08
2015
Englishrose77
Englishrose77

All I can smell is an overwhelming wave of cloves that dominates all the other notes. I have waited patiently for several hours, but the clove smell is killing this for me. My nose is now numb, (ironic, since it really smells like novacaine to me). There is nothing more unsettling to me, as a vintage perfume lover, than to have an overwhelmingly negative reaction to a classic perfume like this that has been praised to the skies, but there it is. I would be lying to pretend that I like this or could ever wear it. Congratulations to those who can appreciate it, I applaud you! Now I have to hope the Apres l'Ondee I blind ordered will work, even if it is supposed to be similar. For me, L'Heure Bleue is a scrubber. Damn.

Mar
03
2015
nise
nise

L'Heure Bleu, what can I say that has not been said already? To me this perfume is THE classic scent of the 20th Century, quietly beautiful, wending its way into my 21st Century soul. She brings back memories that I've never had but wish I did. When I spray her on me, I am transported to another time and place. (As a Diana Gabaldon - Outlander fan, I am so happy that this is Claire's favourite perfume given to her by Frank. Connection made.)

I planted heliotrope recently in my summer garden and can now pick this scent in L'Heure Bleue, along with a chocolate hint. Just gets better and better.

Feb
26
2015
bramebelle
bramebelle

I REALLY wanted to love L'heure Bleue, and gave it a couple of attempts, but it just doesn't work for me. On me it starts out almost pure charcoal - reminds me of hubby's lapsang souchong tea, which personally I dislike. It soon mellows and sweetens and after a few hours turns truly beautiful... for about half an hour - before disappearing from my skin completely! Someday I'll have to smell it properly... on someone else.

Feb
23
2015
Alex1984
Alex1984

I'm wearing L'Heure Bleue and I'm thinking how things change. I used to consider it a sad and melancholic perfume, one that I enjoyed but wasn't comfortable wearing.
Time and trial made me enjoy it for what it is. A glorious ode to a feeling. One so strong that only a perfume could capture it.

L'Heure Bleue is a gorgeous powdery spicy scent. Heliotrope, iris, lilac, a flowery heart with carnation as counterpoint to balance and add a spicyness, and a glorious drydown that lasts forever, without falling into cliches; this is the mother of powdery perfumes, angel dust, spices and flowers creating a piece of art.

It doesn't make me sad anymore. I don't feel uncomfortable wearing it. I enjoy it. I feel that if something so magical like the moment when the sun and moon meet is captured inside a bottle, the feeling couldn't be more soothing.
Under the powdery halo, there's a strange coolness that makes you more aware of everything. That everything gets better. And now I enjoy it and even crave it at times.

You have to like powder, as there is tons of it here. And it's the most angelic one. But don't give up on the first try, it takes time to break the ice.
And if and when you do, the sense of calm is beautiful. And nothing could capture that beauty better than L'Heure Bleue!

Feb
12
2015
mirrorghost
mirrorghost

this starts off woody and powdery. i really don't seem to get a sense of these top notes, this immediately reads as heavy on the iris and sandalwood on my skin. a little later i get the heliotrope and carnation as well, where it gets a little bit more spicy, yet is still quite woody with hints of musk and vanilla. finally after awhile i start to smell the anise more, and the florals bloom even more, particularly the heliotrope, which is a note i've been coming to love and is really lovely. after awhile it turns to a soft clove/carnation/vanilla combination-3 of my favorite notes! i really like this a lot. it's so soft and pretty with a subtle richness.

Feb
07
2015
MoonSparrow
MoonSparrow

"Breathe deep, the gathering gloom..." - from a song by the Moody Blues

This reminds me of a lady who appears in the gloaming hour, walking silent and alone save for an Irish Wolfhound who travels by her side. As she travels by foot down a dimly lit path in the mist, the few people who note her passing wonder if she may be a spirit-walker; no one knows anything of her other than that she carries about her an air of dignified sorrow, though what sorrow is and will forever be a mystery. A rare glimpse of her prompts a near insatiable thirst to follow her but she is too clever by far and eludes those who would capture and keep her for their own.

L'Heure Bleue evokes all of this and more in me. Quite simply, it is absolutely beautiful and the most haunting fragrance I have experienced, knocking Houbigant Quelques Fleurs L'Original out of that spot. And I thought I didn't like vanilla and powder! The vanilla is mature, subdued here and blended to exquisite effect with sandalwood, iris, violet and carnation and though I honestly cannot detect the neroli in it, I am sure it is there whispering amongst all the other notes in this ode to twilight's mysteries.

I was torn between this and Samsara (which I do love as well) for my next purchase, and this one finally won.

Feb
07
2015
Owlsova72
Owlsova72

I received the new formula EDP and yes at first it's a little different. It needs a little time to develop and it turns exactly same scent. This is one of those perfumes you cannot judge by first sniff. And you cannot judge it by spraying on a paper. It was created for skin and it will develop differently on different people. So you have to understand it will "sound" different on you from every one else. That is the beauty of a good perfume: it makes you smell unique, not like every one else even when you use the same perfume. See my previous review about vintage formular

Jan
27
2015
Owlsova72
Owlsova72

My introduction to Gurlain started with Samsara. I love sweet, complicated fragrances. I read everything about this perfume house. Before I was a Chanel fan. But I have a problem I don't want to smell like everyone around me. I want to be unique. And I like to smell good and let's face it sweet perfumes smell soooo good. I am not going to list all the Gurlain perfumes I own and love but just so that you know what I like L'instant is my favorite (followed by L'instant Magic). This perfume is nothing I have ever experienced. It's in a class by itself. I own vintage one and I ordered the new EDP version. I cannot wait to try it. If I can describe somehow other perfumes I cannot this one. I agree with others that it is like a good painting, movie or book, each time you experience it differently and it evokes different thoughts and moods. I am a perfume maniac. I own so many of them that my loved once say I can open a store. I cannot believe it took me so long to know L'Heure Bleue. I did not understand it right away. I knew I encountered a masterpiece but it took me a while to fall in love with it. It's not a perfume, it's an obstruct painting that you wear, which emits these unbelievable olfactory sensations. This is my first review I decided to start with the Queen.

Jan
21
2015
sleepy*weasel
sleepy*weasel

Goodness me. This begins herby/medicinal - anisic, with cloves. Then comes musk, carnation, iris, with powder, then vanilla (with a tiniest bit of sweetness) and the suggestion of flowers. However it's not a sweet scent, it’s musky, and the initial medicinal blast is offputting for many... maybe don’t apply just before leaving the house.

It's a treat for the nose. Every time you smell it, a new facet emerges. But underneath, the Guerlinade… in common with Mitsouko, Shalimar, Vol de Nuit, Jicky,etc.

People who prefer “girly” or light perfumes will cough, wrinkle their noses, or generally find it strange. While it can be hard to like, it's easy to admire. One reviewer had it right when they said, if it didn’t have Guerlain on it, it might rarely be worn. But the quality is evident - no headaches, and only the best ingredients.

This needs a person with confidence who can stand the funny looks! - depending which part of the dry down people are smelling. Also, give it several wears over a period of weeks or months before deciding. To me, it's genius. I love it, but it's not "le coup de foudre", more a gradual intimacy. And of course it's a masterpiece, one is wearing a work of art. Really one can't ask for more...

Update: many wears and a bottle of the vintage EDP later, this is now my signature scent. It's delicious. The EDP is another experience again, I'm bathing in deep anisic sweet animalic notes, slightly more like Shalimar. This has to be one of the peaks of perfumery....*adoration* :)

Jan
11
2015
jazzfan
jazzfan

Dear eaudeparfum, your bottle dates from June 1998. It's almost vintage and quite different from HB now en the market.
You can check your perfumes and cosmetics at:
checkcosmetic.net
I find it quite useful.
Mine HB dates from December 2013 and it's wonderful, much closer to the vintage. And I know HB since earliest childhood. Years 2000-2012 haven't been the best for classic Guerlain. But, from 2013 on, they are getting better.
The Guerlain perfumes age beautifully if they are kept en cool (or ad least stable temperature) and dry place without sunlight, like wine-cellar. I hope yours had that luck.

Jan
09
2015
autumn777
autumn777

Hauntingly beautiful, I just have nowhere nice enough to wear it to. Should be worn to an exquisite party, masked ball or an evening on a yacht. I have a lot of kids so I never go anywhere to wear such a breathtaking fragrance. I do wear it though, it beckons me, I wear it for myself when I need something calm and peaceful.

Jan
09
2015
Sinotah
Sinotah

Well have you ever.....

I just received my sample this morning and am currantly wearing it. I must really, truly say, this DOES somehow remind me of dusk.. I can't help but thinking back of this summer, when I sat outside in my garden with my mother. Chatting and drinking, thinking and waiting for the first stars to appear in the sky. We watch how the last gloden glow of the sun has died, to come back another day. In this fragile moment of total serenity, we simply enjoy the silence.. Like it's something sacred. We sit there, gazing to the skies as if we're in prayer..

I love this scent. It makes me very relaxed in my mind, like it says 'everything will be alright'. I can't really tell the notes from eachother, but in the opening it's more chypre then floral. The flowers come around after it settles. The mosses are very prominant, but in a balming way. This is very feminine and classy. The first thing in the new year, is buying a bottle of this. This is womanity, class and meditation at it's finest.

Dec
31
2015
eaudeparfum
eaudeparfum

I recently had a bottle of l'heure blue given to me in a gold box tatty. It was meant to be new but amazonuk it came from USA 1 month later.
It has code VK 1P2
HELP

Dec
29
2015
Dimitra79
Dimitra79

The truth is that it does remind me of bathroom freshener or something like that, like other reviewers commented...but it is a wonderful smell.
Romantic, deep, different.
I have the Edt edition and I love it, but it's not an everyday perfume for me. I don't find it melancholic, not at all, but I do find it old-fashioned, which means that I'm still searching for a way...to wear it and feel absolutely comfortable with it!
I'm very glad to have it anyway. It's unique.

Dec
28
2014
deadidol
deadidol

This starts out with a expanse of heliotrope that's flanked by powdery peach-like chords strung up over a balmy vanilla base. It’s politely proportioned for heliotrope—a note that can smother you without batting an eye. Here, it’s attenuated by dabs of saffron and violet with any remaining space filled in by docile resins. Like most Guerlain perfumes, the sum of the parts is more perceptible than the parts themselves, and when approached in this manner, L’Heure Bleue assumes an abstract powdered cleanliness akin to Helmut Lang’s EdP only less modern. In a short time, the scent becomes more of a vague aura than a perceptible presence. And while it’s easy to wear and difficult to dislike, it doesn’t have a whole lot to say—it just sort of sits there waiting for someone to notice it. It certainly is cushiony and inviting just like an overstuffed pillow, but there’s a good chance that, like the pillow, it’ll put you to sleep.

Dec
27
2014
tkomaigo77
tkomaigo77

This fragrance like Mitsouko, Nahema, Chamade... is so complex and unique that those who haven't learned to appreciate it will probably find it quite off-putting. I've heard bathroom freshener, old lady, and just plain yuck, which I suppose is understandable to a degree, ingredients in classics have been used widely and consistently in detergents, air fresheners, personal hygiene products BECAUSE THEY SMELL GOOD.
Having said that, I love this fragrance.
I don't get any of the "romantic, melancholy blah blah blah" everyone talks about because I'm just not programmed that way, but I like the way it smells. I like how it functions.
The overall impression is a kind of herby juicy flower wrapped in a cloud of sweet-ish powder. Imagine pouring a boiling hot cup of tea in the icy cold of winter. You can't see the liquid coming out of the spout because it's enveloped in steam almost immediately, but you know it's there and catch glimpses here and there depending on which way and how strong the wind is blowing. This is how the floral aspect of L'Heure Bleue can be seen, how the green notes in Vol de Nuit can be seen, how the peach in Mitsouko can be detected within its woody cinnamony mossy surroundings. This is why the same bottle of a classic perfume can feel different from day to day. This effect is so beautiful and so lacking in popular modern day perfumes.
L'Heure is wonderful in any concentration.
And yes, I mean the current version.

Dec
27
2014
nero77
nero77

A thing of beauty... is a joy forever.

L'Heure Bleue is really a perfume unlike any other. You sometimes have to ask yourself if a perfume is still being made over a century after it was first launched then it really must be quite something, in order to still be able to captivate hearts & minds.

The story is that the master perfumer Jacques Guerlain was one day walking along the banks of the river Seine in Paris during the "blue hour", the very last hour of daylight before evening sets in. In film & photography, this is known as "magic hour", when dusk is approaching twilight, and it is arguably the most beautiful time of day. He was overcome by emotion at that point and felt something so strong that he could only express it in a perfume, and so created L'Heure Bleue, or the blue hour.

This perfume is significant for many reasons... and it's symbolism runs deep. It was created in 1912, the year in which the Titanic sank (at that time the world's biggest ship). It was also released two years before the First World War, which would claim the lives of millions across Europe and elsewhere, and which would leave an entire generation devastated. To some, this perfume represents the last breath of an old world, a world which would later disappear and vanish forever.

The perfume itself follows a very elegant, masterful blend of gentle, sweet, evocative, refined powdery notes (most of which are so well blended that it's hard to pick out). It's very much like an impressionist painting, the painting itself is made up of a host of tiny dots with the paintbrush but which comes together to blend into a masterpiece of art and expression. To me it is a waxy, subdued, sweet, rich, slightly-gourmandish oriental floral perfume. The notes which stand out are iris, heliotrope and carnation, mixed with a deep, almost gourmand oriental vanilla (a typical hallmark of Guerlain). The iris provides the soft, powdery "waxy" note, whilst the strong heliotrope mixed with the vanilla gives a feeling of soft yet ever present sweetness in an almond desert kind of way. The carnation is a dusty floral feel in the background which contributes to this old and otherworldly feel.

For me L'Heure Bleue is a very special kind of perfume. In fact it's less of a perfume and more like an "experience". I have the Eau de Toilette, and I find it very easy to wear. There is nothing shocking about it, it just smells very different to anything you will find today. I really cannot explain the smell more than that, but the last thing I would say is that even if you never own this, at some point you should try it. If you have any serious interest in the appreciation of what perfume is, as a creation, then you should try this. If only to "experience" what it is all about. It doesn't smell modern, for sure, although it's still totally wearable in my opinion. Like some other complex perfumes, you may also need to have a lot of experience with smelling different types of fragrances, in order to really understand this. Try it, and you'll see what I mean. Incredible!

Dec
20
2014
Alison Wonderland
Alison Wonderland

My first Guerlain!

Received a decant from a wonderful secret santa, I absolutely adore this scent..

The first sniff takes me back in time to when I was 12 and I went with my parent to France. We stayed in a little country house outside of paris, and I loved eating outside in the morning with the beautiful view of the hills and scenery. The local shops all had this wonderful smell of crushed violets.....this reminds of Bleue.

Definitely a masterpiece, it it late at night now but the next time I wear it I want to be visiting a Museum, or a gallery show, drinking wine and nibbling on cheese and fruits and bread, for that very Parisian experience.

Bleue is haunting, twilight at dawn. Seductively she she take your hand and leads you down the cobblestones to a night of gin and jazz. I understand now the power of Guerlain. This is a perfume journey, an experience, a treasure.

Melancholy, haunting...twilight,

Dec
08
2014
becuille
becuille

I had such high hopes for this, but on reading these reviews and trying it on my own skin, I can't help but wonder if I got a bad decant? I tried the EDT and got it from The Perfumed Court, which has always been excellent for me and I've never had any problems before. But this smells so far removed from what I'm reading here that I'm a bit confused.

I get the strongest kick of what I could swear is civet (and I really don't like civet) and wood shavings. After about an hour, there's a tiny whiff of the powdered vanilla we all know and love from Guerlain, but that's all there is.

I don't get any florals at all. I was so looking forward to the violet in this, but I get nothing. No citrus either. It's all civet and wood shavings.

It's also very weak.

I don't know if it's a bad decant or I'm just unlucky enough to not be able to wear this. I'll hunt down some more from a different source and update if there's any difference.

Nov
29
2014
MQBannon
MQBannon

Though my disdain for all things powdery put l'Heur Bleu rather low on my wish list, I find myself addicted to it! The heliotrope and carnation seem most prominent, with the iris more of a steady undertone. Vanilla and benzoin keep it warm, despite the noticeable anise and carnation. This complex composition yields a surprisingly simple result, which is romantic without being inappropriately old-fashioned. Will definitely add this to my evening rotation.

Nov
09
2014
Mistressvoodoodolly
Mistressvoodoodolly

This is one of the most emotional scents I've tried. It does something to your disposition, it opens your heart to aching romance. I first smell the orris and violet but that gives way to the tuberose and carnation for me. It's like the first warm breeze on an early summer night. It whirls around you, it's intoxicating for such a light fragrance. I need to get a bottle of the vintage version! I just got a decant at ChiChi Perfumes on Etsy and I'm hooked. This continues to cement my conviction that Guerlain is one of the most brilliant and proficient perfume houses in history.

Nov
04
2014
t4x3
t4x3

I missed my chance with this perfume. I should have had a bottle when I was single and wild on the streets of New Orleans. It smells like Cafe du Monde's beignet's covered in powdered sugar mixed with a blooming Garden District yard. Or a bakery next to a flower shop. One sniff and I am transported back to my grandmother's dressing table where I would sneak sniffs of her perfumed powder leaving me with a telltale white tipped nose. I would have been so much more mysterious if I had worn this scent 25 years ago instead of Chanel No. 5 and would have stood out even more from the Opium enveloped masses. But, I did not discover this scent until today when I chose it from my Perfume Masterpieces sampler. I will most definitely wear this on my next trip to my hometown. The French Quarter is an assault on the nose, but I won't notice with this veil of scent floating up from my wrists and neck.

Oct
19
2014
Jerrythecat
Jerrythecat

Being a Guerlain fan and having the upmost respect for the Guerlain House, I have been waiting for months in anticipation to buy this perfume masterpiece to complement my Guerlain collection: Shalimar, Shalimar Parfum Initial and Mitsouko. I have no interest in the Guerlain male versions, as I find them too linear and lacking of mystery (maybe apart from Habit Rouge).
When I first sprayed L'Heure Bleue Eau de Parfum in a perfume shop, I straight away realised that this was a scent I had never smelled on anyone before and unique to its kind. I was immediately intrigued by the amount of notes into one spray, however heliotrope and incense were definitely the main ones I could smell, evolving into a musky floral sillage after a couple of hours. I sprayed on my skin first (2 sprays behind my ears and one on my chest) and although it developed into some discreet but visible presence reminding you that it is here, I could not decide whether I liked it or not. However my shirt kept the scent more than my skin. The second time, I decided to spray in my hair (instead of my neck) and still on my chest, and guess what?, a total different perspective: fresh, floral, musky powdery: all the notes I adore!
For those who wonder what l'Heure Bleue could represent, I would probably compare it to a walk in a beautiful gothic romantic old graveyard, or visiting a haunted house at dusk on a rainy day when grey and dark start melting into one: mystery, unseen presence but nothing agressive or wicked at all, almost like some friendly lost souls saying "thanks for visiting us": the type perfume the Lady in Black or Mina Holmwood in Dracula could possibly wear, or even those posh ladies who perished in the Titanic... That's the word, to me l'Heure Bleue is a "gothic" perfume. It is a scent for special occasions, and maybe not to wear at birthday, hen or wedding parties. Better suited to wear at a funeral as a mark of respect, or when one feels slightly melancholic or during Halloween. Not a negative comment in itself but rather a mark of respect to this absolutely unusual but unique piece of perfumery.
Not really unisex to my view, as "unisex" does not mean anything to me: you should follow your instincts and tastes. If you like something, go for it, but L'Heure Bleue is not for everybody, which is maybe why it is so special.

Oct
19
2014
archivist
archivist

This review is for a 3Y01 batch code bottle, so a 2013 EDP. Guerlain reformulations have been much-discussed, and this is one perfume not mentioned in the excellent Bois de Jasmine overview of Guerlains then and now, so I was apprehensive about buying it. Here's the short version: if you wait an hour, it will smell the way you expect LHB to smell.

I believe that this iteration of L'Heure Bleue will appeal tremendously to those who may have previously experienced it (and not liked it much) in a vintage or in an unacceptable reformulation on the grounds that it smells too powdery, or like band-aids, because those notes are very much tamed in this current version. If course, that depends on what you consider "too powdery" - which is very subjective.

I find the opening of the 2013 reformualted EDP to closer to the vintage EDT than EDP. It is great deal more contemporary on the opening than usual, the iodine/bandaid note (which I actually like, tbh - I think it's the anise and carnation) is not front-and-center but pushed back into the heart. Expressed with greater clarity: the iris. The heliotrope is less rich and glowing than I'd like, as the vintage is really pretty gourmand from the almond sweetness of it, and the 2013 has mostly iris, violet, and a bit of ylang-ylang in the opening, making it feel much more like a straight-up old-school floral. After about 15 minutes the clove makes an appearance, and it is a softer clove - most of the sharp beveling of the scent comes from the somewhat sudden appearance of a peppery carnation (I kind of suspect that it's actually just white pepper, not carnation). So there is this period in the development of the scent where it's a really peppery vanilla and that goes on for some time. It is less soft and powdery than I'm used to getting from LHB, which has been a bedtime scent for me. This white pepper is not particularly restful, but it isn't sneezy either, so things could be worse.

After 20 minutes I feel like it smells the way LHB is supposed to smell, though I still find it less voluptuous than the older EDT - less powder (don't get me wrong - still quite powdery compared to most other scents popular in department stores now), less richly nostalgic on the heliotrope, less musk. It has been modernized, but it is LHB. I'm not really disappointed in it full stop, just wistful that it is no longer so soporific and relaxing. It is now rather bright and cheerful even on the drydown, which will be a disappointment to those who preferred it languid, and a pleasure to those who would like a cheerful iris/violet, as those are often used in more woody/green compilations. I feel that one would be very hard-pressed to describe this as "melancholy" but I never really felt that way about vintage LHB either. Languid, yes. Very languid. But it never seemed sad, just calm. Now it's downright cheerful, which is a little weird but probably not unwelcome for most folks.

Not unhappy to have it, probably going to keep it, hoping that the distant drydown will be more familiar, but I think paying double for vintage is probably the way to go if you already have an attachment to the scent. If you're new to it, this will be less likely to disappoint and more likely to delight. Nobody is going to make stankface at you if you're wearing it. No learning curve.

I am burying this waaaaay at the bottom because hopefully the Guerlain mafia is already tl;dr - but this is absolutely effing amazing layered with Elixir des Merveilles. If you don't hear from me for a week or more, tell the police to start looking for my body.

Oct
10
2014
pixiecup
pixiecup

Wow, this isn't sad or melancholic at all! It's a sweet summer evening, a wedding, a happy occasion. There is a hint of nut? Definitely a cozy floral with vanilla and nut dry down. To me it's casual, happy and very wearable for day or night. Possibly not 'clean' enough for work, though. Unless you work with kids - they would love this on their teacher. She is warm and generous, fun but responsible.
It is beautiful, I do like it alot but will stick with my Shalimar :-)

Oct
08
2014
mlleghoul
mlleghoul

Melancholy, elegant... pencil shavings.

Oct
05
2014
KiraAR
KiraAR

L'Heure Bleue is a classic. Because of that, I desparately wanted to like it. To my great disappointment, I don't, or at least not on me. The scent of the vial was intriguing, and yes, it smelled blue. However, on my skin, it was intense, overwhelming powder, and nothing else. I do appreciate the nostalgia of the scent, since it reminds me of playing with the powders on my nana's vanity table as a child, but that isn't something I want to wear out into the world.

Sep
17
2014
raw umber
raw umber

It is well over 80 degrees on this hot, unbearably humid night here by the ocean, and out of the fifty-something fragrances I own, the only one I can conceive of wearing right now is L'heure Bleue edp. In fact, I am wearing it now as I prepare for bed. One big spray on each arm. Perhaps the newest formulation is not as potent because I don't feel at all overwhelmed by the sillage.

It is powdery, layered, and nuanced like a moth-eaten, dust-colored stuffed animal that you chewed all the fur off of years ago. Now in its dilapidated state of mange, there is something almost elegant and extremely honest about it, and so comforting; it's the look of something money can't buy. The lived-in, deeply loved genuine article.

Maybe your mom scolded you saying you could have a bright shiny new My Insolence, if only you'd stop dragging that disgusting, balding stuffed animal to bed every night, but then your artist friend recognizes the true beauty in it and paints its portrait as if it were alive.

Sep
02
2014
Germany
Germany

L'Heure de Blue to me is ,,, Oscar de la Renta !!!! A warm old school oriental vanilla. Nicely done. Great for evenings out , in fact it's almost identical to ESPRIT d'Oscar which for many years was one of my favourite perfumes.
Musky, powdery vanilla dry down , floral heart,what more can I say. Its beautiful , but it has its place !
The place it has in my wardrobe is for evenings, fancy occasions, family gatherings , art shows and such.
Reminds also of ,,,, shalimar, chanel 5 , premier ,,,,, in other words a true classic feel.

Aug
29
2014
jksfii
jksfii

I am a relatively new Guerlain fan, Shalimar being my absolute favourite. I received a bottle of L'heure bleue the other day and I have to say it is gorgeous. I get the aniseed opening if you spray liberally but the dry down is floral, spicy, vanilla and woody. Guerlain fragrances are so complex and change from minute to minute, that they are sheer luxury to wear.

Aug
26
2014
malika1979
malika1979

The first perfume of mine, oh all the memories that goes with this!!! It is so romantic and so mysterious! A radiant floral fragrance, with bits of vanilla and mostly lilacs!

Aug
25
2014
mildspicej17u55l
mildspicej17u55l

No words can describe how irresistible this is. One of the many best ive smelled. It in fact gives me that just before dark vibe however, it's very airy, powdery, and light almost like a summery day scent. The smell reminds me a lot of original nivea cream (you know the stuff that comes in the blue jar) which is a good thing.

Aug
25
2014
CeceliaHuynh
CeceliaHuynh

I bought this fragrance as I had a bottle of Shalimar and I was fascinated by its smell after its dry down. I thought L'Heure Bleue would be the softer, woodier version but this is not the case. It has a very different profile and it is difficult to wear. It used to be in a beautiful bottle and it was very hard to find in Australia (around 15 years ago). It's a sentimental, talcum-powdery fragrance that would probably not work well for many women. Most people disliked the perfume on me as well!

Aug
18
2014
Cochlea
Cochlea

Esprit d'Oscar "belongs" to my mom, it smells lovely on her but this one- I can wear this. It is gorgeous! There is a strange medicinal quality to this but that is a good thing here! Honeyed almond powder goodness! What else is there for me to say?

