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March 29, 2007

Annick Goutal Le Chevrefeuille : Fragrance Review

Honeysuckle

Green like unripe mirabelle plums, tart like lemon meringue and sheer like a silk scarf, Le Chèvrefeuille is one of those fragrances that makes me smile contentedly. It is the essence of everything serene and lighthearted, a fragrance that satisfies yearnings for those first mild days of spring. On the other hand, its lightness and the lack of sharpness associated with citrus makes it ideal for the warm days of summer. Among Annick Goutal single flower compositions (Néroli, Des Lys, Le Jasmin, Le Muguet and La Violette), which were created by perfumer Isabelle Doyen and Camille Goutal in 2002, Le Chèvrefeuille is undoubtedly my favourite, both for its effervescent personality and impressionistic rendition of honeysuckle. …

The deliciously lemony note of petitgrain (bitter orange tree leaves) accents the white floral accord of Le Chèvrefeuille. The green and sparkling impression slowly gains a warmer, sweeter quality. Yet, that refreshing feeling like a sip of lemonade never vanishes completely. Above all, Le Chèvrefeuille conjures a vision of burying one’s face into a mass of white petals, and that is a reason enough to like it.

Le Chèvrefeuille is not a particularly complex fragrance. There are no dramatic interplays and unexpected twists. Still, the more I sample blends based on the idea of a single flower, the more I appreciate the ability of this perfume to evoke the scent of honeysuckle. It does so without triteness or anything tired and predictable. It is perhaps not as realistic a honeysuckle note as in Marc Jacobs Blush or Michael Kors Island Hawaii, but then again Le Chèvrefeuille feels like a real blooming flower, rather than a glossy photograph thereof.

Le Chèvrefeuille is an understated fragrance, with decent tenacity, although I would recommend liberal application. Le Chèvrefeuille features notes of petitgrain, honeysuckle, lemon, jasmine, and narcissus. Although launched as a limited edition in 2002, Le Chèvrefeuille was subsequently reissued. It is available at Annick Goutal boutiques as well as retailers carrying the line such as Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

Photo of honeysuckle by Scoobymoo, from Pollen Nation blog.

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