You may know how I love splits? It’s when one person buys a bottle, decants out portions and sells them on. They are a wonderful way to test a load of fragrances for not much more than the price of the juice. It can get addictive though and I regularly spend a hunk cash on them.
The past creative director of Robert Piguet, Joe GarcesI left some really happy memories. He came to Australia a few years ago as Piguet was re-establishing themselves as a fragrant player and held some super fun Master Classes. Joe told us stories of the creation and recreation of the piglet line and how each fragrance came about. It was fun but also riveting listening, he knew how to engage us and answered questions. I already loved Bandit and fracas but this opened a whole new world for me and the others present.
So, when Robert Piguet launches something new I try to get to it as soon as possible.
L’Insomnuit by Robert Piguet 2016
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Plum, Bergamot, Fir balsam
Heart: Orris absolute, Iris concrete, Oud
Base: Cedarwood, Cypriol, Tonka bean absolute, Sandalwood
Tonka, fir and iris compete for opening honours. A very interesting dry, sweet, powdery, woody mix that doesn’t remind me of anything else as it opens. It seems to be its own thing. Basically a wood extravaganza but slightly bakery-esque. The iris is very dry, slightly cardboard, and a little earthy but the interesting juxtaposition of the tonka sweetness (I think there is some vanilla too) and the creamy sandalwood make it so unusual to me.
From the notes I thought this next pic would be exactly what the fragrance would smell like but L’Insomnuit is far more interesting than that.
Oudh? I don’t smell any oudh, like seriously zero oudhishness. The plum also passes me by.
There is a recurring moment through the heart of L’Insomnuit where I am suddenly reminded of Eau d’Italie Morn To Dusk. A similar golden treacle heft, so dense and gooey, thick and rich. Not the same but the feeling is similar and equally as extravagant.
For anyone who likes vanilla but is bored of how it is usually sent out in the 21st century this could be a nice not quite so super sweet option. Longevity is excellent, sillage moderate to good. I’d love to smell this on a really manly man in wrestling outfit, suit or overalls. It would definitely be an attractant.
Further reading: Fragrance Daily
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12 thoughts on “L’Insomnuit by Robert Piguet 2016”
This is a house that seems to love my skin! My absolute favourite of the line is Knightsbridge.
I loved Knightsbridge too. Even the bottle is gorgeous, green right?
My fave is Douglas Hannant.
Aha! Interesting choice Gina,
Bandit Shower Cream!!! Love it!
Very interested in all the Piguets. This one’s new to me. Will check it out. Cheers.
Bandit Shower Cream as BUBBLE BATH!!! Heavenly.
I was really mad at Piguet when they let Joe Garces go. Joe worked so had to establish Piguet and this is how he was rewarded. I really hate this selfish side of brands or even human beings where they stab someone in the back after he/she has done so much for them.
I had no idea there was drama. How awful. Joe was the best.
Haha, the ‘piglet line’. I have Bandit EdP and the vintage EdT, and I’m very curious to try Baghari and Futur. The first time I tried Fracas I hated it, but that was probably due to a dodgy sample because when I sniffed it again at DJ I loved it. It’s on my wish list.
OOOPSIE!! Ha Ha ha Ingrid,
Bloody spellcheck. I admit too that I wrote this piece when a bit tired.
Fracas is divine. MMMMMM
I love Casbah, great incense frag. Would love to try Insomnuit too.
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