Aug
08
2014
brt
brt

I had a similar experience as happycapybara. I'd tried it in cooler weather and it slept in a powdery dream on me. That was nice but where was the magic? But the warmth of summer did, indeed, break the wintry spell. The first spray starts very sweet on me. Then it goes through a candied apple period on my skin that doesn't last long. A few minutes later the masterpiece is unveiled - lilac, clove, vanilla as only Guerlain can master. It's absolutely glorious to breathe it in from my clothes after I've worn it to work. I hate to wash it out of them. It's taken me awhile to appreciate some of the Guerlains but good things come to those who wait. (This was for the EDP)

Aug
06
2014
happycapybara
happycapybara

I bought my L'Heure Bleue last fall and tried it a few times over the course of the winter. I liked it, and appreciated it to a certain extent. Now, in the balmy summer weather, I am having a totally different experience- in a ridiculously good way. It is like reading a book the second time, and gathering more nuances, (for instance each time I read Jane Eyre…)
The scent is SO Beautiful. The heat is bringing out the vanilla for me and I am loving it. Gorgeous violets, sweet vanilla. I think I am falling in love <3
I must say for those who are wondering, this is not outdated or passe-old fashioned, it is lovely.

EDIT: To clarify, this review is for the EDT.

Aug
05
2014
rasputin1963
rasputin1963

Some have said that the modern LHB has been "ruined", yadda-yadda-yadda.

No it hasn't: I've smelled some 1960's vintage. the modern is still wonderful.

The only differences I perceive is that the bergamot used to be somewhat bolder, and the aniseed was much more prominent in the vintage.

Do what I do: layer the modern with wee droplets of

anise extract
real bergamot oil
real sandalwood oil
real civet tincture.

Voila-- that's how the vintage smells.

Jul
22
2014
boutonstendres
boutonstendres

The woodiness and powder are so huge that I can almost taste make-up when I put my nose close enough to L'Heure.

I could never hate it but I'm not sure I love it. There are many florals among the sandalwood, tonka and other million ingredients, but the dusty-powdery effect is still huge. I usually need more vanilla or bezoin to stand out among powder and make me feel like a cozy, sensual cloud--the way Dior Addict or Shalimar do.

Side note: Regarding the "old lady perfume" assertion we hear from time to time: I can smell the old lady in a Chanel No 5, a Fifth Avenue or Estee Lauder Beautiful. But I have never smelled an old lady in the magic vanilla potions that are known as vintage Guerlain. They are just too, too good. They make the formidable, alluring Dior Addict look like the grand-child of a long line of empirical beauties.

Jun
23
2014
katrin1128
katrin1128

I just realized something and it's pretty mind blowing. After many years and expense of my sampling and testing so many scents, my husband finally said to me, for the first time ever, "you smell nice". After THIRTY ONE years of marriage. I was wearing L'Heure Bleue.

Jun
23
2014
alpestremonte
alpestremonte

At first, I get a feeling this is going to be thick, huge and sweet, merely by handling and sniffing the bottle. Quite frightened by application, first I get powdered by iris, sweetened by anise, warmed by carnations, cloves and coriander, but sillage, although big, is not as monstrous as suggested. And then more flowers come, always warm and cozy, but also sweet and bold, creating a dense atmosphere that lasts for about four hours and keeps me wondering if I'm overwhelming people or not, since this fragrance is so different from anything else in terms of projection. Then the flowers calm down and mingle with and inviting and discreet base of vanilla, benzoin and tonka that's surprisingly part of my own skin, despite of all previous bold stages, and lasts for the rest of the day.

Jun
20
2014
Guest_Colin Maillard
Guest_Colin Maillard

This is one of the very few "classics" I still do not get to appreciate much. A soapy, beautiful, classic chypre stuffed with great powdery iris, a medicinal cloves/eugenol side, and... that vanillin/almond/marzipan feel I really can not stand. I suspect it's from fava tonka and vanillin but I am not sure as it's more complex and more cloying. It is just too much for me. I feel the similarities with Mitsouko, which instead is far more aerial, multifaceted, uncomparably more beautiful. I admit I have a "problem" with this kind of almondy/sweet aromas, and I am perhaps over-sensitive about them, so sometimes I feel "too much of it" when there's perhaps just a close hint of them... but still, I feel a ton of this sticky, thick and cloying accord from the very beginning. And I just can not help - I can not stand it. For me this accord just ruins this blend so bad, it makes it suffocating and smell "wrong" in a way I can not explain better. A sort of old-smelling, half gourmand, half medicinal feel. I don't know how to situate it exactly – I just know I feel this palpable prominent accord I do not like, despite all the efforts I make to focus on other aspects (which are great, indeed) of this scent. Luckily there's Mitsouko and Jicky!

5/10

Jun
13
2014
Nirhtuc
Nirhtuc

I got a 1mL sample of the vintage parfum. First dabbing it on, I was a bit worried (like I always tend to be when trying vintage/aldehyde-type perfumes... the top notes are usually so 'in-your-face'). The floral notes smelled very intense, but I did not get the 'medicinal' note that many people have noted. It just smelled very 'old', for lack of a better word! It also reminded me a lot of the smell of small shops in Serangoon, Singapore (Little India). I did not care for the top notes very much, but I can now smell the middle notes and beginning of drydown, and it's quite lovely. I like it! This is probably one of the few classic perfumes I can enjoy wearing. I can't comment on sillage and longevity since I've only dabbed a tiny bit of the sample on myself.

Jun
12
2014
moonprismpower
moonprismpower

I got to sniff a 50+ year old 1/2 full bottle parfum in the box...wow, very sweet, dusty, baby powder/thrift store vibes. Also like some kind of powdered sugar confection, donuts maybe. Also a strange, subtle medicinal bite, but it is one of the smoothest perfumes I have ever smelled. Beautiful powdery delight and seems to age nicely.

UPDATE: Modern formula is beautiful as well. A little lighter and less rich, thick, and syrupy, but unmistakably L'Heure Bleue. Smooooth.

Jun
10
2014
ParfumFetiche
ParfumFetiche

This review is based on a decant of the EdP concentration. The opening is a feast to the nose and loud. I get iris, some floral and a hint of white floral. Benzoin/vanilla starts to show up and dominate the scent as time passes. It reminds me a bit of Iris Nobile by Acqua di Parma. Moderate projection and longevity on my skin. Usually floral is not my thing but surprisingly I quite enjoy this.

Jun
05
2014
rockegg
rockegg

I wouldn't be able to say it smells like this or that for two reasons. First, it's so well blended that there isn't any one thing that jumps out at me. I can't say it's a heliotrope scent with sandalwood. No, it has become its own organic, living self. Second, there is a sense of familiarity when encountering L'Heure Bleue - for a very good reason. Other fragrances try to smell like it.

May
30
2014
asher.jessie
asher.jessie

I love the snobs like Tania Sanchez, Luca Turin, and the like, who keep saying that they've "killed L'heure Bleue," or that "The fragrance we're smelling today is a ghost of the original."

If you want to think that, then by all means, sit in your puddle of unhappiness. Meanwhile, the rest of us will be enjoying the beautiful fragrance that L'Heure Bleue is, even today.

I'll admit, as a collector, I wasn't familiar with L'Heure Bleue until just recently. No store where I live is good enough to carry Guerlain fragrances, so I've never had the chance to just pick them up and smell them…and I refuse to pay for samples, so there's that.

I remember smelling it once, and crinkling my nose because I was confused at the composition I was smelling. It was very rich and complex, and hard to process all at once. When I found a full sized bottle of the EDP for $60 though, I had to take the plunge.

I think this is the one fragrance of my giant collection that is overwhelming to my strong nose if sprayed too much. Honestly, I could drench myself in Chanel No.5 and not hurt my nose. This one though…it's powerful.

The initial aroma is a blast (and I mean blast), of sweetened, heliotropic flowers. The iris, heliotrope, and anise complement the vanilla and benzoin in a very interesting way, and I don't think I've ever smelled a combination quite like this. It's powdery, but dark…sweet, but spicy…and I can't tell if this is warm or cool, to be honest.

As it dries down, I get this smooth, boozy woodsy smell that maintains the vanillic powderiness, giving it a sweet, doughy smell.

All the while, it sits in a rich bed of woods and flowers that give you a countless amount of things to enjoy and search for every time you wear this.

It's most definitely substantially different from everything else out there. I definitely recommend trying this one, at least to say you did. It's quite glorious. Though I would recommend spraying this sparingly, because it's incredibly strong.

May
14
2014
Chicago Tony T
Chicago Tony T

I have had my decant for months and took a chance on sampling it today. Wow!! A great floral/powder scent!! I am getting tons of iris and carnation with some vanilla and other floral notes.This is unlike any mainstream fragrance of today as it exudes class. Not in your face but a mild steady flow that stays on over 8 hours. I doubt if I buy a full bottle but this is unisex and will be worn throughout the summer. Sophistication at it's best!

May
12
2014
mabelcruet
mabelcruet

This is a very special fragrance. I didn't get an aniseed top note on me-it was immediately a soft powdery scent, not baby powder, but dry with a hint of smokiness, almost burning peat. The dry-down is very smooth and rounded, no brash or sharp notes, but velvet and soft and oh so complex. There's a floral note like violet in there, but its not an innocent violet, this is a mature grown-up violet and incense combination. It's an old fashioned fragrance, but not old fashioned in a dotty old lady way, old fashioned in a mature, sophisticated old Empire Brideshead Revisited sort of way, if that makes sense! It is very heavy though, and rather overpowering and it stays, and stays and stays.....Use with caution and very lightly.

Apr
30
2014
MeThePerson
MeThePerson

This is Such a complex fragrance and one that I do not get to sample enough, all I can say is that I hate waking up the morning the day after applying it and having to shower, knowing that washing it off will rob me of this mesmerising fragrance. So aptly named, as to smell it conjours the feeling of the gentlest, soft soft whisper of a subtly refreshing breeze towrds the very end of a beautiful summers day. The tingle of the suns warmth still coursing through my skin and the sweet odours of pollenated flowers, knowing that the promise of a day thus repeated will be heavenly in its' anticipation. A cooling velvet blanket.
Beautiful.

Apr
29
2014
anna.voulgari1
anna.voulgari1

Fresh, clean, flowery and powdery.Although this scent features key notes--violet, iris, heliotrope and anise--in common with a number of other more recent perfumes, here they are presented in an unsweetened state and without other components which tend to muddy the waters somewhat. I love niche-quality notes, in general, and violet, iris, heliotrope and anise, in particular!

Apr
29
2014
M75
M75

First of all, the EDP does smell totally different than the EDT I recently bought. Personally , the EDT is way more soft and delicate as the EDP really is a "slap in your face" .. I had to wash it of my wrist to get rid of the smell.

However, the EDT is a beautiful scent and I recently combined it with Shalimar EDP which is absolutely heaven!! The smoky vanilla of Shalimar combined with the powdery florals of LHB makes it very special. It's comforting and sexy at the same time.

I am always impressed by Guerlains perfums as they make you feel very unique in a good way, same as Chanel I guess but somehow even more exclusive.

Apr
27
2014
Koratlover
Koratlover

I had a sample of this and it's smelled nice to me, but ever since I bought it, I hardly ever used it. It really smells different from the sample. I guess it's too floral for someone like me who mostly like spicy and woody scents but not floral ones.

I still give it a try once in a while (though I do have stopped for several months now). Maybe that I will end up liking it, who knows? I don't like the idea, even if it was a gift, having such an expensive perfume put away and not using it. It seems such a shame to me.

Apr
26
2014
russian.red
russian.red

i don't know if it is the title, but the first thing that comes to mind when i smell this is "blue"..very dusty,powdery and melancholic.A nice perfume but for special people and occasions.

Apr
22
2014
Alexir101
Alexir101

This is my one. My essence. It moves me and it states clearly 'I am here'. I only wear the eau de parfum. It is the beautiful and the inbetween. To be worn when feeling strong and needing strength. The treasure. A magnificent scent! Enjoy, indulge, love.

Apr
16
2014
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Funny, this lovely fragrance smells as I expected Habanita to smell. The opening is at least to me a test, will you stand it and find a soulmate on the other side or is the powerful medicinal and oldbookstore sent with a wet rosepotpuri something that will make your self rinse it of? Enforced by my husband and doughters likings I'we woren it two days now and now I know what the spell and fuss is about. This is a moodstabilisor on a pich just under your averige key, soothing and comforting without any fake promises.

Apr
15
2014
danaklein
danaklein

So rare to smell such a beautiful creation, although on me it becomes very fatty too son. On paper I really appreciate the richness of this perfume.

Apr
15
2014
polly golightly
polly golightly

avere più di cent'anni, e non sentirli. creato nel 1912 da sua maestà jacques guerlain, ecco un accordo d'altri tempi, complesso, insolente, femminile, classico epperò per nulla datato. il nome evoca "l'ora blu", l'attimo poco prima dell'arrivo della sera, benchè si tratti di un profumo radiantissimo e ottimista. solo una piccola evanescente nota di gelsomino ricorda la dolcezza di certe notti estive. il resto è floreale, con note di iris, eliotropo e neroli, in prima battuta. l'assestamento ricorda quanto questo gioiello sia, in verità, il fratello maggiore di mitsouko: ecco sopraggiungere quindi tonka e benzoino. di grande persistenza. nonostante sia un floreale, per me è una delle più belle creazioni di tutti i tempi fin qui sniffate

Apr
10
2014
Lily2911
Lily2911

This is one of my HG perfumes, a true masterpiece which you need at least to try once in your lifetime. It is for me THE reference perfume which projects beautifully iris, violet and heliotrope as most prominent ingredients. In general, i prefer the EDP version for all perfumes but as Capricious Capricorn's review, i also prefer much more the EDT version. I had the EDP version and i did not like it at all, it evolved into a thick syrup, suffocating, cloying scent with my skin chemistry and i sold it finally.
So don't assume too quickly that EDP is by default better, you better test both before buying one.

The EDT on the other hand develops in an amazing way and reminds me a lot to Après L'Ondée et Vol de Nuit perfumes : all different family members but sharing the same delicate and complex balance of the famous guerlinade notes : more ethereal and "intellectual" beauties, not the lush intoxicating ones. This masterpiece inspired so many other siblings but she is still my favourite one.

Mar
30
2014
lesgalaxies
lesgalaxies

Okay so I thought I was signed in, and ended up reviewing as _guest. My review is below!

Mar
28
2014
guest_
guest_

Just got this baby today! Immediately spritzed and was amazed... this is nowhere near dated/strictly powder as I had read so many times! If anything, this may be difficult for others because it's floral and waxy -- there's quite a strong oily note that sits for the first 30 mins or so.

Not terribly sweet like many other fragrances being made today, which I actually appreciate now more than ever. Definitely an acquired taste, but genuinely beautiful and ageless.

Overall, I find this dusty, delicate, cool. Very floral for the first 30-45 minutes then a the soft vanilla comes through. I see this more for evening wear in warmer months. I can tell this will be a favorite ;)

Mar
28
2014
Henriette
Henriette

While Shalimar is a confident, wonderful lady, fully aware of her charme, with dozens of gentlemen at her knees, L'Heure Bleue is a shy, beautiful but not smashing, tender lady.
Shalimar makes men wait hours and hours;
L'Heure Bleue attends her man behind a rainy stained glass of a window. She sighs and patiently waits for her man to arrive. "I'll be back", he promised and she is waiting for him to come back in her arms.
Will he ever keep his promise? We do not know.
Certainly if she were Shalimar it would have been her the one to make (and break!) such a promise.
Shalimar is Violetta Valery, L'Heure Bleue is Mimì.
I love both Shalimar and L'Heure Bleue, both are outstanding masterpieces that time (and reformulations!) will never ruin.
Shalimar has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes me feel like a diva, while L'Heure Bleue makes me feel nostalgic, melanchonic, timid.
Jacques Guerlain is certainly a man inspired by Heaven (and maybe he ispired the Heavens too!).
Creating liquid emotions is not something everyone is capable of.
Creating emotions that more than a century later still move and inspire people is even less common.
Now shall we speak about Mitsouko?

Mar
28
2014
Adelinne07
Adelinne07

OH, L'Heure Bleue! Scattered dreams that reach the sky... How could I describe the "blue miracle"? How could I evoke its beauty? L'Heure bleue was not mine, but I was truly his. He made me kneel through its beauty, embraced my soul, kissed it and gave it back to me stigmatized with his memory. Oh, how I love this perfume!

The perfume seems rather melancholic, but it is such a sweet melacholy! I got lost in its bittersweet depht.

I feel like I do not even know how to describe such perfect blended, refined notes. Iris, heliotrope, carnation and tuberose live in symbiosis, they would die one without the other and all that would remain behind would be a trail of smoke...

Resins and vanilla join and make the fragrance's composition more rounder, also adding more mistery. Towards the end I feel pretty good sandalwood among other notes that I can individualize. The composition is too homogenic, the notes blend gently, telling different stories. Rose feels very vague ... it's more of a shadow, a memory.

I would wear L'Heure Bleue on my wedding day. It's melancholic, but it's for brides who, just for a moment, close their eyes and let it leak a tear for the sake of things left behind by the time that has elapsed.

Mar
16
2014
samlovefragrance
samlovefragrance

l'heure bleue! this perfume monument is really a tough one to describe and classify... so here's what i get from it; i have both edt and edp.

the eau de toilette is easier to "like". It starts with a sweet, sparkly and powdery, aniseed vanilla combo; a french dessert sprinkled with sugar powder, almond, with a strange medicinal undertone that makes it cold and un-gourmand, but it skips past the floral heart too quick to the drydown!
the eau de parfum lacks the freshness of the edt opening, but is better structured and here you really smell the dramatic oily yellow/purple floral notes. The edp lasts longer since it has a bigger heart and drydown phase. It lasts for days on clothing.

l'heure bleue is a paradox; sweet yet cold, dark and aloof but always elegant. But not an easy perfume. Even i sometimes struggIe with its cold medicinal powder tone, but it's sillage is prettier as its less cardboard powder and more sweet orange blossom powder.

I agree with "nowsmellthis" editor; if snakes had a scent, it would be l'heure bleue. Preferably a blue snake.

scent: 7+/10
longevity: 7/10
sillage: 6/10

Mar
14
2014
Pogomom
Pogomom

This review is for vintage Perfume extract from about 1980. I am the original owner.

L'Heure Bleue opens soft and smooth, beautiful and emotional. It is an enveloping feel rather than individual notes. The flowers, the powder, the woods and the spices unite into one unmistakable scent that it becomes. It is intoxicating and deep and mysterious. It makes you feel worldly and complex, as if just by appreciating it, you have become a bit of the history of all of the women who have worn this scent. I can pick out some of the notes if I look at the list, but none of them are predominant, and that is what makes it so wonderful.

The name, the blue hour, made in Paris in 1912, conveys sadness, as depicted by the great artists of that era, particularly Pablo Picasso. But I don't feel only sadness from this scent, I feel a deepening of emotion, as if the scent intensifies your own feelings, be it longing and desire, or desperation, or rhapsody. It puts be back into history, a full century ago,and for some reason, I cant get the image of seedy cobblestone streets in Paris, dimly lit by streetlight, and the feeling of Picasso's Blue Nude out of my head. My little bottle of L'Heure Bleau is not a challenging scent, nothing offensive or sharp, just a complex masterpiece of emotion. Everyone should have the opportunity to experience this scent at least once.

Mar
12
2014
Capricious Capricorn
Capricious Capricorn

Just finished the EDT and replaced it with the EDP. I took a risk and lost. I like the EDT much better. Although felting, it's strikingly original and one who can detect separate notes (unlike me!) can probably detect them in the EDT formulation, while the EDP formulation is just plain stronger and one dimensional. The EDT's unusual and sweet notes ride on a spray of powder, and it seems like you can just reach out and capture them. The EDP is like a block; nice but simple vs. the complexity of the EDT.

Anyway, LHB is a slightly melancoly classic. Like Guerlain's Vol de Nuit. But its sadness is better than some kind of superficial happiness. I know; weird.

Strangely, I prefer Guerlain's Mitsouko in the EDP vs. EDT formulation; go figure!

Mar
11
2014
HyacinthBucket
HyacinthBucket

I worked for a fragrance store in the late 80's. Prestige and blockbuster fragrances of the time like Georgio, Samsara, Obsession, Poison and Red Door were kept behind the counter while masstige fragrances were available in the aisles accessible to all. L'Heure Bleue was positioned on the bottom shelf of the first aisle under White Shoulders, Chloe and Anais Anais. It simply was not a popular target for shoplifters. In fact it wasn't popular at all. I was happy because it's unpopularity meant more free testers for me and I thought it was divine.

I can't tell you how many old ladies were horrified that their beloved L'Heure Bleue was not behind the counter with Samsara and Shalimar but on the bottom shelf of aisle 1 with just-above-drugstore status.

Funny how the perceived value of a fragrance changes as fashions come and go.

Mar
04
2014
Gjilchrist
Gjilchrist

I wore L'Heure Bleue edt as a sixteen-year-old in 1984, which is amazing to me now because I was not a wise-beyond-my-years teenager. Nonetheless, I had enough sense to take my babysitting money to the Guerlain counter of my local department store and ask to smell their oldest frags. Then as now, I had era-envy and really wanted to time travel. (I also bought Jicky but never really liked it on me.)

I remember worrying at first that it was too powdery and old-fashioned for me to get away with--my friends all wore Giorgio, Anais Anais, and Lauren--but L'Heure Bleue was a big hit with high school boys. I remember a particular McDonald's cashier rhapsodizing about my scent in front of my jealous boyfriend. That association, I know, is perfectly ridiculous for such a romantic masterpiece! I now wear the current edp, which I love with the enthusiasm of that cashier. It is the nectar of the gods.

Mar
02
2014
guest_luna rebel
guest_luna rebel

I bought the EDP version of L'Heure Bleu. It is truly a classic scent. I never thought I would love powdery fragrances, but the house of Guerlain changed my mind. L'Heure Bleue is an elegent one of a kind scent immediately recognizable as L'Heure Bleue. I am not going to try to explain the notes because everything is so well blended that I cannot pick out any main players here.

Many people say this is not a fragrance for romantic or date night ocassions, and on that I have to disagree. If I reserved fragrances for special ocassions, this one would definitely be amongst them. But for me, L'Heure is too precious to just let sit around waiting for ocassions. Although it is a classic scent, there is nothing overwhelming or extremely "perfumey" about it. It is strong and noticeable yet somehow gentle and unabrasive to the olefactory sense. This however does not make it safe. L'Heure is definietely not everyone's cup of tea.

This is certainly a quality fragrance. It projects extremely well and lasts a while on my skin. There is a rather off puting "motor oil" smell to the new formulation when first applied. This smell fades with time, but I could definitely do without this note (must be a new synthetic they use in the reformulation).

Once again, please be advised that this is definitely not a safe blind buy. But if you enjoy classic and powdery fragrances, certainly give this a try.

Feb
19
2014
anhphuongha
anhphuongha

I have been wearing L'Heure Bleue nonstop recently, and I must admit to falling completely head over heels for this beauty. I disliked it upon first sniff, but I persisted and was rewarded with the most beautiful powdery iris that lingered with me for a full day. It doesn't smell dated--it is timeless, and I say this as a 21-year-old woman. L'Heure Bleue is romantic and sophisticatedly wistful, and I wear it as I await the return of spring.

Feb
15
2014
majestic mammy
majestic mammy

I loved this. I find woman like it a lot. And men seem not too. This is just my experience. When I wear a perfume It will receive praise from either men or woman or both...or not at all.

unique composition.

Feb
13
2014
rue_de_la_roux
rue_de_la_roux

This is one of the few perfumes that my husband notices and compliments on. He loves it, which was unexpected. I figured something like Coco Mademoiselle, Obsession or even Tabu would turn him on, but LHB does. For now.... I have the perfume de toilette and it is fantastic. No way does this smell old fashioned, it smells fresh and new to me, vibrant and sparkling. Sweet, like a gourmet French pastry mixed with iris and flowers and vanilla.

Feb
11
2014
hopscotch-bunny
hopscotch-bunny

L’Heure Bleue is liquid gold in a bottle. I don’t see it is like blue color; it is the last golden gleam of sunset – rich, heavy and glorious. I wonder why the pyramid is missing Ambergris which is very prominent in the middle notes of current [EDP].

Jan
30
2014
kasper01
kasper01

I always have and always will love this fragrance.

Once I can get past the nostalgic adoration of it though, this is not a perfume for everyone. Although truly beautiful, it's also a very intense scent. It will introduce you before you arrive and will linger long after you've gone. If you happen to be wearing it near anyone who doesn't also love it, heaven help them because it will definitely be the only thing they smell until well after you've part ways.

I do find it very powdery, but in a complex fashion. Nothing baby-ish about it.

Jan
30
2014
boruvka44
boruvka44

Beige damascus curtains, summer twilight, smell of warm moist, sweet as old memories. Huge old trees, evening birds singing in foliage; the quiet courtyard of an Art Nouveau house in which I grew up. The essence of Art Noveau - calm and powerful beauty, melancholy, nostalgia

Jan
28
2014
brt
brt

LHB is a lovely fragrance but, unfortunately, on me the EDP stays very close to my skin and the powdery aspects stay at the forefront. Where Mitsouko sings arias for me LHB only whispers its florals and the spice notes are almost completely lost. I believe the fault lies with my chemistry and not with the fragrance. I will try it in warmer weather and hope that will break this wintry spell. Sigh.....

Jan
17
2014
NicoleET88
NicoleET88

L'Heure Bleue is EVERYTHING I could have never expected. It...it defies words, it defies worlds...it's magical. It's haunting, it's beautiful. Not a joke. Not because of the name and the reputation. Because the scent of it called to me before I even knew what it could be.

I received several samples and decants from an amazing MUA'er and the whole package opened up with the most incredible smell. It made me think of freshly washed, white bed linens in an opulent hotel. It was unfamiliar, even a bit uncomfortable, almost sterile and chalky. It was the iris. Loads and loads of iris. Once my nose found the source though, my mind went nearly to mush. When I say this fragrance is magical, I mean I fell under some sort of spell for a moment. The spices, the sweetness, the PERFUME. THIS is what perfume is meant to be!

I can't begin to unravel the notes at this time. I need to save that for when I have a moment alone, to really let the full experience of the perfume take hold of me. For now I'll just enjoy the delicate fragrance left on my fingertips from handling the decant.

AMAZING.

Jan
13
2014
perfumebox
perfumebox

Ah, L'heure Bleu... why did it take me so long to discover you?

For some reason the first time I tried it all I got was animalic incense. I couldn't understand all the hype and declarations of love. Then this year, I found it for a good deal online and decided to take the plunge. I sprayed it on the skin (instead of a paper strip) and fell in love instantly. Maybe my tastes have changed or it just blooms better on warm skin in tropical weather.

I definitely get tons of florals. Not the white, bright sweet florals, but a dry powdery iris and violet, sweet fleshy neroli, ylang ylang, and carnation, with the right amount of animalic pungency for depth. Then it evolves into a familiar thick, smoky, musky, dark vanilla; more likely than not the same vanilla referenced 10 years later in Shalimar, but without the screechy bergamot.

I agree with those who don't find this melancholic or sad. It's beautiful and plush and comforting.

Jan
12
2014
Annica
Annica

Very soft and cozy, a bit old fashioned in a good way. It reminds me of Esprit d´Oscar in the drydown, but just a bit. I like it.

