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    Default The Annick Goutal Encyclopędia

    Lovely ladies & gents,

    We need a thread dedicated to Annick Goutal.

    There's been talk of discontinuation & reformulation.

    Most of the line is available here locally & I want to explore it before it's culled.

    I own & absolutely enjoy the raunchy Heure Exquise edp & Tubereuse.

    I'm not averse to feminine scents.


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    Own only 4 ( ) & love them; on my wish list are many more from this house, very under-rated / under-discussed niche house compared to many others we discuss here...Thx Saif for starting this up - 2 grt threads today from u!!!

    Sables
    Eau du Sud (one of the best citrus based ever imho, after vintage Eau Sauvage though - however, it's much better than the current Eau Sauvage).
    Myrrhe Ardente - my favorite myrrhe based parfum
    Eau d'Hadrien - another excellent citrus, however, I've read reviews that the Hadrien Absolu is much better than this...

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    To add - I find all 4 that I own to be quite unisex...Few others like Mandragore & the Poupre versions are unisex too. Need to revisit my other samples this week!!

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    If you order directly from Annick Goutal's website, their CS / SA's are one of the best - very generous too, I was in touch before I ordered all 4, they send in about 20+ samples with my order without me asking any. Only issue is all were non-spray vials, which means, it goes to my "history" w/o being really sampled; however, I will re-visit them this week...
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    I'm interested in the following:

    Folavril by Annick Goutal is a Floral Aldehyde fragrance for women. Folavril was launched in 1981. The fragrance features exotic floral notes, tomato leaf, jasmine, mango and boronia.

    Passion is devoted to passionate love. A very delicate floral bouquet has united the notes of tuberose and jasmine from the south of France. The fragrance is soft, warm, and velvety. The soft notes of tuberose and jasmine blend with sweet ylang-ylang and comfortable vanilla. Fragrant tomato leaves brings in a green freshness into the composition, making a nice surprise. The base unites patchouli and oakmoss.

    Gardenia Passion is a memory of the spring-time travel of Annick Goutal to Japan, the season of gardenia blooming. Into this fragrance Annick Goutal retrieved the natural rich gardenia scent, the scent of fresh flowers after the rain. Gardenia is surrounded by jasmine, tuberose and orange blossom. The base note is oakmoss. The fragrance has a long luscious trace, versatile in nature due to gorgeous white bouquet.

    Vanille Exquise by Annick Goutal is a Oriental Vanilla fragrance for women. Vanille Exquise was launched in 2004. Vanille Exquise was created by Isabelle Doyen and Camille Goutal. The fragrance features angelica, almond, vanilla, musk, sandalwood and guaiac wood.

    Grand Amour
    This fragrance Annick Goutal created for herself. It is devoted to love, the most powerful force which can move the worlds. The composition is based on three accords: floral, amber, and musk. In the floral bouquet, lily, honeysuckle, and hyacinth lead the way to Turkish rose, French jasmine, and Indian mimosa, with a touch of fruity notes. Oriental accord (amber) is represented by the notes of amber, vanilla and myrrh. In the base the sensual musk united with precious rare balsams create a very long trace.
    The fragrance was created in 1996.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badarun View Post
    ...
    Myrrhe Ardente - my favorite myrrhe based parfum
    ...
    That's the only one I own out of her line and I really love it. It smells exactly like when I am roasting indian myrrhe, guggul.

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    AG is my favorite house. They have so many excellent and unfortunately, underrated fragrances.

    Un Matin d'Orage - elegant gardenia, tuberose, and jasmine notes.
    Le Jasmin - the most beautiful, cool, crisp, and fresh jasmine I've ever smelled. Much better than A La Nuit in my opinion.
    Le Chevrefeuille - a masterpiece of honeysuckle.
    Ambre Fetiche - the complexity and depth beats SL Ambre Sultan.

    AG's products use higher amount of natural ingredients. So they don't last very long. The silage of most AG fragrances are moderate. With IFRA's tightened rules regarding natural ingredients, I am not surprised by the discontinuation or reformulation news. But I'll be very sad.

