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    I'm going to be like Ellis Island and welcome all the wee samples from all over.
    Then, I'll repackage everything and ship it out with confirmation, as soon as I am done testing.

    So far, I've tried Eau de Camille & Passion.

    Eau de Camille smelled very "clean" on my skin. Little projection & lasted about 3 hours. Reminded me of a freshly washed child. Notes are: "Floral, green (Ivy, privet tree, honeysuckle, seringa, cut grass)"

    My first reaction to Passion was "WOW!" I need to get this. As it dried down, I changed my mind and think a sample would be plenty. My favorite parts of this were the initial jasmine and the deep dry down of oakmoss/patchouli/vanilla. The tomato leaf & tuberose did weird nasty things on my skin. Ylang - ylang & I rarely get along on a good day. This was not a good day.
    Notes: "Floral (Jasmine, ylang-ylang, tomato leaf, tuberose, patchouli, oakmoss, vanilla)".

    Notes are from http://www.annickgoutal.com/en/ I correct obvious spelling mistakes, 'cause that's just how I roll.

    On to more Goutals! Thank you all for this experience! I am loving it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Genie Jeanie View Post
    I'll send you a sample Kalli & add to the pass too. I think this might be one you kind of like, even if it's not a love. To me it's sort of jammy with a definite chocolate note in there too.
    Thanks for sharing the Eau de Charlotte, Genie Jeanie! That is so sweet of you! I actually have that one, but the slightly gourmand aspect made me set it aside for this pass. I'm totally for "the more the merrier" though! And anyway, it is Eau de Camille's sister and it shares some similarities to the others, so why not have one big happy family? lol!

    Quote Originally Posted by Whitefluffy View Post
    Sorry about jumping in, but I did find a gardenia that I liked (unbelievably so) - Ophelia by Heeley. Not the obnoxious-makes-you-sick kind, but the green-fresh-pretty-reserved-kind. The only Gardenia I could ever consider in my wardrobe.
    Hey, jump on in anytime!!!!!!!!!!!! Coincidentally, I just realized I got a sample of Ophelia as a bonus, so this makes me want to sniff it now... I didn't know anything about it before your comment!

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    I'm going to be like Ellis Island and welcome all the wee samples from all over.
    Then, I'll repackage everything and ship it out with confirmation, as soon as I am done testing.

    So far, I've tried Eau de Camille & Passion.

    Eau de Camille smelled very "clean" on my skin. Little projection & lasted about 3 hours. Reminded me of a freshly washed child. Notes are: "Floral, green (Ivy, privet tree, honeysuckle, seringa, cut grass)"

    My first reaction to Passion was "WOW!" I need to get this. As it dried down, I changed my mind and think a sample would be plenty. My favorite parts of this were the initial jasmine and the deep dry down of oakmoss/patchouli/vanilla. The tomato leaf & tuberose did weird nasty things on my skin. Ylang - ylang & I rarely get along on a good day. This was not a good day.
    Notes: "Floral (Jasmine, ylang-ylang, tomato leaf, tuberose, patchouli, oakmoss, vanilla)".
    I love the Ellis Island simile! Too funny! Thank you for kindly gathering the tired, the poor, the huddled samples! LOL!!!

    And what sweet imagery of a freshly washed child! Delightful, and perfect for Eau de Camille. I imagined a Mary Cassatt painting in my head...

    I had a similar feeling about Passion... in fact, I may have jumped the gun so to speak when I bought it. I'm not entirely sure that I would have purchased it if I had worn it more beforehand! Ah, well... live and learn! Anyway, I can't really bemoan purchasing it, as I do wear it occasionally and it is rather unique.

    Looking forward to reading more of your reviews! I am so glad you are having fun with it!

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    Whew! I got nervous when basenotes was down yesterday.

