Perfume Diary: Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
My first impression was not a favorable one. The very first time I wore this was in the late afternoon and it smelled "off" to me, almost slightly rancid. It seemed like a one note cheap baking vanilla extract tainted by the odor of a baby's changing table inside of a public bathroom. A whiff of plastic, disinfectant and the slight powdery smell I can only associate with baby bottoms (I'm thinking I hit vetiver and coriander in all the wrong ways).
Horrific, right? Luckily I gave it another shot the next day, fresh after a shower. Oh what a difference! The first whiff was of a slight citrus burst but crumpled like a flower in an avalanche of vanilla. Rich, creamy vanilla like preparing vanilla pods for making panna cotta, how could I have possibly thought it inferior like a cheap extract? There's warmth, such lively amber but balanced out with strong wood notes and deep oakmoss.
The sillage is quite astonishing for me. Just one spritz of the EdP on the wrist and you can smell it five feet all around me. I don't think I've ever had an scent with such great projection. Longevity is surprising too, after about seven or eight hours I only smell vanilla buttercream icing, and faintly at that.
I've worn Vanille Insensée about seven times now and have decided that it is most worth a nice decant, so I picked up the deluxe miniature duo from Sephora, a good value of 2 x .25oz dabbers (the other scent is Orange Sanguine)
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