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    I absolutely agree with you hedonist, Heure Exquise is stunning! I finished my bottle of edp about two years ago and never replaced it thinking it was close enough to No19 to not need both (I have tons of 19 in various vintages and concentrations, and HE is remarkably close to the 80s edp.) But of course now that Heure Exquise is more difficult to find, I'm starting to wish I'd thought differently and gotten another bottle. I think the edt might still be around, but I haven't even considered replacing the lush edp with anything but the same. Do you have the edp or the edt, or have you smelled them both? Is the edt worth seeking out?

    My very favorite Goutal is Songes, which is also my very favorite white tropical floral, and to me the very epitome of a sultry, hypnotic and narcotic perfume, absolutely perfect for a balmy summer evening. I primarily get lush and creamy frangipani and gardenia, making it not just one of the most gorgeous frangipani perfumes I know, but also the most wonderful gardenia, which I usually have a hard time with in perfumery as I'm very familiar with the natural fragrance of real gardenias. Songes, though not photo-realistic, paints the most gorgeous impression of gardenia that I've come across, and the frangipani just makes it that much more heavenly.

    Grand Amour is another love - the hyacinth is the star, but that's also what makes it not entirely unique, especially if you're already familiar with Chamade, Hermčs Rouge and Rouge Eau Délicate ...although I personally adore hyacinth and find them different enough to happily make a place in my wardrobe for each.

    Eau de Charlotte is one of my very favorite fruity-florals, and there's no mistaking it, it's very much a fruity-floral. Currant jam, cocoa, lily of the valley, mimosa and lily all do their part in making it a youthful, sweet and pretty, tart and juicy, polleny, flirty fruity floral. Not really the most unisex Goutal, but there's no reason a guy can't enjoy this cheerful little charmer, too.
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    Member that Goutal-o-Rama thread?

    I like Heure Exquise..kinda too much vanilla for me in that mix though. I do like it..just a bit sweet and vanilla-y. Eau de Charlotte I like as well.

    So, there is talk of the whole line being discontinued or just a few? Are they reformulating? Didn't hear about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunflower77 View Post
    AG is my favorite house. They have so many excellent and unfortunately, underrated fragrances.

    Un Matin d'Orage - elegant gardenia, tuberose, and jasmine notes.
    Le Jasmin - the most beautiful, cool, crisp, and fresh jasmine I've ever smelled. Much better than A La Nuit in my opinion.
    Le Chevrefeuille - a masterpiece of honeysuckle.
    Ambre Fetiche - the complexity and depth beats SL Ambre Sultan.

    AG's products use higher amount of natural ingredients. So they don't last very long. The silage of most AG fragrances are moderate. With IFRA's tightened rules regarding natural ingredients, I am not surprised by the discontinuation or reformulation news. But I'll be very sad.
    Thoroughly agree with you. Many underrated fragrances.
    Un Matin d'Orage sounds very nice.
    Le Chevrefeuille would be perfect if I liked honeysuckle.
    I'll probably like it a year from now when Le Chevrefeuille will be discontinued and impossible to find. Isn't it always like that? lol

    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    I absolutely agree with you hedonist, Heure Exquise is stunning! I finished my bottle of edp about two years ago and never replaced it thinking it was close enough to No19 to not need both (I have tons of 19 in various vintages and concentrations, and HE is remarkably close to the 80s edp.) But of course now that Heure Exquise is more difficult to find, I'm starting to wish I'd thought differently and gotten another bottle. I think the edt might still be around, but I haven't even considered replacing the lush edp with anything but the same. Do you have the edp or the edt, or have you smelled them both? Is the edt worth seeking out?

    My very favorite Goutal is Songes, which is also my very favorite white tropical floral, and to me the very epitome of a sultry, hypnotic and narcotic perfume, absolutely perfect for a balmy summer evening. I primarily get lush and creamy frangipani and gardenia, making it not just one of the most gorgeous frangipani perfumes I know, but also the most wonderful gardenia, which I usually have a hard time with in perfumery as I'm very familiar with the natural fragrance of real gardenias. Songes, though not photo-realistic, paints the most gorgeous impression of gardenia that I've come across, and the frangipani just makes it that much more heavenly.

    Grand Amour is another love - the hyacinth is the star, but that's also what makes it not entirely unique, especially if you're already familiar with Chamade, Hermčs Rouge and Rouge Eau Délicate ...although I personally adore hyacinth and find them different enough to happily make a place in my wardrobe for each.