    On to the impressions, a la Goutal. Les Nuits d'Hadrien Notes: "Citrus, amber (Bergamot, icy Sicilian lemon, green Mandarin, tangerine, cypress, basil, cumin, juniper bay, ylan-ylang, vanilla, sandalwood, patchouli, amber, white musk)"
    I know this is pretty popular and I can see why but I do not think I need it in my collection. Not that it doesn't smell wonderful, it does. Just imagine Eau d'Hadrien edt having a love child with Ambre Fetiche, this is Ambre d'Hadrien lite. "Mama" & "Daddy" are already part of my collection, no need to encourage reproduction.

    For sleeping, last night I tried Le Mimosa. Notes: "Floral, fruity (Mimosa absolute from Grasse, peach, anise, Florentine iris, white musk)" First impression, "Man, this is sweeeeet!" Teeth grindingly, nails on chalkboard, sugar rush sweet. Okay for once in a while but I'd never use up a whole bottle of this and I love mimosa scents. My skin amped up the peach and pushed it over the cliff, a la James and the Giant Peach.


    Today a lovely surprise arrived, Kalli's package containing Folavril and some nice little goodies. Thank you, darlin'!

    Now THIS is more like it! Why Folavril "works" on my skin and Le Mimosa doesn't when they are both listed as "Floral, fruity" who the heck knows? Different florals, different fruits and pure ambrosia on my skin. Notes: "Floral, fruity, exotic (Tomato leaf, mango, jasmine, Boronia flower)"

    Well, I already know I love jasmine, the tomato leaf cuts the sweetness of the mango note and I haven't a clue what boronia flower smells like. All I know is, I LOVE this. Annick wore Folavril faithfully every Spring or so I have been told by someone who knew her. The individual notes are very difficult to pick out. The perfume is seamless.

    So, I have quite a few more to try and I'm waiting for Eau de Charlotte to arrive. As always, I will keep everyone apprised of my progress.
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    Ya, that peach note was nice and big. A peach note I also like is in Tresor In Love. Though, the scent doesn't last long..too bad really. Too light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RHM View Post
    Whew! I got nervous when basenotes was down yesterday.

    On to the impressions, a la Goutal. Les Nuits d'Hadrien Notes: "Citrus, amber (Bergamot, icy Sicilian lemon, green Mandarin, tangerine, cypress, basil, cumin, juniper bay, ylan-ylang, vanilla, sandalwood, patchouli, amber, white musk)"
    I know this is pretty popular and I can see why but I do not think I need it in my collection. Not that it doesn't smell wonderful, it does. Just imagine Eau d'Hadrien edt having a love child with Ambre Fetiche, this is Ambre d'Hadrien lite. "Mama" & "Daddy" are already part of my collection, no need to encourage reproduction.

    For sleeping, last night I tried Le Mimosa. Notes: "Floral, fruity (Mimosa absolute from Grasse, peach, anise, Florentine iris, white musk)" First impression, "Man, this is sweeeeet!" Teeth grindingly, nails on chalkboard, sugar rush sweet. Okay for once in a while but I'd never use up a whole bottle of this and I love mimosa scents. My skin amped up the peach and pushed it over the cliff, a la James and the Giant Peach.


    Today a lovely surprise arrived, Kalli's package containing Folavril and some nice little goodies. Thank you, darlin'!

    Now THIS is more like it! Why Folavril "works" on my skin and Le Mimosa doesn't when they are both listed as "Floral, fruity" who the heck knows? Different florals, different fruits and pure ambrosia on my skin. Notes: "Floral, fruity, exotic (Tomato leaf, mango, jasmine, Boronia flower)"

    Well, I already know I love jasmine, the tomato leaf cuts the sweetness of the mango note and I haven't a clue what boronia flower smells like. All I know is, I LOVE this. Annick wore Folavril faithfully every Spring or so I have been told by someone who knew her. The individual notes are very difficult to pick out. The perfume is seamless.

    So, I have quite a few more to try and I'm waiting for Eau de Charlotte to arrive. As always, I will keep everyone apprised of my progress.
    Nice reviews coming in! I'm so disappointed you didn't get the Charlotte yet. Should arrive by tomorrow.

