Annick Goutal 1001 Ouds, Arquiste Nanban & Serge Lutens Renard Constrictor ~ fragrance reviews

Montgomery Ward catalog page

When you were a kid, did you ever flip through the Montgomery Ward catalog in late summer and plot your persona for the next school year? I loved it. I studied the catalog models and chose the outfits I thought would dazzle other seventh graders, even though I’d be lucky to rate a sack of hand-me-downs and shoes from Kmart.

These days, new clothes don’t hold a lot of allure for me, but I adore perusing the new fall fragrances. I’m in Paris right now, and I’ve been lucky to sniff some of the latest releases. Even though the heat is sweltering, warm fragrances and dreams of fall beckon. Here are a few I’d love to take home that I’d never find at Montgomery Ward…

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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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