Oh, well, I will continue with the white-flowers-gardenia-athon
- oh boy, does Ms. Goutal likes her white florals and gardenias in particular. Strangely, from Gardenia Passion I get more tuberose than gardenia, and for that reason it's a little more tolerable. Genie Jenie
I confuse the two sometimes too, as they both loud, buttery, and obnoxious. Example: from Nasomatto's Narcotic Venus all I get is gardenia though to most people it's all about tuberose. And so is with Gardenia Passion for me - I get mostly tuberose, not gardenia. What surprising though about Ms. Goutals white florals is that she manages to keep them polite, and as a consequence more tolerable. I seriously doubt I will ever get Gardenia Passion or Un Matin d'Orage but at least they didn't make me sick.- - - Updated - - -Le Mimosa
- Unfortunately, I don't know how mimosa smells like, but like RHM
I get lot's of peach. To my nose it's all about peach and nothing else really. I wouldn't say that it overly sweet, just like others it's light and transparent. I like it, but more as a room scent than perfume. Once again, I get that girly, pretty, innocent vibe. No, not something I can wear.Passion
- another white floral. (Really? Nooooo). This one should be about tuberose, ylang ylang and tomatoes, but all I get is synthetic orange blossom. To borrow a phrase from Kalli
...Pass...pass...passEau de Camille
- I was looking forward to this one - grassy, herbal..what's not to like? Unfortunately, though the opening was promising the development was chemical, harsh, and headache inducing. It reminded me of Parfumerie Generale Papyrus de Ciane, but PdC was more natural smelling than EdC. At this point I am rather disappointed in the house of Annick Goutal.- - - Updated - - -
Today, citrusy ones. Not big fan of citruses, I had to wait for the right mood.Eau d'Hadrien
- at first sniff, it seems that there is little else other than lemons. But there is something enchanting about this scent, some extra dimension lurking under deceptive simplicity. It draws nose to my wrist again and again. I think if I had to have a citrus fragrance in my wardrobe (which I don't) I would go for Eau d'Hadrien. I am seriosly considering Eau d'Hadrien for the next summer. It also made me realize why I don't like citrus in fragrances - it's not the citruses that I don't like, but any hint of sweetness that might accompany.Eau de Sud
- another nice citrus with Old World chypre-ish vibe. It reminded me of PdE Azemour Les Orangers, but more manly and subdued. I think i would enjoy that on Mr. WF. I will have to impose it on him later and see what he thinks. He seems to have more appreciation for chypres than I do.Les Nuits d'Hadrien
- more complex and warmer than previous two, but least favorite of the bunch. I do admire the composition but it didn't grab me. Also, disappeared much faster than previous two. I did like the opening - herbal, bitter, citrusy, but once it warms up, it's nothing to write home about. I guess my skin took kinder to Eau d'Hadrien.
I must say I am thoroughly impressed with Goutal citruses, this house is a winner when it comes to citrus!- - - Updated - - -
Today La Violette
and Heure Exquise
. I test them together because they smell so much like two other perfumes I love: Chanel 19 and Iris de Nuit. And so I applied all four: La Violette and Heure Eqxuise on one arm and Iris de Nuit and Chanel 19 on another. I will try to contrast and compare.
Heure Exquise and Chanel 19 are very much alike; only as Ms. Sanchez noted, Heure Exquise is more relaxed than Chanel 19. In the heart and drydown is where the big difference is evident: Heure Exquise projects the makeup and powder aspects of iris which are soft, feminine, and pretty; whereas Chanel 19 veers off in a completely different direction.
The similarity between La Violette and Iris de Nuit is of course due to violets. But they are extremely similar to my nose. I am not big fan of violets but I do like them in both La Violette and Iris de Nuit. In both of these fragrances they are reserved, but not linear.- - - Updated - - -Des Lys
- a bit old fashioned, dewy, lady-like lilies. Pretty...but I prefer FM Lys Mediterrannee. There is some signature house note in Goutals that smells both old fashioned and too prim and proper for me. The signature note for very nice girls, who never ever do anything even remotely naughty in their lives. But I do admire Des Lys - there is some fragility and vulnerability about this scent that go well together with huge doe eyes and spotless integrity.