WHAT I SMELL: Insolence (eau de parfum) opens with an ambered violet that quickly begins to turn creamy. It’s slightly thickened and very pretty without being soft and demure. Soon after, a more rounded vanilla and berry note comes forward and is added to the creamy concoction which feels like it would make for the perfect body lotion. After a short time, the vanilla helps to move the perfume to the sweetened side which is a combination of candied and floral sweetness. Here, the perfume really begins to radiate and grow in strength. The addition of a sandalwood note helps to bring the sweetness down to earth while creating a wrap of warmth around the florals. In the end, the perfume settles with a lightly sweet powdered vanilla’d violet resting on a subtle base of sandalwood. Insolence is a “nice” perfume.
From the Guerlain website:
This fruity floral fragrance highlights an unprecedented powdery duo of violet and iris, given a modern edge by a dash of berries.
The Eau de Parfum Insolence showcases an overdosed, high-voltage violet: a triumphant violet that registers at the opposite end of the spectrum from the shy whisper usually used to treat this flower in half-shades and shadows. This dazzling violet rubs shoulders with a timeless, chic and feminine iris.
Top note is Violet; middle notes are Wild Strawberry and Orange Blossom; base notes are iris, Vanilla, Tonka Bean and Sandalwood.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A perfume that “Pat” would wear in the 1970s. It’s not offensive, it’s lightly girlish, yet slightly mature and her husband thinks she smells “swell”.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE INSOLENCE: sweetened, effective, pleasant-enough
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT INSOLENCE: A Tea-Scented Library
BOTTOM LINE: Insolence is a pleasant enough of a perfume. But I’m not sure that it’s enough. To me, it’s an everyday perfume that doesn’t feel like something that I would want to wear every day. And that’s too bad because I love my Guerlain perfumes. As I said earlier, Insolence is a “nice” perfume.
- Bone Rating: 3 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Fruity Floral
- Classification: Feminine
- Expense: $135 for 75ml eau de parfum.