Exquisite Perfume in Paris – Annick Goutal

Annick1Gigi and I were recently in Paris and went a little crazy searching out their skincare, body, and fragrance products. One of the most exquisite fragrance houses, in our opinion, is Annick Goutal.

The story of this “maison de haute parfumerie” is special.  Annick Goutal, the founder, was initially a pianist then became a fashion model. It was during a modeling job in Grasse that she met a perfumer that would change the direction of her life as he realized that she had immense creative talent and a “nose”. After years of training, Annick started with three perfumes, one being Eau d’Hadrien that became her most successful perfume ever. In 1981, Annick opened her first shop on Rue de Bellechasse in Paris where Gigi and I had the pleasure of speaking with long term employee, Alice, and hearing the story from someone who “feels her in the shop every day”. Alice became very emotional when speaking with us and it is something that we connected to deeply as we felt her too. The photograph here with the lineup of perfume is on the original desk Annick used when first starting her business.

Annick died in 1999 at the age of 53 of breast cancer. A genetic link in her family of which all her sisters passed except one.  Annick bequeathed her company to her long time colleague, Isabelle Doyen, and daughter, Camille.

 “Nature and all her wonders guide me . . .  my emotions find expression in scents. Perfume is the music of my dream.”   

Annick Goutal

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