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Tonka Imperiale was presented in 2010 as the 7th fragrance of Guerlain's line L’Art et la Matière. Creator of the fragrance is Thierry Wasser, and the key ingredient is tonka. This composition encompasses tonka, rosemary, spices, white honey, vanilla, almond, woody notes, amber and tobacco. Available as 75ml edp.

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Bergamot Bitter Almond Rosemary

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Jasmine Tonka Bean Tobacco

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Incense Cedar Pine

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Tonka Imperiale Fragrance Reviews

StopHammertime
StopHammertime

I tested this at Neiman Marcus today, and... I can barely smell anything. When I first sprayed it on a strip, I got a VERY faint hint of smoke and woods, but nothing else. I sprayed a couple sprays on my arm, thinking my skin chemistry would make it smell like SOMETHING - if I push my nose up against my arm it gives off a little sweetness, similar to Prada Candy, but still not much of anything. This is a dud for me.

Oct
21
2014
archivist
archivist

This is a lovely almond - the best almond I've smelled yet, including Escale a Portofino, Cinema, SL Rahat Loukoum, Hypnotic Poison, Louve, and others. I tried it from a dab vial instead of a spray, so I cannot speak to its tenacity or projection (often vastly improved by being sprayed rather than dabbed) but the fundamentals of the scent are outstanding.

Oct
20
2014
lizakaya
lizakaya

Marco Chau, your descriptor is perfection. I spent the afternoon Saturday at the Guerlain boutique in Vegas with the most wonderful and patient SA. As I commented on the notes on paper of each of the epds, we poured over the official book of notes and chattered about how one developed over another, etc. This scent is heaven. On my skin it is complex and interesting without being overbearing, it is sweet without being like candy and it is bolstered by traces of wood and smoke. I can wear this for everyday, or for a special evening. Extremely versatile, much more so than some of my other high end frags which seem to be a little more situation specific.

Oct
20
2014
megrim
megrim

Tonka Imperiale opens with a warm, dry blast of sweet almond, creamy tonka and a delicate, barely-there peppery back-note of rosemary. The overall impression is one of warmth, sophistication, and luxury. If ever a frag actually smelled 'expensive', this one certainly does.

Although gourmand, this is quite a 'grown up' frag. No shrill almond-vanilla essence here - this is honeyed, rich and complex. The middle is where the pale tobacco comes into play, dusty and light. Shifting over a bed of rich tonka and a hint of smokey incense.

Tonka Imperiale is relatively linear, but by no means simple. It's an incredibly rich assortment of notes and chords weaving in and out and between each other. Completely unisex, perfectly wearable and inoffensive. Much like being wrapped in a huge, plush and expensive blanket.

My only criticism can be aimed at sillage. The longevity is astounding - easily on par with some of the more nuclear Montales - however for me at least, the projection is rather muted. Made worse I think by the very nature of this juice - diffuse, warm, glowing and dusty. Once the sharper rosemary note bows out there's very little 'punch' left to this frag. It becomes difficult to find any one note for the nose to cling to and one is left with a diffusive, barely-there cloud of warmth.

Certainly not a deal-breaker, but for the hefty price tag, I'd have liked this to fill a room.

Sep
20
2014
Angela Agiannidou
Angela Agiannidou

Lovely, all I need now is a translator...

Sep
14
2014
Jernê Knowles
Jernê Knowles

English:

