I really like Annick Goutal fragrances, especially the citrus ones the line does so well....- Eau d’Hadrian, Les Nuits d’Hadrian, Ninfeo Mio, and – Eau du Sud, which I find the most interesting and like the best.
The listed notes are bergamot, mandarin orange, grapefruit, lemon verbena, peppermint, basil, persian lime, and woods. The first spritz on my skin releases a blast of intense lemon citrus, slightly bitter with bergamot and grapefruit. I breathe in deeply, and discover it is loaded with black pepper! The scent is dry, but rich and thick, almost sneeze-inducing!
The initial top notes recede, and the green basil and mint mix with the citrus, creating a salty, almost smokey accord, but the lemony goodness continues. After about fifteen minutes, I notice an unusual note that smells like sweat!! What's that doing in a perfume? - making it very sensuous, that's what! And then it’s gone, and the scent is softened by musk and wood notes, making it warmer and darker.
If Goutal’s most famous citrus, Eau d’Hadrian is sweet and flirty, Eau du Sud is grown-up, earthy and sensuous. It’s also a true unisex fragrance, and has much better sillage, and lasting power than Eau d’Hadrian - one application lasts all day.
Notes: bergamot, mandarin orange, grapefruit, lemon verbena, peppermint, basil, persian lime, and woods.
Perfumeur: Camille Goutal, Isabelle Doyen