    Eau de Charlotte is one of my very favorite fruity-florals, and there's no mistaking it, it's very much a fruity-floral. Currant jam, cocoa, lily of the valley, mimosa and lily all do their part in making it a youthful, sweet and pretty, tart and juicy, polleny, flirty fruity floral. Not really the most unisex Goutal, but there's no reason a guy can't enjoy this cheerful little charmer, too.
    Frankly the Heure Exquise edt isn't worth seeking out.
    When I got the edp a few months ago and decided I needed to back it up, I found that they only had the edt, so I have it a wearing.
    The galbanum that makes it magical is much less in the edt & above all its very fleeting.


    I love hyacinth. You should try Jean-Louis-Scherrer by Jean-Louis-Scherrer. Hyacinth & oakmoss galore.




    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    Member that Goutal-o-Rama thread?

    I like Heure Exquise..kinda too much vanilla for me in that mix though. I do like it..just a bit sweet and vanilla-y. Eau de Charlotte I like as well.

    So, there is talk of the whole line being discontinued or just a few? Are they reformulating? Didn't hear about that.
    Ahh thats right. I do remember that thread. I need to from when I first joined BN. I need to profusely peruse it again!

    The SA said some offerings getting culled ,a few reformulated & some revamped packaging.
    All the symptoms that make us perfumistas sad, right.
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    I've only got one sample, Mon Parfum Cheri par Camille, for my Learning Chypre thread, but my plan is to systematically sample the major and important niche houses. Just ordered these from luckyscent. They didn't have many. Guess it's the holidays.

    Eau d’Hadrien
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    Les Nuits d’Hadrien

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    Hands-down my favorite Goutal is Eau d'Hadrien, before 2010. The best citrus I've ever smelled, period.

    La Violette is my favorite violet fragrance. Des Lys, my favorite lily (discontinued, but there's a new bottle up on eBay right now if anyone cares.)

    Rose Absolue was a blind buy that went right (for a change!)


    I've owned, and subsequently sold, Ce Soir ou Jamais and Quel Amour!



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    I forgot about La Violette, LOL. Good stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    Hands-down my favorite Goutal is Eau d'Hadrien, before 2010. The best citrus I've ever smelled, period.

    La Violette is my favorite violet fragrance. Des Lys, my favorite lily (discontinued, but there's a new bottle up on eBay right now if anyone cares.)

    Rose Absolue was a blind buy that went right (for a change!)


    I've owned, and subsequently sold, Ce Soir ou Jamais and Quel Amour!
    I'll give La Violette a try.

    Rose Absolue is the epitome of rose perfumes.
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    Just checked my list and counted 18 currently in my collection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Just checked my list and counted 18 currently in my collection.
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    How are you adding value to the discussion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    How are you adding value to the discussion?
    Sorry, I just love this house. Would it be more helpful to add that Eau de Fier is my favorite one of the ones I have and which I have searched long and hard for. Would die to get a back up bottle of this. I am also a big fan of Eau D'Hadrien Absolu as I find it has great longevity and always seems to keep me in good spirits. Also unlike you, I wasn't disappointed in Nuit Etoilee although I admit it wasn't among my favorites. Sables is the one I seem to get most compliments with. Finally Nifeo Mio is one of my favorite grapefruit accented scents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    I love hyacinth. You should try Jean-Louis-Scherrer by Jean-Louis-Scherrer. Hyacinth & oakmoss galore.
    I've worn this for years and have never noticed prominent hyacinth, but now you've got me curious - I bet it'll become quite apparent the next time I sniff it.
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    I really like the earlier Goutals, and of all, my favourites would be:

    -Songes: Lovely, lovely creamy frangipani-dominant white floral with a hint of vanilla. It's a lilting white floral that makes you think of tropical breezes through frangipani trees.
    -Gardenia Passion: I find this a very quirky white floral with lots of earthy, sappy notes. There's something in there that even translates to tea to me, although that's probably just an olfactory illusion. Can't really smell the gardenia to be honest. I had a bottle a long, long time ago and have no idea if the current formulation is similar.
    -Grand Amour: Sweet, green floral, lots of lily and hyacinth, this feels like a spring bouquet done in grand french perfumery style. Every time I smell this I think of a huge floral arrangement of lilies, roses, hyacinth and greens in an immaculate marbled foyer.

    Back when I was discovering AG I also loved Passion, but found it a bit too quiet to justify purchasing it. Very beautiful though. From what I can remember, it was a sweet, deep (but quiet), vanillic tuberose/white floral.