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Le Parfum de Guerlain Terracotta, and, let us say in passing that beautiful opportunity, since using it I could go back to childhood and remember a great floral scent marketed by one of the houses of the Brazilian perfumery to the Apothecary. Ahead will reveal the name of the perfume which could do a rough association when using Terracotta Le Parfum. I thought this perfume had more time on the market shelves, but researching I discovered that its launch is 2014, by the capricious hands and nostrils of Thierry Wasser who also create many other olfactory delights for Maison Guerlain. Now Terracotta Le Parfum to my nostrils is a wedding held in late afternoon vented somewhere in Europe in the late spring, and this wedding decor was made with white flowers that are in constant profusion of flowers with fresh Orange the bride's bouquet and also bergamot with freshly harvested they are decorating a table at the event memorable. Still in its output, after the first few minutes, it is quite noticeable the presence of the scent of the fragrance Coco, perhaps the scent of the bride, and the mild weather of a late afternoon this spring Coco sensationally becomes something magnificent. The perfume follows, and the wedding too, and he discovered the presence of some more flowers as Ylang Ylang and Jasmine, perhaps they are the hats of the guests and in small quantities, with respect, while they can be perceived also let be overcome by the power of projection of Orange Blossom amalgamated to Coco, the latter more evident at this stage. The end of marriage is the evening, where the climate is now warmer and the breeze is most intense aromas on the environment, which hangs in the air with a sweet mild vanilic light nuances of musk that when mixed the insistent notes of flower orange, Coconut and more of Jasmine, make Terracotta Le Parfum is a floral white with thin and highly impressive features of transition from spring / summer season. The perfume which could associate with this great work of Guerlain perfume was discontinued Kalanit of The Apothecary, however, Terracotta Le Parfum carries the touch "guerlain" to be printing quirk that makes the fragrance smell any accessible travel in evolution and stopping to analyze well, I realized that the bottles of one another have similar traits. Coincidence or marketing strategies ?! Finally, Terracotta Le Parfum is a scent extremely burly and fixing designs lot and despite being in its final stages can still get compliments and felt it too obvious way. There is no way to pass unscathed while using it, totally necessary on the shelf of anyone who has good taste and likes the notoriety perfuming.

Also dedicate this review to my friend Renato Pereira!


Portugûes:

Para mim é uma honra escrever sobre um perfume tão aclamado, desejado e ansiado por uma grande maioria, o portentoso Tonka Impériale de Guerlain. Perfume lançado em 2010 concebido pelo talentoso Thierry Wasser que também é pai dos Shalimar’s e dos La Petite Robe Noir’s e seus flanker’s. Então, vamos ao apetecido... Ele abre nas minhas narinas bastante medicinal, com o mesmo toque aromático perceptível nos xaropes utilizados no combate a gripes, mas apenas pelos primeiros minutos e nada que não dê para suportar, levemente dá para sentir o Alecrim e o cítrico da Bergamota, contudo, as Amêndoas amargas são em doses concentradas que possivelmente combinadas as demais notas de saída, fazem-me associá-lo ao aroma de xaropes muito utilizados durante os resfriados. O meio do Tonka Impériale é o início de um devaneio que só sentindo para saber, um samba de Fava Tonka casada com um Tabaco delicioso e mais pequenas doses de Amêndoas, criando um aroma combinado meio doce, meio amargo que horas remete-nos a mel ou a algo mais resinoso de pura qualidade. Sua base tem meu respeito pela presença do Cedro que por mim é perceptível desde a saída, mas de forma sutil, sem intromissão na evolução das demais notas, seu crescimento vai imprimindo à fragrância seu aspecto rústico imponente de madeira estimada juntamente com as notas de Pinho que são defumadas por um Incenso que queima suavemente e faz Tonka Impériale ser o que ele é até sua cruciante despedida sobre a pele. Não há como negar que é uma fragrância altamente bem construída e que tem sua evolução admirável passo a passo, contudo, existem outras fragrâncias que possuem o mesmo segmento olfativo de Tonka Impériale, porém sem a mesma exclusividade, isso se dá pelo fato de Tonka Impériale pertencer a Maison Guerlain e compor sua The Exclusive Collections na galeria dos puros e naturais L'Art et la Matière. Para minhas narinas Tonka Impériale de Guerlain é congênere de Haram de Brecourt e de Eau the Missions Le Couvent des Minimes, só que com seu toque de “guerlainidade”. Sua fixação e projeção são medianas, é um perfume rente com um aroma que mexe com as emoções, e em seu primeiro contato com a minha pele o defini como: céu na terra!

Dedico esta resenha ao meu amigo Renatão Pereira!

Sep
14
2014
Mighty lion
Mighty lion

This scent is identical to an almond cookie.. Very sweet and gourmand.. Decent fragrance, but not for me.. IMO better suited for a woman.. However still quality juice..

Sep
14
2014
Bloodlust
Bloodlust

In theory, due to the arrangement of notes, this should be my favorite fragrance in the entire world - but, (and thankfully, due to the price) it is a "like", not a "love".

A handful of tonka bean fragrances later... I might be realizing that tonka does not work with my chemistry at all.

