GUERLAIN L'Instant de Guerlain

GUERLAIN L'Instant de Guerlain
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208 reviews

68% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Other, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

This is probably my most favorite perfume/fragrance ever. I typically only purchase and use Guerlain fragrances. This is a very warm and powdery scent that stays on the skin very well.

This has some of my favorite notes like jasmine and amber. It is a beautiful but light floral that warms up to a powdery vanilla and amber scent. I love that I can spray this lightly in the morning and wears well all day without being overwhelming at all.

on 11/29/2017 7:59:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

To echo many other reviews, this fragrance is just plain pretty! It surrounds you with a beautiful aura of magnolia and other white flowers and like a signature piece of jewelry or a scarf, complements I would think most anyone. It's not overly complicated and while I got good projection (2-3 feet), I would like to see a little more longevity. I think it hit the 4 hour mark then it was time to re-apply. But for the price point, it is an absolute steal and I can see it worn casually or definitely a nice on the go fragrance and even work friendly. More of a daytime scent versus a night time. Another reviewer mentioned she wore this every day for a month after buying it and I can see why. It easily fits with any situation and makes you feel put together and ready to start the day. See this for any age as it is not too heavy and like I said, is so pretty. More of a spring or summer scent due to projection but possibly just the think to freshen a bitterly cold day. I love it and only wish I had bought a larger bottle. I will be buying a bigger one when I used up my 30ml. This one is also safe to blind buy if you like florals and can see as a pretty safe gift as well. *But if you're used to the older, heavier Guerlains, this is completely different so if that's what you're going for, you may want to test it first.

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on 10/21/2017 5:47:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

There are two versions of this ..the eau de perfume and the eau de toilette ....I own the perfum ...but ......I wanted the eau de toilette as this is the one I had tried in department store and became obsessed by it ....I have the perfum version but alas I am not "feeling " it ..just a little bit too strong for me and I don't tend to spray lots ...I am surfing the net for the toilette version and want a bargain with my birthday money ...I love love love it ....I will give 4 stars only because I love the lighter version the best ...others may prefer the heavier ...xx. It's just got a dreamy vanilla not sickly or cloying but amazing ...along with Alien absolue this is in my top 5 ... totally ...could be my second fave or equal lol ......

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on 8/20/2017 12:56:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

This fragrance now has it's place in my wardrobe of greatest scents. Yes it has a sharp citrus aroma upon first spraying but it fades into a wonderful, lovely, classic beauty. I sprayed myself before bed last evening around 10 and this morning some 10 hours later it is still lovely. I think it is more on my clothes than my skin but it is still beautiful. I am not good at picking out individual notes in perfume but I do know when a fragrance is mixed well and this one is. The dry down is amazing. How do they make a scent so mysteriously unique with it's fading. I can smell the warm, delicious vanilla, but then pops in the beautiful floral again. The bottle is nothing special in my opinion but what is inside is what is most special any way. The liquid is a darker color and I have always found the darker the liquid, the longer the fragrance last on myself. I will be wearing this scent often.

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on 2/26/2017 3:36:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

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.

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Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Top Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin Orange, Red Apple.

Heart Notes: Iris, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Magnolia.

Base Notes: Musk, Amber, Benzoin, Vanilla, Honey.

Upon initial application, I perceive a rather bright, sharp citrus note that must have been a combination of the mandarin orange and bergamot, but I was unable to pick out the apple note. L'Instant transitions to the heart notes pretty quickly. I highly anticipated the heart and base notes after reading other reviews of this fragrance, and once they arrived, I was not disappointed!

In the heart notes I perceive a quite green, fresh, strong magnolia note accompanied by a smidgen of jasmine, both of which seemed to float upon the most deliciously soft, lightly sweet honey note. I also detect a tiny bit of ylang-ylang which adds to the light sweetness of the honey note. The parfum really begins to blossom quite beautifully with the heart notes.

In the dry down, I am able to pick out a sensual amber, a slightly smokey vanilla, a rich, naturalistic honey, a tiny bit of musk, and still a remnant of the fresh, green magnolia. The base notes are warm and very nearly gourmand but not quite. Together the heart and base notes make L'Instant a true standout amongst fragrances that feature prominent magnolia and honey notes. This is the best, most naturalistic, warm and rich honey note I have encountered in a fragrace outside of Elie Saab's Le Parfum Intense EdP which is a gorgeous fragrance.

I truly love both the heart and base notes in this EdP. I do not understand how anyone could describe L'Instant as either cloyingly sweet or heavy in any way. I found it to be a quite LIGHT and inoffensive scent. It is quietly elegant and truly unobtrusive. Compared to some of my classic Guerlains such as L'Heure Bleue and Mitsouko, L'Instant is an extremely demure fragrance, and I cannot imagine it would offend anyone given how lightly and airily it wears on my skin. As for age appropriateness, I think any woman in her twenties and upward could easily wear this fragrance.

L'Instant is elegant, classy, and very FRENCH smelling. I like it very much, but I wish it were a tiny bit more assertive. Unless someone were standing within an arm's distance of the wearer, I do not think L'Instant could be detected.

Maurice Roucel has added a new "classic" to Guerlain's stable of classic fragrances. I think I would like to have the matching body lotion for this in order to give it a bit more oomph, though. This is so very feminine, soft, elegant, and ladylike. I think it would be suitable year round in virtually any setting.

Again, I would like to emphasise that it is NOT heavy, cloying, or overly sweet. The sweetness in it is very light and very naturalistic as opposed to synthetic. It does not have a sugary, candy sweetness to it at all. In short, it is simply gorgeous. I definitely recommend everyone give L'Instant EdP a test. It is back up bottle worthy and even signature worthy.

Fragrance: 8/10
Sillage: 6/10
Projection: 6/10
Longevity: 6/10

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on 5/12/2016 10:52:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

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!

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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

If you like gourmand fragrances that are softly sweet and not cloying, and still manage to be sophisticated, then this one is worth checking out. I first became familiar with L'Instant in the form of the Secret Touch parfum gel, which is a delightful scent with a ridiculous name. It comes in a ceramic bottle shaped like a child's spinning top, and has a brush to apply the elixir. Gorgeous honeyed vanilla with a touch of musk. Starts out wonderful and morphs into a delicious skin scent. I then tried desperately to find the Guerlain L'Instant Magic elixir, which came in a fabulous black bottle, but this one has been sadly discontinued. So I settled on trying the L'Instant in edp form, and I am not disappointed. Beautifully feminine, slightly sweet, and lovely sillage. I definitely think this is a cool weather scent, one that goes with cashmere and nights by a fire. Lovely and perfect, like so many of the Guerlains are. They really do know their scents!

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on 7/24/2014 8:31:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Relaxed, Medium

Eyes: Black

Beautiful, feminine, excellent scent. This is what perfume should smell like. The best part about it; it just keeps on changing throughout the day wowing you and by evening it's at it's best, teasing my nose. Excellent scent and this is the Edt version.

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on 7/11/2014 5:39:00 AM

Age: Unknown

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

L'Instant reminds of 24 Faubourg by Hermes in its golden plushness and symphonic synthetic-ness. It is a dense and almost syrupy combination of honeyed florals and vanilla which is interrupted by a faintly astringent Chinese magnolia accord. Not my kind of scent.

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