    BTW Cestrum, a package I'm expecting from ebay has been listed as "missent" by the PO for 6 days now! What is happening with our mail these days!

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    GJ, it's here, it's here!

    So, OF COURSE, I put it on immediately. First impression (for the first 3 seconds) this reminds me of Mure et Musc. Eau de Charlotte is not blackberry but blackcurrant buds, with just a whisper of cocoa. The juice is sweet, not Le Mimosa sweet but toothsome, nonetheless. (I wrote this before I looked at the notes and, sure enough, there is mimosa in it.)

    I really like it and so does my daughter (she's the Princess of Sweet Perfume.)

    So now I have TWO lemmings from this sample pass, Folavril and Eau de Charlotte and I'm not through all of the cute little bottles yet. Interesting *rubs chin* I probably would not have tried either of these based on the notes alone.

    Notes for Eau de Charlotte: "Fruity, floral, sweet (Blackcurrant buds, mimosa, cocoa, vanilla base)"
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    Yay!! Glad the Charlotte finally found you, RHM & that you give it a thumbs up. It's probably my favorite AG from the few that I've sampled even though it's sweeter than I usually like. Something about it just makes me want to keep sniffing.

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    So, the Goutal Expo continues. I am giving these a full wearing. Today's combo is Eau d'Hadrien and Eau de Sud

    Notes for Eau d'Hadrien: Citrus (Sicilian lemon, citron, grapefruit, green mandarine, cypress, aldehyde notes, ylang-ylang)
    and for Eau de Sud Citrus, Chypre, Green (Bergamot, Persian lime, grapefruit, mandarine, verbena, peppermint, basil, hint of jasmine and vetiver, patchouli, oakmoss)

    This combination is very refreshing, adding Eau de Sud gives a longer life to the notoriously short lived Eau d'Hadrien. I find I use both of these in combination with other scents if I want to add citrus notes. Both are wonderful to have in the wardrobe.
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    Upon sniffing my little sample of Eau De Charlotte again, it really does remind me of Covet in the beginning. That damp, green/yellow forest smell. Don't know it I like that aspect after all. The dry down gets a bit better. But ya, a light version of Covet at first. And this Annick likes to disappear on my skin really quickly.
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    Sables.....WOW! Ms. Goutal liked her man to, well, "Smell like a man!"

    So many of the women's fragrances are light and airy, especially the earlier ones. Sables is rich amber and woods.
    Notes are: "Amber, Woody, Spicy (Everlasting flower, cinnamon, Mysore sandalwood, Indonesian pepper, smoked tea, amber)"

    I am a fierce advocate of non-genderizing fragrances in general. However, Sables is the most masculine scent I've ever smelled. It was wonderful on me but I would much, much prefer to cosy up to fellow wearing this, instead of wearing it myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RHM View Post
    Sables.....WOW! Ms. Goutal liked her man to, well, "Smell like a man!"

    So many of the women's fragrances are light and airy, especially the earlier ones. Sables is rich amber and woods.
    Notes are: "Amber, Woody, Spicy (Everlasting flower, cinnamon, Mysore sandalwood, Indonesian pepper, smoked tea, amber)"

    I am a fierce advocate of non-genderizing fragrances in general. However, Sables is the most masculine scent I've ever smelled. It was wonderful on me but I would much, much prefer to cosy up to fellow wearing this, instead of wearing it myself.
    I agree it's the manliest of them all. Also Mon Parfum Cheri, Par Camille smells quite masculine to me. Too bad that after a long debate with myself I concluded that I don't see myself wearing Sables regularly.

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    I feel the same way, Lucasi. It's a shame too because I adore sandalwood. It's a tribute fragrance and fit the man it was made for to a "T", I'm sure. I can absolutely appreciate Sables, it's just not for me.