Jan
09
2014
larali
larali

I have owned and worn L'Heure Bleue for two days now. Blue is my favorite color, and the Blue Hour is my favorite time of day. So, I thought that I could not go wrong with this perfume.

Well...I am just not sure what to say. It is indeed melancholic (not in a bad way), but where are the flowers? All I smell on my skin is a soft vetiver. So many poetic, lovely reviews, how could they be wrong? I think there is an incongruence with my skin's chemistry, sadly. I'm going to wear this, damn it, and I'm going to love it. I will also try it out on a warmer day (as today seems to be the coldest day of a very cold year) and will review again, hopefully with a more positive report.

Jan
08
2014
xrayer
xrayer

I obtained a sample of this due to the comparisons to après L'ondee which was the first Guerlain that I fell in love with. While I don't feel that this one is like après L'ondee it is indeed a very special and remarkable fragrance. The first spray reminded me of Shalimar but that faded quickly. It is, as others have stated, strong yet gentle, old fashioned yet timeless. I doubt that any other perfume I have encountered would be considered more elegant or refined, it is not cold at all on me as others have found, rather a warm magical scent, I am trying this in summer but I know would be even more lovely in wintertime. My sample is of the EDP and it has lasted all day and I am sure I will still be able to smell it tomorrow morning. Après L'ondee is still my most beloved guerlain but I am sure L'heure Bleue wil find a place in my heart too.

Dec
27
2013
alansgail
alansgail

I love wearing a scent that lasts.....this is one such scent for me. Based on all of the glowing reviews here and the mention of this beautiful fragrance in a book I just finished I did something I've NEVER done before. I decided to ask for this for Christmas without even trying a sample of it.
My husband bought me the EDP of this scent and my biggest worry wasn't whether or not I would like it but if he would like it. He's very susceptible to headaches and allergies so I have to be careful....alas, I ADORE fragrances, always have.
I have my favorites. Boucheron. Coco. Bal a Versailles, and now L'heure Bleue!
I've always adored 'powdery' scents and this beauty certainly complies.
It was an exciting moment when I opened the box and took out the gorgeous bottle........then the sniff. Heaven in a bottle is what I call this. Truly wonderful.
Of course, we're all different and what works for one may not work for another. Good thing there are so many beautiful perfumes to choose from, right?
I've always admired Guerlain for the wonderful complexity and depth of their fragrances. I would love to get my hands on Apres l'Ondee but that may prove difficult. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears.

Dec
26
2013
kelli.marie
kelli.marie

sampled a bit of this today--- to my surprise I very much enjoy it.

The animalic element (civet? not listed.. ) of this really helps make the florals and powdery elements work on my skin. I get the iris but never overwhelming. It's feminine- but not girly-- historic but eclectic. I may just make this my first Guerlain.

Dec
24
2013
saeglopur
saeglopur

The name says it all.

I first became intrigued by L'Heure Bleue after attending the premiere of Patrice Leconte's "A Promise", which in turn was based on Stefan Zweig's novel, "Journey into the Past". Both are set in pre-WWI Germany. Ludwig, a bright young man of modest means, becomes involved in a love triangle when he falls for his ailing master's wife, who, like him, is still young. Although the film itself is somewhat lacking, there is one particularly memorable scene where Ludwig asks Charlotte what perfume she is wearing and she replies, "L'Heure Bleue by Guerlain". Barring the ad-like way in which it was delivered, Charlotte's mentioning the perfume here would not have been anachronistic, as the narrative unfolds in that particular, grey-blue time where the war was just beginning to become a reality -- the time Jacques Guerlain crafted this beauty. Like Zweig, he is a master of the understated but forceful: L'Heure Bleue carries an echo of nostalgia for interrupted youth, for long-distance love, for forgotten dreams ... it's the scent of a frozen past. (Incidentally, the theatre in which I watched "A Promise" just celebrated its 100th anniversary, making it just a year younger than L'Heure Bleue.)

With that said, this perfume is all about the powder. It's soft, understated, and decidedly feminine, reminding me of something a young lady might have sprayed into a letter back when such things were fashionable. The soft flowers are almost indistinguishable, but the violet pierces through. I also get the occasional waft of iris, as well as an undercurrent of civet, but perhaps that's just me. Whatever it is, it's pure poetry: Guerlain knew exactly what he wanted to evoke, and he picked the right ingredients for it.

Now I'll add my own personal experience with L'Heure Bleue. The first time I smelled it on a tester strip, it brought me back to my childhood. I couldn't place why, so I set it aside for a few hours and gave it another sniff later that evening. Suddenly it hit me: hotel soap. That's what it reminded me of.

When I was growing up, my parents would take us to four-star hotels to celebrate our birthdays or their anniversary. We weren't exactly rich and we didn't travel a lot, so it was a luxury we'd look forward to every year. And each time there would be waiting for us a complete set of toiletries, including the scalloped, initialed soap that this perfume now reminds me of.

M. Guerlain, I am honoured to have the chance to smell such beauty. Thank you for a masterpiece that allows us to smell the past. This is a perfume for a lifetime. Breathe deeply ... and remember.

Dec
19
2013
Owlie
Owlie

I have little to add to the elegant rhapsodies of others who have written before me, except that when I wear this, I do definitely feel haunted by romantic war era ghosts.

A soulful and beautiful fragrance, and it has become one of my favourites.

Dec
16
2013
incrediblemelk
incrediblemelk

Love at first scent! It's so subtle: rather than punching you in the face with strident top
notes it wraps you in a soft cashmere blanket. It really does evoke the mysterious quality of twilit gardens with its cool, powdery iris. I love Prada's Infusion d'Iris, but that feels brash compared to this shy, almost melancholic fragrance. If it has a flaw it's that on my skin, like the magical hour it evokes, it fades away too quickly.

Dec
14
2013
Mary-Jayne
Mary-Jayne

I love this!
I am relatively new to guerlain fragrances, however I have been having a love affair with violets of late, and Insolence EDP was recommended to me as something I might like. I duly paid a visit to the local guerlain counter and asked to sample insolence - the friendly sales assistant also sprayed a little l'heure bleue onto a blotter for me, which I popped in my pocket and forgot about. I fell instantly in love with insolence buying a bottle a few days later.
Anyway, that was my introduction to geurlain. After I got home that first day I kept catching wafts of the most beautiful smell. I realised it was the l'heure bleue and I ended up tucking it into my pillowcase that night.
Returning to the counter the following week I sprayed a little onto my skin, and the sales assistant gave me a spritz of the pure parfum on my fore arm. I must have looked insane as I walked home, arm to my nose inhaling deeply! How I wish I had purchased that 8ml bottle of pure delight and beauty.
Back to the EDT. I took the plunge and purchased a 93ml refil edt bottle (far better value than the beautiful 50ml bottle - but as my perfumes are kept in a cool dark cupboard in their boxes it doesn't matter to me.)
I am in love with this. I detect the violet quite strongly, yet it is layered so beautifully. For me it evokes beauty, sophistication, elegance...I worried that as a not quite 30 y/o it would be too mature for me but I love this so much. It is somehow both light yet strong, but never overpowering. I find it incredibly feminine, it makes me feel I should be perfectly made up and coifferred, wearing a vintage dress and smoking a sobranie in a black cigarette holder, however I enjoy wearing it whenever wherever so it is usually juxtaposed with doc martens and more punk wear!
For me the best way to describe this scent is elgant, feminine, beautiful, to me it smells floral (mainly violet for me which I love) mixed with soft spicey woods, and powders.
It may sound strange but imagine a cosmetic bag filled with high end face powders, pencil shavings and violets - that is l'heure bleue for me.
I find similarities with this perfume and mitsuoko, also there is something about this that reminds me a little of Crabtree and Evelyns Nantucket Briar - perhaps the floral spicy powder?
Longevity is great on me - 3-4 sprays of edt after a shower and a walk through once dressed and I still smell amazing 12 hours later. Sillage seems moderate - people close by say they can smell it but no one has passed out when I enter the room!
I love it!

Dec
14
2013
la_clope
la_clope

l'heure bleue, un parfum exceptionel, evocateur, envoûtant, inoubliable, mystérieux, profond, mélancolique, poétique et pleine d'émotion. l'un des plus beaux parfum au monde.

Dec
13
2013
nbailey9
nbailey9

Given that I have yet to meet a Guarlain fragrance that I don't love, I finally ordered a sample of this one and gave it a shot. Flowers, flowers, flowers! Don't get me wrong, I love flowers, but this one, unlike their others, does not really represent any aspects of my personality. Shalimar is my choice when I'm feeling a little cheeky (or when I'm going out where I know people will be smoking), Mitsouko is my go-to for high-powered meetings and winter hikes, Jicky would be for when I'm feeling adventurous if it lasted more than an hour on me, and if I could afford it I'd wear Vol De Nuit for my slightly more brooding moods. L'Heure Bleue? I don't think I ever feel that romantic! Granted, when I tried it out I couldn't stop smelling it, but it was like smelling a sophisticated, ultra-feminine woman who's at least a decade older than me as she walks through a garden at night, waiting for a secret meeting with a new suitor. It's potent stuff and lovely, but the iris in it just ages the frag for me. Though they're my favorite flower, I think their scent is best on the slightly older crowd. Maybe I'll come back to this one when I'm in my 50s or 60s, but for now I'm early 30s and I'll stick with the beautiful Guarlains I already have.

Note: This is a review of the new EDT. I cannot speak for the original parfum, as I'm sure it's infinitely different.

Dec
03
2013
greydove
greydove

I can't get over how weird this perfume is! I wrote a review about a year ago relating it to the collective melancholia of WW1 juxtaposed against better memories of the comforts of home, but later realized it was created two years before the start of the war! Yet, I still can't shake the feeling that this perfume is paying homage to death, but not in a morbid way if that makes sense, but in a very holy and spiritual way. I've worn it a number of times now and three aspects stand out to me the most: The smell of cold, claylike earth, fresh baked bread, and then something dusty and almost decayed. The upside down heart on the top of the iconic Baccarat bottle, and that of Mitsouko, is always referred to as a heart, but to me could just as well be a spade, a tool used for digging graves. This combination of bread, earth and flesh instantly puts me in mind of the Eucharist. Taken this way, I have a new understanding about this perfume which appears to reference the death of Christ, or more accurately, the death of the Sun. A number of scholars have recognized Christ as a solar deity, and many parallels can be drawn between Christ and the ancient Egyptian sun god Ra. When the sun set, ancient Egyptians believed the sun god had died, descending to the underworld, and when he rose again, he was reborn or resurrected. The Blue Hour then, is really an homage to the death of the sun, that moment when it has just disappeared below the cusp of the horizon, but still giving off its faint glow of the fading of the light of day. At the same time, the perfume draws its parallel between this death of the light and the death of Christ through the miracle of transubstantiation when the body of the god is transformed into bread. Looked at from a broader perspective, the "death" of the sun could also signify the winter solstice which resulted in elaborate rituals in almost all human communities to fend off starvation and death until the sun returned to its northernmost point in the sky, bringing warmth and new life again. The rituals were designed to honor the death of the sun, in order to ensure its return. Perhaps this is why people have such strong emotional reactions to this perfume that go beyond the everyday into something universally human and ancient.

Dec
02
2013
tonkabeanster
tonkabeanster

Just beautiful. The olfactory equivalent of Van Gogh's 'Starry Night Over the Rhone.'

The evening chill captured in crisp opening notes of violet and anise. The gentleman offers the lady his arm, a delicate perfume of powder and rose water rising from her furs as she settles against him. On the far bank, light spills from windows in thick amber sheets and thin wisps of smoke drift across the water, illuminated by the pale glow of distant stars.

Dec
02
2013
Roseblight
Roseblight

I'm still very new to perfume, but this was a revelation for me. It opens in that very old-school Guerlain way, so initally I was like "Oh ... OK? I guess." Within 20-30 minutes though I had come around so far, I couldn't stop inhaling. People say you've found your One True Perfume when you strike on something that makes you feel like the best version of yourself; I didn't think that was possible but no, here it is. It's magical.

Nov
30
2013
Socialite
Socialite

I first came across this scent in 1989 when I was 16 and visiting my Aunt and Uncle. He had bought her a bottle for her birthday and I tried it when she wasn't looking and became addicted to it - for the 2 weeks I was visiting I sprayed it on secretly every day. I love the vanilla notes most but the whole scent and its many layers matches me perfectly. Whenever I smell it on someone else my instant thought is , you have style and class and know what a great scent is.

Nov
24
2013
gabriel.villa
gabriel.villa

One of the most beautiful creations in the world. This, in my opinion, is L'Heure Bleue. So classy, so aristocratic, so poetic... it was love at the first sniff, indeed.

L'Heure Bleue was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1912 because he was inspired by the blue hour, moment when it's not longer day but it's not night yet either. He was so inspired that he might have felt he could just express that in a perfume, so that's what he did.

Besides, L'Heure Bleue was adopted by Jacques Guerlain's wife as her signature scent, so we could assume that L'Heure Bleue is a perfume really close to Jacques Guerlain's heart.

Talking about the fragrance, L'Heure Bleue was created still in the Belle Époque, before the Roaring 20s, and that means many things. Ladies in the Titanic could have used the fragrance. Ladies waiting for their fiancés to return back from the First World War could have used the fragrance too. As I said before, the perfume is so classy and aristocratic, it's just divine! It's a polite perfume, I'm pretty sure it would not offend anyone, it's really sophisticated... if I had to pick just one perfume up to wear it for the rest of my life, I'm totally sure L'Heure Bleue could easily be one of them.

Talking about the scent, it's a beautiful mix of sweet spices, powdery and soft flowers and powdery and sweet resins. When I first spray it I get a huge cloud of anise. Wow, it's so feminine, it's so wonderful... the anise gets mixed with the coriander, really fresh here, and the neroli, again, really fresh. The anise smells almost fruity, almost cherry like, and that goes wonderfully with the coriander and the neroli. Then in the heart there is this powdery and soft bouquet, it's so heavenly pleasant! The velvety and sweet heliotrope makes the anise note keep going in the fragrance with that cherry tone, and here there is also a lipstick thing to the fragrance, together with the beautiful powderyness and the floral richness... there is some dry tone, I think it comes from orchid, and all the flowers seem to appear, but together. Also in the heart, carnation and cloves! I think them two smell beautiful together, adding the spicy tone. Some cinamoon touch, perhaps... violet, jasmine and rose... and in the base, vanilla, tonka bean, sandalwood, musk, benzoin... all of them beautifully mixed. There is that animalic tone, too, it's really musky. But it's clean at the same time. Gosh, it's too complex to explain!

Everything perfect about L'Heure Bleue. It's gentle, it's romantic, it's the best! Longevity is amazing, sillage is amazing, it stays around me all the time, it's on my skin all the time, and people seem to like it a lot when I wear it. L'Heure Bleue is one of those timeless perfumes that keeps cativating people 100 years after its creation. I'm sure many people wouldn't think it's too old.

A trully masterpiece. Brilliant! Thank you Jacques Guerlain for having created this beautiful thing that stays really close to my heart too.

Nov
21
2013
evesoho
evesoho

There are so many wonderful reviews that it's hard to find a reason to add mine.

L'Heure Bleue parfum and L'Heure Bleue Edp have the same fragrance at heart, but the parfum lacks the noticeable topnotes of citrus that sing out from the Edp. The parfum, fittingly, has more sillage, and the basenotes are stronger. It also lasts longer than the Edp. They both dry down to a silken powder on me. The Edp is rather a gentle fragrance for one so dark, or "bluish".

I see the L'HB as bluish, and greenish, purple-ish, and blackish. There is no question that this scent evokes romance... past, present, or future... L'HB is so smooth that it's soothing, to me, in a way that says, "it's alright that this night will die and with it your love, because something that has lived with so much *life* will truly live forever." Blue is the colour of eternity, after all.

L'HB reminds me of a woman painted by John Singer Sargent, a sublime English novel like 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' or 'Wuthering Heights', rain on the rooftops, branches outlined against the dim sky. It feels herbal and fresh despite the fact that it's a soft scent ambitiously brewed into a great work of art.

To me, L'HB isn't too close to Apres L'Ondee to warrant having both perfumes on hand. There are no standout violets in L'HB and the anise is much tamer, too. Apres L'Ondee Edt is light and sweet! L'HB doesn't have that kind of sweetness that gives AL'O it's charm. I'd be more than happy to have both.

I prefer the L'HB parfum slightly over the Edp (and that little bottle is divine!), but I'd still purchase the Edp without a second thought. I'd be devastated not to be adding L'HB to my wardrobe one day.

Nov
07
2013
liiva
liiva

Mmm, such a nice, cosy, floral, soft, powdery and romantic scent! I am very surprised! Because I was waiting something strong and oldish, but it is very wearable!

Nov
01
2013
RozaMoisevna
RozaMoisevna

A very beautiful, powdery, "old-world" scent that brings you back to Paris de la Belle Epoque...The magic thing about this perfume is that when you smell it for the first time, it feels familiar even if none of your relatives has ever worn it...

Oct
29
2013
MBKITTYKAT
MBKITTYKAT

Very classy note. Wears down during the day, but a subtle scent lasts all day.
Don't use too much.
Not a "sweet" young smell. More for the mature and classy women.

Oct
20
2013
Deppaholic
Deppaholic

WOW, POPULAR FRAGRANCE! Just look at all the reviews. I have a bottle of this, but every time I bring her out to dance, she walks away scowling at me :( I won't part with the bottle, because someday maybe she will want to dance. I don't know why but this and Jicky just do not like me :( Sadness. However, I have found other Guerlain that take me dancing all night long....all night...all night....

Oct
04
2013
valenceis
valenceis

I think I have lost all concept of "old lady" in perfume.

To me, L'Heure Bleue maybe smells like something your grandmother would wear. But only because she has exquisite taste. I like to keep in mind this perfume, being released in 1912, could have easily been considered "vintage" by the time grandma even got her hands on it. There is something enduring and classical about it's language, which isn't for everyone (what is?) but this strikes me as a gorgeous masterpiece, especially for it's age.

In my opinion, modern perfumery often just does not give care to the potential of certain genres. The "powder" genre these days, for example. As a toilet item it's become all but totally obsolete, thus making the idea of things that smell like it seem antiquated. It takes a while to understand the nuances. This fragrance is certainly soft and pillowy, marshmallow-like almost, but not without distinction; it's imbued with astringent notes offset with a certain "creamy" quality that makes it feel more perky. Not necessarily only for a "lady", don't be deceived by the moodiness of the iris. Definitely for a woman who is wide awake and knows exactly what she's doing as the night closes in. More experienced among the syrupy gourmands and sticky white florals playing dress-up in too big heels today. This perfume commands a natural poise, which is rare to find in anyone in our society, sure. But what happens behind closed doors could make you wobbly for a couple days. It is hard to find a perfume that does such a thing so well.

Sep
22
2013
jlee
jlee

After years of wearing nothing because of asthma, I have discovered I can wear really good perfumes that stay close to the skin. Excitement! I have been searching for a signature scent to celebrate my new found freedom. I wanted a scent that was floral with an edge, not sweet, not too powdery, very feminine and sexy as hell. In the last month I have tested about 20 samples. After hours on this site, I decided Guerlain L'Heure Bleue had to be the one I have been waiting for. The past week has been spent waiting for it to arrive with more anticipation than a mail delivery of scent should warrant. I have been less breathless with anticipation over several first dates. Plus, I so wanted to answer when asked what fragrance I was wearing, "Why L'Heure Bleue of course". It arrived today. I sprayed it lightly on pulse points and waited. First I got a strong medicinal smell, then a floral powder, finally the smell of hotel soap in a 1970's motel. This is the scent I was left with. My heart is broken. What good is breath when there is nothing beautiful to breathe? My search continues....

Sep
13
2013
bluebellinthewoods
bluebellinthewoods

For me this is stunning. I am just not quite woman enough to wear this one and get away with it.

Aug
23
2013
mrsriley
mrsriley

i am only able to write this review because of a generous fragrantican..thankyou EK!..so,here we go,what can I say.this fragrance is just soft and smooth and comforting..the name is a perfect description of what's in this bottle....iris everywhere most definitely,but theres more to this complex scent..and tbh I can't quite put my finger on it..when I sniff my skin theres something quite pungent and off putting...but I don't think this is meant to be sniffed deeply close up..the point of this scent is waft around you and leave a gentle trail behind you.an aura if you like..it's gentle in the breeze,or at midnight as the name suggest....I do understand where the tag "old lady" comes from which I expect is the iris,but who cares,it's you who defines a perfume not the other way round,!!...it is very slightly the same as chanel no5 in the dry down,that floral creamy smell that it has.. I will definitely be getting a full bottle of this and will enjoy wafting around all over the place..i will also say this is a nice sleepy fragrance for the bedroom..romantic,sexy and lush...xx

Aug
18
2013
stormyla
stormyla

It is mind boggling to me how a fragrance that I love beyond description in parfum could be so unappealing in EDP or EDT. I've tried various vintages of L'huere bleue EDP and EDT and find all of them distasteful,yet I adore the parfum no matter what the vintage.

Aug
15
2013
STRAG
STRAG

A must have! even if you don't like the scent! This house is the most authentic one among all "mainstream" perfume houses, I wonder how long it takes until they will have to reformulate this one too...

Aug
12
2013
ashandasphodel
ashandasphodel

On me, this is a powdery heliotrope bomb. I barely smell anything else. I like it, but not that much. I definitely get the "Old Hollywood" comparisons, but not the "mystery". If you are into powdery white florals, this one's for you.

Aug
02
2013
Nickie
Nickie

I will just say this...

I don't wear it often - my Fragrance Timeline will show that; I have to be in the right mood. However, when I am, L'Heure Bleue eclipses all other fragrances in existance, including my beloved signature scent.

Aug
01
2013
Caramelle
Caramelle

All my favourite notes in a perfume! Powder,heliotrope,vanilla and iris! Sometimes it smells like a delicious pastry,sometimes like a gentle bouquet of powdery florals.
If I had a custom made scent it would smell like L'Heure Bleue.:-)
The vintage parfum had a wonderful ambregris note,but the current parfum is still incredibly beautiful.

Jul
29
2013
Waterqueene
Waterqueene

I received this perfume as a long-requested gift from my sister for Christmas in 2009.

The year before, in August of 2008, I lost a job I loved due to downsizing and the economy. In November of 2008 I met the love of my life (at the age of 41). Let's call him B. We spent a glorious Christmas together but I had a premonition that our happiness would be short-lived. I was right. During the summer of 2009 we parted company due to his family problems. I waited all during the fall for him to come back to me but he did not.

Then that Christmas, L'Heure Bleue.

This perfume is tied to many other changes and losses in my life but I will not bore you with the details. It is the scent of memories, melancholy, and regret. It is comforting. I haven't worn it that much over the last four years because I associated it with the loss of my boyfriend.

Four months ago my beloved B. died suddenly. He dropped dead of a heart attack at a job site. I heard the news on a Saturday morning from a mutual friend. In typical selfish fashion, B. deprived all the women who loved him of the solace of sitting by his bedside in the hospital. He was just ...gone. I now wear L'Heure Bleue in his honor, to remember him, and to mourn him all over again every single day.

That is, until after the blue hour ... when we will be reunited.

This perfume is all that. Try it.

Love to you all, K.

Jul
23
2013
wallywinthrop
wallywinthrop

I've written more than one review for this but I'm writing this one so it will be seen at the top. Today I tested the vintage parfum of L'Heure Bleue and I want to add my thoughts - there is definitely an animalic edge gone from today's version. The vintage smelled smokier and overall spicier. But I also want to state that this does not mean its present incarnation is not absolutely gorgeous. I'm sorry that other members lost the version they had previously loved and identified with, but this is still very much a beauty. It's a bit softer and sweeter than in times past, with a touch more powder. Nevertheless I really believe they have done a valiant and lovely job in reformulating this to be as close as possible. Buy new bottles without fear!

Jul
23
2013
2746cstreet
2746cstreet

The beginning and end stages of L'Heure Bleu work very well with my chemistry. The middle, for some odd reason, smells like old people's medicine.
The opening is a bit sharp, but sweet. I definitely detect citrus, heliotrope and benzoin. The next stage is, as I said above, oddly medicinal. Clove/carnation and anise. Like Vicks VapoRub and cough syrup. Dry down is rooty iris, tonka and lemon.
It's quite interesting to observe how this fragrance develops over time, but that middle stage is just so off putting to me. I don't think I'll ever desire a full bottle of L'Heure Bleu.

Jul
22
2013
IndigoEye
IndigoEye

When I was pregnant, I developed a hyper-sensitive sense of smell, and all perfumes to me smelled like old alcohol with stale fragrance. Then I made friends with a girl who was both great fun and totally beautiful: an English rose who knew the finishing school rules of elegance, and it was the first time that a person's perfume didn't turn my stomach. I asked her what she was wearing and she told me it was a Guerlain. I rushed off to the nearest Guerlain counter and, directed skilfully by the sales assistant, I found l'Heure Bleue. I knew that this was real perfume: complex, interesting, beautiful.
For me it is perfect. I don't care if it's old and I smell like the Queen - frankly, she's got taste - and I don't care that it's a powdery floral. It's the cold seduction I love.
Although I have heard lots about the vintage formulae, I enjoy the new EDT. The new EDP had less of the softness for me, and I did not appreciate it so much. Would love to try the parfum some day...

Jul
17
2013
Ttirem3
Ttirem3

At first it's like a mighty dragon--hot ornery, scaly, overpowering but then it settles into a sweet lizard--lion to lamb as its powdery soft sent snuggles into my skin...I have both an original bottle and a new bottle--they are different but both beautiful....

Jul
12
2013
SixSidedTippy
SixSidedTippy

This is only my second review and I apologize for the length of it but I have read all the reviews of this amazing fragrance and would like to offer the following.

I remember the first time I ever came across L'Heure Bleue. I was at J. L. Hudson and was making my way towards exiting the store through the doors by the fragrance department. On the way out I passed the Guerlain section and saw the counter display with all the Guerlain bottles lined up so majestically. I stopped and began taking a sniff one by one-Mitsouko, Jicky, Shalimar-no, not for me. Then I picked up that bottle of L'Heure Bleue and that was the end of it. Instant love. I was infatuated. I purchased two one-ounce bottles of eau de toilette on the spot. Mind you, this was quite an expenditure for a 19 year-old, full-time college student that only had a part-time job making a little over $2.50 an hour. That was back in 1975 and I have never come across another fragrance as evocative as L'Heure Bleue. Oh, there have been other fragrances that I liked, even loved and purchased but L'Heure Bleue is the holy grail of fragrances for me. I went on to purchase many more bottles of L'Heure Bleue in cologne, eau de toilette, deodorant, eau de parfum, bath oil and parfum/extrait through the years and have blissfully used all of them. About three months ago, I purchased a bottle of eau de parfum in the updated tri-tone gold box and upon opening that box and taking out the bottle I was immediately struck by the color of the liquid. It's a very pale straw color and all my others were a much darker, richer golden-amber hue. I spritzed and was totally dismayed and, at the same time, mortified. Jacques Guerlain is spinning in his grave. This was not the same scent that I had enjoyed and loved for 38 years.

