Guerlain • Insolence • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||50%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Other
I will admit that this is very strong. I apply very carefully as "a little goes a long way" is an understatement with Insolence. If you use a full spray you may end up with a headache and a stomach ache. Which is a shame because when used lightly it is divine. The fragrance had me at violet. And I swear I think there is also heliotrope, which for me, is a scent that reminds me of my childhood. Of all the violet fragrances I've used through the years this one by far has been my favorite. I adore the sweetness and the fact that it doesn't end up feeling like a one noter. Not that a one note is a bad thing. Some times I am in the mood for that and I will grab Love in Black. Insolence is the most feminine fragrance and I feel like a bombshell when I wear it. I have the EDT and it lasts all day on me. I love how it leaves its mark on my pillowcases and scarves. The name is just wrong to me and I still cannot understand the association between it and the fragrance. Because it is so very strong and sweet I can understand that there seems to be either those who love it or those who hate it. For me, this is a true sensual fragrance for those who flaunt their femininity. But flaunt lightly, LOL!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
Okay so not everyone is going to like this scent. But I love it! It reminds me of Parma violets and there's just something so great about it. I started wearing it when I was 14, in Greece and four years on it always makes me feel nostalgic. Someone described it to me as smelling of 'Unicorn farts' ha haha, and the thing I like most is that you only need a couple of sprays and the strong scent lasts all day! Lavely! Not expensive either
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I adore this fragrance. That said, I can see how it's such a polarizing scent. It's an intense, powerful fragrance that probably wouldn't be for everyone. To me, it smells primarily of candied violets and raspberries, which I think is lovely. And let me tell you, this is a sillage and longevity MONSTER! This was still going strong 15 hours after I put it on. There is something very familiar about this scent, too, although I can't put my finger on what it is. I find the bottle very pretty - looks as nice on your dressing table as it smells!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other, Dark Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
So I actually don't own this, I just sneak a few sprays from my mom.
I love this scent even though I agree with the person who said it smells like bathroom cleaner. It really does. But, really, I just think A bathroom cleaner HAPPENS to smell like this.
The staying power is ridiculous. Just riduclous. I sprayed some on last night, rolled around in my bed for 6 hours, and when I woke up it smelled just as strong. So that is a huge plus.
My mom is a mature lady, but I am 21 and my other 21 year old friend owns and love this. Defnietly transcends generation if it suits the person's taste.
It's very soft smelling and powdery.Very alluring. I sneak smells of myself and fall in love every hour. It's a problem.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is such an on-again, off-again fragrance. It seems to be between the line of people that tend to prefer department store fragrances, and the people who prefer the really heavy niche stuff. I would never have been introduced if my lovely sister in law hadn't given it to me since her husband [my brother] couldn't stand how heavy it was. I won't go over notes - but this is definitely a 'heavy' perfume. Nothing light and airy about it, and it SCREAMS violets. I don't know what makes a perfume 'heavy,' but this is it. It seems to catch in the back of your throat, and have a distinct weight and muskiness going in. Every time I've tried spraying my arm or wrist, I've wondered what I was thinking, since it can be pretty overwhelming. Still, despite the 'weight'/cloyingess, the scent itself was pleasant. I've usually reserved it, VERY occasionally, to spray on my winter coat as I'm heading out, as it seems to be a very nice cold-weather fragrance to follow you around.
Today though, I decided to spray from far away on my skin right after a shower - and that was the right move! It's much lighter that way [still heavy/musky] and so sexy. This is definitely an 'older' scent, in that you have to have the charisma and PRESENCE to be able to pull it off. I can pull off and smell fabutastic in stinkers like Kenzo Jungle Le Elephant, but I couldn't pull this off in the daytime.
edit: doesn't seem so heavy anymore. Now I spray my decolette and wrists and mmmm bask in the powdery violet-drowned turkish delights bathing in a basket of rosewater. Delicious. Better sprayed than smelled from the bottle. So happy I had the opportunity to try!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
This is for the EDT...
Sigh. I really wanted to like this- I wanted it to be my dream French powder-floral; I love Iris.
Unfortunately, I never got used to this- even after using the whole bottle. The initial blast is pure artificial chemical harshness! It does die down about 4-6 hours later and becomes more gentle.
The best way to wear the EDT would be to spray it on before you go to bed so the rudeness wears off by the time you have to be anywhere around other humans in the morning.
Too disenchanted to buy the EDP.
I started spraying it on my laundry, though, and I can still smell it days later- it smells very nice this way.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I am a massive Guerlain fan and after discovering them a few years ago I cant get enough. I think that My Insolence is the nicest out of the insolence range but this may be because it is more girly and flowery than fruity. I dont really like Insolence EDP, I think it smells odd after a while and reminds me of something unpleasant that I can't put my finger on. The EDT is pleasant enough but I would say the My Insolence is the nicest.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green
This review is for the edp rather than the edt, I tried both and they are different scents not different concentrations of the same scent. The edt has the same violet opening that quickly settles into a hairspray note, yuck, not for me, thanks. The edp is VERY different. I've wanted to get this forever since I heard its one of the best violet perfumes out there, and it doesn't disappoint! Even before spraying I get a gorgeous parma violet note, it changes within an hour on the skin, but if sprayed on clothing it lasts a lot longer. I only regret not buying this sooner. Beautiful!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
UPDATE 1/15/12: So I read a review after I posted my initial review that mentioned the drastic difference between the EDT and EDP version of this fragrance so i added a 1ml decant of the EDP to my latest TPC order. I wore it all day yesterday and wasn't nearly as repulsed as I was with the EDT version. The EDP is much much better than EDT, it actually develops as you wear it, and that synthetic chemical floral note that I refer to as lysol below fades much quicker and the candy sweetness and musky patchouli mix to make it far more pleasant and wearable. Overall, still not my cup of tea, I still strongly dislike the lysol floral note even at its weakest, but I bumped it up a lippie for being better crafted than I initially thought. I would definitely suggest that if you want to try this you get a sample of the EDP version, I believe I paid 3$ for a 1ml decant from the perfumed court.
I agree mostly with the review directly below mine, for me, chemical cleaner abounds. It's very hard to put my finger on, maybe a bit of floral lysol? Then there's the cotton candy that isn't bad but doesn't mix well with the chemical floral smell. I really wanted to like this, but alas, I just can't. I've tried letting it develop for hours (great staying power), but it stays equally gross as it starts out on my skin, very little development. I always eventually wash it off since I just hate it. So sad really, I love Guerlain, they make some of my favorite frags of all time.
I've got some samples up for swap if anyone is interested, this is definitely a try before you buy scent...
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
This is A-TROC-IOUS. Bleck. This is supposed? to smell like violets? I don't get it - maybe a git a bit of violet - but MOSTLY I get really synthetic, caustic, chemical cleanser smell. Seriously - that's what it smells like - some kind of gross heavy duty scented bathroom cleanser - disgusting.