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Vanille Insensée (2011)
by Atelier Cologne


Vanille Insensée information

Year of Launch2011
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 106 votes)

People and companies

HouseAtelier Cologne
PerfumerRalf Schwieger

About Vanille Insensée

Vanille Insensée is a shared / unisex perfume by Atelier Cologne. The scent was launched in 2011 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Ralf Schwieger

Vanille Insensée fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Vanille Insensée

A thoroughly cheap-smelling synthetic vanilla mixed with some smokiness; it's both bland and off-putting.

I'm inclined to be especially harsh here because of the absurd and disgraceful pricing. This is transparently cheap, nasty stuff being sold at entry-level niche pricing.
20th September, 2019
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Whilst I am the vanilla pretty much straight form the opening blast, this turns out to be different from the usual sweet, rich and strong gourmand-style vanilla.

This vanilla is paired with a bitter lime, which gives the vanilla more brightness and a nigh-fresh character. There is also a persistent metallic-like undertone that I get throughout the development of this composition.

In the heart notes a fairly nonspecific woodsiness arises, and touches of cardamom and coriander add gently spiciness from time to time.

The base adds little new on me, except an amber impression of muted shrillness. The vanilla is still lingering on until the end, although the citrus element has more or less evaporated by now.

I get moderate sillage, adequate projection and an excellent ten hours of longevity on my skin.

This scent for warmer autumn day is based on a pared-down slim, bright and cool vanilla, an anti-vanilla as far the the traditional sweet gourmand versions go. The mighty drawback is it’s egregiously synthetic and generic nature - maybe to an extent that it is insensée indeed. A somewhat mundane vanilla, which might of interest to people who dislike the usual heavy vanillas. 2.75/5.
30th August, 2019
zztopp Show all reviews
United States

Peppery, citrusy, woody vanilla. A tempered yet perceptible vanilla note of good quality thats not cloying or overly saccharine; woven in with a diverse set of citrus, vetiver and oakmoss notes. Well blended, very versatile and one of the best "dry" and "easy to wear" vanilla fragrances alongside Creeds' Sublime Vanille (which has a more upfront vanilla presentation).

A vanilla fragrance good enough to convert a vanilla-denier.

23rd June, 2019
Excellent no frills vanilla, can be worn by both men and women, however I would love to smell this on a guy. Your not going to get the gourmand baking vanilla so prominent in other vanilla heavy perfumes. Excellent oak moss and vetiver notes, woody undertones.
21st November, 2018
This is a vanilla cologne for the warmer weather. Vanilla perfumes are usually heavy and sweet and more suitable for colder months, but Atelier manages to produce a blend for the warmer months. The citrus and woody notes surround the center staged creamy vanilla. It is a light gourmand, like a fresh chilled vanilla cream desert. It's moderately sweet, mostly linear and with medium performance.
09th May, 2018
Vanilla is a scent I often struggle with, particularly boozy vanillas or anything with even a vaguely cupcakey accord. This is dry, which seems to be a far less common presentation - certainly vanilla isn't something I particularly associate with the cologne genre. As others have said, Insensee means 'insane', rather than 'incense', although I don't find madness or excess in this at all - if anything, it smells rather introverted in character, despite having decent projection; lasts well too, being a Cologne Absolue. I loved it at first sniff and, from the fact that my first sniff was from an amber-coloured, rather ancient-looking sample, I can tell you that it ages well, getting deeper and a little warmer.
It opens with a full and vibrant lime, a juicy opening for a scent which dries down papery, dusty and (as ClaireV so insightfully pointed out) with something of the Communion wafer about it. Maybe it's the lapsed Catholic in me that loves this, maybe it's the bookworm...
It works well as a base under herbal freshies, too - a great way to transition them between seasons. I definitely get a spike of vetiver in the drydown, to my nose it shows as an earthiniess below the papery accord.

Also, am I the only who just loves the Atelier bottles? Like pebbles, there's something really comforting about them in the hand - just the right weight and those rounded corners are lovely.
16th February, 2018

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