L'Insoumis (2016)

L'Insoumis by Lalique
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L'Insoumis is a perfume by Lalique for men and was released in 2016. The scent is spicy-woody. It is being marketed by Lalique Group / Art & Fragrance.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBasil, Bergamot, Rum
Heart Notes Heart NotesClary sage, Lavender, Black pepper
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Haitian vetiver, Moss, Clearwood™

Ratings

Scent

7.4 (103 Ratings)

Longevity

6.9 (91 Ratings)

Sillage

6.4 (92 Ratings)

Bottle

8.0 (96 Ratings)
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Farneon

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Farneon
Farneon
Helpful Review    5
The taming of the unruly, or: is actually always possible!
Lalique is one of my favourite brands, because it offers good and original fragrances at reasonable prices and only rarely orients itself to the usual mass taste. Above all, of course, the "Encre Noir" series, which is outstanding for me and many others, is enthroned. I don't like all Lalique fragrances either, but that's never the case. But I can't remember a real total loss for me either.

"L'Insoumis" was purchased on the basis of the comments and ingredients here. Herbs, pepper, vetiver in combination with slightly sweet rum and bitter-citric bergamot - that should be something for me! And is it fundamental! :-) Far less rebellious and unruly than the name suggests, and that's a good thing, because I can't usually get much out of especially extravagant and extreme scents.

The top note alone takes some getting used to, which is probably due to the basil-rum combination. Mint and rum are more familiar if you like mojito, for example. For me, "L'Insoumis" only unfolds its true strength after 10-15 minutes, when the earthy-smoky Patchouli (Clearwood is supposed to be synthetic Patchouli by Firmenich) and Vetiver skilfully intervene in the action.

As a result, none of the fragrances are particularly dominant for me. The result is simply a colourful interplay that has been conceived with originality in mind. Because I hardly recognize echoes of scents I know. Fougère, well, because coumarin (mainly extracted from the tonka bean) should not be processed here. One describes today almost every fragrance, in which lavender and moss are processed, as modern Fougère, even "Cool Water" and "Chanel Boy", which could hardly be more different! ;-)

Back to "L'Insoumis": For me, at Lalique they tried to create a fragrance for all occasions and seasons, which was a great success. Only when jogging in shimmering summer heat I would not necessarily put it on, but whoever sprays himself is to blame anyway! ;-) From the basic DNA, I would equate the fragrance a bit with the "Guerlain Homme", which I also commented on, which relies on the mentioned rum-mint cooperation and otherwise also presents itself as an everyday fragrance with a patchouli-vetiver base.

"L'Insousmis" is certainly more distinctive and independent in its fragrance concept, but it also has a much more synthetic note (probably due to Clearwood).
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Minigolf

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Minigolf
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Ballad of smoke and fougérè
As if on a foggy morning with hoarfrost on the branches and grasses, "L'Insoumis" smells like a walk through a quiet suburb.
Fireplaces are furnished with wood in cosy living rooms and outside the mist mixes with the aromatic wood scents. Many a lavender in front gardens still has its "faded" on the stem, the branches shimmer more silver than usual.
If such is ground between the fingers, it smells wonderful.
Mosses on tree trunks make the cold moisture and its green cushions smell good and woody.
Everything is wrapped in quiet melancholy, a kind of "warm melancholy" that lets us know that even late autumn and winter will give way to spring. Freshly sprouting ferns and grasses, the fireplace, which produces a smoky woody scent, is only fired on very cool evenings. And it smells fresh green again.
This "Lalique" gives an idea of all this and is nevertheless made for the cold seasons.
I'd wear it too, because it's a well-made fougérè scent. Not unusual, but very pleasant.
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Muotarek

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Muotarek
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Modern Fougère Woody!!
Scent: Green, sweet, and a lil bit of spice and boozy vibe For me, this is very well balanced, wearable, and considered.

Bottle: Gorgeous looking bottle.