    BTW, this sample pass has been a hazard to my nonexistent perfume budget. I've hit eBay up for Eau de Charlotte, Folavril and body creams in Eau de Charlotte, Eau de Sud and Eau d'Hadrien.

    Been smelling fairly fabuloso.

    I've added Grand Amour to the sample pass around. Mine is an older bottle, perhaps 8 to 9 years old, so please keep that in mind when you sniff. The latest version may not smell exactly the same.

    Layering suggestions from my test o rama:
    Eau d'Hadrien & Eau de Sud
    Gardenia Passion & Grand Amour
    Eau de Charlotte & Huere Exquise (OMG!)
    Folvaril & a little bit of Eau de Sud

    From my own stash, I always wear all three of the original "Orientalists" Collection: Ambre Fťtiche, Myrrhe Ardente, and Encens Flamboyant.

    I love all of these combos and hope you might try them and see what you think.
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    I've been feeling the need lately to try Musc Nomade, other Les Orientalistes didn't work for me.

    You should try Le Chevrefeuille. It is gorgeous and I think it would also layer nicely with Eau d'Hadrien or Ea du Sud.

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    Hola! Apologies for my absence-- Iím currently traveling so have not been online much. RHM, thank you for your lovely reviews! Folavril and Eau de Charlotte are two of my favorite Goutals as well. I'm still a newbie, so I donít have too many back up bottles in general, but I had to pick up extras of both of those so I could spray with abandon instead of watching the level go down and feeling anxious! Also, I will have to try layering more of the Goutal scents! That sounds like a wonderful idea, and the combos you mentioned must be lovely... can't wait to get home to try those out and experiment!

    Kalli, I have tried Covet, and although I do see the similarity with Eau de Charlotte, happily for me there is really no comparison. On me, Covet has a hairspray note that is a bit much. Ick, I would be so sad if that jumped out of Eau de Charlotte on my skin! None of the Goutals last too long on me either, though some have better longevity than others. I have to spray veeeerrrry heavily! And I also spray my hair and hairline above my neck to hold more of the scent.

    Lucasai, lovely to see you here!

    Anyway, I'm so pleased that a few of them were enjoyable RHM! Looking forward to reading more! Please forgive me if I donít get a chance to comment much in the next couple of weeks. Thank you again to everyone for all of the thoughtful and interesting posts!!! <3

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    Hi everyone! I think I will jump in with the thoughts on the ones I have tried so far while waiting on my turn. Today:

    Sables - this was the very first Annick Goutal I have tried and I was very impressed right of the bat. I agree with RHM that it leans more masculine. It is handsome, but not pretty. Also, very cozy...What I love about Sables's coziness is that it's not of suffocating vanilla variety. In Sables, all I can smell is immortelle, nothing else stands out. But it doesn't bother me as I am a big fan of immortelle and drink tea made from golden flowers quite often. Usually, I am not very keen on something I perceive as one note fragrance, but Sables has darkness, depth, and assurance about it that is very attractive. Mr. WF, on whom I imposed the full wear of Sables for the sake of experiment, took to it very kindly. To his nose, however, tobacco was more prominent than immortelle; he went so far as to say that he will consider Sables as a substitute to SL's Fumerie Turque. Strangely, he cared less about 1740 with which many compare both Sables and Fumerie Turque. Overall, definitely a contender - I will never get it for myself, but will be more than happy if Mr WF decides to add Sables to his wardrobe.

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    It's a coming gurl. Today was a postal holiday.
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    Oh no, RHM! I am not in a hurry at all! I am so sorry if I gave this impression. It's just I have a lot of homework for my school and I am trying to break up my sniffing and reporting on Goutals, to make sure that I dedicate quality time to this wonderful pass.

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    Today Eau de Charlotte and Quel Amour. Thank you, CN, for sharing extra with me! You are such a sweetie! I hope you are enjoying your vacation.

