I noticed that I have a tendency to collect things in series: books, movies, TV shows, costume jewelry, etc. It’s hard for me to stop at, for example, just one show season or a necklace if there are more. I will keep buying books from a favorite author even if the last couple weren’t that great. I will wait till the show is canceled or closed to buy a complete set. And I will keep browsing new offerings from a designer I like to see if there is a piece of jewelry in a new color/form/material that will fill some imaginary hole in my collection. Because of that I have some problems with testing perfumes: my impulse is to go through the complete line or at least a very representative subset of it; and you can imagine how hard it might be in case of niche or indie perfume houses. It usually results in a wide variety of samples for a single line (which I consider an upside of my OCD behavior).
Going through my samples collection I realized that for many perfume houses I have enough choices to use a new one for every day of the week. So I want to try doing once a month a weeklong one brand “test drive” (WTD). And since I’m not writing real reviews I offer just my random thoughts and observations for the perfumes tested.
This month my miniseries’ subject is Annick Goutal. Monday through Sunday I will be wearing one perfume from this perfume house and posting mini not-a-reviews.
My relationship with Annick Goutal’s line is a strange one. For a while I was completely intimidated by the line-up of the big 100 ml bottles looking the same with an occasional bow of a different color or matted glass of a different hue. They were too luxurious for me to even approach and try them at Nordstrom’s or Bloomingdale’s counters. I might be wrong but I have the impression that those recent years of online perfume discounters as well as thousands new fragrance releases per year made brick and mortar cosmetic counters more approachable. But maybe it’s just me who changed and acquired enough experience or grew enough skin not to be intimidated any more. Today I can try any number of perfumes at almost any counter. Unfortunately, selection of Annick Goutal’s perfumes at those counters decreased significantly. But I managed to get fresh (as far as store’s bottles freshness goes) spray samples for my little project and tested them on skin.
Image: my own
See all episodes:
WTD, Episode 1.1: Eau d’Hadrien by Annick Goutal
WTD, Episode 1.2: Grand Amor by Annick Goutal
WTD, Episode 1.3: Le Mimosa by Annick Goutal
WTD, Episode 1.4: Heure Exquise by Annick Goutal
WTD, Episode 1.5: Neroli by Annick Goutal
WTD, Episode 1.6: Petite Cherie by Annick Goutal
WTD, Episode 1.7: Songes by Annick Goutal