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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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Annick Goutal La Violette ~ fragrance review

viola odorataAnnick Goutal La Violette

While Robin has been trying and reviewing Nuit Etoilée, the newest fragrance release from Annick Goutal, I’ve been revisiting Goutal’s La Violette this week. La Violette was developed by perfumer Isabelle Doyen and was originally released in 2001. It has come and gone from the Goutal catalogue over the past few years, but it was recently re-released as part of the company’s quartet of soliflore fragrances, alongside Le Mimosa, Le Muguet and Rose Splendide.

La Violette really does concentrate on the idea of the violet flower; even more, it suggests the crystallized sweetness of candied violets. Its opening is a pure violet note with an aldehydic clarity. The violet soon develops a sugary veil that lasts through the fragrance’s development, although there’s also a light green note and just a breath of spice in the heart to balance out the confectionery effect. La Violette never feels chilly or sharp; overall, it’s a friendly, almost flirty violet…

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