As stated above, I have read all the reviews here and I believe that one of the issues with some of them is that they are based on the current reformulated version rather than the previous rendition or, better yet, a vintage formula. If I had smelled the current version on my first exposure to it, I wouldn't have given it a second look either and would have just kept on walking. My quest for an answer led me to Fragrantica and some other fragrance review sites and I became painfully aware that because of IFRA regulations or the acquisition of Guerlain by LVHM or possibly a combination of both, the formula of L'Heure Bleue has been cheapened down and is now merely a faint shadow of its former self. There is a lot missing from this current formula and I do mean a whole lot missing. As a result of this research I have been on a mission for the past two months snatching up any and all L'Heure Bleue that I can find, in any formulation, that is packaged in the white and black box and if the price is right, I will settle for the black and gold boxed items. The difference is just hard to fathom and believe. The current eau de parfum lacks the complex magic, richness and depth of the vintage and has less sillage and longevity than a bottle of cologne that I have from the white and black box. It sickens me that this is what has become of such a legendary and beautiful fragrance.

There is nothing more that I can add that hasn't already been said about the notes or phases of this fragrance and it will leave a different impression on each individual but I would like to say this, if you can, try an older or vintage rendition and then see what your opinion is. You just might be amazed.

Jul
10
2013
Kiku
Kiku

"L'Heure Bleue" -- the blue hour. Sounds so sad and melancholy. But this is actually a happy scent: warm, soft, balmy and hauntingly romantic. It is that moment just as the summer sun settles below the horizon and night comes on, mysterious yet comforting. The blend of flowers and spices is timeless. As classic as a perfume can get. You must have it.

Jul
06
2013
lialu
lialu

Unmistakable. Unique. Unforgettable. I just adore L'heure bleue. What IS it about those Guerlain perfumes? Amazing quality and sillage. A real classic fragrance, rather complex but worth waiting for. Like all guerlains it takes some time to get to know, but boy is it worth it!!!

Jul
04
2013
Birdiegirl
Birdiegirl

Leheure blue is a wonderful classy scent, cannot get enough of.I do not understand why people say it smells like mildew,nor does it smell like medicine.To me it is a clean sweet smell of soap.I do not smell violet at all.I bought a pure violet perfume from a speciality shop iin Cuba.It has a very distinct scent,really nice on its own.it is definitely not in this Guerlain perfume.I own the eau de parfume and when I am home by myself I love to load it on or wear it in my yard. And let the breeze carry it to my nose.Strange that my husband never cares one way or another about perfume nor is he the romantic type.I wonder how many other men are just the same.I would love to hear your comments regarding that.I feel blessed by God that he has given us so many scents to enjoy.Blessed that my husband lets me have so many expensive parfumss.Birdiegirl.

Jun
21
2013
batkitty
batkitty

The beauty of a Strauss waltz, the chill of twilight arriving on a clear April night, the warmth of candlelight while rain taps on the window, the comfort of snuggling in my grandmother's arms as a child--all combine in L'Heure Bleue. Profound depths of carnation, iris, neroli, and powder-sweet heliotrope combine with the elegant reserve of sandalwood, vanilla, spice, and tonka to create the ultimate intersection of wistful chill and velvety warmth. There is nothing in the world like this perfume. It wears for hours like a veil, perfectly and achingly beautiful.

Jun
15
2013
Axum
Axum

I ordered a decant of l'Heure bleue with high expectations, and they were met: this is an incredibly evocative and beautifully blended fragrance.

It does indeed take me to a twilit, meditative place. Unfortunately, that place, with its cold clay and iris ikebana - a feature at family funerals - is incredibly sad.

For me l'Heure bleue evokes terrible loss and unresolvable longing. So while I admire it greatly, I cannot bring myself to wear it.

Jun
13
2013
samer007
samer007

what a surprise! if i had smelled l'heure bleue blindfolded, i would have never guessed it is the melancholic guerlain scent! not melancholic in anyway...
feminine, alluring, poetic, dreamy. i smell beautiful iris, anise, benzoin/ vanilla and a lot of violet, even reminds me of another guerlain, insolence!
it's powderiness gives it a classic aura, but aside that it's the most modern smelling classic guerlain. i love it but wouldnt really wear it, it crosses the imaginary boundary towards too feminine(a boundary i dont care for) but nevertheless.
4+ stars.

Jun
12
2013
Jitterbug Perfume Lover
Jitterbug Perfume Lover

L'Heure Bleue is the bottled version of Van Gogh's Starry Night.

When he painted Starry Night, Van Gogh had already been institutionalized, He knew he would probably never achieve the success he wanted and he knew he was going crazy but couldn't do anything to stop it. Yet, his life and colors and relationships were more vivid; exactly like when you lose something, and it suddenly dawns on you how much you loved it. Van Gogh kept seeking refuge and love and acceptance for his art from the world, but instead only received minimal comfort from his family. That is exactly how this perfume makes me feel.

When the world is too much, too painful, too full of sorrows and I need kindness, empathy, warmth and acceptance, I wear L'Heure Bleue. It's more than a perfume, it's a magical elixir of comfort and solace in difficult times. I have quite a few Guerlain scents, but this one has a special room in the mansion of my heart.

Jun
10
2013
Arleners
Arleners

LHB is a rainy afternoon, a cold winter morning, an attic, warm chair and book, a favorite cardigan, and possibly a favorite nook of the house when one was 8 years old. Subtly floral, powdery, wears close to the skin on me, romantic, and very light-- yet it has a unique royal presence that I cannot find on any other fragrance.

Jun
05
2013
KJS88
KJS88

I don't get sweet and pretty with this perfume; it is kinda aloof, and I like that, but it calls to mind the sort of cold beauty of a powerful noblewoman or a dowager behind the Throne, or of a perfect porcelein doll-looking Geisha or fair skinned Chinese womman in tradition gowns, pasted white, cherry red lips, penned in eyebrows, who speaks perfect English. She doesn't speak often, but when she does, she stops you in your tracks: you didn't expect magic of words to work quite like that.

Jun
03
2013
jht4060
jht4060

Guerlain L'Heure Bleue is an enduring classic that remains current for the same reason some enduring classic novels do - it evokes a mood, a sensibility, an aura, that is timeless. This is not a light happy scent, nor is it a dark obsessive scent. Somehow, and I am not sure how and have given up trying to figure it, L'Heure Bleue evokes a pensive wistful mood. Sometimes a sweet memory drifts by, other times a sense of longing or gentle melancholy, always there is something comforting, as if everything will turn out well in the end. On balance it is happy, but in the way you might imagine when you are reviewing a life fully lived when on your death bed. The name is descriptive genius.

Very few scents coax such romantic notions from me; in fact only a few so far. Though an analyst at heart, I refuse to tease apart their components for fear of banishing their magic.

If you are interested in the pensive wistful tone (I don't know how else to describe it and I can't pin down its composition) of L'Heure Bleue, the only other perfume I have smelled that evokes it is Parfums de Nicolai Sacrebleu Intense. Sacrebleu Intense is fruitier and less floral than L'Heure Bleue and to my nose has that same haunting mood. Stated components that they share include carnation, tuberose, jasmine, patchouli, tonka, and Peru balsam.

Jun
02
2013
tgutie1027
tgutie1027

I wanted so badly to love this perfume but it was unbearable on me! Fortunately Sephora let me return it. It literally smelled like Desitin (the diaper rash cream) on me for the first hour or so. It tapered down into a nice powdery scent, but I could not tolerate that first hour.

May
31
2013
canadianpetite
canadianpetite

To simplify, the initial spray smells something akin to bug spray but still inviting. I could not understand why it is highly regarded by perfumistas. My scent strip is more than five hours old now and it soft carnation, vanilla and vetiver. I cannot stop envisioning 40's glamour with red lipstick, makeup powder and silk stockings. Very different. The one thing I do share with perfumistas is the melancholy effect this gives. This is not for everyone. It takes a certain woman to pull this off (I'm not one of them right now). Maybe in a few years + wisdom, I can join the elite women who are sophisticated enough to wear this genius. Perhaps it is different on my skin so I shall try next time.

One spray on scent strip.
Sillage: less than a foot
Longevity: 4 hours then it changes to a powdery and soft fragrance
Rating: first 4 hours = 1/5, afterwards = 2/5

Update: The air must have been mixed with other perfume strips in my closet. When my daughter and I sniffed this strip, we both went yum! It is softly elegant just like the ladies of the time. To other perfumistas: I now get it. I want my own bottle!
Rating changed to 5/5

May
27
2013
madhurimadhara
madhurimadhara

A viola, night voiced, calls into past but nothing comes.
A woman alone rows across the lake. Her life is intact, but what she thought could never be taken has been taken. - Carolyn Forche (Borrowed from the poem 'Blue Hour').

L'Heure Bleue is not just a perfume, its an olfactory experience of longing, melancholy and mostly frozen history.
Its beauty is so evocative, I find it almost blasphemous to dissect out its composition. The great Bengali troubadour Tagore once said 'My poems and my creations are not for your careful criticism, it is for your enjoyment.'
So I lay back and enjoy L'Heure Bleue's eternal promise of budding iris which never quite blossoms, its subtle nuances of warm spices (aniseed?). L’Heure Bleue’s tuberose does not smell sultry, but mentholated, its orange blossoms withered as you smell them, turning from fresh into waxen flowers. Its an perpetual promise of alternate reality frozen in time.

On a different note, L'Heure Bleue has an all compassing silage on me and garners rave compliments whenever I wear it. Today an old lady in the bus stop actually asked me what I am wearing, to which I had answer in my butchered Deutsche. Guess what! She was elated to know that today's generation (that's me) still adores this perfume which she grew up knowing as her mom's signature! Guess even a century's dust and damage can not change the allure of its timeless enigma.

(I have a Eau d Parfum from the vintage composition, still searching for the Parfum concentrate).

May
22
2013
jessamine
jessamine

I just got my EDT in the mail, I was dying to smell this perfume, and that's what I could afford. At first I smelled the benzoine, it smelled like bug spray and I thought I'd made a mistake. But like any fragrance of substance, the best was yet to come. Net I smelled pastel, powdery candy that made me think of those Necco candies. I can smell the iris for sure. I know it's supposed to smell like Paris at dusk, but I think of spring afternoons in the American south where I've lived all my life. This is how I imagine Zelda Fitzgerald smelled when she lived in Montgomery, AL. It makes me think of the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It smells older than any time anyone now remembers, which doesn't make it "old lady" to me. I've smelled three Guerlain fragrance, Samsara, which is too masculine, Shalimar, which I have and love, is sexier. I wish I had the EDP, one day... I'll wear this fragrance when I want to feel sweet, pretty, and melancholy.

May
21
2013
miss mills
miss mills

Never have I smelt anything like this before and I am quite sure that I never will again. L'Heure Bleu is (to me) what a fragrant masterpiece smells like. I have a small sample decant of the original formula. (I can't tick like, dislike or love - this is more an experience than a smell)

On first opening, a syrupy embalmed floral fume possessed my senses and all I could think of was the word funereal.

I am struck by an overwhelming feeling of grief and the despair of a woman who has lost her soul's deepest love. Melancholic doesn't begin to describe it for me, it's as if each time I open the lid, I almost anticipate hearing a woman wailing in utter despair. I know this review is indulgent of me and possibly very pretentious but this description is exactly how L'Heure Bleu FEELS for me - and I have to describe it as I feel it!

I picture a tall woman in a long, smoky dark navy coloured dress, just wandering the streets at dusk, her mind struggles, the chaotic, intense, insular world of pain that grief holds, desperately clinging to the thinnest thread of life's veins, feeling that her own life was taken when her love died. I wonder, was this her child, her lover, her friend who made her eyes hollow and dark, emptied of life? (There's pale flesh and a pulse still lingers beneath the dark dress, sexual, not sensual, grasping to feel connected to her physical self once more through the act which only takes her further from it).

Not sure when or how I could ever wear this but I will savour the sample I have, just to reverently look through her eyes from time to time and feel the dark beauty in her pain.

May
14
2013
mrjohn12
mrjohn12

This perfume is tragic. There is a suppression in it, as if it wants to bloom but it can't. It's as if it's frozen in time, beautiful, unable to age; and as you smell your wrist, you hope it has had its chance to bloom, but then you are relieved to find that it has not. It's still frozen in that beautiful, suppressed, melancholy.

I feel like I would not wear this out. This perfume suits a rainy day where you can shut off the TV, log off your computer, spray this on, and smell the story unfold. It reminds me of the Italian movie "Life is Beautiful." A tear-wrenching love story you never forget and always keep close to your heart. It's unique. It's lonely. It's perfect.

May
09
2013
courant
courant

Help me understand. When I spray myself with the wee beastie that is LHB I get the rubber tyre that Bvlgari Black is supposed to exude, or extrude, or whatever diesel on the tracks smells like. After an hour or so I begin to sniff my wrist and wonder what sort of burnouts got me here. It's nice but there is melancholia lurking nearby. Is LHB the 'little match girl' of perfumery? The cold descending, the jaw aching pity of it all, the match striking and burning out, then another, then another. That's what I think of...alongside the Velveteen Rabbit, the saddest, most tearjearking story of them all. I've never owned a bottle, can't do it. Just can't.

May
05
2013
supergirl83221
supergirl83221

There is something about LHB that is alluring, romantic yet sad at the same time. The name "Blue Hour" is indeed fitting for this fragrance as it is poetic and captures that time of the day between the sunset and just before the night falls... the peaceful, introspective atmosphere where light and shadows are in great complimenting contrast.

I fell in love with LHB, not because it is one of the classics, nor it smells nothing like the ones I had before... LHB is probably one of the perfumes that is delicately complex and beautiful, as it exactly captures the mood and scenario at dusk, while eliciting the feelings true to that time of day, peaceful yet partly melancholic and dramatic.

Say it opens a bit "plasticy and mothballs", but this mixed reviews are truly understandable as LHB is polarizing. As it settles down, the bouquet of violet, heliotrope, iris and carnation yields this soft, powdery aura. The flowers here are not crisp, fresh and bright. They are muted and abstract. The roses are almost close to decaying and the carnation was in a way debased. You will probably think that it smells unenticing, but alas! It' s just the opposite because it is plain beautiful. Period.

The florals ebb to almost a powdery haze in the drydown. There flowers are still detectable, but they are retreated behind the shadows and a more prominent iris comes forth. I loved the perfume more when it reached this phase because spices and incense are more distinct than the florals. The longevity is very good and it lasted a good 9 hours on my skin. The projection is also good.

L´heure Bleue is a lot of many things... antique books stored in the attic, an ornate victorian dresser accessorized with vintage ivory combs and jewellery boxes, a lone traveller with his distressed leather suitcase wandering the streets of old Paris, that Lady in a tasteful black dress exuding a stature of opulence, mystery and melancholy as she watches the twilight, the day fading away or post-wedding Ms. Havisham sitting in her dark, desserted parlor waiting for her fiance to come back. So to speak, it has become one of my favorites from the House of Guerlain. A masterpiece and a must try for any perfume lover. Yes, there will be will be haters, some will learn to appreciate it the more they get accustomed to its allure, but i am pretty sure that no one can deny the fact that it is a timeless piece of art worth preserving.

Rate: 4.9 / 5

May
05
2013
Babslady
Babslady

I have tried to like this fragrance for forty years. I adore the name! L'Heure Bleue, I so want to love you. I have tried and will keep on trying. Maybe next time ...

Apr
26
2013
LadyRogue
LadyRogue

What can one say that's not yet said about a perfume whose name casts a big shadow and is on the same shelf as Mitsouko, Jicky, Vol de Nuit, Liu & Shalimar? Classics that helped define our taste in perfume. Countless of people grew up with these scents as the epitome of french perfumery...Long before Chanel made a name for herself Guerlain was selling these beauties that still are coveted by reputation alone. Complicated classics that might confuse, nay even repel the modern perfume palate.

So, what do I think of this much discussed and reviewed L’Heure Bleue? Well, after reading some reviews I came across sentences like: "it smells sad" - "It smells dusty like an old attic" et cetera. I understand these statements, or, more accurately, I understand what evokes them. L’Heure Bleue is very unusual and very polarising, I understand both ends of the spectrum that people feel/smell in it.

To a nose that has never smelled L’Heure Bleue before and might not have smelled anything like it...it might come as an olfactory shock! Moth balls? Hospital hallways that just got cleaned with an antiseptic? Dusty rooms? Oh, dear! Poor LHB, I make her sound as though I feel the same...I don't; I love her because she is unique, unforgiving ever-changing and represents her era so impressively well.

But she also reminds me of a lot of things that I love: Antique book-shops where a lady just walked thought the aisles perusing books as she permeated the air with a light floral perfume that mingled with the stories in the books...paper and florals, and I inhale deeply thinking of all the adventures, dramas and love stories locked up in these books that are waiting to be released by the reader.
I smell the ancient Roman-Greco wings of the British Museum where the mummies are wrapped in linen that was scented with precious oils and adorned long ago with wilted and dried flowers....Do they really still permeate any floral scent? Perhaps not, perhaps it is in my imagination...I mingled the images of the dried floral wreaths and oil amphoras with the slightly dusty smell of old civilisations that fascinated me my whole life.

LHB is not just something you can discern and explain by listing the notes and trying to see which ones your nose can pick up. No, to me LHB is a mood that captures you --for good or bad-- you must smell LHB and see what trip it takes your senses & imagination on. It’s a time-machine in a bottle that might transport some of us to their (great)grandmothers bedroom where she always had fresh flowers on her vanity next to her luxurious body powder with big fluffy puff. Or, to a Cathedral where you walked in on a sunny day...it’s warm and bright outside, a big contrast with the cool, solemn mood of the inside where the smell of beeswax candles, polished pews, hymn books and the flowers on the altar mingle into an image of all the prayers that were spoken.

LHB is kaleidoscope of nostalgia is every drop, and nostalgia conjures up many different moods. I love LHB because I have always been fascinate with history, old books & antiques. But what I love most is that LHB makes me travel back to many nostalgic places from my own past...it mirrors the nostalgia of your own life too......It does that, you see.

Even when one loves/likes LHB it's a scent you have to be in the mood for; I wear it as such...To bed when I am reading before sleep. To the office...when I know its going to be a busy day, because it's such a calming scent to me. On an autumnal walk with the dog...or to a party - It’s all up to the wearer.

LHB is special and most certainly a required taste. Don't be sad if she isn't for your chemistry/olfactory. Not all people like to revel in the dust of time. Just make sure you sniff/test her at least once in your life...Because she is a scent every Perfumista should have experienced.

Silage is: I could embrace you forever and keep you safe - Longevity is: One century of memories and countless flowers.

Apr
20
2013
Berlynn
Berlynn

This is a review of 2 formulations of EDP at once; the current formulation and one from 1990.

The current EDP: Pleasantly soft and powdery floral that is very soothing to the senses. there is so much depth in this fragrance that it is impossible to identify everything in this composition at once.

The vintage formulation: There is something bittersweet in this perfume I can't quite put my finger on that is non-existent in the current formulation. Perhaps it's the citrus and bergamot mingling with the powdery florals, but I just found it odd that there was a tangy sort of scent lingering amongst the flowers here but not in the other until much later in the dry down.
Both are extremely beautiful and elegant. A must try for any floral fan.

Apr
19
2013
flying_colours
flying_colours

I have this in the EDT concentration. I should probably have shelled out for the EDP, come to think of it, because I like my perfumes strong, but the EDT is still quite potent. I don't think it smells sad so much as mysterious. With all the imagery surrounding it, it makes me think of wandering around some old European city at dusk. Hanging out in dark, smoky, haunted bars. It reminds me of flowers, powder, and incense, and I get an animalic note after a minute or two of spraying. This is a quiet perfume, not in terms of sillage but in the aura it projects. It smells like an old perfume, but not in an old lady way. It smells like olden times. I would love to pick up the EDP, or even the parfum should I be so lucky, to compare. But the EDT is quite lovely, and subtle enough for everyday wear.

Apr
09
2013
Justyna
Justyna

Not sad at all, just plainly delicious! Makes me think of limoncello, vanilla biscuits or cheesecake. Due to this gourmand twist L'HB seems to emanate rather yellow than blue aura, very comforting and even uplifting. If Angels smell, they smell of Guerlain...

Apr
05
2013
thecapn
thecapn

This perfume is definitely evocative, I think that's one thing we've all covered :) For me, it makes me think of being in someone's old, dusty, forgotten attic in a smaller, but lively, French town. The house itself is quaint, pretty, romantic in a sweet, girly way, and old, but certainly not what you'd call haute or luxurious by any means. It's sunny, a little old-fashioned, and makes you feel highly nostalgic. The attic is something else though, it's dusky, even in broad daylight, as very little light shines into it, dusty, and looks as if hasn't been touched in decades, and it hasn't. Both the attic and the rest of the house are much like my grandmother's house in Poland, this one is just a bit more glamorous and well, French, but just a little.The mood in there is much different, melancholy, yes, but also with a sense of wonder/curiosity about the past, as it's a small piece of history itself. And a dark, dusty attic it is, but upon a closer look you find that it's filled with treasures. Paintings, books, newspapers, jewelry from another era. A fascinating mix of dusty, dated, melancholy and rich, wondrous beauty. That is L'heure Bleu.

Mar
24
2013
Migalex
Migalex

L´heure bleue smells to me very much of violets first and later of benzoin. I do like the top and the heart which do remind me a bit of Anais Anais. The dry down smells to me of benzoine, in a very chemical way. It seems that at Guerlain they did, in the past, really like this type of synthetical scent which I find it in several of their scents, including Shalimar, Vol de nuit and Nahema, and apparently due to the way they used thise balsams and resins.

Mar
21
2013
freddinos
freddinos

On my skin, a chestnut accord is very prominent and blended with lots of suffocating, dry powder. Not for me I'm afraid...

Mar
20
2013
Chocobaby
Chocobaby

I bought a bottle based on the raving reviews. At the time,I also tried on Vol de Nuit at the Guerlain boutique because of the story behind it, but find it is too woody/ chypre for me. It also conveys a sense of maturity which I don't feel I have yet. In comparison, L'heure Bleu is softer and sweeter. Very powdery and complex. There are layer upon layer of notes that keeps surfacing every minute I sniff it. When I put it on, I get this sensation of being in a very old building, ready poetry written on old musty vellum. I feel ancient and I wasn't sure that's what I want my fragrance to convey. I tried it again a few times and it started to grow on me. To me it is a quiet fragrance, I wear it when I am alone and in a contemplative mood. I wear it when I read historic novels where it can transport me to faraway times and places. This is not a fragrance to make me happy and joyful, but it brings a sense of longing and melancholy. I have to be comfortable in my own skin to wear it. Although it is not something I would wear everyday and call my signature scent, it is in my regular rotation.

Mar
18
2013
Kiera79
Kiera79

I don't get it. What is everyone else smelling that I'm not? This smells like soap to me. Antibacterial soap. Yuck.

Edit: I tried this again and it still smells like soap to me, but this time I'm getting more floral. I like it a little more now, but still not for me.

Mar
16
2013
Amour, Michele
Amour, Michele

L'Heure Bleue is a true bohemian at heart. From the descriptions from other reviews describing it as old closet smell and sad, I thought this would be something unwearable; something to only enjoy in private. Not so! I'd wear this any time I want to appear absolutely unforgettably alluring. I think a perfume like this works in any period of time and language of seduction is not limited to a certain era. To me, this is velvet dress (black or dark dark blue) with sumptuous embroidery and tassels worn with a little bit of come-hither edge. If I were to have tried this perfume in the 20s, I would have thought of a moody flapper. Now that we're more advanced along the time line, I think of Jane Birkin or Bianca Jagger. This is for that modern bohemian who let's her hair loose, let's her velvet dress get crushed and rumpled, doesn't mind her eyeliner smudging a little but she never loses her poise or feminine allure.

I don't feel that this is a fuddy-duddy grandma kind of maudlin pretty perfume. Exactly the opposite- It's certainly not melancholic, maybe pensive, but surely not sad. It has a vibe that beneath the soft velvet there is living flesh lying there. I can also see why Jacques Guerlain said that this is more for blondes whereas Mitsouko is for brunettes. It has a sense of quiet seductiveness about it and a slightly knowing but innocent quality.

The iris is absolutely beautiful and it only verges on being powdery; it instead creates a haze of iris smoke. The anise gives it that nostalgic feeling but it does not make it dated. The drydown is Guerlinade through and through. I feel like I'm in some exclusive lounge all dark with velvet curtains and sumptuous pillows everywhere, laden with history. I can certainly see why Kate Moss wore this perfume. Despite her personal life that's less than flattering, it fits her bohemian rock-chic aesthetic very well. As you can see my review is a jumble-- it certainly is an evocative perfume to say the least, and that's very rare. I want to add that if it's difficult for you to find L'heure Bleue for testing, I recommend smelling the Nag Champa incense as it is a good representation of general scent of L'Heure Bleue. I recommend Satya Sai Baba.

Mar
14
2013
smellhunt
smellhunt

Too much have already been said about this masterpiece and the only reason I write this review is that I think I have something more to add.
For me this works in cold weather only, actually the colder the better, heat and humidity put it of in a bad way. I find that the pure perfume (the Extract) is more delicate, has more longevity and less silage than the EDP, but it is more alluring too.
Though many reviewers before me, describe it as a "sad" scent, it makes me smile!!!
I won't even try to describe the notes, but rather the way I think of it... pleasant, mysterious,magical, sophisticated, comforting, delightable... every single time I wear this I feel like all these qualities surround me like an aura...
So just try it, you may be surprised!!!

Mar
13
2013
wallywinthrop
wallywinthrop

Ugh I have to write a second review just to add how very very deeply in love with this I am! I don't really understand how or why this perfume captured me so much, but my first sniff could only remark upon how aged and musty it was to me and now I am plowing through my bottle faster than any of my other perfumes. I need the heliotrope, dusty violets and vanilla about me as much as possible. I cannot stress enough, you must give this one time to win your affections and seduce you - I imagine Rose Dewitt Bukater wearing this while falling in love with Jack Dawson, and dabbing it on forever after to remember their passion and her promise to him.

Mar
12
2013
mysticgoose
mysticgoose

The previous reviews are splendid. The perfume to wear to write poems and to feel deeply. To wear it is always be ready to open Champagne, just taking the foil off, and on the verge of your eyes filling with tears. Wistful in the very best sense. I must go put it on and fill my fountain pen. Is it too early for Champagne? The sweetest and dearest of my fragrances.

Mar
08
2013
guest_Vie Cafe
guest_Vie Cafe

I have finally received my l'HB in the EAU DEODORANTE version and I wanted to let everybody know how it works on the skin. I realize it is not technically a perfume... but I thought you would like to hear about it, since it is so much more affordable than EdT or EdP.

At first, let me tell you that there are 2 different bottles for this. One that looks like the traditional glass perfume bottle with the gorgeous cap and a newer one which comes in a tallish white plastic bottle. I have the glass one that comes in the older boxes.

I was very surprised to see that the ED version is almost as strong as the EdT and very similar in scent, if not as deep and complex. I was expecting a VERY diluted version of l'HB, to be sprayed heavily on the body on hotter days. But, this is true to the original scent of the EdT. It is only a little weaker than the EdT and does not have as much development. It reminds you that it's there, but you don't get the full experience.

