11 Best Annick Goutal Perfumes Of All Time
When you think of the best floral perfumes, Annick Goutal should certainly come to mind. Since the 80s, this French fragrance brand has released more than a dozen luxury fragrances that have stood the test of time.
But what makes Annick Goutal perfume so appealing? And what are the brand’s best fragrances?
What is the Annick Goutal Brand?
Annick Goutal was a former French model and a pianist who started her own beauty and perfume brand in 1980. After her death in 1999, she left a legacy of over 20 perfumes and her daughter Camille Goutal took over the company. Camille was guided by the values of her mother, her own memories growing up around gardens, and travel to many places. Each perfume captures a unique moment, an emotion, or a powerful remembrance associated with a place or a loved one. Recently the brand’s name has changed to “Goutal Paris” and the bottles are more contemporary with beautiful illustrations on the boxes, but the golden original bottles are being brought back for the 40th anniversary in 2021 in limited editions.
Follow along to get the lowdown on what makes Annick Goutal’s signature scents so highly regarded and we’ll guide you so you can choose the best Annick Goutal fragrances suited for you.
What Are the Best Annick Goutal Perfumes for Women?
Annick Goutal is credited for being one of the first niche perfumers and her first fragrance is the best selling Eau d’Hadrien which she composed in 1981. Bright fragrance notes of grapefruit and citrus are at the top and the addition of cypress adds a classy green woody facet. There is a hint of floral brought by ylang-ylang. It is as refreshing as a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day. So revered, it won a Fragrance Foundation Hall of Fame (FIFI) Award in 2008. Still the best selling perfume in the line and can be worn by both women and men.
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Songes, which is Japanese for “daydream,” is one of the best tropical fragrances of the past decade. Fresh, feminine, and flirty, Annick Goutal Songes begins with an opening of crisp green leaves. A bouquet of Ylang-ylang, gardenia and jasmine is layered over a shower of white frangipani petals. The base notes showcase the sweetness of vanilla and the softest white musk all laced with a trail of incense. Songes is as close to a tropical garden as has ever been created. Best worn in warmer climates and when you want a sultry perfume for day or night.
Inspired by a Japanese garden after a thunderstorm, Un Matin d’Orage (translates to “a morning after the thunderstorm”) is a fragrance that encompasses all the abundant aromas of a lush flower garden after a downpour. Composed by Camille Goutal and perfumer Isabelle Doyen after a trip to Japan, Un Matin d’Orage is a mélange of sensual magnolia and lush gardenia, surrounded by aromatic lemon trees and moist tuberose. Its rich aroma is delicate and dewy like golden rays of morning sunshine, caressing your skin with freshness. Wear Un Matin d’Orage for day and casual wear or any time you want a clean, fresh floral fragrance.
Not your typical fresh floral, this zesty lemon verbena with hints of lime and aromatic green accents is elegant and feminine. The soft wood dry down gives it a unisex flair Very French, this calming citrus has touches of mint and is true to the signature style of Annick Goutal colognes. Vivacious and sunny, this lovely fragrance will brighten up your day despite the gloomiest of weather. Timeless and optimistic, “Water of the South” -Southern France is like a trip to Provence without leaving home. Wear this fresh scent any time you want to feel uplifted. Best for daywear and is unisex.
The name comes from the blossoming of thousands of little puffballs of roses in France in spring, roses that are in bushes or climbing on the walls of a lot of houses everywhere that have a visual effect like pompons… The two roses used in this fragrance are the Bulgarian Rose and the Taif Ros, much beloved by Annick Goutal who grew them in her garden. This isn’t just any rose as cedar wood, patchouli and white musk adds texture and depth, while still being feminine and fresh. A rose for any day every day.
The fruity floral fragrance was created as a symbol of a mother’s love for her child. Petite Cherie or “my little darling,” was created by Annick Goutal for her daughter Camille. It is a fresh combination of fruity and floral ingredients including ripe white peach, musky rose, juicy pear, fresh cut grass and sweet vanilla that adds a gourmand touch. A lovely fragrance for day time and can be worn winter, spring, summer and fall.
Great love, a grand love, its name in French is perfectly suited for this unabashedly feminine perfume, Grand Amour centers around the spring flower hyacinth, and honeysuckle and lily of the valley add their white flower harmonies to this hymn to floral perfumes. Grand Amour’s flowers seem to bloom on the skin, spreading wide their lush petals. As Grand Amour develops it surrenders to amber, vanilla and myrrh that give it a dreamy, romantic quality. Intoxicating and charming, you will fall in love upon first spray. Wearing this beautiful perfume is like finding a blooming bouquet at your doorstep.
Considered to be a modern masterpiece by perfume connoisseurs, Heure Exquise was created by Isabel Doyen for Annick Goutal in 1984 to celebrate the love Annick Goutal had for the wistful beauty of the twilight, just before darkness sets in and the time spent with her husband violinist Alain Meunier. With its rich iris, melodic rose heart notes and powdery sandalwood dry down, it is a quintessentially elegant and modern feminine fragrance that is glamorous and special. A perfect scent for holidays and parties.
There is much more to this perfume than just mimosa. The first breath of Annick Goutal Le Mimosa is a whisper of green leaves, with a soft brush of violet petals and drizzle of sweet honey. It’s sparkling and breezy, with hints of green. The fluffy, soft impression of golden mimosa is so realistic that you imagine yourself holding a large bouquet of mimosa and burying your face in it. Being light, this fresh floral perfume is easy to wear and also won’t invade anyone’s personal space. Lovely for spring and for day wear.
A delightful bouquet of Annick Goutal’s favorite flower, the rose. Rose Splendide is the perfect rose for all rose scent lovers. With three varieties of rose: Damask, Bulgarian and the costly Rose de Mai which is harvested in France, this is a fresh young rose, with hints of delicious pear, soft accents of creamy vanilla which are combined with the aroma of clean musk. It is a carefree and a welcome addition to any fragrance collection. It works well for both work and weekends.
A bit off the beaten track for Annick Goutal Mandragore is an earthy fresh green perfume with the natural smell of the woodlands. Notes of patchouli, spearmint and powdery heliotrope take you to an enchanted forest where magical flowers and plants grow. Soft spices intermingle with the aromatic scent of crushed clary sage leaves. A wonderful warm scent for winter and fall. It can be worn by both men and women.
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Leanna Serras is an educated and well-versed fragrance writer with a passion for perfume. She has loved trying new perfumes since she was a child, and has tried everything from fruity to woodsy fragrances in her time cherishing scents. Outside of writing and collecting perfume, Leanna loves fashion, skincare, “the Bachelorette,” and kicking back on the beach.
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