    Eau de Charlotte - it seems to my nose to be in the same camp as Roseberry from Parfums de Rosine and L'Ombre Dans L'Eau by Dyptique - black currant and flowers. As CN knows, black currant to me is the same as catnip to a cat. Some say that black currant smells like cat pee, so maybe not that faraway from truth.... I must say, however, that Eau de Charlotte is the weakest in this genre and while I agree that it sweet, it reads as rather flat and a bit too transparent. I Like them loud! I would go for L'Omber Dans L'Eau before I get Eau de Charlotte. It still is very pretty, and I can see why RHM's daughter was fascinated by it, but to me L'Ombre Dans L'Eau had more depth, more intrigue, and more mature seduction. But to each their own of course. The dry down on my skin was barely-above-whisper-vanilla, so a bit of letdown there as well. But I will have to wait for arrival of Heure Eqxuise to try layering them together per RHM suggestion and I will report further then.

    Quel Amour - very pretty as well, but not my cup of tea. I think that just like Eau de Charlotte, Quel Amour possesses an air of innocence. Nothing wrong with it of course, but I prefer sultry, heady scents that have potential to kill anything alive in close proximity. Quel Amour is surprisingly light for having so much fruit stuffed in it; and on a right person I think it will be ultra feminine and absolutely charming. I couldn't pick up red currant in Quel Amour, however.
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    The package is on it's way. Check your mail, Whitefluffy for the tracking number.

    This was so much fun but very bad for my wallet. I had a blast layering the different Goutals; one on one wrist, one on the other & rub lightly. (Yes, I do rub my wrists!)

    Quel Amour isn't my cup of tea either, a bit too floral for my tastes.
    Le Violette was very sweet on me but I think my sister would adore it. She wears violet scents very well but hasn't had great luck with Goutal.

    Huere Exquise, Eau d'Hadrien edt & edp, Grand Amour, Gardenia Passion (I know it's very floral but I layer it with Grand Amour and it's magnificent),all three of the original Les Orientalists and Eau d'Sud were already part of my collection.

    A lovely basenoter gave me a partial bottle of Mandragore, which I adore!

    As a result of this pass around, I now have Eau de Charlotte (for Sofie), Folvaril (I'm nuts about this one), and Un Matin d'Orage body cream.

    Songes has a prominent ylang-ylang note that sours on my skin and Petite Cherie just plain smells odd. Pear notes + Christine = ODD Dissonance.

    Thank you for this pass around. I LOVED it!
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    Quel Amour isn't my cup of tea either.

    lol at "heady scents that have potential to kill anything alive in close proximity." Lol..WF, funny. I like those kind of scents too sometimes! Lust by Lush...that's a bomb, dig it.
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    It's interesting how you learn over time which notes you can (usually) wear well, and those you don't. Peony, yang-ylang, plumeria (take it away now, please), cinnamon bark (makes my skin bright red), pear, and some peach notes either smell nasty, give me a headache or a skin reaction. I've learned to avoid scents with these notes BUT....there's always the exception (such as VISA & her lovely white peach note). Bottom line, I try whatever I want at least once but can usually tell which scents will really "sing" on my skin.
    Annick Goutal O Rama has been a real eye opener.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    I like those kind of scents too sometimes! Lust by Lush...that's a bomb, dig it.
    Yes, Lush is a bomb and exactly what I like. It is on my wish list too

    And I agree, we learn what works on us and what doesn't! But even if it's a note we can't pull of, it doesn't always mean that we can't find some other way too appreciate it. I never thought I could wear gourmands, but I am slowly turning around or maybe it's just a question of finding something that works. Still have very little hope for gardenia...

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    I am a white floral snob, I admit it. I only like it if it smells as close to the real flower as possible and I prefer magnolia over both gardenia and tuberose.
    The only tuberose scent I adore is FRACAS.
    The only gardenia perfume I adore is Annick Goutal Gardenia Passion but layered with Eau d'Hadrien or Eau de Sud.
    I've yet to find a magnolia scent that just "does it" for me. One came close, Eau d'Italie's Magnolia Romana but the pocket book wasn't fat enough to spring for a purchase.
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    I don't think I have ever tried magnolia in a perfume. Although we lived in Florida and I had ample opportunity to sniff magnolias on the tree (which I did) I don't remember how it smells like

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    So careful of the author!

