Sigrid Villamil, the product manager of Guerlain, once told me how Guerlain perfumes are distinct from each other with their own stories to tell. I completely agree. Shalimar is rich with tradition, the anthem of sophisticated women who never take no for an answer. Herba Fresca is a field of grass dotted by wildflowers, with sunlight streaming in a gentle glow.
And Guerlain Idylle? It's a bouquet of flowers presented to you by a charming gentleman as you walk in a candle-lit room wearing a gorgeous, flowing dress and strappy stilettos. You just met him, and you're excited to get to know him better, drunk with the promise of love. That moment in time is an idyll - a perfect scene, beautiful because you know it will never last.
I find Guerlain Idylle (P2,998) to be a truly versatile fragrance. It's not as heavy and musky as Shalimar nor as light and sharp as Herba Fresca - it's right in the middle, which allows you to wear it during the day or night. If it were a lipstick it would be an MLBB shade that flatters your skin and matches any kind of makeup you dare paint on. As it is, you can wear it with any look and it will still feel "right", if you know what I mean!
Upon spraying Idylle, lilly of the valley, freesia, jasmine, and delicate rose petals play a light tune on the nose. It dries down to white musk that warms the whole bouquet without overwhelming the flowery notes. The scent is very fresh, but it's a far cry from the watered-down floral perfumes that are typical in the market today. It promises a bouquet of blossoms, and that is what you'll get.
The amber-colored bottle is inspired by a golden raindrop, preserved as it fell from the sky, just before it bursts to the bosom of the earth. Beautiful, no? Overall, I recommend Idylle as an everyday perfume for women who love feeling ladylike and utterly feminine.
You can find Guerlain Idylle in Rustan's.