EB Florals Kingston Osmanthus & Annick Goutal Tenue de Soiree

Annick Goutal Tenue de Soiree was the review I promised you guys for this week, and this time I’m actually going to do what I said I would do.  But! I need to also talk about the new Eric Buterbaugh Kingston Osmanthus.

Annick Goutal Tenue de Soiree is a departure for Goutal in ways that intrigue me, but was also discordant.  Goutal has always had this pretty easy to follow marketing/design plan for their scents.  Mon Parfum Cherie (which I love, love, love, loooove) was a departure point, and then they circled back around with their green tea scent and others.  This is — well, the notes listed are iris and patchouli.  Start cringing now as I tell you what else is in there. Sugar.  Sticky, sweet, amped up with patchouli.  Exactly!  When did Goutal go this gourmand’ish route?  That it has a sweetness to it is most amplified on the open. Then that sugar’ish thing settles down and give a low hum of background sugar on the iris.  This seems to be a rebrand they are pursuing.  Now, I didn’t hate it, not in the least.  It never really felt like an Annick Goutal, but neither did Mon Parfum Cherie, which I may not have noted that I love wholeheartedly.  It fits a space that they don’t have filled now, a chypre gourmand.  It is not a simple gourmand, nor is it overly sweet except on the open.  It is just, well, different.  I think it Eric Buterbaugh Kingston Osmanthusgives them something that is a great fit for the evening, romantic market.  Not damning by faint praise, I’m just still not completely decided on how I feel about it.

Not being quite sure is nowhere in existence for me with Eric Buterbaugh Kingston Osmanthus.  Dear Lord, this thing is a marvel.  Notes of  violet leaf, jasmine, osmanthus, orange blossom, rose, sandalwood, iris, woody notes and musk.

Created by Alberto Morillas, he was aiming at capturing the intense osmanthus bud smell.  I’ve never smelled the osmanthus in a bud form, but let’s not worry about this. Is this absolutely gorgeous?  Ohmyyes.  There is this lovely muskiness wandering around beneath the apricotty-leather osmanthus that makes ooze sex without being smutty.  There is a soaring quality to this that lifts your spirit.  Yes, yes, I know this is an unquantifiable part of a perfume review, but that’s how it made me feel – lighter, joyous, beautiful.  If this is the direction Buterbaugh is taking, I applaud. I have really liked/loved many of the fragrances he’s done so far, but Kingston Osmanthus is  a serious step forward for this young perfume company.

Winners of the Annick Goutal Tenue de Soiree samples are – tiara, ricky rebarco and Donna S. Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you.  I only check Posse e-mail like once a week, so it can take a few days sometimes to respond there.

We are a couple of day away from the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, a time when we will sit down with family, pray no political battles break out, and figure out how to love each other a little better.  For those of you in the United States, a Happy Thanksgiving!  For those of you outside of the United States, just have fun and hug your friends and family extra that day.

Yes, of course I am giving away samples of this delightful Buterbaugh Kingston Osmanthus.  Drop a comment with your wish for a comprehensive guide.   Yeah, I know, I burned out on them and needed a break for, well, a couple of years, but I think I’m ready to tackle one here and there. I’ve thought either osmanthus, tuberose or chocolate.  Osmanthus would be fairly short, there’s not a ton of osmanthus-centric fragrances, but some good/great ones.  One of those three or something else?  I’m not doing sandalwood at this point, so X that out. I just don’t love sandalwood in a way that – I actually kind of hate it, and I don’t want to smell sandalwood for a week. I threw away my very expensive Malle candle with sandalwood in it.  It was great in theory, but every time I got near it, I was repulsed. I know, weird.  I’ll draw four commenters at random to receive a sample of the lovely Kingston Osmanthus.  You will be so happy if you win, I promise!



  • datura5750 says:

    Thanks for the sample of EB Osmanthus, it’s amazingly good! thank you for the opportunity to smell this!

  • Donna S says:

    I would love to try the EB. I have their Tuberose and it’s lovely. very nicely done.

  • HeidiC says:

    I’d love to try the osmanthus, though I don’t think I could afford the FB! I do love the Hermes Osmanthe Yunnan, though really more in the spring — it’s got such a dewy green floral feel to it.

    And YASSSSSS to what DDJ writes above — Skank/Animalics guide!

  • DDJ says:

    Am I too late?

    Well, heck… Buterbaugh Osmanthus —- $95 for 10ml, aka Highway Robbery, or $395 for 100ml??? I coulda taught the boy how to count to 30 or 50 ….for free.

    I’d love a sample : )

    I’ve been seeing a lot of osmanthus lately, and it’s blooming all over my yard. I’m sure any guide you do will be marvelous.