Overall I am very satisfied with this ED and I would recommend it to people who want to surround themselves in an aura of l'HB, without making too much of a statement. Maybe for some of us of the newer generation who want to experience this gem, but are not quite ready to go "all out". I know I wasn't.... not yet.

Mar
04
2013
po
po

Being a member of fragrantica I have read so many things about L'heure bleue! But I couldn't imagine how this legendary 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.

Mar
01
2013
aveilhe
aveilhe

This is the Belle Epoche version of Lolita Lempicka! Loads of tonka, iris, and a pinch of anise: a little strange, a little gourmand, a little spicy, a little smoky/powdery, very warm and...slightly suffocating.

It feels very pre-modern: a last hurrah before Chanel (and others) modernized perfumery forever. There is no lightness in L'heure Bleu, no freshness, no optimism...no youthfulness.

It is enveloping, but it emanates a musty, stale kind of warmth -- it conjures up a stuffy room, pale Victorian women in mourning, black veils, flowers wilting in vases, tabletops covered in dust -- Ms. Havisham!!

It's evocative, to say the least, but absolutely unwearable for me.

Feb
28
2013
rottannie
rottannie

The crown perfumery's Malabar is so similar to L'heure Bleue (to my nose). Im curious....does anyone else get this?

Feb
28
2013
wallywinthrop
wallywinthrop

I was never a Guerlain girl till this year. I received a bottle of the current L'Heure Bleue EDP for my 25th birthday, after obtaining Mitsouko which was my first Guerlain scent. At first, L'Heure Bleue was a very subdued, aged powder scent to my mind, suitable more as a museum piece in my collection than anything I'd really wear.

AT FIRST, that's what it was.

More wearings quickly seduced me. I would put it on the evenings to enjoy the almondy softness at bedtime, and then one night I put it on to wear publicly in defiance of perceived conventions because I simply felt I needed the comfort. And the bouquet of heliotrope, lilac, violet and the gourmand base took my breath away as I kept sniffing it. This rapidly turns to orange blossoms with whipped cream on my skin. It is quite simply a beautiful, spicy, sweet floral blend. There's a reason this one is so enduring. You need to live with it before you decide how you feel about it. Despite its name and connotation, it is not sad or melancholy to me - actually quite the opposite, it's what I reach for when I need comfort and the sweetness of an embrace.

Feb
27
2013
paradisolucky
paradisolucky

I think personally the original is the best. It's much deeper and more elegant smelling. It smells of pure notes of mourning flowers which it symbolizes without having that rough synthetic smell that so many perfumes now carry. I think there should also be separate listings for reformulated perfumes. That way one person smelling a perfume could "know" if what they were smelling was the way it was originally made and intended to smell or if it is just an updated version made to either be more cost effective or play to a "bubblegum" crowd. (Like Givenchy listings for the Mythiques).

Feb
26
2013
damask04
damask04

This has been my all time favourite perfume for many years .warm mysterious but never heavy ascent for the twilight hours .It has a lingering sillage and clings to my scarves and collars . An older perfume but not one for old ladies it is wistful and dreamy and deeply complex an absolute gem of a fragrance.

Feb
21
2013
antfarm
antfarm

This is one of the only perfumes that made me feel like I was wearing a liquified version of myself, and it made me giddy. It's so very alive, yet hints at dead, forgotten memories being re-enacted. It's haunting and morose and smells a bit like an antique store with a garden outside, and a loaf of freshly baked bread.

Everything about it is so full of character and history. It's like a museum in a bottle. This is a scent for women like myself, who feel that they should have been born in a different era, and would be happier wearing dainty hats in public.

Note: I love this but can't always wear it. Sometimes it is the only thing that will do. Other times it is too salty and doughy like drowning in Bisquick.

Feb
20
2013
Shtefitza
Shtefitza

Beautifully complex, powdery, woodsy, musky, very comforting... It is such a pleasure discovering its layers... vetyver and sandal carry this almost gourmand perfume and protect if from being "too mellow". Very nice... I would call it an evening perfume. But also daytime! (In the case you want to be remdinded of your sensuality...). I love the guerlinade in it, it makes it so classic. Still it is so understated, and so powerful... :)
This could be "an introductory perfume" to someone who is "afraid" of wearing Shalimar. Old style strong Guerlain, and not overwhelming. I am buying it for my mom. Her first Guerlain, she usually likes flowery perfumes, and this is me nudging her into more complex fragrances. I hope she'll like it. Just in case I bought a Pamplelune for her too... :D

Feb
15
2013
dbrii24
dbrii24

This is a VIBRANTLY beautiful fragrance. To be honest, I would rather wear it around the house instead of out in public so I could voraciously sniff my wrist without the stares of concerned strangers. This is stunning!

L'Heure Bleue is timeless, elegant and sheer quality. It starts out soapy but give it time to blossom into a dreamy, powdery floral, accented with mild vanilla. If you use the term (which I can't stand) "old lady," you probably wont be able to appreciate this classic gem. It is other worldly gorgeous! Legendary.

Feb
14
2013
Lanlisa
Lanlisa

This perfume along with, Jicky, Mitsouko, Vol de Nuit, and Nahema all smell similar. Medicinal. (Nahema slight rose scent to it however) Shalimar Initial and original Shalimar are my favorites. I do not care for these and disappointed they smell so similar. Purchased samples of each. I am surprised they are so beloved but I prefer florals and many women do not. Very glad I did not blind buy any of these as I had been tempted to do. Ps.... Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker reminds me of these also. Peppery, medicinal, the gold liquid listerine, not the minty one.

Feb
08
2013
MadameCherie
MadameCherie

Scroll down to read Assiduosity's review as L'Heure Bleue is one of the most emotion invoking perfums I've ever worn and Assiduosity beautifully captures those emotions and puts them into words. I couldn't, so I was happy someone was able to. My advice, go out and buy yourself some because once you experience this fragrance you won't be able to live without L'Heure Bleue in your life.

Jan
30
2013
RedLady
RedLady

I get a black and white image of a woman sitting in her night robes by her window, in pre-war Paris, inhaling her cigarette and wondering why her lover hasnt returned.
Melancholy and beautifully romantic, no wonder its been going strong for 100 years.
Very soft, powdery, floral, from another time definitely.

Jan
30
2013
nicolevivi
nicolevivi

this perfuem brought back memories. though in only 21, this perfume makes me feel like i have lived thousand of years.

Jan
20
2013
LufuFaerydae
LufuFaerydae

*deep inhale....holds 5-4-3-2-1....exhale.---> :')
words cant fully express. I want to snuggle you L'Heure Bleue, breathing you in on every lonely night; nothing else matters if we have each other. This is not a "sad" perfume....this is a "something is just too beautiful, i am speechless and will just cry over my trembling smile" perfume. breathtaking, comforting, loving, the most beautiful moment. If you do not like L'Heure Bleue then you don't get it and then please don't attempt to because then your'e thinking about it. This is not one to think about...this is one you must feel.

Jan
07
2013
Guest_stephanie.hamrick
Guest_stephanie.hamrick

This is powder and spice, melancholy but captivating. A lot of people have commented on the floral notes, but on me, any time a fragrance is the least bit spicy, any floral notes just disappear. Usually I run from a spicy note, because my skin blasts them, but L'heure Bleue is beautiful, not loud or obnoxious in the least. There's a reason this one has stood the test of time. I don't even mind the slightly medicinal opening. It smells like reading a letter found in an attic, sent to a lover now long dead.

Jan
03
2013
lovingthealien
lovingthealien

I had been lamenting my purchase of the current L'Heure Bleue EDP for some time. It didn't smell like it should - over the soft earthiness was a loud floral element that just wasn't right. Well, over time it has settled into the fragrance I know and love. I don't know if Guerlain would ship out a fragrance that hasn't properly macerated, but it seems to be the case here. It's definitely a little worse than vintage but my god is it ever still gorgeous. Nothing today can compare, niche or otherwise.

Jan
01
2013
Divine Blue
Divine Blue

after my shower, while skin still damp I put on the body lotion over my arms and legs. There is a distinctly medicinal smell, but I know it will settle after a few minutes. I spray the EDP on my neck, inside elbow and opposite wrist. While it is rather a strange brew in the early stages, it fuses into an unworldy cloud of sheer celestial grandiosity. 12 hours later it is so magnificent and soft, anyone near you can't stop inhaling you. divine...

Dec
29
2012
scentsforme
scentsforme

Can anyone tell me were to order this, I would like to try it, wanted the real stuff and which is better EDT or EDP?
please…:P

P. S. thanks

Dec
29
2012
Miss Alaska
Miss Alaska

Powdery iris and rose, soft, woody anice. Complex, instantly recognizable and sweetly nostalgic. The blue hour when the bright sun is gone, the pause before the pleasures of the evening are contemplated. This one's for you, Conifer Lover!

Dec
27
2012
Rotha
Rotha

Simply heaven in a bottle. Once I would have risen in the morning and wondered ' which perfume shall I wear today ?'......now if I put something else on I wish it was l'heure bleue .

Dec
22
2012
RkrChk
RkrChk

The vintage version of this fragrance is reminiscent of the emotion one gets when meeting someone special who doesn't call when one wishes he'd call...It's that mix of excitement, bewilderment, and aching melancholy that new love brings...

The heliotrope, benzoin and anise are the notes that are showing up the strongest on my skin...The iris note softly dusts my skin like a tender little kiss that tantalizes and bewitches -- it's a reminder of that yearning for a bit more closeness from a special someone...

L'Heure Bleue is the longing sigh that we subconsciously emit when we don't have the courage to say what we really want to say during the first stages of romance...

Dec
20
2012
b.w.1185
b.w.1185

To me it smells like a mixture of woody notes & baby powder. It smells kind of mature to me but I like it.

Dec
18
2012
Assiduosity
Assiduosity

That Jacques Guerlain should have known in 1912 that the sun was about to set on the bright days of the Edwardian age is inconceivable.

Yet, that his masterwork L'heure bleue, literally 'The Blue Hour' captures the faltering twilight between the bright and hopeful dawn of the twentieth century and the dark, dark night of the carnage of The Great War is unquestionable.

There is an opening of improvised antibacterials, of coriander and anise long known for their medicinal qualities.

What follows is not floral but floricultural. Not a bouquet or even wreath but a field, fields of flowers a presentiment of Flanders' poppies.

And then powder, but it's more like fine fragrant dust. The dust that settles on carefully stored away mourning clothes. Clothes that will see more use in the years ahead, in response to unspeakable loss, than is right.

It's that dusty preservative smell; bezoin, clove, vanilla, a solitary scent of certainty that will come through familiarity to breed comfort rather than contempt, that makes L'heure bleue' the ultimate smell of solace.

Just like grief, and the consoling memories of the departed's life, this is an emotion that sits as easily yet uncomfortably on men and women, young and old.

Dec
17
2012
Conifer lover
Conifer lover

My review is simply a carbon copy of Lovingthealien's review. He said, and I quote,

"This is probably the most wearable fragrance in existence. God is this ever gorgeous."

That sums it up quite nicely, there's nothing left to say.

I don't get medicine at all with the Vintage version., its just amazingly beautiful. Bottom Line.

Dec
15
2012
sirop de Liège
sirop de Liège

After reading the reviews I went to a ParisXL shop to try the tester, it was very powdery, sweet and spicy and I liked it very much. I went back to try it again a second time and decided to buy it. At home I opened the box and tried the bottle I had just bought, it smelled very different, much stronger, medicine-like and almost like a desinfectant. It seems the tester I tried was the EDT and what I ended up buying the EDP.
This is an expensive mistake! The EDP smells terrible on me, it is so strong and I can not detect any sweet powdery vanilla or floral notes, just a pungent stench.

Dec
14
2012
xsheer
xsheer

According to me this smells very chemical at first. I don't know what it is, but it's just too sharp and it reminds me of something old ladies would wear. Nothing gentle, just overwhelming florals who punched you in the face.

Dec
12
2012
easybeauty.via giolitti
easybeauty.via giolitti

I really love this fragrance, is charming and clean as the others classic frangrance as chanel n°5 - l'air du temp nina ricci! Charming and clean a masterpiece!

Nov
28
2012
mylancome
mylancome

If you're not live in Asia, it's not the end of the world. For US, try neimanmarcus.com

For Europe, try escentual.com

Nov
27
2012
stacey.donovan
stacey.donovan

This is one of my very favorites, and the opening is frankly horrible, like some kind of old-timey medicated powder. It turns into a great powdery, incense-y floral on my skin that keeps shifting, like evening shadows. Several hours later I get a smell like pecan pie. Obviously some sorcery is involved. I do not find it at all melancholy, but it's dreamy and reflective. I am a poet and I can't imagine a better perfume to wear when courting the Muse. Because it's so soft and floral until the last drydown, I particularly enjoy wearing it in the spring. ...But I wish I had a bottle right now!

Nov
26
2012
Frenchie-Loveday
Frenchie-Loveday

this is one of the perfumes that I use to spray my fans with. So if anywhere hot the(such as the theatre or concert) I just get out my fan to cool myself down and at the same time a beautiful warm smell wafts around. Its so very different to the harsh synthetic modern perfumes. Quite delicious smell nothing made today quite touches it.

Oct
25
2012
kamisis
kamisis

magnifique heure bleue comme je t'aime,un départ encaustique,cire d'abeille,puis comme une étole de soie qui vous caresse la peau apparaît un poudré magique merveilleux ensorcelant,chic. quand je le porte je me sens tellement femme et en même temps étonnamment si triste,'heure bleue est un parfum profond, mystérieux,chaleureux.

Oct
25
2012
MagsP
MagsP

Soft, Soft, Soft. There and not there, but confusing. I don't know if I like it or not. Perhaps like is not the right word. So much has been written, and I adore the classics but perhaps it's time for me to join the 21st century. Please someone, find me something.

Oct
15
2012
ver jaina
ver jaina

just received a sample of this (thanks beaker90!) at first sniff this is a hella flower powder power! reminds me of that oldtime talcum powder used by those Chinese princess in the past (suddenly the 'bedak amoi' image came to mind. hence why i dont mind the powdery-ness in this sample.
only one dip is enough to transform me into those little fair princesses or opera actresses in their elaborated makeup & set up ;)

Oct
15
2012
aschiffm
aschiffm

This fragrance is very hard to describe because nothing smells like it and it is very unique. Which i think is the reason people speak of this legend of a perfume so abstractly.

It has that strong starchy earthy iris note and heaps of powder. HEAPS OF POWDER. like a dusty old vanity mixed with vanilla doused baby powder. It smells a bit herby to me too- slightly masculine even, but just glazing so slightly on that masculine line just giving the powder a little mystery. The mystery also comes from that beautiful soft spicy anise and corriander yum!

It does feel "blue" , maybe like more of a "lilac pale purple" smell. It's pretty, this is one of those scents men fall head over heels for...it's got that vanilla too that keeps you smelling delicious and addicting. My boyfriend said it smelled like bubblegum! Ha

Oct
10
2012
mylancome
mylancome

I'm so lucky for get to buy the last piece of this perfume at KLCC shopping mall. The weather now is kinda hot and i took a spray test, smells like Nirmala Molinard, that gourmand, fresh baked cookie smell. But my mother said it's the best smelling perfume in my entire perfumes collection.

Try it again after bath, this time in an air conditioned room. I get the spirits of Shalimar's vanilla, Mitsouko's oakmoss, and some Aldehyde that a member here said like mixture of Chanel Eau Premiere and the Classic Miss Dior. So I think it might be the Vol De Nuit's aldehyde.

L'heure Bleue was one of The Queen of UK's perfume. Can imagine her majesty wearing this with her thick fur coat, diamond earrings, with a shiny white gown, looking at her pictures which were taken 40 years ago.

Now wearing it to bed listen to music, As Time Goes By from an old movie Casablanca. Thinking myself wearing fine lace lingerie covered with fine silk robe, kissing my wonderful husband/fiance for thank you for all his hard work, providing me expensive gifts, fine house with fine furniture and beautiful music.

P.S.: Shalimar is another perfume fits for the above occasion. Ladies, wear it and give a wonderful night to your spouse.

L'heure Bleue and Insolence do have some similarity.

Sep
17
2012
vdxl
vdxl

Tested the EDT and EDP on my skin: I love the heliotrope note,but it smells aged, but in the context of a man it smells nice. It must have inspired tons of other fragrances, including a new favorite: Kiss Me Tender-Nicolai ( much better than this one), but unfortunately, no care has been invested in the reformulation of the great classic. A shame. Maybe Guerlain and the greedy Bernard Arnault- he should not be allowed to make decisions in fragrance industry- preferred to launch thin exclusives: like the elixirs charnels, that I would love to have in my chocolate mousse or candy or pastry, but not in the fragrance I wear. It is still solid, but not for a Guerlain name. And some of its successors did beat the classic...

Sep
16
2012
A. Rose123
A. Rose123

It's early December in New England. It hasn’t yet snowed and the air is at the strange point between cool balminess and dryness, that period which happens before the first snowfall. The ground is cold, but still damp – it hasn’t frozen yet – so there’s a hint of earthiness mixed with the sterile coolness of the air. The night sky is clear and full of stars and the air is fresh, but a smoggy sweetness lingers from the day. It’s slightly metallic and crisp, with faint hints of wood smoke mixing with creamy-sweet dryer sheets; people are heating their homes and washing their clothes, in my neighborhood. I am in elementary school, probably around eight years old. I’m bundled-up, in hat, coat, scarf and mittens, to walk down the hill for Holiday craft night at my school with my brothers and sister. My scarf smells like clean dust, the smell of fabric and fiber that’s been stored in wooden shelves for months. I look-up at the night sky in anticipation and wonder (that never goes away, with stars – that sense of wonder) and I head towards the bright lights and warmth of my school building.

When I get inside, I smell the benzoin sweetness of cleaning fluid on the floors and walls and the lingering scent of ink for carbon printing. Evening lights are on, warming hints of dust on them and heating the wooden stage in the cafeteria/auditorium. Inside, music is playing and tables are covered with construction paper, creamy-minty pastes, candy canes, oranges, cloves and pine boughs. I sit down and my teacher brings spiced cider for my Mom and cocoa for me. I cut into the construction paper and smell the fraying, dried pulp pull away. I use the glue and put glitter on the paper, rolling felt around the tips to make little drums. My teacher gives us little bags of potpourri that smell like roses and cinnamon.

On my walk back home, the air is still but retains that mineral freshness. I smell the pine trees near the fields and the peppermint candy canes and clove oranges, while the wood fires smell sweeter, like hot embers and ash. I go inside, hang my new treasures on the tree and wash-up for bed with cherry-almond soap. My bed is cool and clean, but cozy and I quickly fall asleep.

That’s “L’Heure Bleue” to me.

Sep
16
2012
arzacu
arzacu

I would love to try this perfume, I've read the reviews and seems to be beautiful, and dark...

I've heard that it's a dark, and sad scent... very mellancholie

and i think about siouxsie in her black outfit in the dazzle video...

but it's not available in my country :(

Sep
14
2012
onesexygrammy
onesexygrammy

I was so excited to try this. Imagine my dismay when I discovered that the mossy, dusty, vanilla mist showed no interest in staying with me. I am convinced now that my chemistry demands scents with presence. It was like walikng through a fog. As quickly as it descended and disoriented me, then pouff, it was gone. It left me wondering at times if I had actually applied any at all. The lack of presence and duration left me feeling blue.

Aug
15
2012
irisjetaime
irisjetaime

This perfume reminds me a french eau de cologne when my little brother was borned in 1971 and my mum' bought for pamperring him. i lost the trade mark and i'm very disapointed.
The same scent, same powdery sillage.
I love this masterpiece for our nose...

Aug
13
2012
lovingthealien
lovingthealien

This is probably the most wearable perfume in existence. God, is this ever gorgeous.

Aug
01
2012
hollycat
hollycat

L'Heure Bleue is one of those perfumes that is so romantized and rightfully so, considering its long history in the perfume hall of fame.

Its really hard to describe and certainly must be experienced in order to grasp the complexity of this perfume. But I will give it a shot in explaining this scent the best I can. Its an intensely serious perfumey perfume. A rich, powdery floriental with anise being the first note that pops out at me. Many people smell violet and if that wasnt mentioned at some point I wouldnt have noticed since there is so much going on with this perfume that no note takes center stage, it all just comes together creating a scent that is serious and a bit somber.

The EDT is much better than the EDP IMO, because the EDT is brighter, less medicinal smelling, and less powdery. I personally cannot see myself wearing this perfume anywhere. This is not because I dont like it, but it doesnt suit me and I would feel like I was pretending to be something Im not.

I personally believe that Guerlain had Lhb in mind when they made Insolence, which to me is a modern and upbeat version of Lhb.

Jul
28
2012
fanny
fanny

Velvet is not the only fabric which comes to mind.
Stardust and elusive dreams are inevitable.

Sweet sweet sorrow and gratitude: you are forever in my heart.

Jul
20
2012
kxnaiades
kxnaiades

If Jicky is the younger spontaneous, outrageous carefree sister and Apres L'ondee is the gentle, pale-skinned, soft-spoken sister, then L'Heure Bleue is the seductive, hip-swaying, beckoning with a crook of her finger sister.
The first whiff of this sent my pupils dilating, heart palpitating and head spinning in a delicious way. Much like how I felt watching Ryan Gosling take his shirt off in "Crazy, stupid love".
This scent is gorgeous and that's putting it mildly. It's heady, strong without overpowering or being too bolshie. It's aptly named, although I would dare to wear this in the day just because I can't imagine now being without it.
A dark, velvetly violet-floral, woody, slightly, only ever slightly musky scent.

Jul
15
2012
scratchnsniff
scratchnsniff

'My God, you smell divine!' said my husband. Enough said. Warm and sensuous.

Seriously 'flavorite' stop taking the blue metaphor to heart. It's just supposed to represent bloody twighlight!

I think some people find this fragrance disturbing because they are day people (or need to seek psychiatric help). It's not for people who love the sun, the heat and daylight. I on the other hand don't. This fragrance is best suited to a cooler climate.

There is a reason that this perfume has been around for such a long time....it's beautiful.

Jul
13
2012
Zephyrzkingdom
Zephyrzkingdom

This perfume is my mother.

She's been wearing this since I could remember. When I was little, it was very powdery and stuck up to me. However, I can smell the floral parts of it, which I enjoy...it has a slight powdery smell to it, but that might be from what I recall of it as a child. L'Heure Bleue is the fragrance I recall smelling on warm summer nights when I would watch the stars start to open their sleepy eyes and dance in the night sky while my mother bundled me up in her sweater so I wouldn't get cold. It's the sound of the trees chattering in the warm breeze, making the stars glitter and shine ever brighter.

This is the perfume of my mother. And I won't ever get tired of it...even though I lament that it doesn't stay on my skin very long. I have to spray some of it onto a scarf for it to stay with me.

Jul
09
2012
KSBelle
KSBelle

Words cannot describe this timeless beauty. In fact, if time itself had a fragrance- this would be it. The endless blue sky, the soft breeze across the desert sands, the warmth of the sun, and the shimmering of evening stars as they adorn the curtain of nightfall. If Shalimar is the Garden of Eden, then L'Heure Bleue is Heaven on earth. Once again, Guerlain has bottled up a piece of Heaven for each of us to experience, as if we are worthy enough to have a glimpse of its majesty. Mortals with the nectar of Gods upon our skin, for a fleeting attempt at immortality.
Surely, there is not one of us who can fully grasp the awesomeness of this perfume. It seems an insult to call it a fragrance, or even a perfume. This, my fellow humans, is a private tour of eternity. Inhale deeply, and watch the world turn blue, the sun fade away, and in its place a new sun. For there can only be one star as bright as this. Everything else pales in comparison. L'Heure Bleue is captivating. It is the hour before darkness, before the realization that we are only immortal for a limited time. When you wear L'Heure Bleue for a moment, you get to feel what it would be like to live forever.

Jul
06
2012
smelling_gr8
smelling_gr8

This is another one of those jaw dropping Guerlain scents. Just like Mitsouko, it surprises me from the opening until the end. On the first sniff I am thinking wow very powdery, but blue powdery, definitely iris in here amd some lilac as well as carnation. Longevity and projection very good. Very soapy and powdery but in a different way to my beloved Mitsouko, very classy and grown up. This is definitely on my MUST own this list, worth evey penny, especially the EDP version. Huge thumbs up.

Jul
03
2012
Baldric
Baldric

I have a hard time describing this, and so much has been said already that I should probably just keep my mouth shut but I feel the need to chime in. the blend of heliotrope, anise,iris, vanilla, powder and much more is absolutely stunning and timeless. This is a perfume that makes it's presence known but isn't loud or overbearing. Comforting and elegant at the same time. I accidentally got the edt (no wonder it was such a bargain!) and the quality is far superior to any new edp on the market these days. Lasts long, projects far, smells like heaven. One of the best, now and forever.

Jun
30
2012
Sorcerer1001
Sorcerer1001

Dear god thats good. I love all my fumes, dont get me wrong. Of everything ive ever owned or tried, this is the only one that i would call entrancing. It smells sooo expensive and its mastery of being both soothing and arousing is unmatched. The guerlainade base is very evident and stunning, and the anise on top is enthralling. With all the talk of the anniversary this year i tried my sample again. This is totally at the top of my list of things to buy now :D

Jun
26
2012
Jernê Knowles
Jernê Knowles

Estou num jantar à luz de velas e tenho muito dinheiro no bolso. A sensação de luxo e riqueza que o atalcado dele nos remete é divina! Posso estar precipitado, mas é o melhor atalcado que já senti até hoje. Que Benjoim é esse? Que Coentro equilibrado é esse que não fede a sovaco, ao contrário, mesclado ao veludo do Heliótropo o deixa confortável? E esse Cravo inteligente e maduro que sabe o que quer ser dentre as outras notas?! É datado sim, mas não o considero pesado como outros da Guerlain, o Anis nele é na medida certa, nada de exageros nele. Fixação e Projeção, sem comentários de tão boas que são! Clássico sem cheiro de velharias! Eu queria ser mais justo nas minhas palavras, mas não consigo. Isso é L'Heure Bleu!

Jun
26
2012
scarlettohara
scarlettohara

I just bought a bottle a few weeks ago at Guerlain's flagship store in Paris on the Champs Elysees and just love it! The Queen Mother loved it and Queen Elizabeth II still wears it. Jackie O wore it regularly also. It makes every woman feel like a queen! :-)

Jun
04
2012
oilizer
oilizer

I fell in love with this scent immediately upon smelling it. The name fits the scent so well. It reminds me of the twilight hour after sunset on a cool autumn evening. Some say it's a sad and sorrowful scent but I don't see it that way. I prefer terms such as blue and nostalgic. It reminds me to reflect the day's event (or the life). Such thoughts might trigger brief moment of miss and longing for the past but that's because of the joy I had in the past, not from the regret. It calms my nerves and prepare me to the closure of the day (or a chapter in life). I wouldn't say this scent is powdery as a "warm dry flowery and flour like" scent but more a "cool creamy velvet" scent; it has just enough sweetness and unexpected touch of flowery freshness to give a sense of moisture like sensation.

