This is a very complicated sophistic vanilla scent. One which is unisex.
If you are looking for a more common sweet candy vanilla smell then this is not for you. I'm guessing that's where the bad reviews come from.
Whenever I wear this I get compliments, and that to me is a sign of a good fragrance.
For decades, I thought I hated vanilla until I smelled this. I have since smelled other great quality vanilla scents so I don't hate vanilla anymore, but this one remains my favourite.
From the very opening until the drydown I love this fragrance. It's fresh and lively but still has the smoothness that one would associate with vanilla. Can't stop sniffing my wrists! And this would smell great on a man too. I also like the fact it comes in many different sizes - all perfume companies should do this.
i got this in a set that included the 1 oz cologne, the full-sized soap bar, a cute leather bracelet, and a leather pouch for the cologne. i have to say that atelier cologne has become my favorite fragrance house, and i love this scent! i know this has already been mentioned, but "insensee" doesn't mean "incense", the french-to-english translation is "insane." anyways, i *love* this vanilla scent. it is a fresh vanilla, with lime, jasmine, and citron. it also has a smoky-woody quality to it, thanks to the oak moss, vetiver, coriander, and oak wood. ultimately, it is a vanilla, fresh, and woody scent...atelier cologne does an outstanding job creating fresh and woody scents. vanille insensee has a sweetness to it without being sickly-sweet(i can't stand prada candy, aquolina pink sugar, etc.) it is a unique fragrance too me. it has awesome staying power and when i wear it i can catch whiffs of it all day. i still have the soap bar in its packaging and it's in one of my drawers making it smell incredible! when i had the soap bar on top of my dresser i could literally smell it from anywhere in the room. just awesome. all of the bottles have a removable pump, so it can be used as a splash or a spray, and you can use a larger bottle to refill a travel-sized bottle. i love the utility of it. i also love the leather pouch, and you can get personalized ones in different colors on the atelier website. my leather bracelet *still* smells like vanille insensee, and it hasn't been in the box with the soap bar for 3 months! anyways, if you like fresh vanilla, smoky vanilla, woody vanilla..get this cologne. if you like grossly over-sweetened vanilla scents, look elsewhere.
I've been trying to find my perfect vanilla scent ever since I first got into perfume (over 10 years ago now), and this is it for me. I don't get any of the heavy muskiness or chemical scent that others have mentioned, thankfully. This also doesn't remind me of incense at all, but 'insensee' doesn't mean incense and there's no incense in the note list, so I guess it's jut the power of suggestion for some people?
For me, Vanille Insensee does exactly what it's supposed to. It's a sweet vanilla that's perked up with hints of citron, dried and sophisticated with a bit of wood and oakmoss, and overall just sort of cloaked in this sheer, shimmery feel that's hard to describe. It's clean without being soapy and sweet without smelling like cake batter. It's very much a vanilla scent on me, with the other notes bringing out the best nuances of the vanilla. I think that it's just put together perfectly <3. I also love that I can wear this in the summer and the fresher notes keep it from being too heavy or sweet, but the vanilla and woods transition perfectly to fall and winter as well. It's one of the few scents that I love all year round.
I don't have a signature scent exactly, but Vanille Insensee is definitely in my top 3 favorites list. I wish it weren't so expensive and the bottle is nothing really special, but the scent smells heavenly on me and I do keep repurchasing.
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. I swear I can smell the coriander notes. It doesn't smell like vanilla to me--I hate food/fruit smelling perfumes so this is not like that. More warm/oriental-ish, IMO, with some masculine notes.
**8/13/13 update: Love this scent--am repurchasing as I used my whole 1.0 oz this summer! I could see this on a guy--I've considered asking my husband to try it out and see what it smells like on him! Not fruity, and not floral--could be a night fragrance.
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.