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We fell in love with Atelier Cologne’s Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue at first sniff. Unlike most vanilla scents, this one is fresh, not sweet. Top notes of bright lime and coriander mingle with middle notes of jasmine and oak moss, while Madagascar vanilla and amber notes anchor the scent. Happily, the romantic fragrance lasts all day — we’re smitten and you will be too.
I have to preface this by saying that I am VERY picky about where I get my fragrances. I almost exclusively get them from indie perfumeries. So I was quite surprised by how much I love this! The included postcard is pretty, too, though mine was bent :/. When I read the notes, I was intrigued because I adore vanilla, jasmine, vetiver, and amber; and I like lime, oakmoss, cedret (citron), and oak (and the other notes sounded interesting). In the vial I smelled mostly vanilla backed by jasmine, with the lime creating an "uplifting" impression and the woods lurking. Wet on my skin the jasmine bloomed with sweet vanilla in a surrounding haze. Lime was subtle but added a suggestion of sharpness. On the dry-down, some woodiness was more apparent. I think the woodiness I smelled most was oak. But it was still dominated by vanilla and jasmine with a diffuse lime. Dry/later it was still heavy with vanilla and jasmine and was very sweet. It lasts a REALLY long time. Unfortunately, I can't wear it if I am feeling remotely migraine-y, because it will give me a headache. But I actually really love this. It's a sweet and pretty vanilla-based scent that isn't really foody (although I do tend to love gourmands, but that is neither here nor there). It's a fairly heavy, cloying scent, so it's not for everyone. But if you like it, it's perfect for cooler days.5
This was a very good fragrance. It was not too overpowering and smelt great.4
This fragrance smells divine !! Soft and smooth. I have SO many perfumes now that I do not need to buy any more right now. I would buy this one if I needed something.5
Really liked the scent and the vanilla will be good in the fall/winter seasons. A little more than I typically spend on perfume though...5
I'm not big on super fruity scents, so I really loved the vanilla. It just gave a warm and cozy feel. The scent lasted a long time, too.4
Has a very clean scent. Perfect for a fall night on the town. Had a lot of complements on it! Will purchase in the future. Definitely wish the sample was a full size. Love this stuff!5
I'm not a big fan of vanilla, so I must say I wasn't too happy when I opened my Birchbox and saw this sample. I figured I'd give it a try anyway, and I was pleasantly surprised. This perfume has a really nice, clean smell to it. It's not something I think I would purchase, but I will use up the sample or a nice change of pace.4
This scent is hard to describe, but so so nice. A little vanilla, a little sweet, a little musk.5
I received a sample in my September box. I've only opened it once. I was not very pleased with the scent. It does not suit me at all. The vanilla & lime were way too powerful for my taste.2
I like vanilla-based scents but this one was just too strong for me, even with just using a drop or two. It's also out of my price range!2