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Perfection is difficult to achieve and this perfume almost does it. It's a beautifully feminine fragrance which can easily be worn throughout every day of the year, and one that is filled with floral notes, fruitiness and warmth. Most luxurious/ well known perfumes can fall into the trap of becoming a 'hype' - a fragrance which the mass wear, but it's not the case with this. The perfume isn't well known (which makes it more of a luxury) and you can be sure to stand out from the crowd when wearing this. It is currently being sold on John Lewis at £50 for a 50ml bottle, and £68 for a 80ml bottle. With regards to its composition, the notes are as follows:
Top: bergamot, mandarin orange and red apple
Middle (heart): jasmine, iris, ylang-ylang and magnolia
Base: honey, vanilla, musk, amber and benzoin
I found that the most prominent notes were that of the honey, magnolia, and vanilla with the most noticeable notes being the red apple, bergamot and mandarin orange. I'm really surprised with the honey and magnolia - they give it lovely, deep and warm depth which makes you smell seductive and elegant. It can make you feel mythical, like a nymph or a muse. The sillage and the longevity are beyond excellent too, giving you value for money and a fragrance where a little goes a long way. My friends have commented that this perfume bursts when I move and almost all those who have commented have picked up on the lovely honey scent. I can apply this perfume one morning and I'll randomly get a smell of it in my room the next afternoon. It's also very noticeable: I'm pretty sure the students within a good radius of me in the lecture hall smelt it!
I received L'Instant de Guerlain as a gift recently. It is not the kind of perfume I would buy for myself because of the relatively expensive price but I am really glad I have tried it.
The bottle is a very elegant rectangular shape which curves towards the base. It is made of glass, with a gold coloured metal pump and clear rectangular lid. The overall effect of the design is extremely elegant and refined. The pale peachy coloured liquid adds a hint of femininity to the understated bottle whilst also adding a splash of colour. I think the bottle is probably aimed at the more mature customer as the bottle is elegant and yet not particularly exciting or quirky. I would definitely display it on my dressing table, I think it looks lovely. However, for someone who was looking for something a little more unusual this probably isn't the bottle for you.
The smell of the perfume is expensive. It obviously has mixture of scents in it but really my first impression was of an expensive product. The scent is very rich and well constructed, it has multiple layers that last for a long time. You can see why people spend the extra money on a more expensive brand because it really is a complex and beautiful smell. The core notes of citrus and honey lead into magnolia, Sambac jasmine and ylang ylang and then undertones of rich amber. The overall effect is thoroughly captivating and I find it is consistently interesting throughout the time you wear it because you pick up on the different notes as the perfume wears off. I'm not sure I am absolutely in love with the scent because it is slightly outside my comfort zone in terms of a perfume. It has more of a citrusy note to is which I am not 100% sure about, but I think for an evening perfume or for special occasions it is great because it smells very distinctive and unusual.
In terms of price this is obviously the higher end of the designer brand scale - BUT in this case you really do get what you pay for. I really like this perfume, I think it is a very elegant scent with an edge and a beautiful bottle with loads of character. I would probably purchase this again - but at £49.50 for 50ml I would only be doing this once a year as a treat. I won't hesitate to add it to my wish list for Christmas though!
I think given the slightly unusual smell that the perfume has it would probably be a tricky choice for a gift. If you know the person very well and know that they like unusual smelling perfumes then it is perfect. However, I think if you are not sure about the persons taste the smell is very rich and could possibly be a little strong smelling for some people. I wouldn't buy it for a gift unless I knew the person very well.
A stunning perfume with a price that stings.
I am 26 and for the last 4 years I have been wearing L'instant from day to night. It is fresh and airy, long-lasting and represents elegance and chic without being too strong, which makes it suitable for everyday. I was always between this one (Eau De Toilette) and the perfume, they are slightly different but the perfume is a bit more intense and stays for longer, so I would recommend the Eau De Parfum.
L'instant De Guerlain is one of the Guerlain's House creations launced in 2003. It comes in a white box with a gold line surrounding the front side and the Guerlain's logo in gold letters. The perfume is denoted in purple letters matching the fragrance bottle inside, but I think the bottle is very simple for this perfume. Its transparent rectangular shaped bottle has rounded edges and a soft pink-purple shade with a gold top sprayer. However, purple perfectly fits with the smell - if you were asking me to link a colour to it, I would definitely say purple!
"Citrus honey, Chinese magnolia, Sambac jasmine and ylang-ylang which light up the amber accord" are the secrets behind the essence. There is a balance between floral, oriental and feminine. The smell is unique and noticeable and draws the attention of people. I find it soft, light and sexy with distinctive essence that makes my friends recognise me when I am wearing it.
The perfume is made in France and it's available in 30ml, 50ml and 80ml bottles. In some stores you may find the "gift set" at almost the same price with the with the 50ml bottle and a 75ml perfumed body lotion of the fragrance in a black and white patterned box which opens like a drawer. I have bought two of those boxes and I now use them for my jewelry.
