Duel by Camille Goutal + Isabelle Doyen for Annick Goutal 2003

Hey there Fellow Fumies,

As you may know I love the Annick Goutal house of fragrance. We have covered the Annick Goutal Story, Perfume Reviews #1, Perfume Reviews #2, Perfume Reviews #3, Songes, and Grand Amour already on APJ, so you can see I’m a bit of a fan. And we still haven’t covered all the bottles in my collection yet. Terrifying, isn’t it? This bottle is a mini 15ml that I’m not quite sure where I came across it, I have decanted and spritzed for the purposes of todays review because I find it has better longevity than when I dab.

Duel by Annick Goutal 2003

Duel Annick Goutal FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Holly, petitgrain
Heart: Orris root, artemisia
Base: Guaiac wood, leather, musk

I’m going to start my story with another perfumer from another country. While in LA earlier this year Tom from Perfume Posse and Perfume Smellin’ Things were invited to see Roxanna Illuminated Perfumes at her magical home in the hills near Malibu. There, her husband Greg made us Green Maté which Tom and I looked at firstly with revolt and then gulped down like it was a milkshake, Tom even finishing the jug off. I have had random yearnings for the taste ever since. So when Annick Goutal writes on her page that Duel has Green Maté I now know what to expect.

The opening is green and striking and interesting, neither of the notes lists I have give any indication of how this lovely, sensual, slinky green sequined sheath of a fragrance smells. Both sharp and breathy, delicate and deep Duel does not make me think masculine at all, rustic, alluring, sparkling and earthy all come to mind but not masculine, though it will be a fabulous scent on a guy I think it equally beautiful for the girls. Oh and if you were wondering there is a real green mate feeling, green and milky but not sappy, full cream milk-ish and though Duel is all green it’s also sweet.

Duel Annick Goutal Mate CafeVirtuosoPhoto Stolen CafeVirtuoso

Further along the woods take over with a backdrop of breath, green and leather. I am surprised that this is not more spoken of in the community because it is beautiful, I feel quite beautiful when I’m wearing it and sexy, dead sexy. If you told me there was fig here I would believe you. Though there is no fruit anywhere on the list I do get something fruity, delicious but not sweet like the current5 rash of bright, sweet, juicy frags this is a deep fruity humm below the main story.

More people should wear Duel. I am going to wear it much more often.

From Annick Goutal site: Always once step ahead, never follower, nor a conformist, Annick Goutal Parfums present Duel, the fragrance for men who live life boldly and with daring. Duel speaks of love, as it is the way of Annick Goutal.
Duel, the triumph of beauty, high expectations, sensuality.
Duel, for the new romantics.
Green Maté absolute, Paraguay petitgrain, iris root, absinth, gaiac wood, leather, musk

Duel Annich Goutal Plush Sweet Green RotoFugiPhoto Stolen RotoFugi

Further reading: Olfactoria’s Travels and Perfume Posse
Beauty Encounter currently has $55/100ml which is less than half price!
Surrender To Chance starts at $3/ml

Which of the Annick Goutal’s, if any, have you tried? Do you like the house? Have you had a hit of Duel?
Hopefully we’ll see you tomorrow for more fragrance fun,
Portia xx
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18 comments on “Duel by Camille Goutal + Isabelle Doyen for Annick Goutal 2003

  1. Melita says:

    I’ve only just discovered Annick Goutal and I must say I’m in love with what I’ve already tried! I’ve heard that Duel is very good, but haven’t had a chance to try it yet – now you’ve inspired me to seek it out!

    • Hey Melita,
      I am surprised how much I enjoyed Duel. Often I am surprised by Annick Goutal’s line because I keep expecting it to turn crap. After Annick died, then the sale of it to one company and then another but Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen seem to keep it fabulous.
      Portia x

  2. Natalie says:

    Gorgeous description, especially this: “sensual, slinky green sequined sheath.”

  3. Azar says:

    Hi Portia,

    Annick Goutal is truly a great perfume house. I counted eleven Annick Goutal in my collection. My loves are Songes, Grand Amour, Le Chevrefeuille , Neroli… Actually I think every one that I have is a favorite. Your review has convinced me to try Duel too.

    Azar xx

  4. Mary P. says:

    I have a soft spot for Annick Goutal as well. I have not yet tried Duel, though you have inspired me to do so. My favorites so far are Songes, Vanille Exquise and Grand Amour.

    • I haven’t tried Vanille Exquise yet, the others are in my collection too. I find the Goutal’s very easy wear and they don’t get reached for aas often as they should, I’ll fix that this week,
      Portia x

      • Mary P. says:

        I think you would really enjoy the Vanille Exquise Portia, it’s sort of incensey, I can really pick up the angelica in it, and it lasts a long time on me as well. I agree with you that AG’s are easy to wear. I have a lot of samples in my drawer that I haven’t had a chance to get to yet, but am looking forward to trying like Mandragore, Eau d’Hadrien, Gardenia Passion, Sables, Un Matin d’Orange…..

      • Un Matin d’Orage is my favourite of the Goutals, Morning Storm. I hope you love it, yes all of those are here in the collection except Eau d’Hadrien which lasts about 1 hour on me so the bottle was used in one summer.
        Portia x

      • Mary P. says:

        Ha! I’ve heard that Eau d’Hadrien is sort of a flash in the pan – but a lovely one I am presuming :))))

      • So pretty, yes, I loved it to empty bottle status.
        Portia xx

  5. Dionne says:

    Oh my, you make this sound gooooood. Now I want a sample. Right now my AG bottles are Ambre Fétiche (which holds a special place in my heart), Heure Exquise and Ninfeo Mio, which is winging its way to me as we speak.

  6. laniersmith says:

    I am dying to try something from this house. I will keep you posted! So many perfumes and so little time……

    • HA HA HA!! Lanier, you said a MOUTHFUL!! Too many! Once upon a time you could sniff Goutal, Caron, L’Artisan, Amouage, Lutens, Malle and Robert Piguet and could, with a certain amount of viability, call yourself a perfumista. Now the choice seems endless and we will NEVER get to smell even a selection of the best. It’s a crying shame.
      Portia xx

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