As much as I love this scent, the dry down is distinctively feminine with strong iris. I still wear it when I go to sleep and want to have reflection time but I so wish I can sport the scent regardless of where I am.

Jun
03
2012
kristalbee
kristalbee

After reading these reviews I had a spritz of this today at the perfume counter.I have never smelt anything like this before - the initial wave of aniseed and bergamot is shockingly medicinal -like a cough candy -but soon this develops into a most beautiful florally not sweet aroma -the type you would get in a garden at dusk after a very hot day - eventually this dries down to something deep and organic - earthy, hippie (patchouli) but lightened by the vanilla -then to balsam -this last bit I didn't like as much but could live with just for the beginning and middle notes. After 25 mins I realised that the guerlain consultant was correct in saying she thought it would be better as a Winter fragrance -in fact this store only sell it at Xmas. I could imagine snuggling in front of a smoky log fire, snow outside enveloped in this fragrance - on my Xmas list for sure

May
22
2012
delilahcat
delilahcat

This is my all time favourite fragrance, i wish i could shower in it its that good! I love the way it evolves so beutifully, like a summers day! It starts out fresh and green like dew at dawn and then becomes sweet and warm like flowers inthe midday heat and finaly the drydown, my favourite bit, its hazey like warm hay after a harvest and the Guerlain vanilla with its gorgeous tar note is amazing! Its like a lazy summers day in a bottle!

May
19
2012
ineverwas
ineverwas

This is quite likely one of the toughest fragrances to review, at least for me. It's a gorgeous, nostalgic, dusky classic that's at once memorable and very hard to describe. I can't easily pick the notes apart as they're so well blended and the whole perfume feels smooth and seamless. But for the sake of analysis and review, I will try to isolate them :)

L'Heure Bleue starts with a burst of heliotrope and anise, which is surprisingly playful and a bit dramatic. But the opening doesn't really prepare you for what is to follow - a gorgeous, classy, powdery heaven, of old-school Guerlain refinement. There is iris in there, there is vanilla and soft sandalwood and benzoin, all developing slowly as the perfume dries down, while a sublime note of orange blossom is constantly apparent to my nose.

L'Heure Bleue definitely feels like a floral oriental, with nutty undertones of almond-like heliotrope, trademark Guerlain iris powderiness and a soft, lush, creamy base of woods, resins and spices. A combination like that might sound rather bold and overpowering, but with L'Heure Bleue, it's all a melancholic whisper, of understated grace.

I have received very diverse feedback while wearing this - some people loved that it smelled like French face powder and cosmetics, others found it soapy and old-fashioned like homemade soap. My best friend was excited that it smelled to her like her favorite Indian incense sticks. There were about as many opinions as people to tell them.

To me, though, L'Heure Bleue smells like a feeling, a human emotion. It is not merely a perfume, it is a mood, a contemplative, melancholic state of spirit - like... feeling blue.

May
12
2012
brettashley
brettashley

I only got to try this while I was at the Guerlain boutique in Epcot, but I wish I'd taken a bottle of it home with me. Soft, a little powdery, but incredibly elegant. I'm looking forward to tracking down a bottle.

May
08
2012
media192
media192

Why does this remind me of Coty l'Aimant?
Really wished it didnt as l'Aimant reminds me of school dinner ladies perfume! Having said that, it is only my first day wearing it after blind buying it based on its highly respected reputation. I love Mitsouko so thought this would also win my heart.
..... Although i do still feel it smells similar to l'Aimant it does have a lot more depth and smokyness to it and i definitely get the melancholic vibe which is haunting yet comforting, like watching a sad movie that you cant help but love.

May
04
2012
Pari88
Pari88

The Blue Hours are a time when all human kind is silent and the only sounds outside are those of the birds singing praises or the fireflies and crickets waking up. Even in a big city it seems that humans are always hiding inside during twilight. I have always associated twilight with prayers, solitude, reflection, and of course dreaming.
I would certainly not say that the name of this "The blue hour" suits the smell...they are actually far apart...But I do believe that the name was meant to intend the Blue hour in ones life, not in ones day. The shortest hour in the day; the shortest time in ones life. The time between maturity and adolescence. It is the short period of innocence, and naivety that is being threatened by what is yet to come: adulthood. This would be the scent of that specific "blue hour"...The scent I always imagined while watching "The Legend".

Sweet sweet heliotrope with a dash of talc is what I smell here. The carnation begins to peak through as this dries down to a very sweet and balmy vanilla. The sweetness of the vanilla is balanced by the sharpness of the carnations and possible other notes. I like this one a lot, but I can not find the similarities between this and Apres l ondee? This one is all about heliotrope and carnations, giving it the scent of pumpkin pie. It is very delicious, sort of an airy spicy smell that is quite unique and lovely. This silage here is a trickster. It goes away for a while, and then I get whiffs of it all of the sudden. This surrounds you with a soft and always lovable aura. Very carefree and spiritual in a sense.

Apr
27
2012
Peachply
Peachply

The carnation is what really makes this a tough one to bear. It's tricky to use carnation. I recognize that this is a very nostalgic scent for many but for me that's just not enough. It reeks.

Apr
14
2012
Shadowfroggy
Shadowfroggy

After Joyce Carol Oates referenced it in a short story as "the most seductive of scents" I just had to have it! I anxiously waited the 3-5 business days and practically snatched the package from the deliveryman when it came, tore open the box,sprayed the bottle and was enveloped in...baby powder? carnations? a hint of sugary roasted almonds?

I suppose at its debut this was seductive the way an exposed ankle was. Today I think I would describe it as the scent of innocence. It seems to me it belongs in another era, where people dressed to sit down to dinner and chicken aspic was on the menu.

Is it a classic? Yes! But tastes change. By all means sample it, but don't feel like you have to love it. I like 'Heure Bleue and coincidentally, I like aspic. It doesn't mean that you are unrefined if you'd pass on anymore than if you'd pass on the chicken jello.

Apr
04
2012
xanman
xanman

Fragrantica has some of the most descriptive, eloquent reviews that I have ever read. Perfume is a great muse!! Unlike other reviewers, L'Heure Bleue is really impossible for me to describe, I guess kinda like a mere mortal describing eternity. However Olfactory Overload hit the nail smack bam on the head - "its almost like the maker put a soul in this scent." True,
L'heure Bleue does not project mere sillage- it projects more like a spiritual aura..

Apr
03
2012
ION
ION

I am not a big fan of Guerlain perfumes. The powder in excess one finds in "L'heure Bleue" characterises many of the house's classics. That, and their rather pretentious "comme il faut"/well mannered aspect, I find slightly annoying.
"L'heure Bleue" however, is among the best Guerlains. There is something very noble and aristocratic about this perfume, it dominates the space around the wearer, it speaks before her, for her.
It is surprising how well it compares to the current offerings and how easily surpasses them as well given the fact it is created exactly one century ago!
Its unmistakable vintage vibe doesn't substract anything of its charismatic presence, quite the opposite I should say.
If a gypsy wears "L'Heure Bleue", she becomes a queen. Literally!

Mar
30
2012
Maylone
Maylone

This is one of my all time favorites. If you don't like the way it smells on the initial spray, I recommend spraying it on a pillow, walking away for an hour, then returning. I spray it on my bedsheets and pillows! This scent is one of the most beautiful, comforting, lonely, scents I know. The only way to describe the effect it has on me is that it makes me feel the way I did when I was a little kid watching "The Last Unicorn"; the theme song and depiction of early evening setting in where the light outside looks reddish-brown, then goes into blues. This perfume represents those moments when you're alone and comfortable with the isolation.

Mar
29
2012
Jellybean
Jellybean

Smokey, spicy, musky and powdery scent. It has vintage written all over. Gorgeously nostalgic composition:)
Something about it reminds me of VW Boudoir, the powdery clean spicy touch.
It dries down to clean soft powder musk. High power silage!
One of the greatest perfumes ever created. Hope it stays around forever! Unchanged!

Mar
28
2012
OlfactoryOverload
OlfactoryOverload

One summer evening Jacques Guerlain was overcome by intense turmoil. It was the suspended hour the hour when the sky has lost its sun but not yet found it's stars- when everything in nature is clothed in a blue light. (borrowed from Guerlain.com)
I really think Jacques Guerlain hit the nail on the head here. This is a summer scent for me. It makes me a bit melancholic then I want to sit back and reflect on the beautiful things in life.

This EDP has a different & unique signature when sniffed from different angles. I must've looked strange turning my head every which way to catch all the subtle notes. On me Orange blossom & iris with very very faint tuberose. I'm not usually a tuberose fan, but this EDP is truly a masterpiece.
This scent truely is in turmoil. One minute it's there, one minute it's not. Its maker almost put a soul in this scent. Not a staple scent for me, but, I still like it.

Mar
24
2012
Troodos
Troodos

I completely adore this perfume. It has such a beautiful blend of such high quality ingredients that it is the one I always come back to. Despite it's sexy strength it is delicate enough to prompt my partner to comment that I smelt 'all showered and fresh' when I put it on. Powdery, warm, sexy, gentle, vanilla heaven. I don't know if people are getting old and fusty samples as a new bottle has no fusty stale smell to it and please folks, can we stop it with the 'old lady' ageist comments? If a perfume seems dated to you that is fine but please leave the prejudicial disrespect out of it.

Mar
21
2012
emily7
emily7

This is such a relic of a long lost time for me!

It could work equally well as an innocent reminiscence of some pastel blue and hazy purple, sweet vanilla yellow, spicy anise carousel in a happy day of some 19th century child as for my own childhood memories of getting colourful, pleasantly plastic-smelling, synthetic hair doll, bunch of toys, pastel crayons and much, much more in a huge cellophane wrap of a present from a perfectly adjusted socialist version of Santa Claus, righteously given on New Years Day in my mother's workplace, instead of in a cozy livingroom, in front of a perfect Christmas tree, on Christmas morning. So happy for those precious moments preserved forever, so sad for forever lost childhood innocence...

Perfectly sentimental and dreamy - but only if carefully dosed (EDP).

Mar
13
2012
blueberry
blueberry

I am totally spellbound by L'Heure Bleue EDP. Such a timeless fragrance, making me feel literally out of time, out of place.
I am lost for words to decribe the state I'm in while wearing it.
Sheer Beauty.
Excellent longevity, classic and multi-dimensional vibe of both oriental, floral, spicy, powdery and even somewhat aldehydic notes.

Long live the Queen!

Feb
26
2012
Norgirl
Norgirl

Im so so glad i got the chance to try this beauty. I was affraid it was going to to sharp or to old fashioned for my taste .
But first time i put it one it was instant atraction..
The Heliotrop and anis in the beggining is beautiful a little sharp whit the bergamot and citrus twist . But then the Heliotrop becoms more outgoing after a little wild and makes it so so soft and enchanting on my skin , Like a magic moment in the hours between day and night.
Like a gental breez off warmth before the cooler air and night fals upon us. This makes an image in my head off a young lady standing on a balconny dreaming and longing for here Loved one. He is just around the corner and she s just standing there in the breez thinking off him and wanting to be close to him.. There is a longing a kind off melancholic feal to it .. but not in any way depresing to me . more like a longing for somthing . longing for Love and affection maybe ..

I am not shure how i will be looked one if i dear to put this one going out :) It is more off a personal perfume to me , somthing to put one for the more thoughtful moments in life ..

There is also a very nice thing whit this one , I reminds me off old times , visiting my grandmother and granfather .. im not shure if she did wear this at any stage .. But i think it is the touch off carnations that makes this memory comes to mind :)
I kind off find the same feal and touch off slight magic in Sun Moon stars also . bu i would not say this two perfumes are much alike , But they do have the Carnations incommen.. I love this magical dreamy scent <3 a true masterpice.. Very special and unik to me :)

Feb
12
2012
;-)
;-)

This is a lovely sent that I've read is the favourite of the former super model Emma Sjoberg's favourit. It's nice and lovely kind of soapy. Perfect for a calm and nice woman form her mid 30th and up. I'm too intence to feel comfortable in this sent but as a fragrance I love it. A true classic.

Jan
28
2012
padraiginrua
padraiginrua

I know how ell loved this scent is but to me I just can't get past the carnation. There is something so sharp and spiky almost like a mint in shape, I thionk its the geranium and I just can't get past this. :(

Jan
21
2012
pingui
pingui

I write this review with a heavy heart, as I SO wanted to love L'Heure Blue, Jicky, or Shalimar. First of all, I have immense respect for anything designed that stands the test of time, and Guerlain fragrances and their beautiful bottles have done that remarkably.

I wanted to have one of these fragrances/bottles grace my silver tray, but alas the fragrances aren't me, and don't work with my chemistry.

LHB on my skin reminds me of college where students trying to hide the scent of pot in dorm rooms would burn incense. I get a heavy patchouli scent that ran over a bed of Irises with a lawnmower. Despite the fact I think Irises to be a most gorgeous flower, their fragrance in my mind stinks. Both of these aromas leave me cold.

I admire that this fragrance tells a story as it evokes a personal memoir for many of you. I can see/smell that myself, although for me I find myself needing to wash my wrist as soon as I type this review.

Jan
19
2012
Chantal
Chantal

L’Heure Bleue, Eau de Parfum.

My feelings have drastically changed since the review I did a few months ago, and I find that I have come to love this fragrance very much in a new and very unexpected way.

L’Heure Bleue is a fragrance that marks those precious moments in a woman’s day when she stops and looks at the world, listening, as if from a high balcony, to the muted sounds of an old and beautiful city as it winds down in the evening. She feels suddenly thoughtful in these moments. I feel this way when I put this on, and the beauty of this scent falls around me like the blue night air. A perfect dusting of florals entwines poetically with light, fresh anise and powdery accords, all in exquisite balance. The notes are subtle and soft, yet they come together in a way that makes this scent unique, distinctive. It is Mine, it is Yours, but there is no Our with L’Heure Bleue. This is not something that is shared – it is something that is left behind. It belongs wholly to the woman wearing it, but the scent that lingers in a room, on a scarf, conjures the memory of her long after she has left.

There is something quiet and charming in this yellow liquid, yet when wearing it, it lends an air of confidence and infinite femininity. What a beautiful name L’Heure Bleue has, what an inspiring image it evokes, and what a dazzling feeling it creates in a person, with only the smallest dab on the wrist. It is... enchanting. The enchantment L’Heure Bleue brings is absolute. Shalimar may be bold and exotic, Mitsouko may be spicy and aromatic, but L’Heure Bleue is the fragrant embodiment of an inherent and enduring grace.

Jan
15
2012
alchimia72
alchimia72

I loved this perfume at firt sniff. It opens with bergamot like many Guerlain's fragrances.I love its powdery and floral heart notes, the sweet note done by vanilla. At the end the smell becomes comfortable. It doesn't seem an old fragrance but a fragrance of these days. It's a masterpiece!

Dec
28
2011
Brogie
Brogie

EdT:
Ah! L'Heure Bleue, Monsieur Jacques Guerlain's great Belle Epoque classic.

It was love at first sniff for me and LHB. Once spraying on my skin, the vision of fields upon fields of purple violets at dusk. I hadn't even read about the legend of Monsieur Guerlain's nightmare and that's the vision this evoked.

It begins with a lot of flowers and a little bit of powder. Half an hour later, you've arrived at the most delicious pastry shop in all of Paris. This is where the fragrance gets heavy. It spends a very long time in the Guerlinade before finally ending 12 hours later as a clove-based dessert cream.

I love this, it's amazing. A little on the feminine side but not in the modern-day fruity floral sense. Recommended.

Dec
08
2011
syracusa
syracusa

I am desperately trying to ADORE this because it is indeed quite fascinating, nostalgic and deep. It DOES remind me of my grandmother, the most beautiful and amazing woman that has ever lived - though I don't think she ever wore this particular fragrance (I suspect Fracas instead). But it just reminds me of her times and her world - and it was launched the year she was born. The first impression I get is "linden tree flowers". My hometown was full of linden trees so it also smells like childhood to me. Soft, protective, wise, gentle...
I would love to have it in her memory.
It really is an elegant beautiful fragrance...but without a trace of sensuality in it. This is by excellence a motherly scent - no wonder Queen Elizabeth wears it. It also smells like the very antidote of our world's rampant superficiality. Despite all this, I am not sure I could make it work in the right kind of way. I have always been an "old soul" but sometimes I fear this kind of scent might make me appear even more disconnected from our times than I already am at the age of 39; and this feels a little bit...yes...sad.

Nov
29
2011
neferteria
neferteria

I finally had the opportunity to smell L'Heure Bleue while on a trip to a large city that had a Neimans. I was intrigued with the first sniff. I returned home with a small sample vial, eager to try the scent in its fullness and over the period of a few hours. It was no time at all before I was completely captivated. And it was no time at all after that before I ordered a full bottle of the EdeP, understanding that the new formulation was a bit "bumpy" and not a full representation of its original formulation. But I was happy with it, so happy that I searched out the vintage. It arrived today, a vintage EdeC, and yes, it does smell like the older sister of the current formulation. I have never had the experience of this scent being "sad", but rather mysterious, evocative, and most enjoyable as she slowly reveals her many charms as the scent develops. A new favorite for me for sure!

Nov
25
2011
GinnyO
GinnyO

I personally love the scent, but as one writer has noted above - no one else ever mentions it (except for my children) who told me it smelled like 'baby wipes'. I have worn samples of other perfumes and had people comment on it smelling nice - it definitely doesn't seem to have any staying power on me.

Nov
24
2011
Esscentially299
Esscentially299

It is not pleasant to write a review that you know will be unpopular. But then popularity really isn't the point, is it? It is to tell the truth as you see it and, hopefully, to do so with tact.

I have respect for the house of Guerlain. I acknowledege the artistry of their "holy trinity": Shalimar, Mitsouko, and L'Heure Bleue.

My first impression of the EDP I sprayed on my wrist was...it smelled like L'Origan! I had not read the theory that LO(1905) inspired LHB(1912), so this was a surprise, and the start of a search online for fragrance histories. (I enjoy history...no prob.)

In the opening I smelled aniseseed and bergamot, and an orange blossom smell. That converted to an odd medicine smell, not terribly pleasant to my nose. The scent stayed close to my skin, with modest sillage.

Eventually this passed and became a powdery finish.
The staying power was about five hours on my skin.

Because I have dry skin that sometimes plays havoc with scent, I tried an old trick: I rubbed unscented Jojoba oil into my other arm before applying the EDP.

This improved it somewhat, bringing out more florals,
but it did not remove the funny medicine smell.

The next experiment was to spray it on clothing. On cloth, it progressed rapidly to a smell not listed in the ingredient lists I consulted for this fragrance: Heliotrope. Heliotrope, to my nose, is a powdery floral, very very sweet, but in a non-edible way. It smells like it belongs in the Victorian era, and can be cloying and oppressive. On cloth, the scent lasted for three days!

I began to experience headache and slight nausea. This does not mean the fragrance is bad but it definitely means it is not one I should be using.

I think it all comes down to a person's body chemistry. It either works for you or it does not.Try before you buy!

If LHB has a persona, this is what comes to mind: I see a pensive, wistful woman watching the sunset evolve into a velvety and quiet twilight. The busy-ness of the day is receeding from her mind, and what is to come has not yet been born. She stands between the worlds of day and night, of past and future, in a silent awareness of the now, and a question that cannot be put into words.

It is not a sad perfume, but it is very contemplative and enigmatic. It is gentle, but serious.It is filled with possibilities and contradictions. Not an easy perfume to wear but, if you have the right skin chemistry, it could be very rewarding.

Nov
21
2011
Guest_Giannahazagunaka Buddhizt
Guest_Giannahazagunaka Buddhizt

I could see this smelling like insolence (sort of) but ''chanel no5?'' are you joking? maybe chanel no19 o.0

Nov
16
2011
martajary
martajary

While I do feel this scent evokes a vintage feel, I have read about it's reformulation and apparently it smells nothing like the 1912 orginal at all.

Nov
14
2011
serchina
serchina

Henriette, I totally agree..when I first tested it, I prepared myself for an old and heavy scent..but wow its so light, powdery, so nice and elegant. I still cant believe that this is a work of 1912..for me its like something very modern and young..its a masterpiece!

Nov
11
2011
jadetrail51
jadetrail51

I ordered some classis edp samples of several of the Guerlain fumes, and on first sniff, decided I didn't like LB at all. It was like opening up a long closed closet in the home you grew up in. You don't really want to go in....but something draws you in. LB is memories good and bad, and on some days you don't want to go there. I've been going through some bad times, and right now LB takes me to a better place. I've been comforted by wearing this after my bath and going to bed. Hope it gives you the same sweet dreams.

Oct
30
2011
Henriette
Henriette

I find very funny reading that L'Heure Bleue is smelling "old" when I find it very similar to what many new perfumes smell today. If you go to any niche perfumery and do try some of Andy Tauer's bestsellers (say L'Air du Desert Marocain, Le Maroc Pour Elle, Incense Rosé) or if you do try some of the new oud based scents so much in vogue now, or some Tom Ford, you will find that L'Heure Bleue showed the way many years ago. Really strange how we do perceive a scent: if it was created many moons ago, then it's "old", if it's recent, then it smells new. I would love to try a blind sampling.
BTW: I love L'Heure Bleue and find it so perfect that not a fault can be found. And it's hard to describe. I imagine this has to be tried, loved and enjoyed. You might not like it, perfume is a very personal matter, but it's constructed with an inspiration coming directly from Heaven.

Oct
21
2011
bobkat
bobkat

I agree that LHB is a distinctively old school scent, as I believe many of the traditional Guerlain scents are- but they more than hold their appeal amongst the brash modern scents around today. For someone that knows their own mind and enjoys the scents that they love, and likes to make a subtle but not unnoticed statement with their scent....love Guerlain!
My mum started it off with wearing Shalimar...but i couldn't have that as my scent because it was so much hers! I experimented in the 80's and found Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleue (Jicky another fave with Parure), there's just something in that smokey, musky vanillary base note that is so strong in older Guerlain fragrances...it's addictive...I never get tired of smelling it. LHB is smokey, warming, it beckons you in to its embrace and is classic, evocative and individual..not any old bod on the High Street will be wearing this...or should be....

Oct
19
2011
EK
EK

L'Heure Bleue is a perfume that brings a caleidoscope of images to my mind.. memories that aren't memories, but should have been. A journey in time.
It's the faint smell that rises from a forgotten scarf in the Orient Express. It is the whiff from an aristocratic lady passing by, wearing a fur coat and a hat. That kind of lady that makes men throw their coats in the gutter for her to step so she won't ruin her shoes.
It's the silk lining in an old, expensive crocodile purse. The enormous staircase in the grand hall from an old hollywood musical, and the diva slowly walking down, her dress floating on the steps. It is the view from the balcony once you escape the laughter and the shallowness of the party. It's a golden powdercase with enamel decoration and a facetted mirror in the lid. It is pearls, gold and diamonds. Gas lights in dusk. An abandoned bench covered in autumn leaves in an empty park just after rain.
It is the very atmosphere of Hotel Paris in Prague - or any other fabulous original Art Noveau-interior.
It is warm and sophisticated, bold and distant, yet intimate and romantic. Old-fashioned? Yes. It makes me feel I live in the wrong era. Not the perfume, but me. 'Old lady'? Well, I can't imagine a teen girl wearing it, but everything is possible. Just as I couldn't wear it with jeans, but some could probably pull that off too.
L'Heure Bleue is fabulous. It is divine. The ultimate perfume. This is what defines 'classic'.

Oct
19
2011
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

I perfectly understand White_'s vision.
L'Heure Bleue is simply divine, like many other perfumes of that era and school. I love also Samsara that was my personal choice for many years, I like Shalimar, Mitsouko. Great real gorgeous sophisticated perfumes that project a magical aura, especially to the wearer!
L'Heure Bleue is a gentle beast. You need to wear it or it will wear you.
Every time I spray even a tiny amount on my wrist I end up being in perfume heaven!
Yet LHB rarely brings you compliments. I mean: RARELY.
This is not necessarily a bad thing. A crowd pleaser is something else and mainly an acquired taste, too.
LHB generally smells weird to most noses, because it smells different. I received a few ecstatic compliments wearing LHB and MANY "no way, this is strong old lady"!
Then I partially understood why. Once I was in a packed underground train and over the usual mess of stink and harsh perfumes/deo and human molecules I smelled LHB. I was sure. It's unmistakable. In that precise moment I felt it overpowering and out of place. I could localise the wearer and she was a middle-aged lady with a day office outfit, with quite a shy attitude and far too conscious of how her perfume was projecting around! Weird! She looked a little bit embarassed. LHB was wearing her in a crowd.
Far from the mading crowd, restful, not rushing on trains at peak hours to get to the office, alone in a beautiful place or your own place: LHB is pure magic.

Oct
19
2011
eilismaireg
eilismaireg

Well, this has to be my most risky and expensive blind buy (I can never make it into town to have a good sniff at the big counters!) but, yet again my fellow fragranticans have not let me down!!
How do I begin? (EDP)This goes on with a strong blast of anise, citrus and animalic notes which smells 'dated' and familiar simultaneously - (at this point I was a bit scared). Almost immediately it settles into a powdered almond scent with a bare amount of sweetness and a slightly lactonic note, reminiscent of my much loved Femme. This isn't the opera singing Diva of Femme, though. L'Heure Bleue is inward and backward looking, a veil of nostalgia, a ghost of a woman.
Itreminds me of a house my mother worked in when I was a child in London. Its lady, Ms Edwards, lived in a huge Victorian house on her own, surrounded oasis like by the sounds and scents of the city, yet she drifted through her William Morris papered home, pulled her velvet curtains and played on her mahogany piano. She sums this scent for me. Though it looks to the past, it's also the future. Old age, wisdom and the Miss Faversham in all of us.
If you find that thought depressing, then you may not like this beautiful perfume, I find it a magic time potion in a bottle.
I recommend reading Daphne Du Mauriers 'Rebecca' whilst wearing this!

Oct
06
2011
jtd
jtd

Describing Vol de Nuit once, I said I can't analyze or dissect the classic Guerlains. This holds true for l'Heure Bleue. I get an anise-like vanilla and orange blossom, but it seems like one of those immensely complex orientals of its era. Beyond my analytical skills. Still, it is my favorite of the classic Guerlains. It's been described as melancholic, moody, shadowy. Maybe this is a distinction without a difference, but for me it's less about affect or emotion than it is about a contemplative state. I tend toward reflection when I wear l'HB.

I find the simple prettiness of l'HB always affecting. This prettiness, sort of beauty on a low flame, burns its way into you. Capital-B Beauty with its drama might infatuate for a moment, a day. But l'HB's attractiveness entices over time. L'HB has no gloss, but looking at its matte finish over time, you come to realize it's your favorite color.

Sep
27
2011
Chantal
Chantal

Review for Eau De Parfum

It’s interesting.