On me, this fragrance starts out full of sweet cherry-ish tobacco & spice, and it's lovely! I "oooh'd and ahhh'd" over it. About 10 minutes later, it's a stale rubbery scent, which isn't ENTIRELY unpleasant, but nothing I'd gravitate towards on a daily basis. Very linear and bland, as a few others have said below. I guess this is a hit or miss for most people! A little bit of a let-down with this one, I think everybody expects a LOT out of Guerlain, but I'm glad I was able to get a hold on a decant to try!

Aug
14
2014
kingdanny4754
kingdanny4754

Smells like fall and winter in a bottle. I get like a gingerbread smell to this very sexy and yummy. I love it will get a full bottle soon. I can't believe people compared pure havane to this, they smell nothing alike. I was putting off a sample of this because people said they were similar boy they was wrong.

Jul
03
2014
kay0981
kay0981

Another brilliant fragrance from Guerlain! Tonka Imperiale stole my heart right from the first spritz.. It's lusciously rich, sophisticated, elegant, and it definitely makes a statement. This is a kind of perfume you'd wear if you want to be noticed – its beauty and boldness are hard to ignore!

This composition is based primarily on warm accords of sweet almonds and spicy tonka bean, enriched with fragrant tobacco and smoky incense. It's a truly unique and intoxicating combination of bold aromas, beautifully balanced and blended to perfection... I can also detect a faint herbal undertone, possibly from the rosemary. I'm a little surprised that there isn't a vanilla note listed here, because the drydown brings forward something that smells very much like soft, creamy vanilla – the familiar Guerlain-esque elegance and oriental charm, but with a nice modern edge. And although Tonka Imperiale is not strictly a gourmand fragrance, the dominant almond note smells deliciously voluptuous, resembling sweet cinnamon and toasted, honey-glazed nuts.

Tonka Imperiale has a fantastic projection and longevity, and truly upholds the status of the house Guerlain in terms of quality. It's a beautiful fragrance which offers a wide range of contrasting accords; both sweet and spicy, carrying incredible elegance and sophistication. If you can get your hands on it – go for it! It's a little too expensive for me, but thanks to a lovely Fragrantican I have a little sample of it, and I treasure it dearly <3
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Jul
02
2014
seekritdude
seekritdude

It would seem im in the minority here reading the reviews but this is pretty linear on my skin. And the main notes I get are just cherry and almond. So much cherry in fact its shocking to me its not on the note list. Almost everything else is a aftertaste at best. When it dries down and becomes more of a skin scent I do get more of the honey, tobacco, vanilla. I actually dont get a lot of tonka in this off hand, but what I do is nice. I think tonka in a lot of other frags has a potential to smell kinda funky and is better for someone smelling you than the wearer. But there was no funk to this what so ever. And it was pleasant throughout. On paper I get more of the cookie, nuttyness, and chewyness that is lost on my skin as the cherry and almond that overwhelm my nose. Projection is only ok, but 12 hours of longevity is possible so thats nice.

I like it and if anything im always looking for a nice fragrance that has a cherry smell. I do get compliments on it. But that being said I personally didnt find this particularly snuggly like others, and it never brought that smile to my face, or made me think to myself "man I smell fucking good today" lol So its hard to see me paying hundreads of dollars for this.

Jun
10
2014
keiti
keiti

Loving the overall mood of this perfume, very comforting yet elegantly ladylike. It reminds me of SL Bois Vanille in many ways, I guess its the mix of almond, tonka and vanilla that does it.. actually, sometimes I get whiffs that are exactly the same. Still, with Tonka Imperiale I get loads more almond from start to finish whereas with SL I can't really distinguish it that much. Because that makes such a difference, they both have room on my shelf. I just like perfumes of this sort, deep, rich, foody - but not yucky and sugary - and undenyably bursting with quality materials that linger and linger. They never fail to lift my spirits!

Mar
18
2014
HyacinthBucket
HyacinthBucket

I like Tonka Imperiale very much however I expect more complexity from Guerlain. This would make a very nice, upscale celebrity scent but it's not worthy of the name Guerlain. Definitely not worth $250 a bottle.

Mar
05
2014
serchina
serchina

Tonka Imperiale is the one so-called oriental "gourmand" -due to the almond- that is really elegand and lady-like at the same time. The sweetness has a soft balance that makes it wearable. The tonka bean, almond and tobacco have a perfect role in this fragrance that make it a well combination right on the nose. This is a pure perfection gourmand and not gourmand at the same time :) A masterpiece..

