Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilee: new fragrance

When I was pairing Van Gogh's famous painting Nuit Etoilée with my review of Annick Goutal's idiosyncratic Eau du Fier the other day, I must have been in daydreamig mode. The mind does tend to work this way*. But it was possibly more than just subliminal.

I had received information that the next fragrance by the French brand (seeking wider distribution currently at the Middle East as per Brigitte Taitinger, after succesfully solving problems with the American distribution) is also called Nuit Etoilée, you see.

Nuit Étoilée is a new unisex scent offered by the Annick Goutal fragrance line; a fresh, aromatic spicy-woody scent in blue-tinged bottles for him and for her (the scent is abslutely the same in both declinations, much like with all the rest of the line). The perfume was inspired by the wildness of nature and the coolness of dusk.  This nightfall, this starry night began out of an image Camille had stored at the little laboratory the French brand has in Paris: "La nuit étoilée" de JF. Millet (1855) on a postcard that had been lurking under the papers for two or three years, hence the bluish tint of the flacon. Isabelle Doyen, the perfumer, believes this is how things work: You're inquisitive, you see things, you absorb them and then they come out in your work, almost by chance. Nuit Étoilée by parfums Annick Goutal is fresh with hints of sweetness as well as peppermint accents on the top while unfolding woodier aspects upon drying down.

The upcoming Nuit Étoilée by parfums Annick Goutal will launch in April 2012

*The name also immediately reminds me of Baccarat's one-time fragrance edition Une Nuit Étoilée au Bengal.


  1. Anonymous23:02

    Have you ever smelled the Myrrhea line of hair care products? That's the smell of my ideal perfume, but I just can't find it in fragrance form. If you have ever smelled it, could you give me some ideas or lead me in the right direction?

  2. Excellent question.

    I should think that Goutal's own Myrrhe Ardente (in the Orientalistes line) should do the trick. Another excellent suggestion in a more "alkaline"/sweet aldehydic context is La Myrrhe by Lutens, though this is a Parisian exclusive (but people have been known to split bottles before).
    Good luck!

  3. Well, your post on Eau du Fier was so compelling I went out and got it. It is everything you said... very odd with many stages of life (at least as I wear it). I love Peau d'Espagne so this family of scents is one of my favorites. Pity it went away!

  4. D,

    awww, that's the sweetest compliment :-) Thanks for stopping by! Hope everything is going very well.

    Peau d'Espagne as a recipe is a wonder, to be sure. The pure concept of it smelling like a woman's skin (and the potent imagery by Havelock Ellis invoked) is so compelling, one has to explore by oneself.
    It is perhaps hopeful (for you and me and everyone sharing this taste) that leather is making a comeback as a fragrance note, though with restrictions in place it has to be somewhat softer than previously.


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