Launched in 1981, just after Goutal opened her first perfume shop rue de Bellechasse, in Paris’s 7th arrondissement, Eau de Lavande is a fresh, refined, elegant, yet virile, fragrance for men.
Eau de Lavande is a soliflore and I used to think that soliflores were just too easy. They lacked magic, depth, and ooh-la-la. Then I took a whiff of Eau de Lavande and realised how naive I had been. Smelling Eau de Lavande changed my perspective on solflores and over time I’ve developed a better understanding of what these fragrances are saying and just how beautiful soliflores can be. I’ve come to deeply appreciate them and the skill required to make a good one and I’ve come to value Annick Goutal’s talent even more.
It opens fresh and bracing with lavender, not sweet English lavender, but potent wild French lavender - sharp, aromatic and camphorous. A soft floral note emerges as it moves to a warm, rich, spicy heart. I smell fenugreek and curry – I smell immortelle. Lavender and immortelle have an olfactory affinity that is masterfully highlighted here. Lavender collides with immortelle to give Eau de Lavande a gorgeous virility – think wild French lavender mixed with Sables. I knew you’d understand. As this starts to fade, the caramelized sugar aspect of the immortelle segues to a base of soft vanilla, so that the drydown is elegant, sophisticated and refined.
Eau de Lavande is a masculine fragrance, no doubt about it. And as a soliflore it is rather linear. Still, I would worship the trousers that cling to the man who wears it, to paraphrase the song. But I wear it just because I like to smell it.
Notes: wild French lavender, immortelle, vanilla.
Parfumeur: Annick Goutal