For whatever reason, my wonky nose seems best able to discern Annick Goutal scents. So when I’m really coming up empty-handed (-nosed?) I work on filling in the gaps in my AG collection.
I’ve set aside my new-to-me bottle of Eau de Charlotte for cooler weather. Its jam-and-cocoa opening is kind of a reach for me anyway, which is why I didn’t even try to get ahold of a (vintage) bottle until recently. I’ll revisit Charlotte later in the fall; I have a feeling it’s going to be a love-it-or-hate-it.
Which leaves Eau de Camille. I distinctly remember taking a hard pass on Folavril, the original AG scent, and its oddball combo of tomato leaf and mango, which makes a bit more sense upon learning (as I did recently) that she used it to scent bath and body products. It might work better as a hand cream, but still … yeesh. If Folavril were my introduction to the line, I would have stopped right then and there….where was I?
Oh, yeah. Eau de Camille. Both Charlotte and Camille were gifts of a sort to Annick’s two daughters – Charlotte with her love of jam and cocoa, and Camille with her love of their garden, full of honeysuckle and ivy. Eons ago in a quick review I loathed it – it seemed almost unbearably sour and green.
Well, something has changed, and I suspect it’s me. I swapped for a vintage, unloved bottle of Camille recently, out of curiosity. Guess what? It now smells refreshing, all trimmed hedges and new-mown grass with just a hint of blooms in the distance; the scent of spring. It’s absolutely charming, and I’m surprised how much I love it; it’s a delight in this ghastly heat. If this sounds enticing, please keep in mind that Camille is one of the less-loved AG fragrances; I’m not the only one who’s found it a bit challenging at first sniff.
Eau de Camille was released in 1983; notes are ivy, privet, honeysuckle, lilac, and cut grass. Here is a link to Robin’s lovely review from 2007 (which is right around when I first met her, I think).
Do you love a fragrance you used to dislike?