Hi, everyone. Thanks for joining me on today’s Another Chance post I announced a couple of weeks ago, wherein I (and, I hope, some of you) took a few days to try out a fragrance we’ve not given much attention to, and/or one we are on the fence about, and report back. Here’s mine, and please leave yours in comments, I’d love to know what you discovered.
Annick Goutal Mon Parfum Cheri, Par Camille – I lurve me some Annick Goutal, as anyone who’s done any regular reading of the Posse knows. Collectively they have a kind of quirkiness, and often a herbaceousness, which I find captivating. They are charming, for lack of a better word. The first AG I ever tried was Gardenia Passion many years ago, when I snuck a spritz on multiple occasions from a friend’s bottle on her vanity; I didn’t even know what it was called. Then I stumbled across the boutique in Paris and left with some newfound knowledge, a bottle of Mandragore and a deep love for the line in general, if not each scent. Over the past year I’ve been filling in some empty spots in my collection – minis I’ve used up, older scents on eBay, etc. The super-popular Hadrien has never worked for me, but I adore several other AGs in summer – Sud, Camille, Chevrefuille, etc., and both Passion and Gardenia Passion are in regular rotation when it’s cooler outside. And have I mentioned how great Mandragore is any old time? Oh, I have?
Mon Parfum Cheri is a floral chypre and as such a more zaftig addition to the line, along the lines of Passion, and I thought I’d love it. Notes include violet, plum, patchouli, iris and heliotrope. I found a bottle of the EdP (as far as I know it was never released in the US in that formulation, only the EdT) and promptly bought it unsniffed.
Well, ugh. Oui, it is Monsieur Yuck, back after a long absence! I should have looked for the allegedly lighter EdT, because the EdP is such a patchouli monster. The drydown is just lovely, but I don’t have the patience to get through a top that’s so patch-heavy it’s like wearing some medicinal muscle-rub. Verdict: hard pass. In the meantime, Bois de Jasmin loved it; Gaia preferred the EdT (oh, how I miss Gaia), and will I blind-buy that one if given the right opportunity? Sure, why not.
Chanel No. 19 Poudré – at the opposite end of the quirky-charm spectrum from Annick Goutal we have Chanel. Setting aside decants of Les Exclusifs, I own exactly two Chanels – Coco, which stole my heart back in the day and I still love so much that I own several bottles of different vintages and concentrations; and Cristalle Eau Verte, which (if I’m being honest) barely qualifies as Chanel now that it’s had its claws removed, and I like wearing it in summer, it’s light and refreshing. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled across a bottle of No. 19 Poudré in a box downstairs; what was that doing here? Maybe I reviewed it, and so I did a search on the Posse… which wound up being a bit of a gut punch. No wonder I’d forgotten, it was at the peak of my former life being thrown on the pyre, and I’ve deleted as much of that year from my memory as possible. Anyhow. How great is this thing?! Notes are neroli, galbanum, jasmine, iris, white musk, vetiver, and tonka bean; the aldehydes and galbanum and …. strychnine have been exorcised surgically removed from the original No. 19 by Jacques Polge, and it’s only lightly green and (for the record) not powdery at all, more rooty iris in a meadow. My earlier review sums it up but this is dumbed down in all the right ways to make it enjoyable for me; if you’re a big No. 19 fan, don’t even bother, because I think you’d hate it. Verdict: a new bottle at my bedside, I’m literally wearing this right now.
Okay, your turn! What have you tried out, and what was the verdict?