It has been snowing since late last night, and we now have several inches of accumulation. It is that time of year when it seems like winter is taking just a bit too long in departing, and I am ready for a little denial; hence, today's subject: Folavril by Annick Goutal. It was her first fragrance release (launched in 1981), and the name, April Fool, is the perfect way to announce the coming of spring. I'm just doing it a little bit early. The notes include mango, jasmine, boronia flower and tomato leaf.
Annick Goutal's Folavril opens on a burst of sweet mango and what smells to me rather like apricot or peach jam. It would probably smell like yet another insipid fruity floral (although if I remember correctly, it is classified as an aldehydic floral) were it not for the tomato leaves, which undercut the sweetness with their bitter, peppery-spicy green edge. The combination smells playful, in keeping with the name, and it has a nice bite to it — Folavril perfectly manages to evoke the warmth of the tropics without calling to mind suntan oil or a frozen cocktail.
The tomato leaf fades to a mere whisper, but the fruity jam lingers on and adds some depth to the florals in the heart, which rest on a light base of pale musky woods. For a time, it maintains the lightheartedness of the opening, but eventually it turns clean and soapy, and then, well, I can never decide. On a good day, it is perfect (and happily, today is a good day: it smells just like spring) but there have been times when I've worn it and found the dry down too soapy and ladylike to suit me. On those days, I have a feeling it needs to be layered with something, but I'm not sure just what. Suggestions?
Annick Goutal Folavril is an Eau de Toilette, the lasting power is about average, or perhaps just under average. It is available in 50 and 100 ml bottles. For buying information, see the listing for Annick Goutal under Perfume Houses.
Tomorrow: more Annick Goutal