Reg: August 2001 Location: No. California Posts: 8194
Date: August 8, 2007
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Here is another Annick Goutal scent that made my short list; my sample vial of this is almost done.
The notes from the Annick Goutal site:
A sophisticated trail of Turkish rose, a gentle powdery base of iris from Florence and Mysore sandalwood. This fragrance recreates the atmosphere of a rose garden that blossoms with the passing of each exquisite hour.
Okay, but I'm not getting a lot of rose out of this, which suits me, as I find pure rose scents pleasant but am not tempted to buy one. Heure Exquise may have some sweetness of rose but I wouldn't call it a rose-dominated scent, like their Ce Soir Ou Jamais (or, more obviously, Rose Absolue).
Rather, I would classify Heure Exquise as powdery. It's hard for me to imagine this on a young girl, unless she were a mature young girl who liked other mature things to wear and do.
As far as the iris...I have iris in my back yard, and they do, indeed, smell good--you have to get close to the flower to smell it, but it has a fresh, delicate, faintly lemony scent. I am getting iris in Heure Exquise although I don't detect any lemon here.
Likewise, Heure Exquise is not heavily sandalwood...and thus concludes our tour of the notes.
Heure Exquise takes its notes and blends them so well, that all you get is a thick, complex smudge of sweet powdery goodness. It's a great layering scent, should you layer...on its own, it's ladylike, mature, yet still delicate (not hit-you-over-the-head-ladylike-and-mature).
The eau de toilette has "the usual Annick Goutal edt lasting power," five hours, tops, so I personally would buy the eau de parfum form--I tend to do that anyway with any perfume, should there be an edp form of it. (I am very lazy, I hate to touch up anything.)