It is true that perfumes don't smell the same in the bottle and on your skin. Each fragrance reacts different to the individual's body chemistry and there are some things you should consider before choosing one. With the application of the perfume, you will smell the topnote which is the strongest, after 30 minutes the essence changes and you experience the midnote. The basenote is the last essence that stays for longer. Therefore, you will know if it's the right one for you if it lasts without much application and smells nice throughout all the above stages.
I would definitely recommend a try!
I believe it's good to know what's in the fragrance, that's why I am writing the ingredients as an end note:
Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Lina-lool,, Geraniol, Limonene, Benzophenone-3, BHT, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Benzy Salicylate, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Alcohol, Methyl-2-Octynoate, Eugenol, Farnesol, CI14700 (Red 4), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1).
This review is also at ciao
Everyone seems to love this perfume. The amount of times I have been stopped in the street and asked what I am wearing is amazing. It is noticible, but not overpowering and it certainly seems to smell very different on every person. I can highly recommend that you try it at your local perfume counter. It is available in most Debenhams, but not all Boots.
This is a deliciously fresh perfume from Guerlain uses magnolia and citrus along with honey in the composition. The perfume is crammed full of delicious citrus, juicy mandarin and bergamot which are just for starters! You'll also find spicey ylang ylang, jasmine not forgetting vanilla and lingering magnolia. The scents which I think last the longest and give the perfume the longivity are vanilla and musk.
The body creme (not the lotion), which is widely available in Europe is amazingly sensuous and wonderfully silky too. I sometimes like to wear the cream on its own to enjoy a more delicate scent.
There is also a complimentary mens version of I'instant.
Launch date: 2003
Available: stores, online
About two years ago when I started to take interest in perfumery I came the realisation that oriental fragrances have pretty much dominated the world of perfumery in the last hundred years. I never actually wore any oriental fragrance, as my family members preferred floral, aquatic or aromatic scents so it was a question of lacking knowledge rather than a dislike of oriental fragrances.
I saw a whole new world now opening up and jumped in. I discovered L'Instant by simply browsing through a Guerlain counter as I knew by then that this perfume house is the place to visit if you are looking for fragrances with a history.
In line with the luxurious, rich and exotic feel of the fragrance itself, the bottle is a nicely cut, lilac tinted, elongated square glass rounded at the edges. It's bottom is more than rounded; it's oval shaped, curvy and has a thick base. The lid is square, bulky and goes all the way across the width and depth of the bottle, again expressing luxury in its exaggerated shape. The letters 'L'Instant de Guerlain are written in purple on the front of the bottle. The box is luminous white with purple edges and the round Guerlain logo in matching colour printed on it.
Note: The following perfumes notes are not described in order due to the fact that the fragrance displays its notes in a two-way fashion mentioned earlier: from the top to the bottom and all the way up again all at once. I describe the notes as they appear to me and in the order I smell them.
Top notes: mandarin, bergamot
Only seconds after application, the perfume surprises me with a powerful, powdery floral start with what smells like lemon infused jasmine and magnolia with a husky note of ylang-ylang and vanilla. The fragrance has great sillage that lasts for almost an hour then dies down a moderate and more delicate floral composition.
Middle notes: black elder, orris, jasmine, ylang-ylang, magnolia
After about an hour a distinct note of honey appears and this is where I love the fragrance the most. It smells sweet, edible and sensual, like a trickle of nectar on the petals of exotic flowers. When I spray the fragrance on freshly washed hair (a great tip I read on a perfume related forum) what I can ultimately smell is citrus honey with a tiny
hint of amber that lasts well into the next day.
Base notes: honey, amber, musk, benzoin, vanilla
On the skin the dry down is mainly composed of vanilla and amber that add a very warm, sensual layer to the skin. The natural skin friendly oils stay on the skin all day long and even after a shower. The base is velvety and sexy, comfortable and gourmand at the same time. L'Instant base notes are mainly made up of vanilla, some light amber while all this is accompanied by a nice dollop of honey.
Guerlain is one of the oldest houses that since its establishment in 1828 has created history in the making of such perfumes as Shalimar and Vetiver which are still enjoyed and loved by many today.
For me L'Instant is the epitome of natural, timeless beauty and simple, fuss-free luxury. It is tender, luminous and ultimately sensual. I find it suitable for all ages, all occasions and maybe with the exception of summer, it can be worn in all colder seasons. For summer, L'Instant Eau de Toilette is recommended.
Price / where to buy
£36.50 / 30ml Eau de Parfum
£52 / 50ml Eau de Parfum
£62.00 / 80ml Eau de Parfum
New from £28.45 / 80ml Eau de Parfum
Other products in the range
Two years after L'Instant Guerlain released L'Instant Eau de Toilette (2005) followe by L'Instant Magic (2007).There are also two limited editions in the range L'Instant Eau de Noel Iris Millesime (2005) and L'Instant d'un Ete (2006).
Staying power: 5 / 5
Composition: 5 / 5
Value for money: 5 / 5
Overall value: 5 / 5
Thanks for reading my review.
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L'Instant de Guerlain contains fresh, notes of citrus, magnolia and amber. This luminous scent touches your skin whilst awakening your senses and emotions.