Dec
15
2013
incrediblemelk
incrediblemelk

A lot of the fragrances I like have tonka bean in them and people attribute it a sweetness and creaminess, so I wanted to see what a tonka-focused perfume smelled like.

I can't place the smell really: it's nutty and biscuity and sweet like honey and vanilla. Not sure I'd wear this perfume by itself. Perhaps I do prefer tonka as a supporting player – a character actor – rather than in a leading role.

Dec
14
2013
thomasrainy
thomasrainy

Such a well balanced and sophisticated masterpiece! It was a huge surprise for me when I sniffed it. It is fairly sweet however the tobacco and spices are balancing against it. I would say that the quality is quite great although for that price I would buy an another niche scent rather than this. It could be a great choice for the Advent period and Christmas! :)

Dec
07
2013
naht
naht

I wanna purchase a full bottle (my b-day is coming), if anyone have it please let me know! NIB or used, I don't mind!

Dec
04
2013
farang
farang

This is a beautiful fragrance of tonka, almonds, honey, vanilla. But (sweet) gourmands are not my cup of tea, so I'll pass.

Oct
08
2013
mippymuppett
mippymuppett

Right off the bat this scent is gorgeous!!! Tonka takes center stage while everything else complements and nothing else competes!!! Full bottle worthy?? My Lord yes!!! I know the price is crazy but worth every penny. This is rich, sophisticated and elegant. The notes blend beautifully together. To me this is dry...dry...dry and I love it!!! The rosemary and spices are gorgeous with the tobacco, honey and woods swirling around in the background. Guerlain - You are killing my wallet!!!!

Aug
27
2013
Youssef_Maggi
Youssef_Maggi

heaven on earth, i love this perfume!!!

Aug
19
2013
hod
hod

not similar to pure havane. pure havane is way too sweet in my opinion. they share a tobacco note but that's it.
this is way more balanced and way more well composed.

Jul
13
2013
amer1212
amer1212

Oh my god .....what is this scent...luxury...elegant...charismatic...sweet...sensual...very sexy for me....its begin balmy herbaly i can smell the bergamot&rosemary with jasmine &tonka powdery touch with tobacco& more vanilla incense with little cedar in the base .....the notes like a Beethoven Symphony playing together with guerlain style !!!.... i say for Tonka ipmeriale its not just a scent its a french romantic ART....just for romantic date not for Another occasion in my opinion ....longevity & sillage its perfect but is expensive .
Thiery wasser you well done again and made a unisex MASTERPIECE and i see it on men skin better than women skin cuz the tobacco note in my opinion ! but any way for Tonka imperiale 10/10.
I love this french romantic sensual Guerlain style.

Jun
24
2013
silviosqa
silviosqa

HI people,

I'm from Brazil and my name is Silvio.

Somebody could send me a link to buy the Tonka Imperiale of Any store that delivery in Brazil.

Thank very much.

Jun
21
2013
kazewayz
kazewayz

To me this resembled Rochas for man but better quality. It's very sweet, with some cherry in there, as well as some almond in there mixed with powder. Too sweet for my taste. This can go well if mixed with a leathery scent or some lime accord, to give it a manlier take. To me it will suit a woman better. Well done fragrance nevertheless. Try it.

Jun
01
2013
dmoman
dmoman

Opens up like pure havane but then turns a different direction as it turns smekey and almondy but the sweetness reminds me of pure havane so its hard to fork over 275-300 bucks while you can get pure havane for $70. However its much more smooth in transition as it goes into drydown so maybe you can justify if you are willing to pay that much for quality. I can't lie I thought of buying it but you know...that's a lot of dough.

Apr
13
2013
hod
hod

a masterpiece. smells very, very,very GOOD. delicious,sexy,elegant,luxurious..
everything!
very expensive but WORTH the price!
sillage,projection and longevity are all beast mode!

Apr
03
2013
shuhlann
shuhlann

I really wanted to like or (preferably) love this fragrance. Obviously, this is were we are all different. My nose cannot detect vanilla here, which is what I want. It immediately reminded me of cheap shaving cream. Like Barbasol.

Mar
24
2013
mwallwork
mwallwork

Tonka Imperiale. It has been my pleasure to be a lover of tonka bean based fragrances for many years. Even when I was unaware of the tonka bean in a loved fragrance, I was captured by The Bean. This Guerlain selection is a tonka bean star from the beginning. Other supporting cast member recite their lines to complete the story, but The Bean is queen.