Summary: It is not loud "in your face scent" in fact it is noticed and stays for hours, to be honest Lalique produce so many good perfumes I consider them "niche quality" for a decent price tag!! unbeatable house in my opinion. wearing it on business days are okay, longevity is solid and projection stays near you.

Rating: 7.5/10
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Elysium

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Elysium
Helpful Review    3
A New Era of Fougère
For the past 20 or 30 years, innovation, especially in the fragrance space, has been fairly straightforward. L'Insoumis is one of those disruptive scents, not another sheep following the herd, yet a lonely wolf. An outlier, definitely, who stands apart from others of its group. I saw it two years ago and I have liked its bottle ever since. It is a Lalique creation, the dam of Hommage a l'Homme and Encré Noir masterpieces, which represents to me something to blindly trust in. That's why I blindly ordered it and after a first smell, I did not regret it at all.

To begin with, the sprayer is extraordinary, a wide and deep spray with micro drops that fall on your skin like a steam's cloud. L'Insoumis opens with a blast of aromatic fresh basil and boozy, velvety and warm rum. This cocktail is adorned with some slice of fresh bergamot, a similar one you get in Dior Sauvage opening. To my nose, the rum and basil blend, allegedly sustained by other notes, creates a herbal and Mirto-like smell. For those of you who don't know it, Mirto is a heavy, sweet and herbal liqueur made from Myrtle berries -sometimes even from leaves- and sweetened with bitter honey, and drunk all over Sardinia, at all occasions, much the way ouzo or raki is served in Greece. This initial stage of the scent is crisp and aromatic.

L'Insoumis is unsubdued, intractable, and nonconformist. The heart reveals other main fougère notes, the aromatic Lavender and Salvia Sclarea accord, which is invigorated with a spicy yet powdery Black Pepper. Yet the Mirto effect is hindering in the background, not overstanding the heart's notes, rather sustaining them. This middle stage is still aromatic also a bit spicy.

The final stage of L'Insoumis is eccentric, bohemian, a kind of like an outsider. Its strength is boldly affirmed in the underlying notes. Patchouli's heart reveals an unusual, harmonious and sweet olfactory richness, at the same time herbaceous and subtly coriaceous. The boisée strength of Vétiver extends the fascinating trail of L'Insoumis to infinity. The musky aspect is strong enough to extend the longevity and clearwood reinforces the patchouli adding an earthy undertone.

Albeit I wore L'Insoumis in this middle winter working day, a typical foggy and cold Northern Italy weather, and it performs very well, I have to admit that I rather prefer wearing fougére scents during the fall season. Business days are fine, longevity is solid and projection stays near you.
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Smora

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Smora
Smora
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Retrox
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Despite of the name L’Insoumis (translated rebel or unsubdued man), this fragrance is not so groundbreaking compared to many other fragrances launched, but for Lalique it is a novel direction. In my eyes, L’Insoumis is a reinterpretation of classic fougere theme for the 21st century.

L’Insoumis opens slightly sweet and coconut-like balmy with a lot going on. The sweetness is probably from rum note, although I do not perceive this rum as a proper liqueur note. Bergamot is strong in the opening, just reminding me of notorious Dior Sauvage. Soft basil is nicely paired with other notes, giving an herbal and somehow pine-like accord. Lavender, usually a central note in fougeres, is present, but subdued by the other notes. Ambrox® is, to my nose, easily noticeable, while a Firmenich’s new molecule – Clearwood® gives a soft patchouli twist to the whole composition. Lalique visually nailed the commercial, the opening smells like European pine forest in morning fog with wet, earthy undertones.

Rating: 7/10

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Muotarek 15 months ago
Scent: Green, sweet, and a lil bit of spice and boozy vibe For me, this is very well balanced, wearable, and considered.
Elysium 22 months ago
L'Insoumis is one of those disruptive scents, not another sheep following the herd, yet a lonely wolf. An outlier, a new era of fougère!+3
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