Friday, August 23, 2013

Persolaise Review: Eau De Monsieur from Annick Goutal (Annick Goutal / Camille Goutal & Isabelle Doyen; 1980/2013)


Wow! Cover me with slices of lemon and sprinkle me with a pinch of salt. Eau De Monsieur is back. Sadly, I never had a chance to smell the original version of this fizzy, sherbety creation, but I can safely report that this new edition - tweaked by Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen and reminiscent of YSL's Pour Homme - manages to convince the wearer that it's been zapped to 2013 straight from the 70s. With its almost comically yellow, glaringly bright lemon/verbena heart, its sharp, bitter herbal facets and its intriguing saline note (vetivert, perhaps) it harks back to a time when 'clean citrus' meant 'mature gent' in no uncertain terms. As it reaches its drydown, there are moments when its moss element becomes excessively metallic and the detergent-like aspects of its lemon accord make their presence known too frequently. But by and large, this is a solid piece of work whose sunny disposition is hard to resist. If only the mainstream gave men something as radiant as this every now and then.

[Review based on a sample of eau de toilette provided by Annick Goutal in 2013.]

Persolaise

6 comments:

  1. Oh dear, sounds like Lemon Pledge to me! Aside from the fantastic Orientalists range, most of the fragrances from the Annick Goutal line tend to open with some sort of lemon!

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    1. Vagabond, I know what you mean, but this one really isn't excessively Pledge-like. I found its lemon note quite easy to take :-)

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    2. Hmmm that sounds like it warrants a try, then. So it was discontinued and has only recently been re-continued?

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    3. Yes, that's right. I think this new version will be out in late September.

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  2. Thanks for the review - how does this perfume related to Eau d'Hadrien?

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    1. Lupo, thanks for stopping by. I'd say Hadrien is more cologne-like, with a simpler, less demanding citrus construction.

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