We are conditioned when we hear or see the word “passion”, especially in the context of a perfume, to think of strong sexual desires and being perceived as sexually attractive. Without sex the perfume industry wouldn’t exist (and neither would we). I think many people get thrown off when they smell a bottle of Passion; they expect something different. Annick Goutal Passion, to me at least, doesn’t represent romantic or sexual passion, but passion in the contemporary philosophical sense of the word, our raw responses to the world, Unger’s
Because of the where I live, I find that most of the perfumes that I own are “fall” scents. I tend to buy gourmands and rich amber perfumes. This is what works with my climate and this is what works for me. I have perfume friends that live in warmer climates. Their perfume collection is the complete opposite of mine. This makes sense. Who wants heavy fragrances in hot climates? Not too many people (unless they spend all of their time in a freezing, air-conditioned… Continue reading | 7 Comments
Annick Goutal Songes (“dreams” in French) is one of my favorite white floral perfumes. I thought I hated white floral perfumes until I tried Songes.
Songes opens as a heady, realistic tropical floral – the ylang-ylang and jasmine are the most prevalent on me. I get the humid white florals mingling with creamy coconut lactones. This is a sweet floral with banana whip but it is balanced by jasmine indoles. The scent mellows out and becomes creamy banana floral custard with a small amount of vanilla scented whipped cream. The… Continue reading | 8 Comments
Le Jasmin is very much an “Annick Goutal” soliflore. It smells like something that the Annick Goutal house would have. It’s light, green and fresh. The opening is fizzy like gingerale with humid Southern belle white florals. It’s alive and sparkling. The rest of the fragrance wears as a crystal clear jasmine and magnolia. It reminds me of a simpler version of Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage. It’s a bit aquatic and reminds me of a coastal Southeastern flower garden after an Atlantic… Continue reading | 3 Comments
Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant is a perfume that is meant to conjure up Eastern Orthodox churches – icons lining the walls, colorful hues on your skin from sunlight and stained glass; churches filled with incense smoke and chants. This fragrance does conjure up this environment, but as a person that associates this environment with when someone dies, I find this scent too emotional for me to wear.
Encens Flamboyant opens with a smoky, anesthetizing, spicy, dry black pepper. The fragrance starts to reminds me of freshly blown out candles. It’s waxy and smoky…and very somber. The… Continue reading | 11 Comments