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Annick Goutal Nuit et Confidences ~ fragrance review & a quick vanilla poll

Annick Goutal Nuit et Confidences brand image

tl;dr a decent middle of the road vanilla.

If you wanted a good illustration of the muddy distinction between niche and mainstream perfumery, you could hardly find a better example than Annick Goutal. The house mostly made its name with classic colognes like Eau d’Hadrien and Eau du Sud, and a handful of pretty feminine florals. When I reviewed Eau de Camille and Eau de Charlotte back in 2007, I noted that…

The Annick Goutal line occupies a rather in-between place among perfume fans — the company probably qualifies as niche based on their size and their limited distribution; still, they are available in a number of mainstream stores (three department stores in my local mall carry them),1 and the line doesn’t feel niche. The feminine perfumes are emphatically pretty, romantic even; they don’t, like so many niche perfumes, challenge traditional notions of what a woman ought to smell like.

What I perhaps didn’t emphasize enough was how few mainstream brands were making nicely done yet emphatically pretty fragrances at the time…

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Oiseaux de Nuit

A spot (in French) for the Annick Goutal Oiseaux de Nuit collection: Tenue de Soirée and Nuit et Confidences. Continue reading

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Annick Goutal Nuit et Confidences ~ new perfume

Annick Goutal Nuit et Confidences

Annick Goutal will launch Nuit et Confidences, a new fragrance for women. According to Camille Goutal, Nuit et Confidences evokes ‘champagne bubbles and sequin dresses’…

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The daily lemming

More limited edition Rose Pompon from Annick Goutal: the prettily packaged Poudre irisée corps et décolleté. It promises to leave a silky veil with a pearlized finish. 80g for €50 at Annick Goutal in France. Continue reading

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The daily lemming

Today’s mid-afternoon snack, perhaps? The limited edition Fauchon éclair Rose Pompon, in collaboration with Annick Goutal: “Topped with a chic and flowery white chocolate shell, this eclair conceals a pink berry cremeux resting on a whipped rose ganache and delicious fresh raspberries.” You can buy it at the Fauchon at 30 Place de la Madeleine, […] Continue reading

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Top 10 Summer Fragrances 2017

I love summer. Yes, I’ll complain about the heat like everyone else, but I’d rather bake than freeze any day. Plus, the fruit! Even if you don’t like summer, you have to admit that the abundant variety of fresh fruits (that haven’t been flown in from another continent) is worth a little extra sweat on your brow. Here are 9 reasonably new-ish (all came out within the past 5 years, and most of them within the last 2 years) fruit fragrances to help keep you feeling cool and lighthearted, plus one veg, because you have to have your veg…

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Captivated by the spellbinding scent of frangipani

After my mother died I needed to get away and traveled to Mauritius and became captivated by the spellbinding scent of frangipani that evoked the emotion of a dream within me. I brought one of the flowers back with me to show Isabelle [Doyen], but it died on my trip back. Luckily when I showed […] Continue reading

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Three Ultimate Iris Perfumes

Once, as I was telling Maurice Roucel how much I loved his Iris Silver Mist, a perfume he created for Serge Lutens, he laughed and explained that Lutens kept asking again and again for more iris, so he ended up using all the iris aromatics in the catalogue of his company and essentially “mixing them together.” […]

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The daily lemming

For any (serious) Petite Chérie fans, this is the (unscented) Petite Chérie Tee from the Annick Goutal + Claudie Pierlot collection. Available in three sizes, in cotton and modal, £120 at Claudie Pierlot. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the French non-profit La Chaîne de l’Espoir. Continue reading

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2017, part 6

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes special edition bottles from Annick Goutal, Jo Malone, Christian Dior and Paco Rabanne, plus a new Eau de Toilette version of Shiseido Ever Bloom.

Annick Goutal+Claudie Pierlot Petite Chérie

From Annick Goutal, a collector edition of Petite Chérie with decorations from French brand Claudie Pierlot. Due to launch this month, in 100 ml (above left), plus 20 ml travel spray with pouch (above right) and 50 ml Hair Mist (not shown). There’s also a Claudie Pierlot Petite Chérie t-shirt. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the French non-profit La Chaîne de l’Espoir

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