Sometimes when I’m exploring new fragrances to blog about, something comes along that makes me wonder why on earth I have taken so long to get round to it. Guerlain Insolence is one example- why haven’t I tried it before?
This gorgeous violetty dream was created in 2006 by Maurice Roucel and Sylvaine Delacourte, both solidly experienced Guerlain Noses. It could be said that this was Guerlain’s answer to the thirst for fruity florals, but using Violet and Iris as the florals and including Bergamot and Lemon as the fruit, they have created a masterpiece that ticks the fruity floral boxes yet remains unique in the field.
Yes there are strawberries and red berries , but somehow the restrained use just serves to make the Violets smell sweeter, but not sickly: like sugar free Parma Violets. Then the Iris comes in and stops the Violet getting overly sweet, framing it in that very slightly rooty, dry sort of way that Iris has. There is a gorgeous soapiness that I happen to love in a fragrance: here it smells like high-end soap from a luxury hotel, thrice milled and pure white.
I adore this violet perfume that has such a thick soapy background and yet remains pretty and complex at the same time. I have a wish list of Guerlain fragrance and it goes like this: Chamade, Vol de Nuit, Shalimar and now, Insolence. Maybe I will print this off and send it up the chimney for Santa or Mary Poppins.