Un Matin d’Orage by Isabelle Doyen for Annick Goutal 2009

Hi there lovely fragrant APJers,

I have a nearly empty 50ml of this beauty bought early on and recently my mate Michael who writes for Olfactoria’s Travels was having a Sell-Out so I grabbed a 100ml from him. It’s in the old packaging but much newer and I was a little worried there might have been a few cuts and pastes as the company changed hands over the years. I’m sure there have been but Un Matin d’Orage is remarkably intact. Happy day…..

Un Matin d’Orage by Isabelle Doyen for Annick Goutal 2009

Un Matin d’Orage (Morning Storm)

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Sicilian lemon, ginger, green notes
Heart: Gardenia, shiso leaves, magnolia, champaca flowers, Indonesian jasmine
Base: Sandalwood

Imagine happy moderately wealthy women heading for lunch. Their morning has been full, woke up, breakfast, husband to work and kids to school (unless she has decided to live her life her way), gym, work or housework, ready for lunch, spritz. In my imagination Un Matin d’Orage is exactly what she wafts. Stylish, distinctive, sensual and elegant is how she lives, and how she smells.

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When I wrote about Un Matin d’Orage before this is what I said: “OH MY GOD! I LOVE THIS!” is what I say in my head every time I spritz myself with Un Matin d’Orage. Does it smell like a stormy morning to me? No. Maybe the sunshine an hour after a stormy morning, when all the flowers are getting their scent on as if to make up for lost time……. This smells like money to me, loads of it.

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My first whiff of Un Matin d’Orage is always with surprise that there is no ylang mentioned in the notes. My nose gets the lovely fatty, warm, buttery sensuality of it. Backed up by light sheen of lemon and ginger that sparkles dewily across the top, and yes I get the idea of being out after a storm. A very clean gardenia is there, maybe the indole has washed away in the storm, and it’s not a flower in your hand but a bush a couple of doors down wafting up to you in the early morning as the scent awakes. Champacca is an extremely fragrant magnolia that has a flower remarkably reminiscent in its look of ylang, though I’ve not smelled it alone I think it’s the progenitor of the ylang-ish headiness, the sandalwood is helping too.

While Un Matin d’Orage is a white floral extravaganza something I really enjoy about its unfurling is the hint of green that is present through its whole life, a slightly wet/dry green like palm leaves in a greenhouse and some resinous green too (galbanum?) that steadies the whole fragrance and keeps it wearable and give subtle shade to the glow from the white flowers.

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Like many Annick Goutal fragrances only the first hour is very fragrant but Un Matin d’Orage hums along quietly after its initial huge opening as a lovely airy, softly woody white flower that huffs up from my shirt occasionally and surprises me. Too big for confined spaces initially but given some burn off time perfect for any occasion. Smells KILLER on a guy too.

Further reading: Smelly Thoughts and Grain de Musc
FragranceNet has old packaging $79/50ml before coupon
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4/ml

Have you worn this remarkable beauty? Is there another Annick Goutal you love?
Portia x

12 comments on “Un Matin d’Orage by Isabelle Doyen for Annick Goutal 2009

  1. Kandice says:

    I like this fragrance too. It smells exactly like you described, not the storm but the flowers after the storm. I only have a small sample at this point but hope to have a bigger bottle someday. My other favorite from AG is Gardenia Passion. Thanks for the lovely review!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi there Kandice,
      Great to see you as always.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the review.
      Annick Goutal is a lovely house, I particularly like their use of citrus through a lot of the line. Gardenia Passion? I am pretty sure I’ve smelled it but I think I have another Passion boxed up in storage. I can’t wait to get it all out.
      Portia xx

  2. Azar says:

    Hi Portia,
    Loved this post! I have several AGs that I wear regularly. Un Matin d’Orage is one. I also keep big back-up bottles of Songes, Gardenia Passion and Grand Amour, both EdT and EdP. I wear the soliflores too and am especially fond of the honeysuckle scent and the neroli. AG fragrances tend to be used up faster than just about anything else around here. I think they are a safe bet for most occasions and generally just make me feel happy and beautiful anytime.
    Azar xx

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi there Azar,
      We are definitely on the same track here. I love my Annick Goutals and when they are on the desk they get a lot of wear time. So easy.
      I like too that they usually last around 4-5 hours max so I can chop & change throughout the day.
      Portia xx

  3. poodle says:

    This isn’t a line I give much thought to. I have sampled Mandragore and thought it was nice but was hoping for so much more with a great name like that. I’ve tried a few others but none have made me swoon. Maybe I need to put forth a better effort and sniff again.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi Poodle,
      For many of the die hard perfumistas Annick Goutal are a bit too safe. Back when they started there was definitely some boundary pushing going on but the rest of the niche community quickly overtook them. I can understand you wanting more.
      I think if you do continue trying them you have to ratchet your expectations in a bit.
      Portia xx

  4. Hi Portia. I love the Annick Goutal range – they’re classic with a slight twist. My favs are Ambre Fetiche, Songes, Mon Parfum Cheri par Camille, and Heure Exquise. But I’m sure there are other gems in there too. I think Isabelle Doyen is a great perfumer and agree with what you said to Poodle – although some of the scents are really niche niche like Mon Parfum Cheri and Sables. It seems to be one of those brands you’re drawn to or you’re not but I tend to like the classic French brands – they’re great quality and don’t really fall into doing the ‘trend’ ingredient.
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Yes meganinstmaxime, Sables and Mon Parfum Cheri par Camille are very niche, Songes feels so fat and full that I would class it as niche-y and Ninfeo Mio too.
      There are gems but the merely pretty are what I love about the Goutal range so much. They are beautifully constructed and often have a quirk. I think they like my chemistry too.
      Portia xx

  5. Trésor says:

    White floral extravaganza with green undertones? Yes, please! This is a Goutal I have never had the pleasure of trying, thank you so much for opening my eyes to this beauty. I cannot wait to have a sniff.

  6. hotlanta linda says:

    Lol – 110% addicted to this house 🙂 Currently need the EDP in this love-ly lady!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey there hotlanta linda
      I didn’t even know they did an EdP in this. My bottles are EdT and the longevity is quite good, Imagine the EdP!
      Portia xx

      • hotlanta linda says:

        They did it last Spring – scarce here! AG changed the notes a bit in the EDP, I read – bolder floral and different florals enforced. See their website! 🙂 No decant service stocks it, no samples, the AG NYC shop has it ( first up to draw traffic) and think Bergdorf`s has now too. Yt just bought – finally! – the original/scarce men`s Vetiver 100 ml EDT…PHEW!! Now onto Matin EDP, and the ltd ed pair of butterfly clipped sprays in PC and Wild Wind. MAYBE the discount beauty online stores will get the Matin EDP soon, since it`s a year old! 🙂

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