Annick Goutal Eau du Ciel EDT is a delicate floral. It’s a crisp, floral, and powdery. It’s a feminine fragrance, but strange. Strange in that way that only Annick Goutal could create.
At first is is very green and crisp. It reminds me of “cut” flowers you buy from market. I don’t mean this in a rude way, but it seems almost like floral preservative mixed with bug spray. I guess what would be more accurate is that Eau du Ciel is grassy. It’s like fresh cut grass and flowers. Once you sniff over the grass, you smell something very sweet like honey but fresh and green. That’s the linden. This linden is on the verge of being a bit like cat piss on my skin. When I smell it on a blotter, it smells so beautiful, but on me it’s gross. The linden is fresh, sweet, and green. It does turn into something powdery and warm. I get lots of classic iris with warm woodsy notes. This is much less crisp and more delicate, feminine. However, it’s not all warmth. Sometimes when I wear this I pick up on the violet leaves much more. This adds crispness and greenness to the powdery blend.
I find this fragrance interesting because it lacks a base. It doesn’t have woods, musk, vanilla, those notes that keep a fragrance grounded. It appears that the iris/powdery notes are acting as both middle and base. These notes are what keep Eau du Ciel grounded. It’s just interesting to think of a fragrance wearing as a top-middle-base without actually having a base. Those top notes bounce off the “base” and make it seem so different. The grassy top notes are an interesting choice to mix with powdery, sweet florals.
Saying all of this, I hate Eau de Ciel. It wears so disgusting on me. I’m pulling out all of the dreaded low-brow fragrance references: bug spray, flower preservative, cat pee. This is how Eau de Ciel wears on me. Sounds heavenly, huh? It’s not that I hate what Eau de Ciel smells like. In a strange way I like it. It is weird in only that way that Annick Goutal can pull off. It’s green and tart, sweet and fresh. It’s so innocent and coy. It’s so complicated for the few notes listed. I hate Eau de Ciel because it hates me. It smells awful on my skin. When I smell Eau du Ciel, even the EDT on others, I like it. When I smell Eau du Ciel on a blotter, I like it. When I smell Eau de Ciel on my skin, I seriously try not to gag. It makes me sad because it really is a pretty fragrance. I guess we all have a fragrance that hates us. What is yours? Which fragrance do you love to smell but you can’t pull it off? Mine is Eau du Ciel.
Notes listed include: linden, iris, Brazilian rosewood, and violet.
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