The opening act is a floral tonka trio with a lighthanded jasmine and a kiss of sweet tobacco - the cured, unsmoked leaf. Bergamot is submerged by the sugar in this composition - present, but hidden by a scrim.

Almond is present to my nose, but is not even the ingenue in this performance. Cedar and incense join the troupe in the dry down to contribute a wisp of smoke and the savor of an aromatic wood.

My No's: no rosemary, no pine.
A favorite - no doubt.

Mar
19
2013
Marco Chau
Marco Chau

A delicious fragrance like enjoying marzipan, sipping butterscotch and smoking the best of tobacco in the library after a fulfilling dinner. A fragrance to love and be loved by anyone who likes sweets and tobacco. I chose this one over all other L'Art & La Matiere fragrances including Rose Barbare, the rose I love, and Spiritueuse Double Vanille.

Feb
09
2013
papelet
papelet

Definitely a masterpiece!
Many excellent reviews of this piece of art which is why I am not adding another one.
I just wish it last longer on my skin, no compliments yet, no one has asked about it. I did ask my sister what she thought about it and all she said was: smells good but too light

Jan
12
2013
Fábio Condé
Fábio Condé

Vanilla, creamy, almondy, all those adjectives that olfactory dessert, which must be done by a chef of any royalty, where revenue is maintained at 7 keys, but only Wasser must have had access and ingeniously turned into perfume.
The tonka bean with almond touch this with a very slight bitter nuance, is sublime, a touch of tobacco to close it, I feel something very discreet smoky, finally, a daydream olfactory.

Jan
05
2013
PolarBear2
PolarBear2

This fragrance is for sophisticated people. It smells a bit sweet at the start, but keep your hopes high. In a little while it evolves into something elegant and sensual. This is not just for gourmands. I am not a gourmand but this one gets my vote !

Nov
06
2012
pure_dreamer
pure_dreamer

This stuff is amazing reminds me of an English bakewell tart ....

smell that and you will have rough idea what this smells like...

Must be the bitter almond. Bakewell tarts have a lot of almonds and sugar too

Oct
27
2012
missk
missk

Tonka Imperiale by Guerlain is a scent that will certainly appeal to those with sweet tastes, especially those that enjoy wearing gourmands. I'm used to smelling tonka bean when paired with vanilla, but in this particular composition it stands on its own two feet, although it smells a little drier than I expected it to be.

First things first, (although not a complete replicate), Tonka Imperiale does remind me of Joop! Homme. I think both of them smell fantastic, so it's no negative remark. They're both on the sweet-masculine side of the fence.

This fragrance is both herbal and sweet to my nose. The opening is a unique blend of bitter almond, tonka bean, rosemary and powdery jasmine. The almond really adds to the delicious nutty texture when blended with the tonka bean, and for once I'm thankful that vanilla is absent in this composition.

Like most Guerlain fragrances, Tonka Imperiale has a rather dominating presence. It tends to cloud you in a heavy aroma of delectable warmth. I thought this fragrance would be a sure crowd pleaser, but unfortunately my boyfriend isn't a big fan of this fragrance on my skin, nor is his best friend, who claimed that Tonka Imperiale makes him want to sneeze. I perhaps should have chosen a different fragrance for that dinner outing.

Tonka Imperiale is quite an elegant and sophisticated fragrance, and although marketed to both sexes, (I may be unpopular in saying this), I think it would ultimately smell better on a man's skin. The rich and smoky drydown, made up of tobacco, cedar and pine, carries with it quite a strong masculine vibe.

I love smelling Tonka Imperiale radiating from my skin during the cool weather, however the thought of wearing it during Spring and Summer is enough to turn my stomach. This fragrance is also one to be applied sparingly, as it can be a tad overwhelming at times. As I've also experienced, it does make people sneeze.

Sep
19
2012
unregistered
unregistered

Warm almond gourmand lingers forever on clothes. Bittersweet herbaceous notes keep it from becoming too candylike. Tonka bean is coumarin sweet rather than vanillic sweet, so it's not too dessert-like. Really delightful but very expensive. One of my more-complimented scents, as it's not a ubiquitous fruity floral and has a tasty sillage. I first tried this when I came to Neiman Marcus hoping to test the just-released Prada Candy, and the SA suggested I try this Guerlain exclusive instead. What a tease!

