Hi there Perfume Posse. First I need to say how utterly gutted I am by them removing Annick’s name from the Goutal line. What bastards! She created the brand, died and now her daughter and Pacific Amore have dishonoured her memory by taking her from the title, further more this kind of corporate culture makes me sick. I do like the new bottles though and am interested to try their Bois d’Hadrien, come try it with me.
Bois d’Hadrien by Camille Goutal for Annick Goutal 2017
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Fir, ivy, woody notes, spicy notes, lime, cypress, pine
Bois d’Hadrien opens with a crystalline citrus woven through the greenest aspects of ivy and conifers. Imagine wet are crossing the mountains in winter with Hadrien and his elephants. Snow, trees, ice forming on beard and eyelashes and the feeling that your the only people left on earth. That’s what I’m smelling here. (SH*T! Quite rightly it has been pointed out that Hannibal is elephants. Hadrien is the wall, yeah?)
The whole fragrance has the personality of a very dry martini before it’s garnished. The brisk alcohol and juniper berries icy cold and slightly watered from the ice. Bois d’Hadrien opens a bit like this.
Quite a departure from the citrus rich, cologne style, friendly and inviting Eau d’Hadrien. Nor is it the cool, sharp citrus moving into oriental of Les Nuits d’hadrian. Here you will find the cooling whip of fresh pine winds like the snowfields of Poland and Switzerland. A perfect foil to the oppressive heat of Summer but also a lovely accompaniment to the cool frosts of Winter.
Dry down is cool, fresh woods sparkling with snow and a hint of cooking spices. Even the longevity is good, a very nice surprise from the Goutal camp. They are best known for their fleeting beauties.
Have you spent any time with the newest Goutals? What do you think of the name change?