Annick Goutal Eau de Fier

I decided to sniff something March gave me that I’m trying to figure out why she didn’t wrap in hazardous waste wrappings inside of an airtight tube.  Annick Goutal Eau de Fier
annick goutal eau de fierDuring the summer in Kansas, there’s a lot of construction work on the roads and a lot of oil wells, especially in Ellis County. 
Why my parents failed to buy their farm in Ellis County, with a big pool of oil under it just irritates me still. I really always wanted to be filthy stinking oil rich.  They drilled for oil like four times on our farm and came up dry each time, and I always cried when my parents broke the news. They drilled one last time after we sold the farm, while we still retained the oil and gas rights for ten years… nada, dry hole, bupkus.  Anyway…we’d drive down those two-lane highways in the summer, no AC in the car, with the windows down, and get stopped by the flagman, waiting for the lead car to finish pulling the other lane through what was now a one-lane highway where we had to take turns driving down it.  As we started down that one lane, with the windows down, 100 degrees, freshly laid asphalt and tar on the road, with the oil wells pumping on either side, that’s exactly the smell of Annick Goutal Eau de Fier.  No fruity happiness shows up later to save it or me from pronouncing it a total scrubber.  So unless this has hundred dollar bills under the cap, which is what the smell of oil and tar should have, it is definitely not for me.  

Update years later – I love this scent.  I think there’s a point in your perfume journey – early on – where you are not ready for the harsher smells that take a while to love.  That was the case with Annick Goutal Eau de Fier.  Over time, it, along with Annick Goutal Sables (pancake syrup!) have become som eof the favorites in the Annnick Goutal line.  

Perfume samples of Annick Goutal Eau de Fier are available at Surrender to Chance.
  • cait says:

    A very nice reader of my blog agreed to send me a sample of this. We’ll see if I like it. I do like Osmanthus but I can be oh so conventional in my love of pretty scents. 😕

  • Patty says:

    Exactly! Has anyone see Russle with his head recently, I ask?

  • Patty says:

    R, I’m not sure if it is. PRobably is, but there are lots of men’s fragrances I really love, like Isfarkand and Terre d’Hermes and Bel Ami. So that’s usually not a disqualifier with me at all.

    But I am absolutely certain that you would hate Fier with a hate as fierce as a thousand suns. :d

  • March says:

    Hey, any updates on Kimora and Russell? It’s been so quiet … did she have him knocked off? Or did she just bite his head off and eat him?:-\

  • violetnoir says:

    Patty, isn’t this a man’s fragrance?

    Not that that’s bad and that women can’t wear them, but I find that a man’s fragrance just does not work as well on me as it would on say my hubby.

    And, just for the record, I have no desire to even ask you to send me this one. If you say it’s a scrubber, I believe you! 🙂


  • Patty says:

    Absolutely got celebrity junk! I mean, American Idol is over, All-Star Big Brother VII is just around the corner, Brittney and Kevin are not even seen together anymore. I’ve got to pick up the new issue of Us to see how Janet managed to unpack 60 pounds in four months.

    yeah, I gots plenty!

  • March says:


    They misspelled it. I think it’s “Oh, do Fear.”

    Uh. Well. Personally, I’d put it in the Glad I Smelled It category just for the experience. I can say with a straight face I haven’t run across anything like it. But no. I wouldn’t wear it. (I think it’s in my Candy Samples draft for next week.)

    Hey, do you have some celebrity stuff for tomorrow or do I need to get my blogging sh!t together?

  • Patty says:

    Marina, I’m almost positive that you would, but for some reason I think March did not like this one? Or maybe she was sure I would have an instant hate when she sent it to me. Can’t remember.

  • Patty says:

    Victoria, I can see where it could be love. I just can’t get to anything but the tar on me, which is a shame. I like the smokey things to some degree and tea, but I’d rather Tea for Two.

  • Marina says:

    I have a very strong feeling I would love this one :d

  • Victoria says:

    Oh, I love Eau du Fier. It is certainly aggressive, but I guess that its unconventional character appeals to me very much. Osmanthus softens that tarry tea/leather in the heart.