Another perfume sample I received was this Guerlain Insolence once. Guerlain is a brand that I am not very familiar with but in my mind screams luxe, elegance and decadence – much like Chanel. I was excited to be able to trial a scent by them. I actually didn’t pay too much attention to the card the sample came in but after Googling the bottle, I realise that it is a really unusual one.
How is that for stunning?! The bottle is a half-sphere shape with a rose lid. It has to be one of the most beautiful perfume bottles I have ever seen and now I want the perfume just because this would look lovely on my dressing table!
The fragrance itself is not at all what I was expecting. It is very, very sweet – to the point of it actually reminding me of the smell of fizzy sweets. In particular, Parma Violets came to mind. There is a powderiness to it as well that brings me back to that candy-alike smell.
Interestingly enough, the top notes are raspberry, lemon, bergamot and red berries. I say ‘interestingly’ as I would by no means call this a fruity scent.
The middle notes are rose, orange blossom and violet – see? Parma Violets! I’m not crazy.
Finally, it dries down to a base of resins, musk, tonka bean, sandalwood and iris.
To be honest, not many of those notes stand out to me – it is just a powdery sweet scent to my untrained nose.
The website claims it is a “sparkling and unexpected sensuality for a spontaneous, free and audacious woman”. So there ya go, now.
I like the scent, really I do and I wish I could wear it but it is so sweet that it is just not ‘me’. Like last week’s perfume, I wore it a few times but felt uncomfortable doing so – like wearing an outfit that you would normally not be caught dead in. I would also be slightly afraid of being attacked by hungry children.
A 30ml of the Eau de Toilette will cost you €52 while for another €2 you can get the Eau de Parfum in Boots.
What do you think? Have you tried this before? Do you fancy smelling like Parma Violets?