Vanille Insensée (Insane Vanilla in French) sounds like a woody vanilla if you go by the notes alone. But, in reality Vanille Insensée is a sheer vanilla that verges on “clean” and is very modern and casual. This is one of those vanillas that one could technically wear in the summer. I don’t know may “sheer vanillas”.
Vanille Insensée opens up as vanilla. It’s creamy and dreamy but there is something else there. That something reminds me of the spicy freshness of grated carrots. There’s some very faint, understated citrus. The vanilla gets creamier but never overly sweet and juvenile. The dry-down of Insensée Cologne is very clean. It reminds me of “vanilla towels fresh from the dryer”. That sounds harsh in “perfumese” but I don’t mean it that way. These vanilla dryer towels are what I like about Vanille Insensée. I’m taking it that this is sweetened “modern” woods and white musk. Vanille Insensée smells very, very modern. Very “now”.
Notes listed include lime, cedrat, coriander, jasmine, vetiver, oak moss, Madagascar vanilla, oak wood, and amber.
Give Vanille Insensée a try if you are looking for a sheer vanilla or if you like perfumes like DKNY Pure, Lollia Wish and/or Le Labo Vanille 44. Atelier’s Vanille isn’t as sweet as other vanillas on the market, but it isn’t overly balsamic either. If there is such a genre as “clean vanilla”, this is it. People often ask me, “Do you know of a good vanilla for summer?” and I recommend this one and DKNY Pure (depending on that person’s access).
It’s so funny because this one of those fragrances that when I talk about it people usually say they love it. And then there are the people that can’t stand it. There is definitely something in this that becomes disagreeable on some people. I don’t know what it is, but it’s there. But, whatever it is, it’s what people love about it and what some people hate about it. And when this one works. It really works.
Being a cologne, Vanille Insensée comes in a gigantic 6.7 oz bottle that retails for $170. The “travel” size/ 1 oz retails for $60. Atelier fragrances are available at Neiman Marcus. I like the bar soap in this fragrance too.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Warm vanilla scented towels. This is a modern vanilla. I respect it. I like it. However, I don’t know if these “modern” perfumes are “me”, but I like them.
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