Annick Goutal


Annick Goutal
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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.


9 comments:

pollyanna cowgirl said...

Ah, Electric Youth. Truly a powerful and timeless scent. I recently tried on some perfume at Nordstrom, but upon leaving the building, realized that it was the bottle that I truly loved, not the scent. Dammit! Luckily, I have my wonderful Lulu Guinness, and my mom just picked me up a sample of chanel no.5, which I can't quite decide about. Is it right for me? I can't tell.

Crystal said...

Dearest Pols,
I have always questioned the chanel no. 5, wanting to love it, but knowing it was not for me. Then Chanel came out with the No. 5 elixer, which is just perfect. I finally got a countergirl to admit to me that it has added "notes" in it. You should give it a try and see if it works for you!

sue said...

i owned many a bottle of electric youth. why didn't anybody tell us that we smelled like scented panny liners?

Crystal said...

I am surprised at the amount of Electric Youth wearers out there! Back in the day in my part of the world, Debbie Gibson was not the most popular choice of music, most people seemed to think she was one step above Amy Grant and tended to veer toward the Tiffanys of the world. Electric Youth, indeed.

krista said...

screw signatures scents, that is way to much decision making for me to handle. I would like a full on description of this new perfume, it sounds like I might need it!! Watch out Japan!

Crystal said...

How rude of me to not actually describe the scent of the fragrance of which I talk! Here is a description from Annick Goutal herself: A fruity-floral fragrance in which vanilla, peach, musk rose and freshly cut grass recall purity and boldness. Like a naive and determined woman-child who both stirs the senses and moves the heart. (are you freaking kidding me? can you believe this is for reals?)

Derek said...

Wait! That description sounds an awful lot like Malibu Musk! Are, you sure you weren't horn-swaggled!

sue said...

ok crystal! i'm in, but i must know the price. will i have to give the perfume house my first born? also, is there any way that you could send a sample my way? i am so fancied by the description!!!

Kasmira said...

I've had Petite Cherie for some time. I like it, but it's a little too light for me on most days.
I just bought Le Jasmin. I highly recommend it. It is a bit more sophisticated than Petie Cherie, but still has that light Annick Goutal essence.