Vanille Charnelle by Camille Goutal, Isabelle Doyen for Annick Goutal 2015

Hello Posse Peepers, Vanille Charnelle came out in a trilogy of more expensive Annick Goutal fragrances in 2015. New bottle shape, high end marketing and costly ingredients. Nobody seemed to notice. It was like they never happened. I loved the idea of them but so much is being released that Vanille Charnel slipped from my radar without a trace. Recently, while shopping on Surrender To Chance and rediscovered the set, I grabbed a couple of ml of each and thought maybe you would like to be reminded too?

Vanille Charnelle by Camille Goutal, Isabelle Doyen for Annick Goutal 2015

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Ylang-ylang, pepper
Heart: Vanilla, tonka bean, white musk
Base: Vanilla absolute, vetiver

Dry vanilla, crackling with the freshly ground pepper, backed by a creamy, banana infused ylang. Sounds freaking awful but for the record it is really good. Thick, glutinous and rich with the zing of pepper cutting through perfectly. I think the note list has been truncated for ease of digestion because I also pick up some creamy green herbs like basil or cardamom (could easily be my imagination). Later the vetiver does give a very softly acted dry grass effect but it merely serves to mute the sweet resinous vanilla a little.

Groundbreaking? Naah, not really. Interesting and fun, totally wearable. I don’t think it will challenge or cause anyone to scrunch their nose at your sillage and if you’re a sexy bastard already then it will give people another excuse to come in for a better sniff. There is something delightfully tongue-in-cheek retro about Vanille Charnel though. I like it a lot.

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One of the great things I selfishly love about fragrances not making an enormous splash is that they hit the discounters quick smart these days. Already Vanille Charnelle is available for just over $100 if you look around. Finally, there will be one winging its way to me, as soon as I get some breathing space on the credit cards.

Further reading: Perfume Shrine and Scented Hound
FragranceNet has $110/75ml after coupon currently
Surrender To Chance has samples from $4.50/0.5ml

Would you try Vanille Charnelle? Which other Annick Goutal frags do you like?
Portia xx


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  • Ann says:

    Howdy, dear! Sorry I’m late to the party but was in post-vacation crazy mode. I really liked this one, too, and have a bit around here somewhere. Glad you got it for a good price. My fave AGs are Nuit Etoilee, Eau de Camille and Eau de Ciel (both from way back when) and the Encens Flamboyant. And I did rather like the tea one from a few years ago. Thanks for the reminder to go back and give this line some love!!

  • Tara C says:

    I tried Vanille Charnelle but it didn’t stand out to me as something I had to have, it reminded me of the previous Orientalistes collection, which I already own and love (Encens Flamboyant, Ambre Fetiche, Musc Nomade, Myrrhe Ardente). I also own and love Nuit Etoilee edp and Mon Parfum Cheri par Camille. Out of the florals, I like Songes and Passion best.

    • Portia says:

      Hi there TaraC,
      Yes, very like the orientalist without smelling like any of them. Ambre Fetiche and Musc Nomade are in my collection too.
      I completely understand it just isn’t as out there as it could have been. Much better valuee too now.
      Portia xx

  • MMKinPA says:

    I am big AG fan; have several FBs in my collection, including Vanille Exquise. I skipped this one due to the price, though, and because I OD’d on vanilla fragrances when I first went down the rabbit hole. Perhaps worth a sample.

    • Portia says:

      Hey MMKinpa
      Definitely worth a try even if it never becomes a FB purchase. I think it’s really nice.
      Portia xx