It’s fairly well known that I am and have been for years a big fan of the Annick Goutal line. I think f it as arguably the original niche line- when I first smelled them back in the 80’s at Bergdorf Goodman, they were a complete 180 from where perfumes were going at the time. Over the years, they’ve introduced some that I adored and some that I didn’t, but they were always true to the vision of Annick Goutal.
Vent de Folie is no exception.
The marketing copy from the website is, well, interesting..
“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…”
Well, okay then.
I happen to love the smell of sweet pea, and Vent de Folie pretty much nails that scent. At first is comes with a bright burst of citrus, then adds in rose, the kind that has a slight tinge of geranium. Barely-there tinges of fruits are there, listed as raspberry and black currant, but in no way does this become the dreaded fruity floral. A soft musk anchors the finish, bringing the whole composition together.
What it has to do with New York, glass towers or craziness I have no idea. It does smell really lovely; it’s youthful without being jejune. Lasting power for something so sheer is fairly good- I got six hours on my skin. I can imagine on a sultry New York day taking this out of the icebox and giving myself a nice refreshing spritz.
Or, for that matter a sultry LA evening..
Notes (from luckyscent): Sweet pea, blood orange, geranium, black currant, raspberry, white musk and cedarwood.
I assume it’s available at the usual suspects, $105 for 50ML. I asked for and received my sample at ScentBar.