Category: Annick Goutal

Annick Goutal Mon Parfum Cheri par Camille, 2011

(image MISSING WOMAN: DISAPPEARING ACT #572, by Dominique Rey) Perfumers Isabelle Doyen and Camille Goutal I am as easily sucked in by the term “chypre-effect” as the next perfume fanatic. I’ll admit, I blind bought. Not only were the reviews good, but the  dark plum-iris-patchouli targets me perfectly. Factor in my recent interest in Annick Goutal fragrances and I become a…

Annick Goutal Songes, 2005

Perfumer Isabelle Doyen. The mixed floral is a very particular exercise. For many, it implies sophistication, though for the connoisseur a mixed floral might be a cliché. Given the icons, Jean Patou Joy,  Chanel No. 5, Amouage Gold, anything less than outstanding doesn’t measure up. And given the ubiquity of floral scented functional products any floral perfume with less than…

digging (into) vintage: Annick Goutal Passion, 1983

Annick Goutal Passion, 1983.  Perfumer Annick Goutal. The emotion passion has come to be confused with the expression of passion. Borrowing the vocabulary the romantic comedy film, passion has come to mean any attention seeking act. Set this in a culture where an action’s value varies directly with the number of people who witness it and passion loses its meaning as…

Annick Goutal Musc Nomade, 2008

Perfumers Isabelle Doyen and Camille Goutal, 2008. Musc Nomade has wide appeal. The musk freaks, myself included, love it because it’s a complex musk with skin appeal. It’s also exceedingly well balanced, has a woody/floral aspect to it and shows a beautiful evolution. Many musk-heavy perfumes are weak on evolution because musks are basenotes, and the first sniff may not…

Annick Goutal Sables, 1995

Perfumer Annick Goutal Sables follows a classical drydown arc: top, heart, basenotes. The real trick though is that is that it takes you from one genre to another over this progression. Starting with immortelle dissolved in amber, Sables gives you either a strictly sweet maple syrup candy, or a sweet and savory curry with fenugreek and raisins. It’s up to…

Annick Goutal Vetiver, 1985

Annick Goutal’s Vetiver (1985. Perfumer Annick Goutal) is the surf-and-turf of perfumery. I hear the words marine, aquatic and salty used often to describe fragrances and I always wonder what they mean. I understand marine when talking about Secretions Magnifiques. In that case it’s the scent of drying and decaying beach debris. I understand aquatic to be a marketing term to describe…