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    Wooznib here on BN makes a magnolia..I need to re-sniff it. Not too familiar with magnolia but Gucci does a bad one, I can tell you that! That Gucci Flora line..blech. I probably need to sniff more magnolia scents. Heard Adp has Mag Nobile..heard that one is ok.
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    Hello everyone! I received Goutals from the lovely RHM and will be diving in into this intriguing house. Thank you so much CN for this opportunity, I was curious about Goutal for ages! Today:

    Songes - my first impression that it's a white floral. Duh! I thought...tuberose, gardenia? Nope, nope, nope! Jasmine and two others I am unfamiliar with - frangipani and tiare - plus my second favorite white flower after jasmine, ylang ylang. And vanilla making it's presence known. I must say, for such white flower bouquet with vanilla added, it's light and transparent which certainly gets brownie points from me. In style of Quel Amour, Songes is very girly, but not in a sugary sweet way. I actually kind of like it, but my complain that it's too light and transparent and seems to disappear rather fast. But I am very glad that I tried Songes as an example of flowers I have never encountered before.

    Un Matin d'Orage - opened up very promisingly, but...yes, gardenia this time for sure! Whyyyyy??? To be fair it's not the obnoxious kind that many gardenia perfumes have, but rather watery and cool. Still, it's a gardenia...I don't know, I kind of like the coolness and dewiness but for how long I can have it on my skin before nausea sets in...we will see.
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    Isn't tiare a gardenia? Or is it jasmine..lol I got gardenia in Songes, I think. Yes, Whyyy is right on the Orage, lol. Why??
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    Oh, well, I will continue with the white-flowers-gardenia-athon :

    Gardenia Passion - 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.

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    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...pass

    Eau 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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.
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    RHM, I am so pleased that you liked some of the Goutals. I am finally back home, and I can’t wait to try your layering ideas!!! Folavril is a big favorite of mine as well- little decants of that and Eau de Charlotte went on my trip with me.

    Whitefluffy! Thank you for helping keep this thread alive and for all of your lovely and insightful reviews! <3
    I think dewy is a perfect way to describe the gardenia in Un Matin d’Orage. You are right on target in finding tuberose more prominent in Gardenia Passion. Interestingly, Luca Turin noted that Goutal was not a big fan of gardenia, but because American women supposedly are, Goutal made Gardenia Passion, but used more tuberose! (Adds to the confusion between the two, doesn’t it?!? Genie Jeanie, I confuse the two sometimes as well—and I’ve grown both and love them… they blend so well together I guess.)

    WF, your assessment of a signature Goutal House-Note that is prim and proper is great! I had never thought of it that way, but I definitely do wear Goutals when I want something light, inoffensive and that I think might seem clean, safe and trustworthy to others, if that makes sense. I know a lot of people in the general public mistakenly associate wearing perfumes with attempts to be sexy or attractive, but I don’t think any Goutal scent would really draw those associations too much, making them great for work or similar situations. I don’t think I’ve ever worn a Goutal scent to go out at night! LOL!

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    Hi, CN, so glad to hear that you are back safely from your trip!!! HUGS!!! And thank you for breaking up my huge post . Wow, it's fascinating that Annick didn't like gardenias either. Now it makes sense! Her gardenias, are not as offensive and obnoxious as some others and I really admired Un Matin d'Orage. If gardenias didn't bother me so much I would have purchased the bottle already. Growing your own gardenias and tuberoses? Lucky you! I smelled gardenias on a bush and love them there, but never had the chance to smell tuberoses. As for Goutal signature note, the overall impression was polite and well behaved. I agree it would be appropriate to wear to work: Songes and Eau d'Hadrien are on my wish list.

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