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Passion (1983)
by Annick Goutal


Passion information

Year of Launch1983
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 75 votes)

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HouseAnnick Goutal
Parent CompanyAmore Pacific
Parent Company at launchAnnick Goutal

About Passion

Passion is a feminine perfume by Annick Goutal. The scent was launched in 1983

Reviews of Passion

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United Kingdom
The sweet and rich opening burst of ylang-ylang and jasmine is a beauty. Softly caressing my olfactory capacities, it is of a velvety and quite creamy consistency, and clearly sweet but never too much. Lovely.

In the drydown the floral department remains strong, adding a tuberose to its arsenal. This is a bright and fresh tuberose that lacks any waxy or indolic characteristics. A bit later a herbal undertone is revealed, with notions of tomato leaves and transient whiffs of clary sage being noticeable.

Later on a soft patchouli arises that blends in nicely, but is a little bit nonspecific. An attempt is made to add a perfunctory synthetic non-event masquerading as an oakmoss, which is an insult to any specimen of this lichen that ever populated our planet.

The other import during the later phases of the development is a vanilla note, with a caramelised background that leads to an, albeit less intense, resurgence of the initial sweetness, and is tapering gently towards the end.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and ten hours of longevity on my skin.

This spring creation shows its best side in the early stages of a rich and sweet floral bouquet as a Eau de Parfum, which avoids excessive and sickly cheap sweetness. The second half is less impressive, but altogether it deserves a positive score. 3.25/5.
17th November, 2019
This is a pretty Goutal. Dominant notes of tuberose, jasmine, vanilla, and some patchouli at the end. Tuberose seems to be the main star here. Not overly creative but, pleasant to wear.
28th February, 2018
Annick Goutal's Passion comes across as a very well balanced, well behaved white floral fragrance that is eventually a little unexciting given my personal tastes. I do get the fresh green opening with a lovely subtle touch of mint, followed by a bouquet of white flowers. I perceive a well mannered tuberose that is more beautiful than heady; this is complimented by a soothing ylang-ylang. The overall vibe is sunny, summery, uplifting. This accord of white flowers, laced with a touch of green, continues for hours before eventually becoming softer and revealing a faint musky-vanillic sweetness in the base. I do not detect any patchouli or mossy aspect. Passion exhibits a duration of six to seven hours on skin, though the sillage is subdued and close after about a couple of hours.

Passion, to me, is not particularly a tuberose fragrance. Unlike hardcore tuberose compositions like Carnal Flower, Fracas, Tubereuse Criminelle or Amarige, Passion is more of a refined white floral blend with tuberose taking the lead. While not too abstract, Passion achieves a great balance among its different elements. To me, Passion is a no-nonsense go-to white floral fragrance that perhaps works best in warm weathers, and possesses an understated aura and a refined elegance. Nonetheless, Passion is missing a spark somewhere, that elicits a neutral reaction personally.

04th September, 2017
I wish I could smell this, but it seems my nose has a blind spot with Passion.

I can detect a very light, mild camphor-minty opening, but then only the faintest whiff of a non-descript white floral melange.

I am a great fan of both tuberose (Caron's Tubereuse, Piguet's Fracas) and Jasmine (Luten's A La Nuit), so I do perceive white florals, and find them both heady and joyous.

I can hardly detect Passion at all. From the reviews on this page, it sounds right up my alley. Sadly, the alley is empty.
17th October, 2015

PASSION is fresh and elegant,boasting a sensual mossy woods aroma given a glamorous edge by white floral elements.This definitely perfumes beautifully for both parties involved in love.Romantic and Sexy at the same time that reminds you of your first kiss. Poetic,Seductive,Captivating,Warm,Classic, Sophisticated,Fascinating,Ladylike and Floral.

Tomato leaf with an distinct tuberose note grace top note,while the feminine jasmine and ylang-ylang of the core alongside the vanilla base provide the counterpoint.this exciting elixir underscored by a little oakmoss at the base,matches afternoon and evening wear for women who are as assured in their sexuality as they are indifferent to passing trends.

PASSION is not a fun or playful scent for girls,but perfect for a mature,sophisticated,confident ladies and above all for everyone who likes a floral scent.Suitable for an garden party and also It is sexy on a date and perfect for cuddling with that special someone.Ladies this lovely perfume will keep the men coming.


Longevity?Remarkable on my skin.

01st June, 2015
Genre: Floral

The resurrected Passion marries the brisk, refreshingly bitter green floral style that Annick Goutal exploits so well in Eau de Ciel, Le Chèvrefeuille, and Folavril to a lush arrangement of indolic tropical white flowers, centered principally on tuberose. With its minty top note and conspicuous galbanum, the result suggests a more demure and conventional variant on Serge Lutens’s iconoclastic Tubéreuse Criminelle. In fact, if the 1983 version of Passion smelled anything like today’s, it could well have served as Christopher Sheldrake’s template for the Lutens!

From its mint, tomato leaf, and eucalyptus opening, Passion moves on to a sweet, luminous, and somewhat fleshy accord of tuberose, green jasmine, galbanum, and ylang-ylang. Persistent traces of eucalyptus cool the floral accord, which holds a linear course for several hours before trailing off into a gentle clean musk and vanilla drydown. Sillage and projection are both adequate but never intrusive, and the entire composition has pleasantly relaxed and natural feel to it, despite the tendency of tuberose to indulge in high drama.

Whatever the genealogy, if you’re intrigued by the cough drop-plus-tuberose of Tubéreuse Criminelle but can’t quite bring yourself to wear anything so strange, (or if can’t get hold of a bell jar from the EU,) Passion might be just your thing. Likewise, if you crave tuberose, but feel overwhelmed by the traditionally buxom approach of Fracas and Amarigue, Passion offers a comparatively restrained and easygoing alternative.

23rd June, 2014

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