The notes bother me. It’s chalky, chemical, powdery, sharp, but I keep reaching for this like a puppy closing in on un-sniffed territory. It’s such a strange smell that I keep forgetting what it smells like and I can’t come close to forming an opinion that sticks for me. At first it smelled like sunscreen in the opening, then it turned into play-doh, but then the scent of anise came into the picture and it’s like walking into a movie half way through, I don’t know what’s going on. Is it good, is it bad, I have no idea, it’s just THERE, really and firmly. L’Heure Bleue is cold and damp, it’s grey, and just when it seems entirely heartless, something glimmers through, but I have no idea what. It’s compelling. It doesn’t suit me easily, but it’s something that intrigues me to the point where I wonder whether I’m actually liking it... It is a bit spicy, a bit peppery, there is a harsh sharpness to it that stings and taunts... even the powdery notes have a biting quality. It’s strangely feminine, tender in only the smallest way. It’s like the smell of nail polish and roses together: false veneer and genuine beauty come together, but which side will L’Heure Bleue show you?

I’ll keep testing this (though it’s been four times already, it’s still playing on my mind) and if I figure it out, I’ll post something. Just to be clear, it’s not bad, but it is quite different. Then again, that’s why I tried this.

Sep
22
2011
jennifer60656
jennifer60656

I'm probably not going to be the first person to say what my impressions of LHB. The lady who called this perfume "QUEENLY" got it so right on. That was the first thing I thought when I put it on (I hadn't read any of the reviews before now). The impression I had was of a woman who has gone through every emotion possible, has known suffering, grief, joy, sacrifice and come through the other side serene and self-composed. I think that is why many ladies say this perfume doesn't work for everyone - beautiful as it is. I mean, even though I'm 41 years old, I have not attained that level of detachment yet. Maybe someday, maybe not - I don't know what the sum of my life and my reactions to it will be.

I do know that the woman who can wear this perfectly is one who apologizes for nothing, does not smile easily, and commands respect from everyone.

Sep
18
2011
fumehead
fumehead

LHB was my first non commercial love and it started my perfume love and beginnings as a perfumista. I first ‘discovered’ the EDT and was mesmerised by its intriguing and exotic scent, so unlike D&G ‘the one’ (my sig’ at the time) or anything else on the shelves and in the racy ad’s!

LHB is one of three ‘holy trinity’ Guerlains (along with Mitsouko and Shalimar) that are the staple of the perfume house, and I notice they all take on a ‘foodie’ theme, With Mitsuoko there’s the fruity peach and with Shalimar there’s the crème Brulee vanilla. LHB has a bittersweet Pastry/marzipan effect, pastries, and almond cakes very reminiscent of a Parisian patisserie. It becomes very much more vanilla on the drydown. The heart is spicy floral, loaded with Carnation, Parma Violets and powdery Iris. The base is pure vanilla Guerlainade, it lasts and lasts and is for me the strongest of all my collection. It just blooms on me and I tend to get the most reactions from people, mainly positive.
For me it is a bittersweet vanilla/Almond Gourmand with a spicy floral heart, I don’t get the melancholy thing, but it is a cool and somewhat intellectual scent without being pretentious.

p.s Kate Moss fanatics take note that this is her signature perfume, inspired, she named her own fragrance ‘Velvet Hour’ taken from LHB translation.

Sep
10
2011
missymary
missymary

Awesome, a work of art. It was the second perfume I met that made me recognise the art of making a perfume. The first was Lolita Lempicka. And both are quite similar. They strike a chord of strange spiritual yearning and their fragrance has a strong but soft medicinal and herbal waft.I can only wear either of these perfumes when I'm in the mood for indulging in a bout of whimsical nostalgia. Then they are heavenly, but at other times they are (not unpleasantly!) disturbing and pungent. A very very special perfume, to be treasured and respected.

Aug
28
2011
lisliasm
lisliasm

L'Heure Bleue is my mother's signature fragrance. She isn't a traditional woman-- my parents never had a wedding, for example-- but sometimes she would take me into her room and let me look through her jewelry and try on her silky blouses from when she used to live in New York City.

This fragrance has an air of mystery, nostalgia, and the unknown, like wanting to know about my mother's life before I was born. It reminds me of the sunlight filtering through clear glass crystals she would hang in the window.

Because it reminds me of my mother, L'Heure Bleue seems like a scent for an adult woman, maybe one with some kind of secret.

Aug
20
2011
sofiii
sofiii

L’Heure Bleu EDP starts with Neroli mixed with really guerlain dry sweet slightly tart feel plus a little bit aldehyde charm which I can find in Chanel No.5 Parfum. This instantly takes me to a happy, relaxed state, feeling a little bit weary, yet content and just feel like to watch the sunset and chill. I guess I can understand why some people say this is a sad perfume, it does have the wasted feel in it, but in a really nice way.

Soon the slightly cool and powdery iris comes and makes it feel quite cute and adorable as in you appreciate your auntie’s doll collection in a slightly cool autumn Sunday afternoon when people are lazy and chilled.

Later on, it turns a little bit more dusty, powdery with any liveliness or sweetness fades away, and a hint of slightly woody peach-y wood hint in the background.



L’Heure Bleu Parfum version smells really typical pre-1950ish perfume start, it’s really thick, syrupy thick, with a slight medicine-y rooty patchouli feel to it. I was nearly thinking it was Mitsuoko Parfum, but L’Heure Bleu Parfum is more chilled, sweeter, watered and with a hint of star anise in the beginning in comparison with Mitsuoko, somehow the star anise scent here makes me feel it’s quite breathable and comfortable to wear.

Soon it turns to the cool iris powdery doll head smokey powdery smell which is similar to the EDP’s, but in Parfum, there’s a bit more tart and sweet citrusy undertone there and somehow it even makes me think of some orange flavoured erasers (not the juice fresh one, more a dried orange jerky flavour) which I had when I was little.

Similar to the EDP version, the Parfum goes to a more powdery and less sweet state, but the powdery feel in Parfum version is much more inviting and cosy.


Interesting perfume, really worth have a try. However, L’Heure Bleu is one of those perfumes deserve to be an art but not really wearing-friendly to me.

Aug
13
2011
paulie86
paulie86

L'Heure Bleue is a really tricky fragrance. I loved it at first I had the edp concentration. I felt everything that any Guerlain lover feels when they first try L'Heure Bleue; Melancholic, thoughtful, peaceful and nostalgic. I could smell the watery anise, fresh violets, sweet almond, rose and spicy carnation notes. The drydown was the classic beautiful guerlinade. After awhile I could feel the schizophrenia in L'Heure Bleue On some days it would smell so classic and gorgeous, and on other days very obnoxious and cloying the first perfume ever that I had to scrub off my skin because of intense nausea. Or it would smell like intensely sweet play-doh or erasers due to the heliotrope. Because of L'heure Bleue I avoid anything that has heliotrope at any cost. A lot of Guerlain fragrances worked for me, and a lot have not. definitely try them before you buy.

Jul
31
2011
MizLiz
MizLiz

L'Heure Bleue hates me. It hates me! It really, really hates me! I gave it so many tries, wanting to love such a mythic perfume. The nostalgia and romance of 1912 Paris at twilight, the comparisons to old-world pastry shops, the legendary poetic melancholy. But no. Every time it has refused me, turning to medicinal syrup and beer. That last one is true: Someone actually told me that I smelled like beer when I wore this! In conclusion, I envy those of you whose chemistry plays nicely with L'Heure Bleue. I wish mine did.

Jul
29
2011
meg1969
meg1969

The EdT feels quiet, spiritual, and other-worldly. I get violets even though I didn't see it in the notes.

Like a mystical Pisces. I am dying to try the pure parfum.

Jul
27
2011
krmarich
krmarich

This delicious romantic classic is like taking a stroll in Paris alone. You notice art, achitecture and gardens you could never describe. You stop by a cafe and have a pastry made of nuts and honey. Leaving the cafe you notice the fantastic sunset and suddenly realize you have no one to share it with! You get a profound sense of sadness.

That is LB to me.

I wonder if the trains in France still smell like it? I found that odd that something so expensive would be used to scent a train. I never complained!

Celebrity=Billie Holiday

Jul
23
2011
stephan
stephan

This is the best perfume ever. On a lady, it will smell classy and old fashioned in a good way. It doesn't smell like a rich lady who doesn't clean her house, it smells like a bourgeois woman who knows how to make her laundry and who prefers to choose her vegetables herself at the market. On a man, it will smell modern and clean. As other reviewers noticed, the EDT is much better than the EDP.

Jul
22
2011
Angelfreak4
Angelfreak4

I bought this in the toilette form about three years ago. It smelled so heavenly! Later on I bought the eau de parfum version. Big mistake!! It's way too strong and I'd only wear this at night. The vanilla comes on too strong for me. I used to love it, now I just like it.

Jul
01
2011
gabyvinki
gabyvinki

Yes you can love or hate it or do not like it. But there s one thing you simply CANNOT do:
Denying that it IS a masterpiece, masterfully created by The Old great Perfumers of the world!!
L'Heure Bleue is perfume art as good as it gets. If you are going through the whole range of the best selling mainstream perfumes (or nearly the whole) and thereafter you go through the whole range of the best selling niche perfumes I can assure you your nose is trained!:) And then you will realize that L'heure Bleue is a kind of its own. All the parts fit so well in together it is like a symphony that will stay with you the whole day after only one spritz or dap of the pure perfume. It is so gorgeous , words can really not do it justice. It will haunt you if you like it or not, it s that good! Finally, finally I have found my "holy gral" within the fragrance world...:) Thanks to the old masters of GUERLAIN

Jun
27
2011
Scandia
Scandia

My mother had this, and I used to sneak into her room to take the top off the little bottle and just breathe..it is a magical scent. Unique.

Jun
18
2011
Meryyy
Meryyy

i Love Guerlains all fragrances!!! he is just a genie!

Jun
01
2011
HappyShopper123
HappyShopper123

I've heard a lot of comments about L'Heure Bleue being "an old lady's fragrance" but I completely disagree. Yes, there are powdery notes in this scent that you could link with mature scents, but the bergamot and base notes resonate and give this scent heart and strength of character, almost defying description.

A little of this perfume goes a long way - spray too much and it really hits the back of your throat. I recommend this for evening use. I'm wearing it during the day at work and feel like I shouldn't be here - I should be out on the town instead, enjoying good food and vino, followed by a fabulous play! This is the kind of scent that I picture those fabulous New Yorker-types in Woody Allen's 'Melinda and Melinda' wearing.

L'Heure Bleue leaves me feeling confident and seductive. Not for everyday use, but for when you want a touch of something special.

May
27
2011
taytumriley
taytumriley

i must have totally different body chemistry than all that love this perfume--- because like one of the other reviewers- this smells like 'old cheap soap' mixed with baby powder on my skin. i really wanted to love it, and actually have tried it at perfume counters on several occasions since it gets such high marks on perfume reviews...but i just can't even remotely like it. hate this one.

May
14
2011
Wim Janssens
Wim Janssens

To be very honest, I am not a fan of Luca Turin - his work is not a bible. Only trust your nose and you will find out that L'heure Bleue is one of the most beautiful fragrances ever made!

Apr
08
2011
Αλεξάνδρα
Αλεξάνδρα

L'Heure Bleue is deep, mysterious, evocative. It reminds me of all the beautiful women of the past, a period when real stars could still emerge. But not just beautiful women; sophisticated, sensual, arty, intellectual, and sexy...

It is sweet, powdery, violety... Of all the concentrations, I now prefer the parfum (it used to be the edt). You smell beautiful, you feel beautiful!

Edit: I am a violet lover; with this I get intense, interesting violets that many soliflores fail to capture, and bore me in the end; pleasant in the beginning, scrubbers in the end. Bois de Violette by Serge Lutens is also interesting, with prominent cedar wood- a bit aggressive sexuality, but L'Heure Bleue is softer, more feminine, and yes- as a reviewer mentioned far below- spiritual! You are swimming in the deep dark blue waters of life... Are you a good swimmer?

Apr
08
2011
alfarom
alfarom

I must confess! I don't like L'Heure Bleue. While it's unquestionably relevant for its historical meaning and influence, at the same time it's badly aged. I've been trying this perfume countless times, but I've never been able to really appreciate it. It has a sweet buttery-like, almost gourmand opening that's absolutely obsolete, and even if it's not its fault it suffers from becoming an archetipal female fragrance.

Rating: 8.5/10 (for its relevance)
6/10 (for my personal taste)

Apr
08
2011
jujy54
jujy54

I am New to L'Heure Bleue and like Yamba1, I wear it to bed, and for the same reasons. It has a meditative, introverted quality that is just right for ending the day. Shalimar had been my bedtime fragrance, and probably will be from time to time, especially in col weather, but there's something about LHB that is uniquely private, "just for me", I wonder if I'll ever wear it "socially" - so far I can't picture it. LHB is me alone with my thoughts.

Yes, I pick up violet and lots of it, or maybe the memory of violets. Violet once removed. How's that?

Mar
29
2011
silviaci
silviaci

This is an exquisite fragrance I wouldn't wear on an everyday basis, but I sometimes like to enjoy the smell of it all for myself. The evocative name says it all, this is best enjoyed at dusk.

Feb
24
2011
mister_chaz
mister_chaz

At the opening, this perfume smells to me like morph between Guelain's Mitsouko and Apres L'Ondee. The scent is full of neroli, carnation, ylang-ylang with a touch of citrus. I was so sure there was violet note in it, but apparently, there isn't.

It's feminine, nostalgic, in tune with old good Guerlain's classics overall. It has this characteristic "soap" scent to it as well. I might like it, but it also seems to me that neroli is too strong: the perfume feels like battleship of neroli vs. other flowers.

Later on, it slightly transforms from being "soapy" to more "powdery" (if it makes any difference))It also becomes more vanilla-like, but not in gourmand way.

Like some have already said, this perfume is a good experience if you want to travel back in time (of course, you have to have some good imagination =)

Feb
12
2011
DresdenDoll
DresdenDoll

After looking for this for what seems like forever I finally found it randomly at a Guerlain counter in a department store in Chester. Like almost all the classic Guerlains I've tried, I wanted to love it, but just didn't. It is pleasant, though I certainly get the pencil shaving smell unfortunately. I don't understand how this is classified as an oriental floral however, to me it is a classic chypre, of the Diorella variety. And like them it is like powdery, scented soap. Wish I could have more appreciation for this one.

Feb
10
2011
LadyJedi
LadyJedi

L'heure Bleue is definitely not a teenage perfume but I wouldn't call it old-fashioned as I find it chic and retro in a positive kind of way. My skin seems to absorb it quite easily and it is not that strong or overpowering at all. On the contrary - the drydown is creamy and velvety and the vanilla base is amazingly soft and well-balanced. It is very elegant and feminine and evokes pictures of a low-cut dress and a romantic evening out.

Feb
04
2011
candymarie
candymarie

Because this perfume is referred to so often by the parfumistas on this site, I had to sample to satisfy my curiosity.

The fact that it has an old-fashioned smell came as no surprise, since it was introduced before World War I.

It reminds me of my grandmother, who did not use fine perfumes (which in her mind were a huge waste of money) but she did use lots of powder after bathing. And that is what I smell, my grandma's body powder.

Like the fashions my grandma wore as a girl, this scent was new and fresh at one time, but no longer. For me, it is beautiful and valuable as a vehicle for nostalgia, but not something I want to smell on myself.

Feb
02
2011
adele l
adele l

Yes old-fashioned, but in a very comforting way..lots of powdery iris on soft violets on a slightly buttery vanillic base which reminds me of a soft Shalimar. Really needs a little time to develop on the skin and become itself. I don't find L'heure Bleue melancholy at all, just reserved and meditative. Would take a little getting used to if you are not familiar with classic Guerlains..something you wear for yourself rather than to project an image to others. Quiet but very present!

Jan
25
2011
mediterranean
mediterranean

I agree with the feeling of nostalgia some people describe here. Actually I like wearing this when I am on my own reading a book or having a glass of red wine. Also I have worn it to funerals and it matches perfectly my mood in those moments.

Jan
06
2011
Miss Picky
Miss Picky

Oh, how I wanted to love this! The reviews here are so enthusiastic, and I love other Guerlain fragrances... but...

On me, this was a horrible, stinking, rotten violet. Truly awful. One of the worst I've ever tried.

This didn't smell like an 'old lady perfume' on me - it just smelled like an old lady! An unwashed, musty, over-perfumed poor dear, dousing herself in violet talc instead of having a bath.

I realise I should try it more than once to really give it a go, but I can't bear to. Just the thought of it makes me shudder.

What a shame. So many people have had delightful experiences with it; I'll stick to my beloved Jicky.

Jan
04
2011
johnstaf
johnstaf

If Apres L'Ondee is a summer's day after a shower of rain, L'Heure Bleue is the same day after the sun has gone down. It's so full of life, as it opens with warm prickling spices and lush flowers, but as the earth cools, it gives way to a cool breezy iris. The picture is very complex and uncompromising, and it doesn't suit everyone, but if it's for you, it's one of the most wonderful achievements in perfumery.

Dec
30
2010
hollycat
hollycat

Guerlain's L' Heure Bleue is a meloncolic, soulful fragrance. Its not sad as much as its serious. Serious in a way that a deep thinker looks at life. A deep thinker feels things strongly, they cry when they hear beautiful music, they mourn for the people who suffer in this world, they empathize with others and above all else they possess an understanding of the plight of human kind. They are intense people. This perfume is intense. It speaks to you, as well as to others.

Its a powdery floral perfume so masterfully blended that its hard for me to decifer the notes. Someone on this site mentioned that they felt notes of violet. I feel the same way. But this isnt a violet scent. Its too complex to say that one note takes center stage. Its perfumey, but not in an in your face kind of way. The EDP lasts all day on me. Its very special.

Dec
26
2010
Natalie467
Natalie467

I've been wearing a vintage L'Heure Bleue EDC for the past few days. I couldn't really get a feel of it by dabbing it on, I decanted it into a spray. Three sprays of it and I'm in heaven. Rich, luxurious vanillas, powdery florals, with a touch of sweetness and citrus even. I do think the top notes of my EDC have gone off, because this does not smell so great when taking a whiff from the bottle and when first sprayed, after a bit it's beautiful, but even hours after applying I swear I smell something citrus-y in this, whatever it is it's fabulous. Maybe the Vetiver?

LHB brings to mind winter, a chilliness, of blue snow, fresh snow with the sun setting into an icy blue sky causing the snow to take on a blue cast. In winter I tend to spend a lot of my free time in bed, reading, daydreaming, reflecting(and napping).
LHB is dreamy, like when you want to dream about the one you love......

We may get a snowstorm Sunday so I plan on wearing LHB all weekend. Snowstorms, I load up on provisions and hit the bed.

I also have a current decanted vial of LHB from the Guerlain counter. Smells a bit "candied up" and does not last as long as my old EDC. My EDC seems to smell more "mature" than the current version. Yes, perhaps it smells slightly old fashioned, but I don't mind smelling quirky at times.

Dec
17
2010
geegee
geegee

On my skin i find L'heure bleue lasts a long time, even after bathing i can sometimes still smell it.

The initial spray opens very sharp & bright & i can easily detect the citrus notes, this makes the juice very fresh.

The floral side kick in very quickly with the rose & orchid pushing to the fore front. I too have always thought i could detect violet in this juice but no violet notes are listed so im unsure what i can detect in there thats close to violet. Perhaps its the heliotrope but i couldnt be sure as ive not smelt heliotrope alone.

The benzoin mixed with the vanilla gives this juice a deep warmth & the vetiver takes away the 'prettiness' but balances out all of the floral notes to exude an aloof sassiness.

This juice does dry down powdery & i love that. Its sillage is fantastic as is its longevity.

Its well worth the money in my opinion because it does last & is also rather unique.

Dec
14
2010
guest_tourmaline
guest_tourmaline

Let's get one thing straight: there is violet here, and a lot of it. Whew...I feel so much better now that I've gotten that off my chest. No one in these reviews is mentioning the violet, which seems to dominate the composition of L'Heure Bleue. If the pretty violet note of Guerlain's Insolence was complicated by the addition of carnation, anise, orris, vanilla etc. then you might get L'Heure Bleue. This is one beautiful scent: deep, melancholy, rich. Try to get the parfum, it is more full bodied than other concentrations from the heightened dose of musk. L'Heure Bleue is lovely stuff. And very unique, balanced, and perfectly blended. A classic for very good reason...perhaps even the best perfume ever made.

Dec
14
2010
Yamba1
Yamba1

I've recently taken to wearing L'Heure Bleue EDP to bed each night. Instantly, this perfume promotes quiet reflection and contemplation. I can understand why some other reviewers report feeling a sense of melancholy upon application. From a technical perspective, this could perhaps be attributed to the classic Guerlain powery drydown, yet I believe there is another intangible element to L'Heure Bleue.
As I drifted off to sleep last night cosetted by the majesty of this perfume, my mind conjured a thought that L'Heure Bleue was made from the dust sprinkled by angels. Bliss!

Dec
07
2010
Guest_orangepoppy
Guest_orangepoppy

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Nov
12
2010
Lady Love
Lady Love

(Edp 2010)

I was sitting in a beautiful public garden here in my country, on a hot-windy day, surrounded by different types of flowers, birds singing all the time, and children playing everywhere.

I got ‘L Heure Bleue’s bottle in my hands, this Eau de parfum is so hard to find, that I never had the chance to smell it before, but I was so moved reading all the comments about this, how people refer to ‘L Heure Bleue’ as an emotional and melancholic fragrance, so I felt tempted by this timeless beauty, and finally I decided to buy it unsniff via internet.
I’ve always wanted to see myself smelling this fragrance in a beautiful garden, that’s the reason why I was there yesterday, just when the sun starts to disappear and the sky begins to turn blue.

I remove L Heure Bleue’s cap, sprayed a bit in my hand pulse point and close my eyes. When I start to smell it, I fell like time has stopped, and suddenly couldn’t hear the birds sing, or the beautiful noise of flowers moving in the wind, even the children were silent. I think L Heure Bleue beauty was blessings my senses, and takes me to another level.

I really can’t describe this fragrance, is impossible, It’s unique. But I will say L Heure Bleue smell like a mix of Chanel N5 Eau de Premiere (a lighter version) and Christian Dior ‘’Miss Dior’’(Without the aldehydes, patchouli and the leather notes) (Edt 2010). Anyway, don’t take this comparison to serious, because this fragrance is out of the world. The presence of the rose, ylang –ylang, jazmin and benzoin are prominent from the beginning to the end. In the first minutes of L Heure Bleue you will also notice a tender-weak lemon and anise touch. I don’t understand why people are saying this fragrance is impossible to wear, it’s just so tender and pure. It’s very retro but, and I don’t believe this is a old lady type scent.

L Heure Bleue is so mysterious, sometimes I smell a beautiful garden, sometimes a bottle full of Candy cane, and sometimes and ancient temple.


I love this masterpiece, and is very different from Shalimar.

Oct
23
2010
guest_A. Rose
guest_A. Rose

...and one quick addition: Borsari released a fragrance called "Notte Romana" (beautiful fragrance but sadly, now discontinued) that became very popular in the 40's and it has the same nocturnal, dewy, wistful quality as LHB. The original "Evening in Paris" shares much in common with both of these, as well. They all share a combination of rose, anise/anisette and tonka bean ("Evening in Paris" is heavier on the jasmine), so that might account for their similar moodiness. For me, blue chamomile, tonka bean, galbanum and some kinds of fig notes, are best for conveying lucid-dreamlike grace. The "4 dancing princesses" of fragrance--a somnambulist elegance. Tonka bean (different than the musk, which was also originally included in LHB; although, the current inclusion is unlikely to come from a natural source) has a dusky-sweet, coffee-like richness to it that adds a quality of sugared warmth and graininess to a blend.

Just thought I'd mention "Notte Romana" for LHB lovers!

Oct
13
2010
guest_A. Rose
guest_A. Rose

There's an eeriness to "L'Huere Bleue" that I find compelling; not a sinister eeriness, but a true representation of the existential transience of life, of love, loss and mortality. It's like a ghost of a fragrance, but not in a terrifying way--like seeing the flickering image of a silent screen star and coming to a realization: With all their vitality, animation and expression onscreen, they're gone. They've all long died. No matter how compelling and electric a personality you are, no matter what you accomplish in life, no matter who you love or haven't loved...you will die. We all pass. When I smell the sterile, dusky sheerness of orris powder and the velvety, yet medicinal anise blended with soft vanilla of "L 'Huere Bleue", I am never more aware of my vulnerability as a human being. It doesn't frighten me--the cozy, lullaby-singing sweetness of the "mommy" notes (vanilla and powder)soothes any anxiety--but it makes me very wistful and sentimental, somehow. The tonka note--something I often have a hard time wearing--blends smoothly with the oily base, resulting in a hazy warmth that lingers and softens the cutting dryness of the anise.

LHB is a resolution, an accepting sigh, a dying kiss, an elusive memory or dream, realizing your child has grown and will begin their own adulthood and continue the cycle of life--this is what LHB smells like to me. It's not just the twilight of a day, it's the twilight of life, when we count our hours and wonder what they've added-up to. Who mattered most? What will I leave behind? It's beautiful, sad, but comforting in its quiet way. Like a Debussy song or a found locket from someone's life (and love story) from long ago. It breaks my heart. But I don't mind. I don't mind at all. Sometimes you need to step-out of the current bland rush of modern life and remember that "emotion" is something you should feel deeply. We all need a good cry once in a while, just to remind ourselves that yes, we're still alive. And isn't that an amazing thing.

Oct
13
2010
guest_
guest_

W B Yeats described the only words for this perfume and they are; Tread softly when you walk on my dreams.

Oct
13
2010
sherapop
sherapop

Guerlain L'HEURE BLEUE is such a huge blue statement that I really only wear it about once a year, and then only at home. It's not that I'm afraid to elicit "old lady" comments and puzzled looks. It's just that I find this composition bewitching: cold and almost clinical in the opening, a bright blue light shining into one's soul.

As it dries down, L'HEURE BLEUE eventually melts into a ambery vanillic iris, but the opening is so overwhelming that I always feel as though the perfume is wearing me, rather than the other way around.

It is very easy to overapply this potion. I have both the edp and the edt, and prefer the former, but it is a mistake to spray more edt because it accumulates too quickly and thickly, easily becoming an opaque blue fog. The best comparison I can come up with here is gorgonzola cheese: delicious in minute amounts, at most once or twice a year; toxic if overused!

Oct
11
2010
vuelo
vuelo

I really wished I'd love this, I love the ideea of pre-wars mentality inspired fragrance. But it's not as I expected. Maybe one day my tastes will grow into liking it, but right now all I get is old cosmetic powder with some lilac traces.

Aug
16
2010
Maki
Maki

Oh..what a beautyful fragrance! It indeed IS touching.

I think that the reason why so many people mention the tears that it brings to their eyes, is because this scent seems to bring one close to one's heart.

Asif this scent is telling you that happiness and sadness are so close related, it will make you want to cry and laugh at the same time...

In the very beginning it is moist like shed tears and after a while the powdery drydown wll comfort you and will dry these tears and make you smile...

Very dramatic fragrance in a very beautyful way...!

It has some kind of an ancient feel to it and yet - or maybe therefor - it is timeless.

