Annick Goutal created Sables1 over 30 years ago, and I’m happy to be the one reviewing it here (at long last). Goutal used the shrublands of Corsica, one of her favorite vacation spots, as inspiration for Sables, whose main ingredient, immortelle (Helichrysum italicum), grows naturally there and is also planted on farms for use by companies such as L’Occitane. Sables was a gift for Goutal’s beloved husband, the cellist Alain Meunier; they had met and fallen in love as young music students, then drifted apart for decades before meeting again and marrying. (Grand Amour is another Goutal creation that pays homage to their life together.) Sables represents a perfumer’s love for a place and a man…très romantique.
Sables was one of the first niche fragrances I bought (and I’ve owned many bottles over the years). I’ve not smelled Sables in a long time (from a new bottle, that is) and was almost afraid to sniff it after smelling the recently re-released, tweaked (and scoured) Annick Goutal Eau de Monsieur….
Released in the early 1980s, Eau de Monsieur1 was one of Annick Goutal‘s first perfumes. I was surprised to see Eau de Monsieur listed on the Annick Goutal website with a release date of…2013.
- Had it been reformulated in a BIG way?
- Was it a new perfume altogether?
- Did a content editor make a mistake?
(Answers: 1: Yes; 2: Sort of; 3: No)
Eau de Monsieur disappeared from the Annick Goutal line-up a long time ago (the 90s?) and has been recomposed by Camille Goutal with perfumer Isabelle Doyen…
More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes collector bottles from Annick Goutal, Burberry and Carolina Herrera; plus new Eau de Parfum concentrations of Ralph Lauren Polo Blue and Guerlain L’Homme Idéal.
From Annick Goutal, the Dolce Vita collection, “inspired by three olfactory creations, each telling a story of a journey in Italy”, and featuring illustrations by artist Cecile Togni. Ninfeo Mio, Eau du Sud and Eau d’Hadrien are each in 100 ml Eau de Toilette, £67 each at Harvey Nichols in the UK…