I strongly resisted l’Instant when it just came out. It just was so not Guerlain. My first impression of it was of an unwanted (yet pretty) step-sister to the other Guerlain scents. Young and inexperienced rather as opposed to the sophisticated style that the other Guerlain scents radiate. Although l’Instant did not win my heart when I finally took on to wear it for a full day and notice its evolution, I did discover a beautiful magnolia scent – the trademark of its creator, Monsieur Maurice Roucel. L’Instant is a Floral. If anybody tells you otherwise, don’t believe them: this is not a “modern oriental”, in fact, it is not even what I would call floriental.
L’Instant is a scent that revolves around the theme of magnolia: sweet and honey like without being cloying (an element which the citrus-honey note supports); Iris to accentuate the fluffy powderiness; and a benzoin-vanilla base to maintain the sweetness as much as possible.
After application, I instantly recognized something familiar. It took me a while to get it - Tocade! Indeed, the two perfumes do share some striking similarities: both contain magnolia, bergamot, orris and vanilla. Tocade has a lot of roses, and in many aspects this is the main difference between the two. In fact, l’Instant is so similar to Tocade that I am surprised nobody picked up on it before. I will not be surprised if it is a tweaking of the Tocade formula – accentuating the magnolia rather than the rose and being a bit lighter on the powdery notes, with the addition of the new notes – like the crystalline musk and the citrus honey. The two also share in common the clean, crisp synthetic bergamot top note.
As the scent evolved on my skin, I got occasional familiar whiffs of pleasant memories – one originated in a magnolia body milk splash I had about 7 years ago, and the other was almost identical to a festive jar of lemon-scented honey (citrus honey with the addition of lemon flavour). Citrus honey, by the way, is honey which is produced form citrus flowers, and it usually has a much lighter colour and flavour than other types of honey.
Overall, l’Instant is a sheer and cheerful modern floral; Very pleasant and easy to wear even if not at all sophisticated or complex like most Guerlain scents are. I would take this any time over most of the recent Guerlain launches such as the Aqua Allegoria line, myriads of other fruity, floral and ambery-floral modern releases, and definitely won’t hesitate to pick this one over Insolence in an instant!
The crystalline base adds a somewhat aloof sensuality and sweetness – that is not unlike other modern orientals and florientals (i.e. the base in Addict, Nu, Kingdom and others).
Top notes: Rosewood and lilac notes, Bergamot, Mandarin
Heart notes: Magnolia, iris, citrus honey with some light lemon and orange blossom notes
Base notes: Benzoin, Vanilla (I couldn’t quite smell anything like amber).
Opening notes: Magnolia, Rosewood, Bergamot (Like the one in Tocade)
Heart notes: Citrus honey – clear, yellow honey with some lemon and orange blossom notes, Lily of the valley/lilac
Base notes: Benzoin, Vanilla, clear/white amber
To start off, I love L'Instant! I never thought I'd be much into a Guerlain at this point in my perfume obsession, but yes, I love it. Ahh, a Guerlain that doesn't overwhelm me with complexity and class and all that jazz. L'Instant is not a classic Guerlain (although it may just become a classic in the future, just as Angel will) composition to my nose. It smells more modern and less regal, as opposed to many of the Guerlains, it seems. EDITED to add: L'Instant is not just a floral composition, in my view. It is classified by Guerlain in a "crystalline-amber" category. Having amber, it is clearly of an oriental AND floral nature, not just a floral fragrance. And to me, it does seem to come across as a modern Guerlain, as opposed to the more classic style Guerlain is known for. A superb modern floriental.All of this is fine with me, since many classic Guerlains, Carons, and Chanels are too much perfume for me to handle right now. L'Instant de Guerlain is a floral-oriental type of fragrance, with light but lasting and sparkling notes. I pick up the amber and citrus notes the most, with a sensual floral aroma throughtout. Although there is no vanilla, I get the feel of sweet vanilla from it, in the same way that Hanae Mori doesn't have vanilla notes but all the notes together combine to create that suggestion of vanilla. L'Instant smells very much like Boucheron Trouble to me, and it's not that surprising after comparing the notes: both have citrus, amber, and florals. They are not twins, but close friends with similar interests, perhaps. L'Instant is fresher and more floral, like a spring/summer version of Trouble. I love Trouble too, so it's not a shock that I would love L'Instant as well. It dries down to an ambery and floral honey scent. It's quite beautiful, and people often comment on how pretty it smells when I wear it. I think L'Instant and Trouble are different enough to own both, but not drastically different, in my opinion. Oh, and I love the L'Instant eau de parfum-- I haven't tried the pure parfum or other versions. The bottle is very lovely and fitting-- a heavy glass bottle that is made of ambery-colored glass that gradually deepens into purple at the bottom. The cap is also a nice heavy glass. I'm pretty happy with L'Instant de Guerlain, overall. A delight. THE NOTES, ACCORDING TO THE GUERLAIN WEB SITE: Citrus Honey, Magnolia Inclusion, Amber Harmony. continued >>
Extremely long lasting for a fragrance. I put it on in the morning and was still sweating it out later that evening at the gym. A nice scent that morphs quite a bit. The powder is what lasts on me, but none of the other notes do and that is too bad. There is a metallic tinge to the fragrance right after the top notes have burned off--it doesn't last long but it's kind of off-putting and electrifying--like foil in a filled cavity. It's not a phase I would want in any fragrance. Overall nice, but doesn't seem like me at all. I am just astounded at its lasting power, just wish I liked it more. By the way, I can totally see now why I didn't care so much for the L'instant de Noel version and Insolence either--they are very similar, same nose, and all have that distinct metallic twang and lingering powder at the end.
