Saturday, January 31, 2015
FRAGRANCE | L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme
For weeks now I've been using L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme, my first taste of the Guerlain brand. The legendary French perfume house, acquired by LVMH in 1994, has a considerable history that dates back to 1828. As such, it has produced a long list of fragrances, a lot of which have become classic bestsellers. So it's quite a shame I've only tried them now.
L'Instant has a pretty straightforward packaging, its bottle on the thinner and less weightier side (unlike my perennial favorite Terre d'Hermes, which comes in a fairly thick bottle).
A pleasant citrusy scent with a hint of floral greets you right after you spray it on. Then it settles to reveal its warmer notes dominated by cocoa and a soft woodsy scent that I later read was sandalwood. It's a masculine scent, no doubt; never overbearing yet confident. Since I live in the tropics, I can safely say it's very wearable in warm weather.
I find L'Instant's projection quite weak, however, or average at most. I mean, sure everyone can smell it right after a spritz but once it dries down it's barely noticeable. I also don't feel it lasts very long unless maybe you stick your nose to where I sprayed it. But it's still not that bad as my experience with Dolce & Gabbana's The One.
Save for my reservations on projection and longevity, I still believe L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme is a good fragrance. But I'd like to try a different one first for my next Guerlain.
Available in 75ml bottles.