Guerlain has launched Insolence Eau Glacée, a new summer flanker to 2006's Insolence fragrance for women (and see also: My Insolence, Insolence Eau de Parfum).
An icy fragrance that makes you melt with pleasure! A refreshing idea for a scent that never loses its cool The result is the new Insolence Eau Glacée. The favourite notes of Insolence reveal themselves in a new light: Berries glisten with frost, violet petals seem ready to melt and iris offers wonderful lightness and luxurious airiness.
Guerlain Insolence Eau Glacée is available in 50 ml Eau de Toilette, and can be found now at Debenhams in the UK. (quote via debenhams)
Other recent launches from Guerlain: La Petit Robe Noire, Habit Rouge Sport, Tiare-Mimosa and Cherry Blossom.
Hmmm, perhaps 'airy' is the new fruity-floral?
Seems strange to see a summer scent supposed to evoke frost and a sense of winteriness.
so this is going to make us “melt with pleasure” ? Interesting, must mean they plan to have Hugh Jackman deliver it to me.
Oh, settle down! The berries make me a little nervous but everything else sounds good (but summery??). Plus, anything from Guerlain is certainly sniff worthy.
LOL — that isn't the new fruity floral I needed…
I'm still wanting to smell the Insolence EdP, which sounded quite the opposite of this one…
oh, dear. that sounds sort of awful :-0
I'm refusing to allow myself to say or think: “what is happening to Guerlain?” until after I smell the new La Petite Rob Noir and the Mitsouko Lotus thing. If those are awful then I will be very sad… and I will be asking myself that dreaded question.
Robin, I loved the new Insolence EDP. I'm not sure if you will – it's rather loud/potent/sweet – but somehow it all works and it's brilliant (at least for me!)
You took the words out of my mouth on that one Robin, but I did smell it and I really really really liked it! Then it vanished! And now they come out with this? So strange…quite the mystery!
OMG! That bottle in that shade is super cute! Im sorta glad this may be softer than the original (which I have and love!) bcuz I wasn't feeling my insolence much!
The EdP is incredible. I'll see if I can steal a bit from the bottle I gave my friend (shh!) and get a sample sorted for you! I've got the EdT on today
Love that bottle! This is off-subject, and it may have been mentioned here @ nst before – the March issue of Domino [which is, regrettably their last, I believe] has a cute little quiz to determine your signature scent. Fun!
I bought this today. Am feeling ambivalent about it. I've had the original insolence on my brain for a while…but I bought this one for 2 reasons: a) a cowoker used to wear Insolence and I feel like to buy it would be to copy her. 2)Eau Glacèe seems more discreet, and the ending is smoother to me(if that makes sense…feel free to contradict me, I'm just starting out in the perfume world). I don't know if it makes me “melt with pleasure” though…maybe if I were a Danielle Steele character wearing it…?
On another note…I'm feeling a bit disoriented…I've been reading this blog for a while now, and I really, really like it but my self confidence is suffering. Almost every perfume review I look up I get the feeling that if I read between the lines it's implied that it's run of the mill or unoriginal or something. Maybe I just have bad taste and don't know it. Can someone sort of steer me towards some of the (availble)fragrances that have gotten really good reviews? I know this probably sounds amateur and wannabe of me, but, apart from the fact that I am amateur, it would be great to have some references of what you all more experienced smellers enjoy.
Hey, where did you smell it? I haven't even seen it (although don't know if you're in the US)
I've heard it's great. Did you give it to your friend because you didn't like it? Or just because you're nice?
Whatever happened to Guerlain, it happened awhile back…this seems like more of the same to me. I'm hoping the Fleur de Shalimar & Mitsouko Lotus (or do I have that backwards?) will both be horrible, LOL…but I'll eat my words if they're not.
Not sure I'll like the Insolence EdP either, just want to smell it
It is pretty, I like it better than the pink.
Hey, never heard of that magazine!
Please, please, wear what you like and don't worry about it. I'm sure you do not have bad taste. Most perfumes, frankly, are not what I'd call “original”, but that doesn't mean they aren't lovable. Maybe (?) this will help:
Domino is a great 'shelter' magazine – I refer to it's style as a combo 'House & Garden' and 'Elle Decor' – but more youthful somehow. Very cool magazine that will be missed.
Bluesette – we all just like what we like. I wear Guerlain and Tauer but just as happily wear Bath and Body Works and Avon. Sometimes it might seem like we are saying – oh, no, not another pink pepper, or fruity floral, or melon-based scent, which we do, but that doesn't mean we don't have fragrances on our shelves that are made of those things. We just like variety, and want MORE variety!
If you don't have Perfumes: the Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, it is a fun place to start. But, it is a GUIDE, not the ultimate treatise on what is good in perfume. I have several one-star scents in my collection, and some five-star scents reek on me. Their reviews are based as much on elegance of formulation and uniqueness as they are about smelling good. Check it out, make a list of stuff you want to try (and they have no qualms about reviewing drug-store perfumes, either!), get yourself some samples and start sniffing!
Ah, thanks. And sorry you lost a favorite magazine. Looks like that's going to happen to many of us…print media is not doing so hot at the moment.