On me L’Instant de Guerlain is honeyed Dior Addict... maybe not as green as those initial notes in Addict are on me... so I guess that is what makes it bottle-worthy for me, even though I own a bottle of Addict as well... Both wear amazingly well on me and both earn me many compliments whenever I wear them. L’Instant de Guerlain however lasts even longer then Dior Addict and I find it more suitable for late summer, whereas I prefer Dior Addict for late autumn and winter... (not that I would stop wearing L’Instant de Guerlain at any point however ;)
It's just one of those fragrances I crave to wear!
Wanted to like this....it had all the notes that I love, but I just have a thing about Guerlain, waaaaaaay too much. Is that the 'aldehyde' notes? It really is a nice scent from afar, but something about it is headache inducing to me, and it's pretty much like that w/ all their scents to me.
i absolutely hate this perfume, i hate it, i hate it, i hate it!my husand got me this perfume as my birthday gift from lebanon duty free, when i smelled it i asked him did you smell it before you got it for me?(because he knows what type of perfumes i like)the 1st time i put it on i swear by god my nose became runny like crazy and my eyes became red,i put on a second time also(for not to hurt my husband's feelings)and i couldn't stand it, it is soooo heavy for me and kind of sickening, no matter how i kept on convincing myself(it is not that bad, you can live with it)i couldn't , i'm sorry and i would definitely won't repurchase it again since my hg perfume is image by cerruti which i am crazy about and won't replace it ever
ps:i might give the perfume for my mother, she kind of like strong fragrances like poison and silencio
Men absolutely love this perfume! I have never gotten more compliments, even from strangers. On me the magnolia is predominant, with a bit of orange blossom honey and just a touch of amber and vanilla. It is not overtly sweet on me, more of a warmth from the amber. It smells very sexy and very southern belle but in a classy way. My husband says it reminds him of his childhood and the magnolia tree in his yard. Lasts forever, like all Guerlain perfumes. Very high quality. I have the EDP.
L'Instant's MAGNOLIA-AMBER-HONEY is magnificent.
The honey-amber predominates on me, with a hint of vanilla.
L'Instant is a warm scent that works surprisingly well even in the heat
of summer, in an earthy, sweat-it-out kind of way.
Cosy and bright at the same time. It reminds me of honeyblond women with blue eyes that are a little dreamy and romantic. Suncatching and at the same time sticky like acacia-honey, though that is not an ingredient.
Most people I let sniff on my arm liked it very much and I have been complimented while wearing it. But it is too blond for me to repurchase. It is so soft that it is even too feminine for me - although I usually like soft, feminine ones. There are no mysterious depths and no dark parts at all. The purple that is to be seen in Packaging and advertisement does not appear in the scent.
Not for me but unique and worth a try if you search for light and warmth at the same time.
I don't love this one but I do like it a lot. I bought this on my honeymoon 3 years ago Duty Free and still have half a bottle left. It is really quite strong and has a baby powder smell to it. It lasts on your clothes ALL DAY, infact you cannot seem to get rid of it, nevertheless give it a go, I do like it - it just isn't my fav ...