The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

L’Instant de Guerlain


This is one of those colognes that sits on my shelf but I rarely put it on.  It’s not that I don’t like it.  It’s just one of those scents that I don’t find particularly memorable and it doesn’t compel me to want to wear it.  In other words, it’s one of those scents that my partner says I will eventually give to him as a hand me down (it is true, that does happen quite a bit).  When you read the description of this cologne it states that this is a woody scent.  I would say that it’s more of a fresh scent, very clean and light and a bit sweet.  The official description says that it has flamboyant virility and discreet femininity.  I like that description.  The scent is considered a masculine scent, but it does have a very soft finish.  In all, I believe that this is a safe bet if you want to wear cologne without causing a stir, no one will find this scent offensive or objectionable.

From the Guerlain site:

Luminous woody. Fresh, warm, sensual. This paradoxical perfume skates between fire and ice, flamboyant virility and discreet femininity. The luminous freshness of citrus crystals and star anise contrast with the sensual warmth of patchouli, hibiscus seeds and cocoa to offer, through this luminous woody fragrance, a moment after which everything will be different.

  • Bone Rating:   3 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  light, fresh, woody
  • Classification:  Masculine
  • Expense:   Moderate, in Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

2 thoughts on “L’Instant de Guerlain

  1. Interesting. It sounds completely different from L’Instant for Women. Usually the versions have a bit more of an accord or similarity. I feel the same way about the L’Instant that I have as you do about yours. It’s a huge, huge bottle and it’s taken many years for me to get near the end of it. Sometimes, I wonder if I’ll ever finish it. Since it’s the vintage version, I suspect I’ll just hold onto it and it will NEVER end! lol


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