Fragrance Reviews L’Instant de Guerlain

L’Instant de Guerlain

07/06/09 00:54:28 (2 comments)

by: Dora Vagiana

When I first got the honour to smell and put on my skin L’Instant de Guerlain, I immediately created an association of various tasty candies, which teased me with their fragrant notes. I travelled away to one of those famous Parisian "patisseries" full of sweet creations. I could clearly feel seductive scents of honey cake, lemon cream aromatized with vanilla and white crunchy biscuits with whipped cream.

Soft and opulent vanilla tricks me into thinking one cannot escape associations of fragrant desserts. But there is something else in this perfume that makes it shimmer and vibrate on my skin, something that breaks monotony of sweet vanilla and makes it 'lighter' to wear.

Linstant de Guerlain
As L'Instant developed and finally settled down on my skin, I noticed beautiful magnolia scent, trademark of creator of this perfume, Maurice Roucel. L'Instant becomes a floral perfume with dominant oriental charm. White jasmine blossom can be felt in distance while exotic ylang ylang intoxicates all senses with its passionate melody. Magnolia is sweet here, reminds me of honey and luckily, there are citruses, mandarin and bergamot, which, like a ray of sun, make this perfume glowing and radiant with delicate freshness. Warm and sensual amber provides feeling of femininity and gentleness.

This Eau de Parfum created in 2003 is intimate and airy, perfect for a woman who manages to win over her shyness with it. She dares to start the adventures she has always dreamed about. The perfume awakes the senses and makes the woman wearing it glow in her newly discovered sensuality. Daring and shy, casual and sophisticated, gentle and strong; it reflects the woman’s complicity, changeability and vulnerability.

Flacon of L’Instant de Guerlain is a genuine expression of elegance and luxury of this perfume house. It was made of expensive top quality glass. Its stopper is shaped in order to look like an unabraded gem, while neck of the bottle is decorated with a golden silk ribbon.

Linstant de Guerlain
L’Instant de Guerlain Eau de Toilette was created in 2005. This creation opens with shiny notes of citruses and apples and then turns into a delicate and gentle perfume with Chinese magnolia. The flacon resembles the original, but is dressed in a pink nuance which reminds me of wonderful lingerie made of fine lace.

Guerlain did not stop here. They started launching limited editions of L’Instant de Guerlain, both for women and for men.

Guerlain L'Instant Eau de Noel Iris Millesime, created in 2005, is one of the versions which met the positive expectations. By adding iris and other floral notes, sweetness of the original is softened. A powdery composition is created which wraps woman gently with its silky cloud. All in all, this is a pleasant perfume which does not stay behind the first version. Pattern on the flacon is made of logo of the house and it reminds me of purple iris petals.

L'Instant d'Un Ete, created in 2006, as the name suggests, promises a fresher, lighter version of the original. This is an attempt to add bitter orange and grapefruit to the original L'Instant in order to create a fragrance more appropriate for hot summer days. This successful combination of magnolia and grapefruit was not completely perfected, but this perfume, just like the others, does not rely on vanilla. Addition of grapefruit gives more bitterness and unusual freshness.

Fans of L'Instant were thrilled when a new version was launched in spring 2007: Guerlain L'Instant Fleur de Mandarine which, besides magnolia, cedar and vanilla includes mandarin blossom, citruses and fruit, such as bergamot, mandarin and blueberry. This perfume is a real treat for all fans of fruity notes. Ode to joy in a flacon!

Linstant de Guerlain

Whichever version of the perfume you wear, you will not go unnoticed. They all carry a scent of characteristic elegance and fine taste, just like other Guerlain's perfumes.
L'Instant leaves a long-lasting trace with seductive notes and sensuality which can be felt quietly. This perfume follows you everywhere and embraces you gently with its warm, fragrant embrace. Each woman who wears it becomes a part of story written just for her, she is the star, she is in the center of attention, and she is the one who becomes a part of the legend called GUERLAIN.


Author: Dora Vagiana (doroula)
Fragrantica Member



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What a wonderful review!!! I love Guerlain fragrances, they are so magical:)


Very good scent and if you like it but not 100% sure there are options where jasmine is not so prevalent and there's no that heavy musky vanilla drydown. Dans Tes Bras fits those conditions perfectly. Jasmine is very audible but not prevalent, the switness is replaced by bitter fresh notes. It's a salty earthy alert scent. L'Instant and Dans tes bras have the same author... and if you want something even more exotic - try Iris Siver Mist from Lutems - yet another creation of Maurice Roucel.


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