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Guerlain are one of the oldest French perfume houses, founded in 1828. They are very proud of their heritage and you can tell it is something they continue to live by. You can actually take a guided tour of the House of Guerlain in Levaillos-Perret, which I would absolutely love to visit one day, but that's by the by.
--My opinion on the scent--
I first smelt Insolence when there was a sample stuck to a page of a magazine about 6 years ago, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I've had a bottle ever since.
It was the first "proper" perfume I ever bought, I remember using my holiday money to buy it at the tender age of 15 in the Isle of Wight (exotic!). I bought the 30ml bottle of the EDT, which would have lasted me for ages if I didn't think back then that if I could no longer smell a perfume on me nobody else could.
When you first smell this it smells mainly of violets in my opinion, and is quite a sweet smell. As the topnote dies down, however, it develops into a gorgeous, multi-faceted fragrance. It's still very fresh and very very floral, but the vanilla in it warms it up slightly and makes it more subtle. It is a strong fragrance, and not suited to everyone. I have only known one person other than myself to use this, and she hated it after two weeks and gave it to me. It's probably not worth even trying if you don't like heavily floral scents. It doesn't sound it, but this is a very, very distinctive perfume; I've never smelt anything quite like it.
--What this is--
This is a body lotion scented with the original Insolence fragrance. It's quite runny (they call it a milk, it's more the texture of double cream) and has a light silver shimmer through it.
I have had this in a gift box, where it came in a small pink tube with a silver lid, which contained 75ml of product. Because it's such a thin lotion. I found it difficult not to squeeze too hard and end up with tons of it all over me.
I have also been bought the full size, which is a 200ml shimmery pink bottle in a teardrop type shape, with a diamond looking lid on it (like the picture, funnily enough)! This is easier to use in my opinion as you can pour out the liquid rather than squeeze.
If you've read my review of the perfume itself you'll know that this is one of my favourites. If you haven't, I'll tell you now: it's one of my favourites! The lotion isn't as deep a scent as the actual perfume I don't think, you mainly just get the top notes of violet.
Application is great, it soaks into the skin very fast and the shimmer that it leaves is lovely, as it's silver, it suits my pale complexion really well and just makes my skin glow. It looks especially nice on the chest and shoulders. If you're very dark skinned the shimmer might be a bit stark, but as it's not packed with glitter you should be okay.
As far as moisturisation goes, this is very light, and won't fix any really dry skin you have, but it does seem to make my skin feel smoother to the touch, and the shimmer will make slightly dry skins look more radiant and healthy.
This does make the perfume last longer I think, but even using an unscented moisturiser before you apply perfume will help, as it'll stick better to your skin.
This can be purchased either in the gift set which contains 30ml of EDT and 75ml of lotion, for around £30-£35 (less after Christmas!) or the bottle itself I've seen from between £20-£35, so if you like the perfume I'd recommend just getting the gift set, as it's more economical.
--The bottom line--
This is a nice product to have around, and I like that it comes in the gift set, but I personally would rather spend £30 on a body cream that actually moisturises. It smells gorgeous, obviously, but the only other selling point for me is the shimmer, which you could achieve with a cheaper product, or even mixing a cream highlighter (Benefit high beam is great for this, or moonbeam if you're loking for a golden effect, as are the mememe copies; Beat the Blues, the colour names are the same).
-this review is also on Ciao under the username dirtylove