I am a fan of musky, floral fragrances, to start. So I like this. I got it in my Feb BirchBox and expected to hate it--usally I can't stand the perfume samples that show up! FWIW, I also really like Guerlain's Samsara, Carolina Herrera 212 and other fragrances with vanilla, amber, patchouli. This is warm and soft/creamy smelling with a bit of smoke. Not fruity, and less floral than many. I think this may be an "older" fragrance (I'm 42 but like old lady fragrances it seems.) or a night fragrance. Just some thoughts.
I love vanilla fragrances and was eager to try this. Unfortunately, this is vanilla and toilet bowl cleaner, heavy on the bleach. Very disappointing and tenacious. I had to scrub this off both times I tried it on my skin.
Notes:Virginia cedar, coriander, lime; vetiver, jasmine, oak moss; vanille, oak and amber.
This fragrance opens with an unusual vanilla note. Dry and not sweet at all, its delicate aroma is immediately transformed by an incense accord into something resembling the essential oil vapors found in a Turkish steam bath. I appreciate the idea of the accord: a non-sweet, light vanilla paired with smokey and salty notes of woodsy nature, but to my nose the end result is not nice. Eventually the accord settles into something more pleasant: a cured sheer vanilla which I admit could be an excellent base for layering. This scent has tremendous tenacity: it lasts more than 8 hours on my skin.
I'm not sure how this particular concoction has been given the seal of approval by many perfume bloggers (whose opinion I respect) as well as finding a spot in the inventory of Luckyscent. Vanille Insensee is every bit as cloying and over-the-top as any vanilla-type fragrance found at bath and body works or the like. It revs up with a citrusy facet of vanilla, blooms into a very powdery/aldehydic middle which only lasts 2 hours before settling into a very classic woody musk base. The most annoying part of this scent is how *thick* it is. This is a cologne?? If you like your vanilla to hit you over the head without ceasing for at least 12 hrs (a few drops dabbed on my neck yesterday are still going strong the next morning), and if you like the smell of what commercially passes for vanilla (eg buttercream cupcake frosting with a nice overdose of generic woods), then you've found your holy grail. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a sheer interpretation of a dry vanilla; something which can truly wear the name 'cologne' and appeal to the non-tween set, keep looking.
I'm glad the reviewer below also got a chemical vibe from Vanille Insensee, because I was starting to think I was alone. I appreciate that it's trying to be something more transparent and interesting than your usual run-of-the-mill cake batter vanilla fragrance, but my skin really brings out some sort of awful sharp chemical note that's lurking in the background. My husband thinks it smells like Avon Skin So Soft. I sampled Diptyque Eau Duelle, which is a very similar fragrance, and had much better luck with it.
There is a harshness, almost chemical-y in the opening that I don't agree with, also wasn't a fan of Orange Sanguine. It has that similar affront, to my nose. It feels citrusy in the beginning and does have a sort of incense-like amalgam of things that seems rather cluttered (but is this the image promotion or the scent, or both, not sure).
Instead of being a sweet vanilla, it is dry, and rather like the vanilla extract you'd have in your cabinet, with some fake citrus scent. And trust me, I know what real citrus smells like, it's all over the place out here growing, so I get my share of orange blossoms and the fruit. If that's a "lime" in there, it sure is one hell of an out-of-this world, crazy lime cuz that's not something that grows anywhere I've been.
I really can't discern clear notes from this, a greenish oakmoss, some fake citrus and a vanilla extract on the dry, unsweet side. It sort of smells grandfather-ish... I'm not sure why, but that's what I get. It conjures up something reminiscent of pipe tobacco scented like vanilla, or some other artificial scent used to cover up some other generic type of smoky accord. I can't discern any coriander for the life of me in here, though I cook with it all the time, usually dry roasting and then crushing the spice in a grinder. Too fake. Nope.
I am in LOVE with Vanille Insensee! Just for clarification purposes, "Insensee" does not refer to incense. Its literal translation from French to English is "insane". As described by the creators of Atelier Cologne, Vanille Insensee is a vanilla "out of its senses". In other words, it is a vanilla that is fresh and unexpected. And indeed it is! Vanille Insensee is a dry, woody vanilla with a breath of freshness. The woodiness in this is very light - you won't feel like you are in a woodshop. The opening consists of citruses and subtle spice. As those notes dry down, I am left with a soft, creamy, slightly sweet vanilla - not vanilla cake, but more vanilla bean. This fragrance (as well as the entire line) remains fresh and light throughout its wear, which is something I love. It is never heavy or cloying as long as you don't overdo it. For me, ONE spritz on the back of the neck lasts all day - no joke. On me, Vanille Insensee dries down to a vanilla infused creamy black milk tea with just a mere whisper of woods. Lasting power is great (8+ hours) and sillage is incredible. Perfect non-offensive everyday scent and office friendly. Vanille Insensee never fails to get me compliments. Definitely a favorite of mine!