Yes, I am so excited! Insolence is what first brought me to the world of fragrance. This seems promising. I hope it doesn't smell medicinal though. Anyway, can't wait to try it.
thanks so much for your reply…I read your article in the link and it made me feel better. I just wanted to clarify that I didn't mean to offend anyone with my words…didn't mean to imply that you all come off as perfume snobs or highbrow or whatever. I think you're all respectful and diplomatic with your opinions….I think it's more *me* feeling inadequate, like my spectrum of perfume tastes is decidedly limited…I've tried a few perfumes that here you've said are nice and I've really really tried to like them, but I didn't…
someone's got to make up the mass market consumer group, right?
I didn't mean to sound apologetic…I'm just a bit self conscious I guess.
p.s. about the ones I've tried that you liked…that's not saying much though…most of the perfumes that you've said are your favorites, I can't even find in order to smell them. Like I said, just starting out, haven't discovered the resources yet.
And don't worry, I'll keep on buying only what I really like, at the way they are priced I can't afford not to.
Bluesette, you voiced my feelings so eloquently! I went and read the archived blog that Robin left and it made me feel better too. I just discovered NST a month or so ago and everyone's nose seemed so much more refined than mine will ever be! I was very admiring, but felt a little inadequate, like you said. I also have tried some things that others rave about and I just don't get it….at all.
Anyhow the best resources for sampling are The Perfumed Court, The Posh Peasant, Luckyscent, Parfums Raffy—I have also found that some of the niche brands have sample programs through their own online stores (like for x amount of $ you can select x number of 1ml samples etc.) Sometimes it works out $$ wise to do that. Now that I've endangered your credit cards…..welcome (we can be newbies together ) : )
Thanks Daisy. By the way, I think that's a lovely name for someone into perfumes. I'm going to check out those places you mentioned, but I should say I live in Spain…that's sometimes a problem when I want to order things online.
May I ask which ones you've tried that the others raved about that you didn't get? It's hard for me to find the ones they like in order to smell them…
You sound more experienced than I am though, Daisy. I'm not even sure what a niche brand is….a non mainstream one?
And yeah, my credit card is trembling…the way I've been lately I haven't had the courage to go look at my bank statements. But so far I haven't mustered the courage to buy online, so I buy my perfumes at retail price.
It's encouraging to have a newbie buddy…I look forward to hearing more about your perfume likes and dislikes…I'm still figuring mine out!
Wow, Spain….very cool…are you an American in Spain? Or a European who speaks English really well, because you write like it is your native lang.
I know that ThePoshPeasant, Luckyscent, and ThePerfumedCourt will ship internationally and their rates seem very reasonable—remember A LOT of 1ml to 5ml samples don't weight very much—I would just order enough stuff to make the shipping worth it. Goodness knows I'm a complete addict and have no problem at all ordering 20+ samples at a time.
I'm not very experienced…I love smelling stuff (two wrists to use each day–so I limit myself to 2 scents at a time—and it's good to give things another try later on since mood, diet and other environmental factors can influence your impressions).
Niche perfumes are pretty much what you said: non-mainstream. It seems there is a lot more smell-variety in the niche fragrances probably because they aren't aimed at the largest, most average, trendy demographic. Beware: niche fragrances tend to be a little more pricey. Which is why the sample process is so very exciting. Lord knows I can't travel to New York City or Paris just to try dozens of fancy perfumes…and I sure can't shell out 100 to 300 bucks a bottle to try them either….but at 3.00 to 7.00, sure I can do that! Some places list samples in ounces some in ml so it pays to convert and see who's giving the better deals.
So many times I've read people raving about Bvlgari Black , seems so many just LOVE it…..but I have to tell you that was probably my biggest scrubber ever (that's something you NEED to SCRUB off and seriously so) Smelled just like hot ashphalt on me (eww) …..Iris Pallida (so $$$) but after about 10 minutes it smelled like an old sweaty man ! (acck) –but here's the really tricky thing about perfume: both those might smell like heaven on you and they might end up your faves!
You ever try Prada Infusion d'Iris ? Or Hermes Hiris? Those are my 2 favorite perfumes ever in the history of the world! For the next couple of weeks I'm trying out the L”Artisan Parfumeur line….they are pricey in full bottles but check out their site.
At ThePerfumedCourt (TPC) they do a nice job of sample sets if you like vanilla types or rose types or amber types….I've been working my way through some nice vanillas.
I love to smell all sorts of stuff—even the ones where I say eww, what is that smell in this stuff?! But I only buy bottles of juice that smells “good”—I'd much rather have people walk by and say “mmm, you smell really nice!” than “hmm, that's an interesting perfume” (which I always think is code for : we're planning to dunk you in the bath until we can breath again…)
Well, sorry to go on and on. I hope I've helped in some way : )
Hope you'll love it then
Bluesette, you did not offend me in the least. I am a perfume snob, there's no getting around that
I tested this last month – smells like Apres l’Ondees without the melancholy. I haven’t smelled anything I like from their in-house perfumer yet, and though Insolence EDP has been well-received, the new perfumes simply lack the elegance that I crave in the classics. I haven’t smelled la Petite Robe Noir but I bet it is awful and nothing like those Guerlain that I adore.
PRN was not as bad as I expected it to be, but it isn’t something I’d wear. Haven’t smelled the newer Insolence scents though.