the opening is so bright, intense, and zingy, full of deep limes, bergamot and fresh fig. i could live in this cloud forever. the party calms down after 30 min into a much greener, tomato leaf & fig vibe that stays comfortable for a respectable 4-6 hours. at some point, the wife detects "cat pee", which i've noticed others have noted. i ascribe that to certain noses due to a clash between a subtle, rich wood note and the chlorophyll in the green notes that you smell in the garden after heavy rain (but i ain't no organic chemist...) this is (along with eau du sud, another goutal) my favourite summer perfume. marvelous!
Ninféo Mio by Annick Goutal, 2009
Rated #1401 in Fragrances
This is the scent of elfs and fairies of the woodlands. The smell of this fragrance projects in my olfactory imagination the whiff of an ethereal Eden's garden placed in a magic woodland with streams, fruit trees and ponds, a bit swampy and shadowy, featuring a woodsy, earthy, incensed smell of fig-peach with a chemical citrusy undertone. The beginning is sour (orangy-lemony which is rooty thanks to a wonderful petitgrain) with an hint of lavender. The fragrance soon becomes a bit resinous, green-musky and incensed (thanks to the smell of galbanum, sort of an incensey one, at least in my perception) with nuances of fig and peach. I detect more a green-earthy temperament than a fruity or floral one. I agree who with asserts that the note of fig provides an earthy feel which becomes resinous and creamy due to creamy woods, milky notes and resins. I associate myself who with detects a laundry mark. The feel of chemical detergent is one of the nuances by me perceived while inhaling these woodsy, silvan, creamy scents and i associate it to orange-resins or creams links. Really, really interesting scent from a great brand whose creations talk about nostalgia, childhood and enchanting gardens.
The initial impression was: Annick Goutals attempt to give an eau de cologne a fig twist. Perhaps this is a bit unfair as the lemon at the start is gloriously juicy and a cut above standard issue colognes. Also the lasting power is decent, even if I did have to apply liberally to get it to project. Nothing wrong with the fig leaf note either... And yet this fails to lift above the merely pleasant. It may wow those who have never encountered fig leaf in perfumery, but will do little for fig veterans. The fig-lemon pairing has its intended refreshing effect and seems natural and unforced. But as with all citruses, the lemon eventually fades and then one is left with a rather nondescript fig leaf with woodsy backing and some chemicals that continue to chirp Fresh, fresh, fresh. Good for hot weather.
The opening notes of Ninfeo Mio are incredibly juicy! Lemony citrus and verbena, fresh leaves and galbanum and a fig that develops a milky note as the scent dries down. What's left then is a nutty coconut smell caused by the milky fig and some sharp dry wood notes which often gets on my nerves and into my nose. Longevitiy is average as you know from other Annick Goutal fragrances and it quickly becomes a skin scent. Ninfeo Mio works on me but I can understand other reviewers who say it develops weirdly on them which I think is due to the sharp woody notes in the base that have the potential to smell sweaty when in combination with the wrong skin chemistry. So sample this first!
i agree with blood orange, this is a very natural scent and i love every minute of it! it is so fresh and green, even in the hot southern hemisphere summer at the moment. on my skin it does not change a lot, stays more or less the same - and stays for a decent period of time (well, for a fresh scent - so definitely not a whole day). there is also this one aspect about it that makes me love this perfume even more - haven't been to greek gardens yet, maybe this is how they smell, but to me it smells of the nettle thicket in the wood on the sunny early summer first hot days, when the woods are still cool and dump. probably this is my imaginary nettle scent, i haven't been near nettle thicket since childhood. nevertheless, this association made me love the fragrance and buy the whole bottle.
Ninfeo Mio, is quite possibly the most natural smelling scent I have managed to come across. The greeness that is experienced in this particular fragrance, smells like that of a thriving vegetable garden. If you don't like particularly earthy or bitter green scents, Ninfeo Mio probably won't delight you. I honestly couldn't imagine myself wearing such a scent, however I am very drawn to Ninfeo Mio. I find it very appealing and in some ways, pretty. The citrus opening is more tart than sharp and sour. I initially detected a tomato-like note hidden in the composition, that made me think of freshly cut vegetables. Lavender is what tends to give Ninfeo Mio that unisex and aromatic touch in the heart. The whole composition is quite astounding in the way that it's dry rather than wet. In the drydown I swear that I can smell smokey incense. It has a very exotic/garden temple feel to it. Every now and then I have to remind myself that Ninfeo Mio is a perfume and not just my natural surroundings. The lasting power is amazing and the sillage rather commendable. Because this fragrance is so unusual, I don't believe that everyone is expected to like it. Ninfeo Mio, is in my opinion, is an excellent example of a green, herbaceous scent done to perfection.
I'm transported to Greece and I've just broken a branch off a fig tree. Heat, sun and green figgy notes. Delicious and evocative of a garden abroad.
This is a wonderful summer fragrance or a memory of a summer during the colder months. It transports me to my grandmother's summer house and garden, the smell of the tomato vines in the warm sun if front of a wooden wall, the coolness and smell of fresh water of the little rapids an a pond and the milky scents of food and baking from the kitchen. It is divine but I cannot wear it to work. It is so combined with dolce far niente that I probably could not get anything done. :-)
I can't really make up my mind on Ninfeo Mio. There are some aspects that I really love about this one i.e. the opening is pleasantly fresh with a lot of lemon and citrus magistrally balanced with bitter fig and fig leaves, but on the other hand, in the drydown the milky note and creamy wood dominate the whole fragrance in a bad way. Actually i quite like how it smells but can't immagine it on my skin. I like it on paper anyway!
(revised) Notes: bergamot, citron, petitgrain, bitter orange, galbanum, lentisque (mastic resin), lavender, fig leaf, lemon tree wood. This has a marvelous dry-herbal-woody opening, with a hint of lavender. I wish that lasted longer. The scent is very lemony, but it is round and not acidic. Lots of creamy fig notes which at times seem like coconut and at other times somewhat peachy. The mastic resin combines with the wood and fig to give an earthy, compelling and even haunting quality. This earthy quality earns this the "garrigue" designation. My reservation is the fig. I appreciate it but don't like it on myself. I usually find that creamy-sweet note is not quite my style. Still, this is a marvelous scent. I don't get anything starchy, cold or skanky here...
Ninféo Mio by Annick Goutal, 2009
By: Annick Goutal
|Notes||Italian Lemon, Petitgrain, Bitter Orange, Galbanum Extract, Lentisque Absolute, Fig Leaf, Lemon Tree Wood|
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