Anyone who knows me is aware of the fact that perfume pretty much rules my life. Most people might have a signature fragrance they wear every day. On the other hand, I am never satisfied. I am constantly discovering new perfumes that I just can't live without. As soon as I buy a new one, I can't stop thinking about the next. At this rate I will end up with hundreds of fragrances that I never use. And I know I am not the only one like this. I have a couple of friends who have the same problem (you know who you are)!
On a recent trip to the Perfume House (my favorite place in Portland) my dear friend Lauren introduced me to my new favorite line: Annick Goutal. Available at The Perfume House and Nordstrom, they have the most classic, frenchy, beautifully packaged fragrances ever. I was suprised to find out that it has only been around since the 1970's. You have got to check out the website, www.annickgoutal.com, it is very entertaining. The story of Annick is genius. Raised by chocolatiers, blossoming into a concert pianist, overcoming cancer, and creating this amazing perfume line are just a few of the highlights of her story. Plus, there are amazing glamour shots of Annick and her daughters. These ladies definitely possess the mysterious secret of all french women.
On this fateful day, Lauren, in all her infinite wisdom, settled upon the Petite Cherie fragrance, which we soon realised was even more genius than we might have thought in the store. Lauren would sashay through the streets of Portland, bringing men to their knees, women rushing after her to inquire about the beautiful scent she was wearing. I would even go so far as to say that Petite Cherie is Lauren's signature perfume. I myself think it is the star of the Annick Goutal line.
Some other recent perfume finds have been: Aqua Di Parma Mandorlo, Helmut Lang, and Royal Bain Caron Champagne. I did keep an open mind and try the new Sarah Jessica Parker, but I think its too old lady for me. Not bad though, certainly better than most celebrity scents, most of which smell like Electric Youth by Debbie Gibson, circa 1989.