Continuing my reviews of vanilla fragrances or those with a vanilla note, today's pick is Annick Goutal Songes. Created by Camille Goutal and perfumer Isabelle Doyen, Songes launched in 2006. It was inspired by a garden walk at nightfall, where Camille noticed the amazing exotic floral scents on the island of Mauritius. The symbolic bottle with the moon stopper definitely speaks of garden walks and voluptuous nights. Camille successfully immortalised the moment with the following notes: frangipani, tiare, jasmine notes, incense, vanilla, copahu balm, pepper, ylang-ylang absolute, vetiver, sandalwood, amber and styrax.
Most of the Goutal scents I find to be glorious in the EDP formulation. Therefore, please take that into consideration as I am describing Songes EDP. Upon initial spritz and the following ten minutes or so, I become surrounded by a cloud of white flowers - large, fully bloomed, heady white flowers. The topnotes are indeed exotic, tropical and floral. As the incense, vanilla, sandalwood and amber slowly make their appearance, the scent warms up significantly and adheres to my skin rather than surrounding me like a cloud. The combination certainly arouses the image of a garden walk at nightfall with white flowers close by, the cool, damp earth below, perhaps a cashmere pashmina on my shoulders and sandals on my feet. Songes is an extremely romantic scent, not for the faint of heart as it is a bit strong, but very pretty and feminine. I reserve it for dressier occasions where I would like to make a statement.
For lovers of frangipani and/or tiare scents, Songes should definitely be given a try. It has made my list of favorites from 2006.
Songes is available at aedes and select Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue stores. The 3.4 oz. moon bottle retails for $165, and the 1.7 oz. EDP retails for $95. I also enjoy the body cream and 5 oz. is available for $65.
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