Grand Amour by Isabelle Doyen for Annick Goutal 1996

Well Hello there Fragrant Friends,

AustralianPerfumeJunkies has a long held love affair with Annick Goutal’s fragrances. They are beautiful and interesting without being confrontational or divisive. You are elegantly fragrant and perfumed, without the 1980’s strength but with a nod to the depths and intricacies that went into fragrance then. Even if you are a brand new perfumista, and for many people who will never fall down the fragrant worm hole, they are easy to love. Often it’s the Annick Goutal I reach for because they are so wearable, just add an extra spritz for evening.

Grand Amour EdT by Annick Goutal

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives the featured accords as Floral, Amber & Musk: these are further divided into :
Top: Turkish rose, lily, honeysuckle, hyacinth, fruity notes
Heart: French jasmine, lydia broom, leather, Indian mimosa
Base: Amber, vanilla, myrrh, musk

Annick Goutal’s website says: Grand Amour is the perfume of the serene passion Annick experienced with her husband, the cellist Alain Meunier, who would bring her a bouquet of white flowers every week.

Photo Stolen Annick Goutal

YUM as I spritz the first glorious waft is pure lily and fruit salad with a vegetative greenness that I attribute to the hyacinth but of course I’ve been wrong before. It is lush, ripe and crisp simultaneously and a perfect mid season scent, light enough for Spring and deep enough for Autumn. When the Turkish rose makes its entrance it seems to herald the introduction of French jasmine which does not come through as the sensual dirty ho at first but as a honeyed green sweetness pours in there are definite signs of all primness being forgotten and the rigid bun being let down. As Grand amout turns towards dry down I get a very sweet resinous musk, for some reason it doesn’t read vanilla and is definitely not gourmand, it is alluring though in a soft and calm come hither way.

I think you could wear Grand Amour by Annick Goutal in most social situations and at work as long as they aren’t fragrance phobic. You will be fragrant but not skunking unless you go spritz crazy. Go on, everyone deserves a Grand Amour.

Photo Stolen whitelibratexas

If I am intending to wear Grand Amour for any length of time I have to do a full respritz at the 2 hour mark. This self layering gives me a much greater fragrance life, depending on my movements and the weather up to 8 hours. Otherwise I’m lucky to get 4 hours.

ISmellThereforeIAm does a wonderful review for further reading.
MyPerfumeSamples start at $2/ml and does $7/5ml (What a FRICKEN BARGAIN)

So if you’re looking for a Grand Amour Annick Goutal has you all covered. You’ll smell awesome and don’t have to feed it breakfast.

The whole time I was writing this post Oh L’Amour by Erasure was playing through my head. It has the same sweet, sparkly, engaging sound as Grand Amour has fragrance. I put the video for you to enjoy. He He He.
Till tomorrow only the good stuff coming your way,
Portia xx

14 thoughts on “Grand Amour by Isabelle Doyen for Annick Goutal 1996

  1. Mmmm, I need to write about Grand Amour soon. I really like it too – just one delicious fruity floral without any bubblegum or vanillin overload. Lovely review Portia!


  2. I haven’t tried this one yet, but thanks for the link to MyPerfumeSamples – I hadn’t heard of them yet, and have just spent the last hour throwing a bunch of stuff into a wishlist. There are some great deals for a 5ml size!

    Oh, and that Erasure video was so much fun. All of a sudden I’m feeling 17 again. 🙂


  3. After Guerlain, Goutal is my next favourite house of all.
    You must try Heure Exquise for the iris . La Violette for this woody voilet, Eau de Camille is divine in summer – very green, Quel Amour is one of the best peony’s , Folavril is a very strange scent and Eau du Ciel is like after rain . My daughter and I both wore Goutal’s Tuberose at her wedding for Tuberose is very special to us both.
    The sillage on many are rather soft but they are still divine and really worth looking into !


    • Hey LadyJicky,
      I am a Goutal fanboy! We have none of the same though, isn’t that interesting. Mine are the blow your head off ones. Grand Amour, Passion, Mandragore, Amber Fetiche, Ce Soir Ou Jamais, Eau de Sud, Songes and Un Matin d’Orage. OMG! I can’t believe I have that many bottles. I am CLEARLY obsessed.
      Portia xx


  4. I’ve probably said it on more than one occasion only on your blog that I like Annick Goutal. There are at least two or three perfumes from the line that belong to my all-time favorites and I plan to keep and replanish them, if necessary, in my collection. Grand Amor isn’t one of them. Instead it’s one of those Annick Goutal perfumes that smell “dusty” on my skin. I just can’t find a better word. There is something in several AG perfumes that evokes that definition every time I test them on my skin. I do not like Annick Goutal less because of that and keep faithfully testing all new perfumes from the house.


  5. Ha ha, I totally forgot about Erasure. Thanks for the nostalgic trip. I have never tried Annick Goutal – will do now.


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