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Eau d'Hadrien (1981)
by Annick Goutal


Eau d'Hadrien information

Year of Launch1981
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 525 votes)

People and companies

HouseAnnick Goutal
PerfumerAnnick Goutal
PerfumerFrancis Camail
Parent CompanyAmore Pacific
Parent Company at launchAnnick Goutal

About Eau d'Hadrien

Goutal's woody citrus potion delivers a potent burst of citrus flavor cut with a heavy woody base. Long long long lasting scent that has certain elegance to it. [AN]

Reviews of Eau d'Hadrien

Love this fragrance!! Fresh with subtle base notes. It burns off quickly, but a fresh application is intoxicating.
10th February, 2018
We are moving into summer here in the Antipodes. I bought Eau du Sud long before sampling Hadrian and can't imagine why anyone could prefer Hadrian but it has its devotees. I think Eau Sauvage is on the Turin/Sanchez Top 100 list this week that is the honeypot thread so it's a good time to comment. Edmond Roudnitska composed Eau Savage for men but hoped it would appeal to women. It surely did, and Eau de Hadrian is one from that genre, except that it has nothing of the trill that announces the beautiful Herbes de Provence fragrances that we love.
( plus Basil, Verbena, Mint, Caraway, Thyme)
Hadrian seems more caraway to begin with followed by a hot lemon drink scent, a toddy, and the furniture polish of Neopol. I don't like Hadrian until it is no more than a skin scent and it is here I marvel at it, a field of wildflowers leaves its own particular zest. Eau Sauvage, Eau de Rochas, Eau du Sud, Cristalle and the like carry their appeal up front, while Hadrian exits with it. I can't mention caraway without thinking of Luca Turin and his vibrational theory, so I commend anyone to watch the BBC Perfume series that covers his early attempts at recognition.
31st October, 2017
Starts with a big, concentrated lemon, and fades into a nice creamy heart.
31st October, 2017
I really enjoyed this, and then my bottle turned! Instead of being a light, lovely, summery, lemon-woods scent, it became a giant pile of on-the-turn celery with only a hint of lemon buried somewhere deep within. Yuck!

There are many other things I've tried that will take its place though--L'Etrog, Cedrat Enivrant, etc. As nice as it is, it is not particularly unique.
17th July, 2017
I am really on the fence with this one. One day I like it, the next, I don't hate it.

Once upon a time I was addicted to these little tins of candies. Sometimes I bought Cavendish & Harvey's. Other days it was La Vie Les Citrons. Piercing, screaming, little drops of sour lemon. This frag is the liquid version, incarnate.

24th May, 2017
This is the most atypical, shady, low down smelling antithesis of all citrus colognes you could ever imagine; the Evil Twin of Extra Vielle; cologne from the Dark Side.

After the most perfunctory of citrus fanfares Eau d'Hadrien EdP maintains only the most marginal relation to citrus via its herbaceous and choppy textured lemongrass note; but this is a fig leaf - there to provide a surface cologne-like respectability to the hot caustic ginger that struggles to control its temper, and a dark bitter liquorice molasses found brooding in the depths.

These are the ones who rule here, so make no mistake. All those who imagine Eau d'hadrien to be a sunny Mediterranean sketch of citrus and cypress - think again.

And then, you may wonder; in one hour! ... where did it all go?

[Distant, booming Comedy Villain voice comes vanishing from the depths]

'No poxy white musks here!
Ha ha haa ... '

28th July, 2016 (last edited: 01st August, 2016)

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