Aug
22
2012
candymarie
candymarie

I was going to attempt a review, but I can't imagine a better one than Kamicha's below. Rarely does anyone capture the essence of a perfume so perfectly in words. (insert clapping emoticon here)

Jul
23
2012
pynkgirl
pynkgirl

This is very edible! wow! I see this more for colder months but it's great!

Jul
04
2012
Kamicha
Kamicha

This is beautiful, understated gourmand oriental, painted with delicate watercolor strokes.

Sweet - definitely, but the gentle bite of green herbs and bitterness of almonds balance it beautifully. There is somehow moist feel in this one - but I'm not saying this is aquatic *shudders*. Tobacco blends in seamlessly. Rather linear, but time reveals the warm ambery base and velvety red wood tones. Feels absolutely natural and comforting, but does not exactly envelope the wearer. Sheer, definitely sheer.

Excellent lasting power - but very polite sillage. Gourmand for work - yep, try this one.

May
18
2012
kl99
kl99

pure confectionery.
sticky. good for caries fans.

Apr
22
2012
Jack_Hunter
Jack_Hunter

This opens up with a marzipan glazed honey accord and is quite sweet. After this opening I am picking up a big dose of rosemary and its starting to smell strongly of almonds.

The fragrance is very sugary and reminds me of white chocolate or the icing on a fancy cake.

This fragrance is beautiful but just to feminine for me to pull off. Would smell great on a lady though.

Mar
18
2012
cacraine
cacraine

This smelled like a smokey incense laden campfire on me...not that it was a bad smell...just not one that I am accustomed to.

Mar
15
2012
misskaylapaige
misskaylapaige

For me the strongest note is the almond - it gives it a cherry-like flavor. The tonka, honey, and vanilla blend nicely... it's almost like a very nice vanilla bean ice cream with a cherry on top... and then the tobacco and spice notes bottom it out, giving it a lot of extra depth that I think is the most important part of the fragrance.. without the tobacco it would just be a normal sweet gourmand.

I definitely like it but for the price I'll be sticking to my decant.

Mar
04
2012
nattonline
nattonline

Sweet almond, plasticky tonka bean, green pine, tobacco, medicinal bitterness. This combination did not work for me and the bitterness really turned me off. If I could detect more vanilla and some floral accord, it would be nice, but none were found. Nothing that's smokey either. Sadly, this masterpiece is not my cuppa tea at all, and it won't be included in my collection. On the plus side, I save money to buy something else. :)

Feb
03
2012
floof
floof

Beautifully deep and rich, this lasts forever (over 24 hours on me!) and is very wearable. It is a beautiful tonka bean, with an almond smelling start. As a matter of fact, this is the longest lasting perfume I have tried. I can see why people call this HG material, out of my hundreds of fragrances, this one still stands out.

Jan
16
2012
JToronto
JToronto

There's a famous quote from another perfumier that when he used vanilla he only got creme brule, while Guerlain got Shalimar. I guess Guerlain wanted both, because this fragrance is totally creme brule to me. It starts off a bit interesting with some bitterness in the vanilla, but for me the drydown is all burnt sugar. Not unpleasant but not for me.

Oct
05
2011
ahnafuz
ahnafuz

a very nice perfume. i tried its EDP , very nice. but is the price really justified?!

Sep
17
2011
Doc Elly
Doc Elly

My first reaction on opening up the sample vial was, Ooooh … I like this! It’s a rich, spicy, incense-y coumarin scent with just a touch of toasted almond biscotti. I don’t really smell much of the rosemary or spices, but they do contribute subtly to the overall composition. I found that it stayed fairly linear with just the right amount of sillage, and lasted well, about 6-8 hours.

I would characterize this as a gourmand incense, and it is indeed an excellent one. Beautifully blended, with moderate sillage and longevity, this is a scent that I could wear on a regular basis. A real winner!

Aug
05
2011
darkbeauty
darkbeauty

OMG!

Thank you Tigerlillian!

This is gourmand perfection! And I have no words to satisfy the description this masterpiece deserves.
It is such a beautifully blended piece of art. I smell hints of every note listed, and they never once compete for dominance against its namesake.

I'm WOWed!

