The blue hour is the period of twilight each morning and evening when there’s neither full daylight nor complete darkness. The quality of light make it a special time. L’Heure Bleue (the blue hour) also happens to be a name of Guerlain perfume inspired by this magic moment. My appreciation for Guerlain perfumes came with time and it’s about time I stopped hiding my feelings for them.
L’Heure Bleue is a historical perfume created in 1912 by Jacques Guerlain. It’s a romantic fragrance of a velvety quality. It’s smell is like an invitation to the night when the starts are about to appear in the sky darkening. L’Heure Bleue is a scent of mystery and sensuality translated into the language of perfume. The fragrance starts with the exquisite floral tones of delicate heliotrope shortly followed by one of the most beautiful powdery irises ever – it’s very refined and of the best quality. Excellent vanilla adds a lot cosy character to L’Heure Bleue.
A while later oriental aspect of the scent comes forth when carnations blends with benzoin, neroli and ylang-ylang. Somewhere around minute 30 of wearing it I noticed that L’Heure Bleue evolves into light woody scent with an extreme depth. Gentle touch of sandalwood and a lovely portion of sexual musks smell very classy. A little bit of spicyness is added by cloves. As the time passed I smelled a waft of citrusy accords of bergamot and lemon, mixed with rose, orchid and violet – rose being the easiest to notice here. I also noticed tonka bean that effused some light spicyness again.
Comparing vintage eau de toilette version of L’Heure Bleue with its more recent eau de parfum interpretation I concluded that I like the recent version more but I appreciate the older juice better. In the older version it’s easier to notice separated notes (especially carnation or neroli for me) while in the younger juice everything is more blended, a little bit more sweet and powdery. Vintage L’Heure Bleue also seems to smell darker, closer to the night theme; EdP is more like stars in the sky. Both are unique and beautiful. L’Heure Bleue is available in few different concentrations and different bottle designs. I only tried vintage EdT and more recent EdP. Hope I’ll be able to try the others one day.
The question is – who can wear Guerlain L’Heure Bleue? From its smell it really easy to notice that it’s a feminine perfume BUT that doesn’t mean male perfumista can’t wear it! L’Heure Bleue is a scent of elegance, style and manners. To me it suits best on elegant lady. If L’Heure Bleue is to be worn by man don’t you dare wearing it with jeans and t-shirt! Shirt, tie and a good suite are necessary if you want L’Heure Bleue to be your friend. This scent has a power to make you shine!