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on 2/26/2017 3:36:00 PM
More reviews by cozycat
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
Review for EDP:Warm, decadent, comforting. Deeply sensuous but also classy and somewhat restrained. I've been re-watching Desperate Housewives, and there was a scene in the first season where the impossibly lady-like Bree Van De Kamp was trying to seduce her husband. She wore an elegant pearl choker around her neck, and underneath her luxurious fur coat she had on an itsy-bitsy lacy scarlet bra and matching panties. If she had chosen a fragrance for that moment, L'Instant would've been the one. It's a gorgeous powdery vanilla-honey scent with magnolia, very smooth, extremely feminine...a very fine, rounded blend, it's thick and dense yet composed...almost gourmand, but it's not. I detect a slightly raspy woodsiness in the drydown, what gives this scent a seductive feel...but there are no wood notes listed in its composition...strange. Sillage and longevity are both excellent. I love it, but it's not a scent I would wear daily, it's very refined-smelling and I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. Still, a very beautiful scent. If you want vanilla, honey, flowers and amber, try it.
5 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 5/12/2016 10:52:00 PM
More reviews by jhenley
Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Cool
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium
Other than Insolence, this is my other favorite scent Guerlain has done in the last 15 years. I didn't like Idylle, and LPRN has been done to death. This is a beautiful amber scent, very powdery, slightly floral, very inviting. Love it!
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 8/8/2013 9:53:00 PM
More reviews by Piper47
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
This is a really pretty, powdery vanilla floral on me. Like others reviewing here it's easy on the nose & would not offend but I also didn't find that it stopped me in my tracks or that it was love at first sniff. On me it smelled similar to Frederic Malle lipstick rose EDP.
on 12/17/2012 4:21:00 AM
More reviews by cocorocha
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Red, Straight, Fine
I've been reading reviews of this scent and some left me speechless...both in a good and in a bad way...for me, this is a short and sweet aberration from the guerlinade-based Guerlains (heheh), that doesn't have so much in common with the full blooded guerlaines familliar to the wide audience.but I think that is exactly what makes this one so special....this is a very beautiful, hypnotic and extremely sexy gourmand, based on a magnolia/honey accord and brought to extreme by very luscious amber note.....there's vanilla also, but that vanilla isn't childlishly sweet or overdone...now- Shalimar,Addict,Roma???...no resemblance at all...!!first of all- Shalimar is a powdery bergamot/lemon/opoponax oriental,Addict is a tonka/vanilla based oriental, Roma is a floriental with a heavy blackcurrant/mint note, and bergamot/patchouly base, not a honey/amber gourmand like L'Instant....this is a unique,sweet,ultramodern and feminine perfume,but you have to be very careful when wearting it in public... it has very powerful sillage and almost a surreal projection, so try to be modest (1,2, spritz will do ok)....a perfect winter-daytime scent (I don't recommend it on a hot,humid day), and a wonderful companion for an evening out...followed by....well, yeah, THAT!!creamy,dreamy,steamy little miracle.....try it before the buy...p.s. EDP and EDT are not so different considering the notes, but edp is rather deep and more dense...has less citruses,more amber and all in all is a monstruous in a sense of sillage...edt is a tad lighter and fluffier, but also very charming and unusual...I recommend an EDP, because it captures perfectly the idea behind this wonderful perfume- strong,feminine woman,but with an edge...provocative,maybe not decorative enough to be called a sex bomb,quite shy and introverted...until the vulcano in her works his way out...that is how I experience L'Instant....
18 of 19 people found this helpful.
on 11/14/2012 8:06:00 PM
More reviews by AlessBL
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
My favorite together with Mitsouko. Simply the best. It's not a fragrance, it's a whole atmosphere that surrounds you.
10 of 10 people found this helpful.
on 2/24/2012 11:17:00 PM
More reviews by Donnz
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral
As other reviewers have said, the magnolia stands out strongly in the first half hour then as the basenotes kick in you can smell rose (even though none is listed) mixed in with warm honey. A very safe fragrance, will not disgust anyone but will not grab your man by the 'ehem' and make him crazy for you either.
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 11/30/2011 4:24:00 PM
More reviews by JELo
Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
This scent is creamy and acidic at the same time. Very white and floral but also powdery and sweet; the magnolia note is very pronounced. I love the bottle! On me, the sillage is exceptional and one spritz lasted all day and was not overpowering but definitely noticeable. This is not one of my favorites because I prefer "darker" fragrances (like Midnight Poison and Opium) but it definitely has some appeal.Top Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin Orange, Red AppleMiddle Notes: Iris, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, MagnoliaBase Notes: Musk, Amber, Benzoin, Vanilla, Honey
on 4/14/2011 2:37:00 AM
More reviews by glassofwater
Skin: Oily, Other, Not Sure
Love, love, love this! I am a very harsh critic when it comes to scents, especially florals! This scent is the perfect balance of floral, amber, and citrus. It evokes memories that are just on the tip of your brain, and is unique enough to create new ones. Please try this!
on 7/13/2009 4:13:00 PM
More reviews by Dagney
Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm
Sugary, vanillic, oriental floral that dries down to a plastic doll's hair scent. I don't think this perfume smells good at all. I'm kind of dissappointed as Maurice Roucel is the perfumer and I like so many of his creations. Money saved.
on 5/29/2009 12:02:00 AM
More reviews by Priestess05
Skin: Oily, Tan, Warm
Hair: Black, Relaxed, Other
An exceptionally wearable fragrance from the house of Guerlain. This is a warm, inviting, and timeless scent. I love the elegance and beauty of the bottle as well. This is my favorite Guerlain perfume.
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