My Insolence is Guerlain’s first flanker release for 2006′s Insolence scent, and is advertised as “a softer, fruitier fragrance”. I liked the original Insolence. I didn’t adore it wildly, and I never bought it, but I liked it, and I appreciated its “Guerlain-ness”, something that was lacking from the undoubtedly more popular L’Instant.
The original Insolence was already a fairly soft and fruity scent once you waited through the rather harsh top notes, which have been compared to everything from nail polish remover (that was my take) to Aqua Net. Not surprisingly, the rough opening, which undoubtedly put off many consumers, is entirely absent in My Insolence, which starts off much sweeter and fruitier — lots of raspberry lollipop cut with a trace of tart citrus. Right about the time that Insolence starts to move into its very Guerlain-ish blend of woods, vanilla, iris and violet, My Insolence veers off in another direction entirely, amping up the foody sweetness with a floral blend centered on almond blossom.
Eventually, My Insolence warms up to something closer to the original Insolence, but it never quite gets there. I don’t know that Insolence really lived up to its name, but this one is even farther from the mark, being considerably tamer and more girly-pretty. If you liked the original, My Insolence may strike you as dumbed down for mass appeal; if you didn’t, you may find it a huge improvement. I would guess that I’m predictable enough that anyone who reads Now Smell This regularly already knows what I think.
Guerlain My Insolence is available in 50 or 100 ml Eau de Toilette. (quote in first paragraph via france-excellence.ca)
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