Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio

The past two weeks were March; this week is April. Maybe by mid-May it will be May. Afraid I haven’t been at my chirpiest recently. It’s finally starting to get warm and the garden has gotten its grow on, but I really need warmer weather, no rain and no gales (or even shush-shushing winds). Is that too much to ask?

I didn’t like to feeling stuck in this grump. So, I went digging in the box for something bright and summery. Came up with a decant of Ninfeo Mio. Haven’t used this in a while. I’m not big on citrus perfumes, but this just floats my boat and I’m surprised I hadn’t brought it out earlier.

Launched in 2010, Fragrantica calls it a woody aromatic. I guess. Inspired by the Ninfeo gardens in Rome, the notes list includes: cedar, Italian lemon and galbanum, bitter orange, mastic (another name for the tree is Tears of Chios – just had to add that), lavender, fig leaves, with a base of ‘woodsy notes’ (whatever).

The top of this on me (and I think this is why I like it so much) is bitter citrus. Nothing sweet here. Sharp and true. That’s it. Love that bitterness. Galbanum and bitter orange?

As it opens up I get a green-hay accord, which is a bit animalic, as hay can be (though hay isn’t listed as a note – maybe it’s from tobacco, which also isn’t in the list). This is lovely. There’s still something bitter there, but it’s modified by, perhaps, the fig leaves (and that ghost tobacco).

In the end, this is not hugely long-lived on my skin (five hours max), but that’s ok – can always respray. Whatever is in the woods is fine. It’s not that important. The top and middle are what make this fragrance.

In any case wearing this on a grey, rainy, windy, but warmer Saturday helped to lift me out of my feh mood as I took a long walk in the next over village with the dog. Everything is popping there: the lilacs, wisteria, cherry. Combined with horse and sea smell. Just sublime.

It occurred to me that last year at this time we were finally fully settled into the rental house and into our first (and it was serious) lockdown – outings max twice a day; people being very careful and considerate, but still stopping for socially distanced chats. Things are a lot busier now – and the influx of people from upcountry has been quite significant, making what were busy places exponentially busier. Cart-loads (I kid you not) of Grand Designs-type houses are being hoovered up or new builds are starting (reference the lego castle a few posts ago). Funny to think when I moved here over a decade ago it was still semi-rural.

I’ve just had my second covid jab. So, two weeks of being very careful around other people (except my son – can’t do much about that – and he’s not due his first vaccine for at least another couple of months). Then, it’s diving in … getting eyes checked and new glasses; visits to yoga teacher who is masseuse to get shoulders and neck sorted; maybe haircut and even some outlandish colour come June or early July (I cut my hair myself twice in last year – it can wait at least a month before someone competent does something with it). Last time I got hair cut I wore Guerlain. Think this time I might wear Ninfeo.

I’ve cut back the bulbs that were shocked by the builders and didn’t flower this year (ie, only greenery). I’ve scrabbled through the pots where nothing is happening to see if anyone is still there or if the critters have made off with bulbs (mostly yes, they have). I’ve started a load of nasturtium seeds and am seriously thinking about spreading the plants through the lawn. It won’t matter if the dog treads on them and the grass has come back so many different shades of green (from almost yellow to deep and dark) that the idea of a proper lawn just seems preposterous.

Anyway, do you know Ninfeo Mio? What’s your go-to for pulling you out of a grump – whether weather-induced or whatever? Has your weather turned yet?

  • HeidiC says:

    Ninfeo Mio is not really my thing, but I have been spraying myself with AG’s Songes when I need to happy it up a bit.

  • Marie says:

    I like Ninfeo Mio in theory, it has a great start but shows a note similar to curry and cat urine during the heart and base notes (sorry to all fans, I guess it is different for you!)
    My fig fix is Un Jardin en Mediterranee and among the AG line, I enjoy the creamy Songes EdT which gives me comfort no matter the temperatures 🙂

    • Cinnamon says:

      Interesting. Usually if something is going to go pongy it will do it on me, but this doesn’t. Songe really doesn’t work on me, but most AGs don’t. Sadly.

  • Zazie says:

    I’m so glad to see some love for Ninfeo mio!
    This is one of my most repurchased perfumes, and given the size of my collection, it is a remarkable kpi.