Mar
07
2011
Tigerlillian
Tigerlillian

I was soooooo scared to test this on myself. I have a small sample vial and right on opening it I fell in love--way too extravagant for me to spend money on an entire bottle if I had to have it.

Honeyed hay from the tonka in perfect harmony with clarifying rosemary was such a divine opening for me.

As it warmed up, the vanilla made its gourmand appearance and married well with gently warm spices and the bitter creaminess of almond.

The sweetness lingers on... warm, cozy and smoking with a thick wisp of tobacco and glowing amber.

Alas the sharp clarity of rosemary departed leaving an incredibly complex honeyed gourmand.

With that I decided that the drydown was a little too sweet for me to adopt this as a signature--the only reason why I'd spend so much for a full bottle. Absolutely superb nonetheless and I will savor every drop of my sample.

Mar
04
2011
southernbelleinseattle
southernbelleinseattle

I was so disappointed with this. Truthfully, all I smell in this is incense and bug spray. it's very strong. I can't catch any honey or vanilla, or chai spice latte as it is supposed to have :-(. It's very cloying, even just a little of it, and smells like such a synthetic chemical. every time I try it I can't scrub it off fast enough. I had my husband smell it and he couldn't stand it either :-(. I had hoped that when winter came, the smell would work better, but I can't get over the incense steeped in chemically bug spray, sorry :-(

Jan
10
2011
celina
celina

Notes: Bergamot, rosemary, tonka bean, honey, spices, almond, jasmine, vanilla, cedar, pine, incense, tobacco and amber.

This is a tonka concerto played on the traditional Guerlain base. There is a modern twist added: the gourmand tones with bittersweet almond and a touch of hypnotic coumarin. The other notes are coming as nuances, balancing the tonka’s evolution.

Tonka is a fantastic note, actually I would consider it more of a full tone with combined aromatic, slightly herbaceous and spicy reminisces of vanilla, almonds, cinnamon, cloves and tobacco. Maybe a whisper of incense as well?

First, the almond note comes in, rich and bitterish, followed by the woody rosemary. The sweet side is paired with honey and tobacco. It may sound overwhelming but this is a vanilla comfort scent, close relative of Spiritueuse Double Vanille.
Very well balanced with woody and spicy notes. The amber keeps the dry down close to the skin and brings a sensuous touch.

Lovely and dreamy. I wish it was less expensive.

9/10

Sep
20
2010
delphine67
delphine67

oWW WHAT A LOVELY SWEET TONKA SCENT.
it is a beautiful perfume.Gourmand and very sophisticated.Its a warm and cozy scent the tonka with the honey blend very well on my skin.dry down with vanilla.
If you love sweet fumes you must try this one out

Aug
07
2010
9154mf
9154mf

Oh such delightful tonka heaven! I love this, and I knew I would because I am a gourmand lover, but this is more than just gourmand. It has the warmth of an oriental and a hint of spice, while still managing to be sophisticated and yummy at the same time. I don't smell much almond or rosemary at all personally. The main notes for me are the tonka, honey and tobacco spices. This is sooo beautiful!

Jun
07
2010
jae
jae

I just sampled this and my conclusion was: THIS is why I let The One for Men go.. This is much better by a LONG shot. It's slightly more sweet with better sillage. There isn't more to be said, really. I just wish that it wasn't as difficult to find as it is.... This is definitely worth hunting for. It seems that these French parfumeurs have been stealing me away from my Italian preference.....

Apr
30
2010
Kterhark
Kterhark

Yea, this is in the database. I recieved my sample the week it hit the market, as I was so excited to try the latest A and M addition.

This wears like most in this line; it has sharp, crisp, high quality notes that last and last on the skin.

That said, you really need to like what lasts. Tonka is a sweeter base note, and here it is amplified by honey and almond. Personally I would have left the almond out, as it has that 'cookie breath' thing going on which is just too sickening for me.

I thought the tobacco was a nice addition, but the dry anchor it provides is not enough to overcome the almond-like pastiness.

I forwarded my sample on to a fellow Guerlain lover (hopefully she'll add her review here!) She leans more towards the gourmand scents and really liked this one. That is probably the key to whether or not you'll enjoy it yourself.

Apr
23
2010

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Tonka Imperiale by Guerlain 4.52 out of 5 based on 563 ratings and 55 user reviews

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