Over the past two weeks I've immersed myself in the ten-fragrance Derek Lam 10 Crosby collection, so this week I'm treating myself to a springtime rose fragrance by one of my favorite niche houses — to cleanse my palate, if you will. Annick Goutal's new Rose Pompon was developed by Camille Goutal with perfumer Philippine Courtière, and is designed to evoke a "young Parisian woman" who "exudes joie de vivre." Its notes include Bulgarian rose, taïf rose, peony, black currant, raspberry, pink pepper, cedar, patchouli and white musk.
I like Rose Pompon, although it doesn't feel like much of a rose perfume on my skin: I get mostly black currant and sheer musk with some peony and pink pepper. It has a nice balance of tartness and sweetness, and it's sheer and fresh in way that feels very contemporary and makes it a good fit for the younger Goutal customer. It has surprisingly good tenacity for an Eau de Toilette.
Rose Pompon will never rival Quel Amour! (rose and red currant) in my affections, or even Eau de Charlotte (black currant, mimosa and cocoa), but I realize that it's an updated interpretation of the fruity-floral theme for Goutal and I'd happily recommend it as a "gateway" fragrance to introduce someone to the brand. (Weirdly, its fruit-and-musk actually makes me crave some L'Artisan Parfumeur Mûre et Musc, another longtime niche love of mine.)
Rose Pompon's packaging puts a new twist on the familiar ribbed Goutal bottle — it has ombré pink coloring and it wears a fine cord with a little metal "pendant," rather than the traditional Goutal ribbon and gilt-paper tag. (And I've asked, and no: the packaging for the rest of the line will not change.)
Annick Goutal Rose Pompon is available in 50 ($105) and 100 ml ($149) Eau de Toilette. For purchasing information, see the listing for Annick Goutal under Perfume Houses.