Three in One: reviews of Annick Goutal L’Ile au The, Salvatore Ferragamo Vendemmia & Acqua di Parma Colonia Ambra

Annick Goutal L'Ile au The, Salvatore Ferragamo Vendemmia & Acqua di Parma Colonia Ambra

Annick Goutal L’Ile au Thé

Perfumer Isabelle Doyen; fragrance notes include mandarin, citrus, osmanthus, tea, white musk

Annick Goutal just released L’Ile au Thé, a new unisex fragrance inspired by the South Korean island of Jeju. It’s true that Jeju Province produces teas and citrus, but there’s nothing about L’Ile au Thé that couldn’t be attributed to many locales. I could even “inspire” such a fragrance here in the Pacific Northwest, in Seattle, by wearing a classic Eau de Cologne while drinking a cup of fragrant green tea…or sipping my tea next to the blooming Buddha’s hand citrus or kumquat trees in my bedroom. There’s nothing “exotic” about L’Ile au Thé; it fits in perfectly with Annick Goutal’s recent releases: nice fragrances that don’t bare their teeth or muster much emotion beyond a wan smile. (I could almost have used Robin’s review of Vent de Folie as the basis of this review.)

L’Ile au Thé goes on smelling of citrus rind and blossoms; it’s a happy, if quiet, opening.

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Friday scent of the day 4/24

Peonies and butterfly

Happy Friday! Our community project for today: wear something from Annick Goutal or perfumer Isabelle Doyen.

As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.

I picked Annick Goutal Eau de Fier, from what is left of my small sample. I can’t remember if you can still buy it in Goutal’s Paris boutique, does anyone know? At any rate, it is not easy to find and is possibly discontinued. You can find a review at Bois de Jasmin

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Annick Goutal Vent de Folie ~ perfume review

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Just like Annick Goutal, a free, bold and uncompromising young lady.

Initially, a sweet pea, a flower in the city.

Then, Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen imagine New York, its avenues, its glass towers reaching the sky… A young lady inflamed by the thrill of the city… Like an urban flower, she strolls around, following her instinct. A Vent de Folie, a sillage of craziness follows her…1

If the general PR speak, the New York City references,2 or the recruitment of French street artist Nasty to decorate the press launch and the limited edition bottles (see below) led you to expect a young, edgy juice for Annick Goutal’s new Vent de Folie, you were at least half right…

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