The feel of 'here and now'..peaceful, melancholy, reminiscent...

No need to talk about notes here...I'd say that Rachmaninoff's Vocalise would be the appropiate music to listen to, wearing this....

Lovely!

Aug
11
2010
Sissi
Sissi

They should renamed this L'heure d'or
(The golden hour) it's too warm to be thought of as being blue' blue is an clinical color and this is not an clinical
scent far from it.
The opening is similar to almost all of the older Guerlains it opens with a warm
Note bergamot and the powdery dry irises'
the lemon dries the the top note with sharp accords.

the middle drydown begins to be sweeter
with the vanilla-like sweetness of heliotrope and orchid to bring a little
exotica to add to the oriental craze that swept Europe and the U.S in the early 1900's' cloves with it's pungent
bitter and diluted sweetness with the presence of jasmine adds with the earthiness.

Carnation with it's spicy sweet aroma
stands it's own with the other stronger notes such as Cloves bergamot coriander
and lemon' the two elusive notes of ylang ylang and delicate rose as it's
shy guests.

Powdery iris starts the drydown i notice amber is missing from the note card and i can smell the warmness of the scent
dry sandalwood makes it dryish and woodish there is a nice musk factor here
subtle but noticeable and Vanilla ends the elegance with it's domineering and a bit masculine presence ends the beauty.

L'heure d'or brings you to europe before
the First world war where it was decadent with artists decussing shocking new techniques can can dancers entertained men in brothels without their wives knowing beautiful sinuous
lines of art nouveau with angels kissing
on the murals of the most elegant hotels
with golden stairways beautiful gold railings white lilies adorned the lobby
women with their finest elegant gown
checks in this Perfume relfect life before the grimiest of war and the art after that took it way forever.

Aug
11
2010
cherubkiss
cherubkiss

The first time I used this perfume, it reminded me of the first time I saw St Marco square in Venice. It was early evening the sun was begining to go down, its evening light was shining on this beautiful square. The experience of this beautiful site brought me to tears, it was a very strange experience. This perfume makes me emotional. it makes me think of beautiful times in my life and of people that I have loved. This perfume to me is so very beautiful. I just wear it for myself and no one else. It is pure heaven.

Jul
24
2010
Srenna
Srenna

Bought this early on when I fell in love with fragrance again. First fell hard when I was like 13-16; stopped giving a damn up until two years ago (I'm in my early 30s).

So I bought this one without ever having a whiff of it because I read somewhere that Kate Moss listed it as one of her faves (sorry).

I loathed this parfum (EDP) instantly. I sprayed a bit on and had to wash it off immediately. Whatever it was, it was too much... OLD and oily?

Anyway, I was going to send it back but I didn't. After a few weeks I tried it again and WOW -- totally different experience? I am awful about describing fragrance notes and so on, but I will say that when I wear it I feel like I'm in a dream.

Gorgeous for the Winter and late autumn.

Jul
24
2010
snchamness
snchamness

I totally agree with Catbiscuit--I can appreciate the artistry of L'Heure Bleue, but it doesn't "reach" me like many of my other perfumes. However, after several tries I have finally learned to enjoy Mitsouko, so perhaps I need to give LHB a bit more time.

(Next day) Decided to give LHB another try, and I think I've found a way to wear and enjoy it, although it will likely never be one of my favorites.

Jul
16
2010
Catbiscuit
Catbiscuit

Oh how I wanted to love and adore L'Heure Bleue. I wanted it to bring tears to my eyes & inspire poetry like other reviewers. But I just don't.

Don't get me wrong, I do like it rather well, at least once it gets into the heart. It is classy & elegant, gentle & genteel. It is timeless, not at all old-fashioned. My skin latches onto the smooth vanilla very early making it deliciously sweet. The flowers are delicate & romantic. This is a very nice perfume.

The thing is that it just doesn't connect with me on an emotional level. Or I don't connect with it. Either way, I am heartily disappointed and a little depressed.

Jul
13
2010
clubsauce
clubsauce

I have never smelled anything so hauntingly beautiful and so encapsulating of a time of day as L'Heure Bleue. Words cannot do it justice. Reminds me of something out of the Great Gatsby. Definitely evokes a specific era of perfumery but does not smell like an "old lady", just classic.

Jun
19
2010
oh_caroline
oh_caroline

One more perfume carried on only by it's own lengend.

If this "perfume" wouldn't have "Guerlain- L'heure Bleue" label on the bottle,90% of all who would test it would never buy it.

It smells like acidic soap gone bad+rancid oil bath+dead stincky bugs

Well, maybe in the time it was created, this would cover pretty good the odors of people for who considered that bathing too often was dangerous, and for whom toilet paper and water closet were a luxury reserved for few.

that says all about this "perfume"

Jun
05
2010
sheridanellis
sheridanellis

The latest reviewer of this perfume hit the nail on the head..."haunting". If a perfume can smell like that, then this one does. I tried to wear this perfume and gave it my best effort. I totally appreciate the notes and composition and it is a masterpiece that no serious collection/collector should be without. However, that being said, this caused me to have the strangest reaction to that smell. We already live in a very dreary (8-9 months of the year) place (Seattle/Forks area) and that can be quite depressing. Whenever I sprayed this on, within moments I felt overcome by nostalgia, a feeling that I missed my mother desperately, and I truly not only felt like weeping, I often did. I know that just sounds bizarre, but that was the true reaction this scent caused me to have. It made me sad for some reason, and I don't know why. I love the "Blue Hour" of the evening....that time of dusk that turns everything smokey and is one of the worst times for driving since it impairs your sense of sight. This is a very unusual scent, and I will always love to dislike it on me. :)

Jun
01
2010
Nicole79
Nicole79

I love powdery perfumes....
I test it a week ago in the Airoprt....i was so curious about it...
It is sweet, powdery, dusty, not easy to wear...;(...and another thing...I keep smelling that "oily" note in it, happened the same with Mitsouko...strange, is it my nose or ...has anyone felt it before???!!!
anyway....i must try it again... for sure !!!
It's in the same class with Chanel n 5 !
Both classy, powdery, old Classics !!!

Apr
24
2010
Kterhark
Kterhark

(2008 EDP Review)

To sit with L'heure Bleue is to sit next to a new found lover in a darkened theater, waiting with heated skin and quickened breath for a brush against your hand, indicating that he feels the same.

To smell L'heure Bleue is to smell the euphoria of bride clutching her bouquet, ready to take her vows as the sun sets behind her and the ocean stretches eternally in front of her.

To me this scent is haunted by adoration. This is what I want to be wearing when the casket closes and the final smile fades from my lips.

Apr
21
2010
efm
efm

Beautiful, haunting, charming, subtle.

Not an everyday choice as usually I need a bit more vim and vigour on my side - more overt impact to motive me.
However, I can't think of a fragrance that is more conduisive to contemplation than L'Heure Bleue.

I find it calming. The rose is gentle, the heliotrope provides interest and bergamont gives lift. The base vanilla note is a lesson to other perfumers. The vanilla gives depth without being foody.

I have seen it described as enigmatic. That seems about right.

Apr
14
2010
aromaminx
aromaminx

intriguing and captivating, l'heure blure is absolutely an evening fragrance.for special occ. when you are wearing a sexy ballgown. dressed up for the one you love,but not showing too much skin lol
l'eure is a demure juice and doesn't give everything away in one shot

Apr
14
2010
missk
missk

It's quite intimidating to write a review on one of the world's most famous and well-regarded perfumes. Guerlain's earlier fragrances are all hailed as classics, even though many are hard to find these days.

When I managed to track down L'Heure Bleue, I was both eager and a little nervous based on my expectations and what I had previously heard or read. The first thing I noted, was that it had a very distinct Guerlain vibe about it.

Both Shalimar and L'Heure Bleue share similarities in the top notes. Personally, I believe they both smell like calamine lotion and face powder. This however is not intended to be a negative remark on either fragrance. I find L'Heure Bleue both enticing and unique.

This fragrance certainly radiates a certain sense of maturity and class. In my opinion, it's not something that will suit everyone. It's very difficult to pin-point any particular notes here, as they all blend together to create a powdery and dusty floral with an elegant, old-fashioned aura.

L'Heure Bleue is very 'French'. You'd most likely feel silly wearing this fragrance with a t-shirt, jeans and a pair of flip flops. I'd have to be decked out in an elegant gown with Tiffany diamonds before I'd feel worthy of wearing L'Heure Bleue.

In some instances the rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang and vanilla tend to rise up from the powdery-ness to make their presence known, yet as I said before, this is one well-blended fragrance with no definitive notes. Both the EDT and EDP last considerably well, and the accompanying lotion adds that special touch. I'm actually more tempted to splurge on the lotion rather than the fragrance itself.

The smoothness, sophistication and beauty of L'Heure Bleue is difficult to surpass. 'The Blue Hour' as it has been aptly named, has the ability to capture almost anyone with its binding spell.

Mar
12
2010
guest_
guest_

How can one descibe this beautiful fragrance in words? When I first smelled this fragrance, I was totally captivated. It made me stand still and so many memories came flooding back to me like a reel of films on fast mode. I find it an incrediblely emotional fragrance that touches the inner soul. It is a true master piece, and smells utterly devine.

Mar
02
2010
milena
milena

I finally have the edp. Like the previous reviewer wrote it is like a twin to shalimar. This perfume is perfect,though from the first spray it did not appeal to me the dry down is very romantic, powedery and long lasting. I put the perfume on last night and it is morning now 'wow' still there I am very happy with this fragrant.This is a heaven made scent.

Feb
26
2010
Happyme2009
Happyme2009

Thanks to Persephone, a sweet and generous lady, I had the privilege of trying the perfume. I must say it's incredible; it's almost like a twin to Shalimar, at least on my skin.... but it is softer, more romantic; it is the morning after, when the new day hasn't arrived yet... and the night isn't over either.... Suspended in between, l'heure bleue tells you not to think of what happened, not to worry about what's next to come.... just surrender and enjoy the moment...
I just created a new need for me, I must have a bottle of l'heure bleue... one lucky day! A true timeless classic for a good reason.

Feb
16
2010
pansylady
pansylady

I'm finally sampling this much-loved and respected classic...

The top notes smell pretty medicinal on my skin- like calamine lotion. I recall getting the same impression from La Chasse aux Papillons by L'Artisan.

I'm a little disappointed- it doesn't have the presence that I expected.

Maybe I should have got the EDP instead of the EDP-

I guess I'll have to apply it with a bit of a heavier hand tomorrow, and see if my opinion changes.

Feb
07
2010
Saffron
Saffron

For some reason this makes me think of an old fashioned, more serious and more vulnerable version of Westwood's Boudoir perfume.

Feb
04
2010
Taliera
Taliera

I got mine from The Perfumed Court, an online site that specialises in samples and decants. You can find lots of hard-to-find perfumes there, and ironically fewer of the modern ones!

Jan
31
2010
vioversilver
vioversilver

To wear this perfume is to be suspended in dusk , this is a haunting ,magical potion ..it's not about a personality but time itself,a wistful, very quiet moment in time..
When I first put this on it immediately was comforting to me, I must say.
This almost has a smell of a pastry made with anise ,there's a quiet rose, orchid & jasmine also mingling with the sweet pastry smell ; also something very earthy at the bottom of all this too, so perfect, all the elements here are balanced perfectly.
The anise here is very prominent to my nose, & how I have always loved that spicy, sweet smell! I love the earthy root like smell too, there's a suggestion of chamomile tea also.

For me I can say I find this very wearable, not at all overpowering ,a quiet , captivating scent,a very,very special perfume.I put a few drops of this on my favorite scarves,so I can smell it there .. it really is good for me to inhale this beautiful scent, it may sound silly, but it's almost like aromatherapy!
This was the EDP version.

This would be the first Guerlain I would invest in for sure , for myself.It's gorgeous.

Jan
13
2010
evamoon
evamoon

I own the old version of this fragrance and I love it. This is one of the best fragrances I´ve ever had. I regret that this scent was changed (Now it doesn´t have sillage, depth etc.), because the older version is perfect. Deeply meditative composition.

Jan
03
2009
dgtlsrcrss
dgtlsrcrss

I tried the EDP, and though I first thought it was sort of cloying and plastic-y, I've come to love it over the weeks :)

Now it smells like a pleasant combination of powdery flowers and a tucked-away Indian store. A very beautiful fragrance!

Dec
30
2009
Amarilia
Amarilia

Viveka,what a wonderful review!
Needless to say anything else. You just put my thoughts it to words. I just discovered l'heure bleue very recently, and all I can say is WOW. it just blow my mind away. It is somehow very familiar, yet so unique. I havent ever experienced a fragrance like it before. I must have worn it in my past life, in a 1920s Paris of La Belle Epoque ;-)
L'heure bleue to me is definitely a scent of heaven!!

Dec
01
2009
guest_
guest_

Pansylady, Thankyou so much for the suggestion of the posh peasant. I was able to procure a sample of L'huere bleue and a few others. I must say I love it.(L'huere bleue) It mixes beautifully with my chemistry. I do not get old lady, powder, or anise. What I do get is a sensous, warm , soft caress Like a velvet and silk blanket. Very beautiful,very sexy and feminine. Tammi

Nov
29
2009
viveka
viveka

I'm really timide to write about L`Heure Bleue. There's no possibilty to find more chic, charming and parisian scent. It's quintessence of parisian soul with splendor of history, Versailles, beautiness. L`HB is like unvanishing allure of past world where's place for opera, theatre, dinners, Marcel Proust, romance, strolls in Palais Royal, le petit dejeuner in Deux Magots, smelling letters from lover...
Its beautiness is hard to describe. There's that 100% unique guerlain-note that I adore, smoked and intime. L`Heure Bleue gives a little touch of retro charm but it's all the time beyond flow of the time.

For me it's unquestioned Queen of Perfume World ♥.

Nov
26
2009
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

Oh, how I love L'Heure Bleue! It's a deeply romantic and nostalgic fragrance, very old style in a good way. It's powdery for sure and ther is a strong anise note overlooking the whole scent almost until the end. I can smell carnation, heliotrope and iris.The rest of composition is a mystery for me. I cannot point out any other single note.
EdT is quite sharp at the beginning, while the Parfum is more mellow but very intense. EdT has more sillage. I don't know if I'm partial because of the imagery, but this scent is really blue like royal blue mingled with light purple and lilac.
It's truly elegant, ladylike, dreamy. Something that in my fantasy a classical musician or a ballerina could wear along with soft precious scarves and white laces or shiny black at night. Something that I could have smelled on my classical dance teacher back in years. It is a strong scent in any formulation. I can see Michelle Pfeiffer wearing this in her white lace long dress standing on the pier waiting for Daniel Day-Lewis. I can understand that it doesn't please everyone.
Many of these scents were conceived in an era when ladies had lot of time to dress finely and humankind was not trapped in city apartments and crowded offices/transport.
I might add that L'Heure Bleue has kept the original imagery through ads which have never become raw and overtly sexual like Shalimar and this is a plus in my book.

Nov
18
2009
ossini
ossini

i heard that the austrian actress Romy Schneider (famous for beeing Sissi in Sissi-the young empress movies) was using L'Heure Bleue. So i´m very curious about it and i want to try it.

Nov
18
2009
pansylady
pansylady

Tammi-I googled and found a great supplier of decant fragrances- the Posh Peasant- Abigail(aka Posh Peasant) has a very wide variety of fragrances in lots of different sizes/prices, and I noticed L'Heure Bleue among them- she is very prompt in responding to orders and on-line questions- I just can't praise her enough!

Nov
13
2009
kastehelmi
kastehelmi

I smelled this on several women in the retirement home I used to work in-they smelled beautiful...
This powdery anise floral is an old standard for a reason. I have no problems if someone tells me I smell like an old lady-I have the highest respect for ladies who've been around longer than I have-but of all of the classics I've smelled, I haven't ever recognized one as popular among women of around 70-so that was actually an "aha!" moment for me. Well, if one person tells me I smell much older, that's fine maybe, but if many do, I would maybe wear a preteen floral fruity the next time I'm around them, to throw them off.
It's already the signature of some ladies I know, who have no interest in discovering a new signature. So I will spray this on one more time when I want to think of one of my favorite residents from my first job.

Nov
05
2009
Silvia Mutizábal
Silvia Mutizábal

It's a real classic.
Sweet, yet subtle. Eastern and light.
A romantic dream!!!

Nov
05
2009
Silvia Mutizábal
Silvia Mutizábal

It's a real classic.
Sweet, yet subtle. Eastern and light.
A romantic dream!!!

Nov
05
2009
alianeblue
alianeblue

This one smells like my grandfather’s old coins collection. It does not have a specific characteristic, it is neither sugary nor fruity, neither herby nor spicy, neither oriental nor citrus, it is just a perfect and well-balanced blend of all these together. Somehow it reminds me to Mona Lisa’s portrait, enigmatic, subtle, fascinating, mythologizing, just perfect. L'Heure Bleue is the most complex pleasant bouquet ever made by Guerlain House.

Oct
16
2009
Wim Janssens
Wim Janssens

My Signature fragrance!
I had the amazing experience to have a perfume consultation with Sylvaine Delcourte. She gave me various "accords" to snif, and at the end, it was a composition like L'Heure Bleue.
And it is true, all the fragrances I most love do have ingrediënts in it that you can find back in L'Heure Bleue.

I wear it in perfume and "eau de parfum", at the same moment. It gives so a richer 'bouquet', to do it like that.

Everyone I know, loves the smell of it on me. Mostly they say I smell very pleasent, fresh, unique.

If they ask me then what it is, I tell them it is so called fragrance for woman. But I don't see it that way. A fragrance you love, you wear. Male, female, it doesn't matter. To define what is a Male or Female fragrance is so individual. Marketing tells or nose a lot how to behave. Once we are aware to tell our nose that all fragrances are possible for everyone, we do find a lot of nice suprises. Woman who wear Habit Rouge, Guerlain Homme and I, wearing L'Heure Bleue... .

Oct
10
2009
Frenchie-Loveday
Frenchie-Loveday

This is one of the loveliest of perfumes, sprayed onto your fan in the summer then you can smell it all the time. Also pop onto some cotton wool and put into your bra, again, heavenly wafts of perfume and the warmer you get the more you can smell the perfume...an old perfume that does not have that awful synthetic smell that so many of the new perfumes have. Lanvin's Arpege and elsa Shapperelli (cannot spell) Shocking are another two delightful warm perfumes. Then finally add Patou's 1000 to the list of floral perfumes...the joy you get when you smell an old fashioned rose, freesia's and sweetpeas..is the same sensation you get when you smell any of these wonderful perfumes.

Sep
17
2009
rainbowfrog
rainbowfrog

when in this perfume , i feel like walking in the golden shining grass field. some smell of citrus flowers brown by the wind .

Sep
16
2009
pansylady
pansylady

I don't get it- I've read lots of rapturous reviews- but to me, it smells medicinal- still, it has a charming and intriguing bottle and label, and I ordered a sample so that I could plumb it's depths a little further- so I may have more to say later-

Sep
16
2009
Sassy1
Sassy1

I'm not a big licorice fan but the opening has just enough anise to make it interesting. This topaz elixir definately lives up to it's reputation. Soft and sultry, smoky and mysterious. Made for special nights and getting close. It lingers on the skin just long enough to remind you of the time you spent in it's full embrace. Stunning.

Sep
13
2009
Mals86
Mals86

I tried the edt version of this first, and was appalled. My test notes (yes, I am a geek, I take notes!) say simply, "Hell's medicine cabinet." There is an aromatic, powdery sharpness to the edt concentration that was very unpleasant to me. Scenthound's review below was spot on: "punched in the face by an old lady with money."

Then I received a sample in a swap, and although its concentration was unlabeled, it was clearly different: a deeper color, with a much less obtrusive scent in the vial. So I tried that one, and promply fell in love. L'HB is just lovely in parfum: smooth, with a balance between the coolness of anise and the warmth of tonka bean and vanilla, as well as a delicate balance of sweetness and dryness. The powder element is not overwhelming in the parfum, as it is tempered by the spicy notes of anise and carnation, and by the rich vanilla. And although orientals can sometimes be too much for summer weather, L'Heure Bleue wears beautifully in the heat, so long as it is applied delicately.

People, I will say it yet again: PARTICULARLY with older classics from Guerlain and Chanel, try the parfum before you go snarking off on the scent as being awful. It's not a guarantee, of course - Mitsouko still hates me, and Joy parfum is still all dirty panties on my skin - but you've got a much better shot of seeing what others see in a classic, if you try the stronger concentration.

Sep
09
2009
Flybethy
Flybethy

My very first try of this fragrance today and immediately I'm on the Orient Express, in the bar carriage with soft piano, heady wine, good cigars and inky black countryside rushing by. I wouldn't be wearing it myself but sitting near a beautiful woman who is and it's in the drapes and the marquetery and the pleated silk of the lamp shades. Lovely and nostalgic like coiffed hair, paste diamonds and matt ruby red cupid's bow lips.

Aug
20
2009
vena w
vena w

Lovely,lovely fragrance that smells softly spicy/powdery on me. Wore it years ago (in my early 20's) and am getting ready to re-kindle my romance with it. Pity the price is so much higher now...

Aug
10
2009
RaeSofSunshine
RaeSofSunshine

This was my grandmother's favorite perfume. She wore it almost every day for the better part of 50 years. As a result, I always associate the scent with her, comfort, and joy-filled times. I have two empty, vintage bottles that were given to me after she died many years ago. They still carry the scent, though they've probably been completely empty for more than 20 years. To be fair, I can't speak to the scent itself in any unbiased sort of way. I can only say that I love it completely.

Despite such a strong association with my grandmother, I wouldn't describe the perfume as smelling like "old lady." I think it's a very classic scent, flowery and romantic and very French (in the best sort of way)... and yes, with a hint of high-quality face powder. An old gold and enamel compact that I have, which has probably been empty since the 1930s has a similar powdery smell to it.

Jun
09
2009
Miss Bloom
Miss Bloom

Another stunning masterpiece from the house of Guerlain.
This fragrance is so beautiful it is almost indescribable. It is light and airy, yet very longlasting and tenacious. Powdery, and most definitely nostalgic. Floral yet not sickningly sweet, and very very grown up. It is a classic. Timeless and elegant, quiet and meditative.
I love this on a crisp winter day but then I would wear it anytime. A little goes a looong way. The sandalwood note really blooms on me but is tempered by the exquisite fruits and florals.
It smells like I would imagine heaven to smell, like the breath of an angel.
Heavenly.

Jun
03
2009
Spring25
Spring25

I recently got to try this beautiful fragrance in a swap with a generous fellow Fragrantica member. I don't quite know how to describe this scent, but it is unforgetable. It's powerful, yet quiet. It seems to take me back in time, but it is also up-to-date. I guess melancholic would be the one word that best sums it up, as it really invokes a mood. Whether you end up liking it or not, this one is a must try. It's unusual and exquisite. It seems timeless. If it were a painting, it would be a masterpiece.

May
06
2009
essija
essija

Just not my scent. Floral/Powder on me. Lots of Iris. Softer scent though.. Hopefully I won't get too much attention wearing this as I really don't like it..

Apr
10
2009
Petula30
Petula30

I owe it, I love it but I can´t wear it.It settles lovely on my skin but I´m alerted all the time and aware of this haunting, dreamy scent.I hope that one day I´ll be wearing this perfume feeling comfortably because it deserves a woman who can wear it without any hesitation. Till then I quietly envy all you ladies who have no doubts.

Apr
08
2009
Auguszta
Auguszta

I couldn't agree more with Belle de sud! I get funny looks wearing this, but that certainly won't stop me from doing so. It's slightly soapy on my skin but apart from that it's just perfect - beautifully melancholic and somehow wistful. It does conjure up a different world (in which I feel totally at home) but by no means would I call it dated. It doesn't smell like powdered old ladies covered in lipstick well past its sell-by date, it smells like history. Try this if you're ready to take a wonderful journey back in time.

Jan
29
2009
tessture
tessture

Soft, slightly powdery, feminine. It does not smell of the lovely "Blue Hour" of twilight it was created for, but it is softly pretty. Dry down brings more tonka and benzoin notes and there's a delightful powdery opoponax that I love. (I do hate baby powder scents, so this is not that kind of powder.)It may appear a bit dated, as it's from 1912, but the history and enduring popularity give it a gloss of intrigue.

Dec
14
2008
belle de sud
belle de sud

J'Adore! Mysterious, unusual (does provoke unkind comments from those who insist a woman must smell of flowery sweetness only) A true classic evoking the twilight and a romantic melancholy.

Dec
07
2008
mymlan
mymlan

This is the most beautiful and longlasting fragrance I've ever had. I found L'Heure Bleue at the local shop which was unexpected as I didn't think It was available in the Swedish maket at all. The scent is sweet, little spicy, powdery, mystifying and alluring. It's a wonderful princess in a velvet dress, lost in the northern woods, mirroring herself in the deep and muddy forest lake. She's worried, thinks she's alone. But while mirroring herself she sees her true spirit comes through and she feels calm and confident.

This perfume is in perfect balance: it is floral but not too floral, it is spicy but not hot and the powdery musk, sandal and vanilla in the base is never left alone.

I think every woman should have a bottle of l'Heure Bleue for special and intimate occasions

Nov
19
2008
KalteStern
KalteStern

Compared to some of the Guerlain classics, this doesn't seem as overpowering in terms of immediate attention grabbing top notes - powdery floral initially which quickly develops a note like incense, with a quite animalistic middle note (maybe Musk?) after the first few minutes. As an unsubtle teenager I was unimpressed by it for that reason.
But be warned, it quietly builds and builds until no-one in the room can smell anything else, and this effect lasts for hours, at least with the actual parfum, although the EDT may not be quite so extreme.
This might or might not be a good thing, depending on the context - I don't shy away from announcing myself in an olfactory way, but I would be very wary about wearing it to work

Oct
23
2008
Nuppu
Nuppu

Strong, yet comfortable, powdery, iris is about only thing I can separate of this lovely old gem. This one gives you old movie ginda of glamour (womens in tight waisted, tailored suits, powder puffs, garterbelts, cigarette holders, arched eyebrows giving deep looks) although it was made well before movie golden times...

Sep
14
2008
F_A
F_A

One of my favourites for special occasions:) Just love the sweet powdery flowers it has, makes me feel so romantic and special....

Sep
11
2008
Mitsouko
Mitsouko

Great, magic fragrance. Somewhat powdery. On special, not necesarrily- officials, occasions. When I'am it perfumed,air become as blue well...

Aug
04
2008
Mitsouko
Mitsouko

Great, magic fragrance. Somewhat powder. On special, not necesarrily- officials occasions. When I'am it perfumed,air become as blue well...

Aug
04
2008
Gwendolyn
Gwendolyn

This fragrance is the most beautiful in the pure perfume range. Gentle and beautiful.

Jul
22
2008
jeca
jeca

Yes, this fragrance is great! Vanilla is so light, floral note are so powdery, pleasant, so radiant fragrance

Oct
20
2007
zoka
zoka

It is a very fair and romantic image of blue evening ;o) Powdery, light, longlasting...

Aug
25
2007

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