    It would be such a pity if the earlier Goutals were discontinued, there was something quite special about their garden-inspired but high perfumery signature.

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    I wonder why this house doesn't get more love. One of my favorite houses for sure. Nifeo Mio and Un Matin D'orage are a couple that I think deserve special attention. I found myself reaching for those a lot this summer. In my opinion annick goutals Vetiver is one of the best if you are a vetiver purist. Straight up dirty earthy vetiver without anything getting in the way. I'm happy I own a bottle of this discontinued bottle. You should try it if you can get your hands on it.

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    Un Matin d'Orage is one of my greatest perfume loves; a perfect evocation of a flower garden after the rain, complete with a hint of damp earth. lt has a dewy, limpid quality that l've not found in any other perfume.

    Le Chevrefeuille is another favourite; lemony-fresh, not-too-sweet honeysuckle on a spring morning, rather than in the full heat of summer.

    l was disappointed with Gardenia Passion; for me it's not about gardenia at all, more tuberose & decaying leaves.

    l wanted to love Songes, but couldn't get past the distinct "pencil shavings" note.

    Sables is great if you really love immortelle.

    l recently bought Ninfeo Mio & Encens Flamboyant when l found them in TK Maxx. NM is something l can imagine loving on a hot summer's day; l think its fresh sharpness would cut through heat & humidity nicely. EF is a good quality, dry but restrained incense; perfect for work on a cold, damp day.

    l'm really liking the sound of Grand Amour...
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    I don't remember pencil shavings in Songes, interesting, but I don't think I tested it for very long.
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    Is there any one with the smell of leaves, dew , a garden after rainfall.

    Cliches I know but getting that sort of accord right is not challenging than replicating the smell of a flower IMO.
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    I guess it went when I was editing, LOL. But there it is! Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Is there any one with the smell of leaves, dew , a garden after rainfall.

    Cliches I know but getting that sort of accord right is not challenging than replicating the smell of a flower IMO.
    As l mentioned in my earlier post, Un Matin d'Orage is definitely the one you want.
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    Going purely by their revamped website, the following have been discontinued (or are at least in limited distribution):

    Mon Parfum Cheri Par Camille
    Folavril
    Eau du Ciel
    Eau de Camille
    Myrrhe Ardente
    Tubereuse
    Le Jasmin
    Le Lys
    Vetiver (in the edt, redone as a cologne)
    Neroil (in the edt, redone as a cologne)

    On the other hand, Eau de Monsieur has been revived...

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    I came late to Goutal.

    Sables was my first.

    Passion I own the older edp and its big and bold on me with great sillage.

    Grand Amour spring floral

    Myrrhe Ardente love it, I was lucky to get a 50ml bottle for £29.95 as a back up recently.

    Mon Parfum dry patchouli

    Petite Cheri edp I was given as a gift, I actually keep it in the fridge. Smells like Porky Pear ice lollies and musk.

    Nuit Etoilee another gift

    A decant of Ambre Fetiche

    Really wish I had bought Eau Lavande when I had the chance.

    Loads of Goutals in TKMaxx in the UK at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    As l mentioned in my earlier post, Un Matin d'Orage is definitely the one you want.
    I'll give it a full wearing soon.

    Quote Originally Posted by bluelit8 View Post
    Going purely by their revamped website, the following have been discontinued (or are at least in limited distribution):

    Mon Parfum Cheri Par Camille
    Folavril
    Eau du Ciel
    Eau de Camille
    Myrrhe Ardente
    Tubereuse
    Le Jasmin
    Le Lys
    Vetiver (in the edt, redone as a cologne)
    Neroil (in the edt, redone as a cologne)

    On the other hand, Eau de Monsieur has been revived...
    Thats too sad. There are some excellent ones.

    Like Le Lys and Tubereuse.
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    Some favorite of mine are - Vanille Exquise, Eau de Camille, Nuits D'Hadrian, as shown in my collection here;

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    Nice little collection there, Kumquat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    Nice little collection there, Kumquat.
    Thanks, I had a little problem loading the pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Some favorite of mine are - Vanille Exquise, Eau de Camille, Nuits D'Hadrian, as shown in my collection here;

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    Nice collection indeed.

    Does your Vanille Exquise have chicken pox?

    Love the wooden box. So rustic.
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