    I enjoy it on myself when I want to calm down and relax with a fantasy involving spring, sun, fresh breeze, lush greenery, and the outdoors… the buzz of bees and the chirping of birds. Lazy And sleepy happiness, bottled.

    But I must confess that I particularly love spraying it over a freshly made bed.
    Linen spray? I just know that it is a lovely ritual and an extremely satisfying olfactory experience… especially when the bedding is in light spring colors, crisp whites and soft light greens…

    Anyway, love to wear it, love to spray it on fabric, which explains the repurchase rate, I guess.
    If you have not slept with ninfeo mio you are missing out, I tell you! 😉
    Ninfeo echoes Morfeo, in my mother language, after all.

  • Eldarwen22 says:

    It’s been cold in my neck of the woods and very rainy. I have nothing but my primroses blooming at the moment. Just waiting for the lilacs to start blooming. Just been wearing a bunch of no 5 and Lyric and haven’t tried a lot of new stuff.

  • Tara C says:

    Still cool and a bit rainy here on the west coast of Canada, but the cherries, lilacs, wisteria, irises, tulips and many other things are in full bloom. Peonies should be coming out soon. Having lots of stress lately but due to moving have very limited access to my perfumes, so I’m just wearing a few favourites such as Cartier L’Heure Défendue, PHI Rose de Kandahar and DSH Marzipan. Foodie things tend to be my comfort scents.

    • Cinnamon says:

      My peony is showing a stellar performance. It’s way ahead of anything else. Like it’s going ‘look at me — I’m the one who is going to bloom before anyone else except those silly violas’. Best wishes on move stuff.

  • March says:

    I love Ninfeo Mio (of course I have a soft spot for all the Annick Goutal scents), I find it so cheering. It has been COLD here, unusually so. I don’t love it, but it will be 90 and sultry soon enough, so I’m wearing a wool sweater and trying not to complain!

    • Cinnamon says:

      Do you like Un Matin d’Orage? Most AGs don’t work on me even though I want them to. Eau d’Hadrian did sort of. And the one that was released a few years ago but didn’t last very long (that patchouli base) was good. I wish the weather would just settle into proper summer and just be done with it.

    • Musette says:

      You are my AG gal! I’m in double layers here, as well. Spring can really hang you up the most! It’ll be sultry, soon enough.


  • filomena813 says:

    I loved Ninfeo Mio and was sad that they discontinued it so quickly.

    • Cinnamon says:

      It’s a weird thing — all those lovely perfumes that don’t getting a proper hearing (eg, Amaranthine).

    • Zazie says:

      I don’t think it’s discontinued, I would be so bummed if it ever was. You may buy it on AG’s site. They changed the packaging, for the worst, but the fragrance is the same, or mostly the same… it’s always difficult to tell.

  • Fragrance Fawn says:

    Nin Feo Mio was my wedding day scent and I still love it so. You’re right, it’s an uplifting, bitter citrus concoction that on my skin bursts into full bloom, with the fig prominent. I am a self proclaimed fig whore…. love to grow them, eat them, smell them. I have all manner of fig candles and fig influenced fragrances. I say that so you know when I say this is my top fig fragrance, that is saying something! Definitely a top 5 for me overall in scents that I will never be without!

    • Cinnamon says:

      Seems like a perfect wedding day fragrance. I have a brown fig tree coming at the end of June. Any advice on keeping it happy? It’s going to have to live in a pot.

  • Musette says:

    In the aftermath of a really heavy rainstorm, now blustery winds and 50Fs temps. GreyAF. I decided on ‘beach’ scent today – showered in Bobbi Brown’s Beach and am wearing Bahiana by Maitre Parfumeur over some coconut oil. Feeling VERY Brazilian right now. It’s helping dispel the ‘meh’ I’m feeling – after taking Miss Thang for a short walk (all her old hips will allow) I will take my own old hips for a bit longer walk, to get some oxygen in the blood.

    • Cinnamon says:

      Indeed, we need brightness on these sorts of days. I ended up in Ninfeo Mio again as it just works really well as an antidote to frustrating weather. Do the Girl’s hips act up when it’s damp out?

      • Musette says:

        Alas, The Girl’s hips are shot 24/7 – I have her on Adequan injections (monthly), some horse stuff for arthritis and I walk her for short hops 5x day, which keeps her moving. She’s fine – just busted.