Name: Vanille Insensée
Brand: Atelier Cologne
What I liked:
– original take on vanilla
– complex, light and rich, sweet and dark
– good sillage and excellent staying power
What I didn’t like:
– if you’re into sweet gourmand vanilla scents, you may not like this
Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée is true to its name. No, it doesn’t contain a drop of incense. Incensée actually means “out of its senses”, “crazy”, in French and that’s exactly what the vanilla in this scent is: completely and utterly nuts. Far from being your typical overly sweet, girly and warm gourmand vanilla fragrance, Vanille Insensée is a complex and transparent concoction comprised of many layers that blend beautifully together.
The vanilla here is sweet but fresh, and resembles very closely the true scent of a vanilla pod. In the opening, the vanilla is enriched by zesty and luminous touches of lime and citron, with just a tiny hint of spicy coriander. In the heart, clean jasmine and oakmoss “dry” the sweetness of the vanilla, giving the scent a darker and heavier character. In the drydown, vanilla is blended with a strong amber note that’s so sharp it almost seems out of place at first. The amber, together with vetiver and oak, further reduces the sweetness of vanilla, while adding a smokey quality to the scent.
Vanille Insensée is sweet and dark, airy and rich, transparent and complex. I don’t know how a fragrance can be all these things at the same time, but this one does. And the result is intriguing, beautiful and memorable. Atelier Cologne offers an original take on vanilla that will envelop you in its warm and sensual embrace. Despite the sheerness of the vanilla and most of its other notes, Vanilla Insensée has good sillage and impressive staying power. I can still smell it after 12 hours! Oh, and did I mention that it is unisex? It smells so good that your man may be tempted to steal it from you. Don’t say I haven’t warned you!
Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée is an original take on vanilla, which features smokey, woody-ambery facets. Sheer and rich, sweet and dark, this unisex, complex scent has good sillage and excellent staying power.