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L'Instant de Guerlain (2003)
by Guerlain


L'Instant de Guerlain information

Year of Launch2003
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 324 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerMaurice Roucel
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About L'Instant de Guerlain

L'Instant de Guerlain is a feminine perfume by Guerlain. The scent was launched in 2003 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Maurice Roucel

Reviews of L'Instant de Guerlain

The opening blast reminds me of an odd combination: apricots and drying latex paint - that somewhat strange, sour accord.

It disappears within five minutes and what I am left with is a nondescript, light fruity vanilla. Neither the amber nor the florals ever arrive.

It almost veers off to the generic oceanic woody accord so blatantly copied by hundreds of perfume houses, but stops just short.

Neither good nor bad, just blandly uninteresting.

Turin gave it four stars and called it an "eclectic floral."

11th November, 2015

This one dedicated to Lady who attention Class and Sensation and in My opinion this is the reason why this GUERLAIN fragrance is always Darling. Classic,Soothing,Sultry,Wonderful,Oriental,Sophisticated with Very French Style.

All notes are like Symphonic Orchestra. The opening notes is Fresh and a Little Young.The heart possess an Intensive Floral and Extreme Femininity and Soft in the End.It sounds really Romantic for me.

It creates a lot of LOVE reactions.When you wear it You close your Eyes and feel You are a queen in Your Lover Heart.It is a Great Evening scent for a Classic Lady in SPECIAL Occasions. Suitable for COLD weather.Overall a HIGH CLASS Choice.


Longevity?Very Good on my skin.

13th June, 2015
L'Instant is sooooo ballet - it's relatively safe, sweet, and pretty if you're expecting the more challenging originality of the classic Guerlains. Yet...I'll admit that I love nothing more in this life, and find nothing more beautiful, that a really, really excellent classical ballet performed by an open, generous, and joyful dancer with jaw-dropping technique. And L'Instant, for me, is the exact perfume equivalent of that ballet moment. It gets around all of my intellectual defenses and just goes right for the innocent part of me that's still three-years-old and can feel wonder.

Favorite perfume ever.
05th February, 2015
Genre: Floral Oriental

L’Instant introduces itself with a delicious sweet mandarin top note that segues into a tender floral bouquet atop a pillow of powdery vanilla and amber. The floral oriental arrangement tips its hat to Guerlain’s classic entries in the genre, but perfumer Maurice Roucel reinterprets Guerlain’s signature vanilla and amber accord in a thoroughly modern manner. Gone are the dark, smoky, phenolic accent and lascivious civet that underpin the vanilla in Shalimar and Jicky. L’Instant’s vanilla, while suitably soft and rich, is also squeaky clean, bright, and congenial.

The luminous vanilla with its floral counterpoint echoes the structure of Roucel’s own Tocade, done several years earlier for Rochas, but L’Instant’s accord of jasmine, orange blossom, and ylang-ylang is more complex than Tocade’s rose, and aims for a greater degree of sophistication. Both scents are happy, sunny compositions, but Tocade is more of the young filly to L’Instant’s serene adult. In fact, everything about L’Instant breathes an air of decorum and respectability: its gentle radiance, its balance, its impeccable blending and uniformity, and its smooth, yielding texture. All this makes L’Instant a remarkably adaptable fragrance, appropriate for any woman, on any occasion. For the woman who wants only one scent in her wardrobe, L’Instant is an accomplished Jack-of-all-trades.

Such versatility comes with a price, though. L’Instant may never offend, but it will not provoke, or perhaps even excite. Such are its poise and propriety that it risks utilitarian blandness. (Something the more ebullient and slightly less prim Tocade successfully avoids.) Yet as L’Instant’s creamy vanilla-amber drydown spreads out in front of me, it’s hard to deny its unwavering sense of “rightness.”
19th June, 2014
I got a sample of this at the Guerlain counter, and since the shopgirl said it was a light floral that I would like it. I didn't. I found it very heavy, and very cloying and it actually gave me a severe headache after application. I tried it on several other occasions with the same nauseous headache-inducing results. It has actually left me a little wary on trying other Guerlain frags as this is the only one I have ever had such an ill reaction to (other than Givenchy's amirage). So for me L'Instant wasn't good. More like L'instant mal a la tete. Too bad.
07th September, 2012
Honeyed, laundry-airy, floral, watery, almondy and barely anisy-green at once. An olfactory reminiscence of Laura Biagiotti Roma to me. I catch the initial sharp mandarin-bergamot-lavender accord  which imparts a sort of aqueous, angular and classic-conservative  vibe to the juice, even if the latter is on the whole bright, light and modern though decidedly complex. L'Instant is indeed  really multifaceted  in its floral and ambery flying silkiness. The ylang-ylang is magistrally joined with honey  and bergamot-lavender in order to create the vintage feel of the smell while the further soft floral notes (first of all rose and magnolia) imprint airiness, dynamism and joy of life. The dry down is musky-honeyed, floral, with a touch of animal, powder and balsams. Love.
20th April, 2012 (last edited: 21st April, 2012)

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