    But if I could tap you with my magic wand, we’d get a contemporary guide to Skank/Animalics …clipped like a Texas steer though they may be these days.

    A girl’s-night-out, no-one’s-listening guide to what grinds our gears.

    • HeidiC says:

      DDJ, I’m with you on the Skank/Animalics! I don’t know if you’ve tried either Papillon’s Salome or Les Liquides Imaginaires’ Peau de Bête — they’re both skanky AF. Salome has dominant civet and styrax (exotic rodent poop) notes, and it’s both gorgeous and filthy. Peau de Bête smells exactly like draping a fresh pelt around your shoulders — they have samples at STC, but you can’t get a bottle this side of the pond — I recommended it to a friend who lives in Rome, who bought a bottle and LURRRRRVS it.

      • DDJ says:

        HEIDIC, This may be a tough vote to win! …Oh, wait. or is this a dictatorship?

        I own, wear and love both Salome and Peau de Bête …with a little Bouge Maai and some others rotated in for variety from time to time.

        You’ve been able to get PdB online through Aus Liebe zum Duft in Germany since it first came out. It’s now also available through Essenza Nobile.

        AAAAAAnnddd you may be interested know that the second perfume in Liquides Imaginaires’ “Eau de Bete” trilogy is finally available after more than a year of waiting! Belle Bete by Les Liquides Imaginaires is in limited supply now and more widely available after January 2017.

        You can order your bottle from Aus Liebe zum Duft right now, although it is not shown yet on the Les Liquides Imaginaires website.

        Life’s short; go get ya some : )

  • Fleurycat says:

    I already commented, but I look forward to an Osmanthus guide (mmm) also milky, soft, close to the skin notes.

  • datura5750 says:

    An Osmanthus guide would be great, they are in bloom here now, but I don’t have a perfume in my arsenal.

  • Koyel says:

    I would also love to see a cinnamon guide. I’m wearing Cuir Sacré today, which has cinnamon nowhere in the notes, but I’m still getting blasted by it (in a great way). I would love to try the Buterbaugh Osmanthus! Sex without smut sounds perfect.

  • Paige W says:

    Your description of the Kingston Osmanthus makes this a must-try in my books! It might be the season influencing me, but I’d love a guide on perfumes with pine or cedar. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Ingeborg says:

    Would love to try the Buterbaugh Osmanthus and an osmanthus guide would be good. I would also love a guide on perfumes with basil or thyme or a floral note like freesia or narcissus.

  • spring_pansy says:

    Oh yes, please do write an osmanthus guide – you may come up with more fragrances than you think! And please enter me in the draw for Kingston Osmanthus. Thanks!

  • Caroline says:

    Would love to try this new Buterbaugh…Happy TG, Patty & Posse!

  • carol b says:

    I don’t know what osmanthus smells like & would love an EB sample. If there’s a tuberose guide, that too would be most welcome.

  • jackie b says:

    I used to grow osmanthus, and also have a tiny vial of the absolute. Totally delicious. Would love to sample the EB.
    Have you done a fig guide? There seem to be a few on that list.
    Or almond…

  • Sylvia says:

    I would love a guide for Osmantus or Pachouli. I love the patch in Ambre Eau Des Merveilles but not Aromatics Elixer or Knowing. I’d love to know what else to steer towards. The Buterbsugh sounds gorgeous. I’d love to sample it! Thank you and Hope you have a happy thanksgiving!

  • sunnlitt says:

    Oh, I would love to sniff that Buterbaugh Osmanthus!!
    I would also be very interested in an osmanthus guide. That sounds like a lot of fun.

  • Sapphire says:

    I would not mind a chocolate guide. Not much of a tuberose fan. I am on my phone at the moment, so couldn’t find if there had been a rose guide, but that would be nice if there hasn’t been one. Thanks for the drawing!

  • BostonScentGuy says:

    I’d love for the chance to win this! I love osmanthus and the Buterbaugh florals I’ve smelt so far. It’s also hard not to be awed by those gorgeous bottles. As for a new guide…well, osmanthus would be great, short as it is….but otherwise, I’d love to see comprehensive lists of castoreum/civet/weird animal notes (they’re not generally center-stage notes, but have such an effect on a ton a fragrances I love), labdanum, damascones (I’m really enjoying some recently acquired Nombre Noir and love finding similar fruity, aldehydic, rosey notes), hyacinth, and my true favorite scent compound, coumarin.

  • Kandice says:

    I would l love a tuberose guide! I love that scent, and I have trouble finding fragrances that include that note primarily. I also appreciate the chance to win a sample of this. It sounds lovely. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates this holiday!

