On my most recent trip to Paris, I had a surprise for my A Taste of Paris Goes PINK group. Every French adventure reminds me to embrace and share the things I love.
We spent a little more than an hour at one of my beloved Parisian addresses, Annick Goutal, the original location on rue Bellechasse.
Celine guided us in our discovery of this iconic French brand. Fine French fragrance can’t be rushed, in some cases taking up to a decade to create.
A Nose, is the name given to the highest caliber perfumer. An artist, working with many raw scents to develop something original, that evokes emotion, much like a symphony. Celine explained the process of developing a perfume and offered us the chance to smell many raw ingredients that go into their fragrance assortment.
My favorite Annick Goutal fragrance is Un Matin D’ Orage; a stormy morning. Annick, the founder of the brand, was out for a morning walk after a rain storm, she discovered a magnolia blossom on the ground and pinned it to her blouse. The scent of the flower, softened by the rain, was wafting about and from this experience she imagined the fragrance and set about creating it. The smell of Un Matin D’Orage is intoxicating, fresh and feminine.
This is a snip of Celine explaining the NOTES of a perfume. The first note, or head note is what you smell when the perfume is applied. The head notes are the most volatile molecules so they fade quickly. As the perfume dries down, you begin to have a hint of the middle note or the heart note. These notes will linger longer and are considered the heart of the fragrance. With a bit more time on the skin, the base notes come through and as they mingle with the heart notes, you will experience the full body of the fragrance.
Body chemistry plays a role in how the notes of the fragrance mix. That’s why a very fine fragrance never smells the same on someone else, it becomes your OWN.
Every time I spray Un Matin D’Orage, I am transported to the precious boutique on rue Bellechasse.
Sharing my love of Annick Goutal and fragrance with my A Taste of Paris travelers and YOU is a real joy!
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