One Thousand Scents

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Burning Sensation: Annick Goutal Eau de Fier

According to Perfume Intelligence, Annick Goutal's Eau de Fier has notes of

bitter orange, osmanthus, salt flower, clove, tea, and birch

and doesn't that sound nice?

Here's what it smells like:

An enormous quantity of hot tar;

a recently extinguished but still smouldering tire fire;

a campfire with some catalogues and old shoes thrown onto it;

a colossal vat of freshly brewed, heavily smoked black tea;

and a guy in new leather.

Oh, it starts off with a bit of orange peel, but after that it's just hot smoky tar and burning things and black tea and leather. It is just exactly as disagreeable and as hypnotic as that sounds. It's Bulgari Black and some Demeter leathers and L'Artisan Parfumeur Tea for Two concentrated down and mixed together and unleashed on an unsuspecting world.

Here's the really weird thing: it has almost no lasting power. Two hours and it's hardly even there any more. Wouldn't you think that something so tarry and dark and intense would stick around for at least eight to ten hours, if not overnight?

I can't find a picture of the bottle but what the hell, all the Goutal men's bottles are the same, so this will do.

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