  • elisa p says:

    Like Janice noted above, I also have noticed a few new osmanthus releases this year, and not of the sheer, ethereal osmanthus tea variety. I really like the Perris Monte Carlo one. I’d love to try the EB one, too. I’d really like to see a cosmetic powder perfume guide. I’m still looking for the HG in that genre.

  • Mocha says:

    Osmanthus! Yes, please! Both the Kingston and the guide. Can you see how popular it is based on the number and swiftness of comments?

  • olive1459 says:

    A guide on osmanthus! There’s a ton of tuberose and even chocolate out there, but I don’t hear much about osmanthus. When I do, I feel left out because I really have no reference point for how it smells. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Alison says:

    I am an addict of osmanthus – the real thing, not the perfume, after spending my college years surrounded by huge shrubs of it. I am still searching for a fragrance that comes even close to the real thing. I’d love to try this one!

  • GrandmaGaga says:

    I’d love to try a sample of this! I NEED a Patchouli guide….I have found most perfumes containing patch repulse me but then I’ll stumble upon one ( Givenchy Very Irresistible as a recent case-in-point) that make me swoon! What gives? I want to know!

  • Ellen M says:

    I would love to sample this Looking forward to a guide.

  • Janice says:

    I would love to see an osmanthus guide. Either there seem to be a lot of perfumes featuring this note lately, or else I’m just noticing it more (the new Neela Vermeire, Auphorie’s Miyako, one from Perris Monte Carlo….).

  • Leila says:

    Osmanthus! I want to own ALL the Osmanthus stuff! 🙂

  • Jirish says:

    I love your guides and would love one on osmanthus. I agree it would likely be on the short side, but maybe you could combine it with a guide to linden as well?

  • Veronica Valania says:

    Oh I would love to sample the EB osmanthus scent!!! How about a chocolate or a “booze/liquer” guide?!! I would love to learn about a deep dark chocolate scent! Thanks for the draw and I hope you are all doing well!

  • AnnJune says:

    I’ve been meaning to try the EB scents since they came out… would love to start with this one! Thanks for the draw.

  • EchoCharlie says:

    I would love a chocolate guide. That has been my jam lately. I just got candy butcher from BPAL and I find it just really calming. I don’t know that I have ever tried an osmanthus based perfume..sounds delightful!

  • MikasMinion says:

    I wouldn’t mind an osmanthus guide. I have several but not any that are outstanding. How about a guide to some of the spices or herbs? Nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, basil, thyme, rosemary. You could do a couple of paragraphs for each and make it a series.

  • AnnieA says:

    An osmanthus guide would be great as I have not found mine yet.

  • ChelemBound says:

    I’m all for any gourmand guides! Thanks for the draw!

  • jenbat says:

    Ooh, do a tuberose guide! Or no wait, chocolate! Either one would be good. Are there any perfumes with white chocolate notes in them? I’m curious to know. Or what about a basil/herbaceous guide? Although maybe the season for that has passed. Or a champaca guide! Anyway, happy Thanksgiving!

  • Jeanne says:

    I think I’ve caught the “bug”. My samples are starting to overflow their container. Would love to add another to try. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  • Luna Green says:

    I would love to try a sample! Osmanthus is a note I have yet to understand. I know it’s in several frags that I’ve worn many times, but I can’t quite pick it out as a distinctive smell.

  • Claudia S says:

    I had a soap once that smelled of osmanthus but I can’t remember what line-senior moment I guess. I’d love to try the Buterbaugh! Thanks!

  • Connie says:

    Oh my god I love the guides and I would be so excited for another one! I feel like you’ve already done violet and iris, but if not those would be my top choices.
    If yes, then I would love to see something a bit more unusual, like saffron or blackcurrant or milky notes!
    Yay for osmanthus and happy Thanksgiving!

    • Patty says:

      Connie, I have done those! Click on the Best Perfumes (Note) at the top of the blog to find all the ones we’ve done so far. Enjoy!

  • KimB says:

    Would love a guide to both osmanthus and to tuberose. Would love to sample this new Buterbaugh.

  • Sarah Edwards says:

    Sandalwood is trying at best for me as well.
    Osmanthus interests me but I don’t have much smell memory for it. Maybe I had a Lutens sample once that was intriguing.
    I am curious about both this perfume house and this scent. Thank you for these opportunities Patti. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Marianna says:

    Love Osmanthus!! Would to try this one as I have not explored this house at all

  • Fleurycat says:

    I would love love love to sample Kingston Osmanthus! I’m on an osmanthus quest after getting the tiniest sneak preview of Rahele at my local parfumerie, even if I can’t afford it. One vial in the house, no samples, so just a sniff, and it also had an uplifting joyous quality.
    Happy Thanksgiving, I’m needing to feel positive right now and it’s challenging.