Mandragore Pourpre by Camille Goutal + Isabelle Doyen for Annick Goutal 2009

Hello Fragrant Fumies,

Just recently Natalie from Another Perfume Blog landed in Sydney and to welcome her I took her and another buddy out to a couple of SALE Stores. While at a particular one we found this gorgeous purple bottle of Annick Goutal reduced to next to nothing, I begged for the Tester and got it for even less! So now I have a huge amount of it and think it’s only fair to share the largess.

Mandragore Pourpre by Annick Goutal 2009

Mandragore Pourpre Annick Goutal FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives rthese featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, mint, star anis
Heart: Aromatic herbs, spices, amber, rosemary, geranium, black pepper
Base: Heliotrope, incense, patchouli, myrtle

Sweet minty fresh opening and it’s a fun herbal blast. Mandragore Pourpre is supposed to be reminiscent of the deep, dark, enchanted Mandrake Root that looks like a person and can change your life for good, a poisonous, hallucinogenic, aphrodisiac all in one root. No wonder people think it’s bewitched. From my reading Isabelle Doyen has said more of the Harry Potter Mandrake than the old world witchy tales. Because of the sweetness cutting through the green it doesn’t give me much darknesss, though it becomes spicy and tingly through the heart with all the pepper and geranium the ambers warmth keeps it friendly and cozy. My skin even makes the dry down soft and powdery rather than the cool incense and earthy green I was expecting. Clearly it’s me because everyone else seems to have had a different ride. Still a green-ish powder but hardly any incense, to my nose anyway.

Mandragore Pourpre Annick Goutal Mandrake GoldenArmorjpgPhoto Stolen GoldenArmor

Life around 4 hours max but fragrant for the first 2-3 hours with good sillage but only moderate projection. If you sit with a group for about 10 minutes they will start asking who smells good after 9 minutes. So it’s a bit of a creeper in company.
Edited from the Annick Goutal site: An olfactory creation born of the fascination felt by Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen for the mandrake. A plant which had magical and aphrodisiac virtues in ancient times. Mandragore Pourpre  fuses aromatic and Cyprus scents.
Illustrating a darker and more mysterious facet of the mandrake, different from the original Mandragore whose fragrance is based on refreshing and woody scents. A contrasting interpretation for an ode to mystery. A spicy, sensual and captivating composition.

Further reading: Now Smell This and Grain de Musc
FragranceNet has $90/100ml before coupon
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Mandragore Pourpre Annick Goutal MimiFrouFrouPhoto Stolen MimiFrouyFrou

Giveaway lavanyasrecipesPhoto Stolen lavanyasrecipes

Mandragore Pourpre by Annick Goutal GIVEAWAY


We will have 3 winners this week. It would be more but postage is outrageous! Each winner will receive

1 x 5ml decant of Mandragore Pourpre by Annick Goutal EdT
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

All I need is a HELLO with how you follow for you to be eligible for the draw.

Extra Chance?
Tweet: @OzPerfumeJunkie @AnnickGoutal_FR Mandragore Pourpre: Annick Goutal GIVEAWAY #Perfume #Giveaway


Entries Close Thursday 3rd October 2013 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by putting names on same sized papers, folded similarly, put on a tray and Jin will pick a winner (unless he asleep or studying then I’ll use
The winners will have till Sunday 6th October 2013 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

Good Luck Everyone,
Portia xxx


96 thoughts on “Mandragore Pourpre by Camille Goutal + Isabelle Doyen for Annick Goutal 2009

    • Oh Belle,
      You have no idea. The problem is he gets up so early for work in his new role. I get home from work and he goes to bed, I go to bed and he gets up, he gets home as I’m putting my make up on for work. Times don’t really match currently.
      Portia x


  1. Hello – I’m following by email from South Korea, where there are only two Annick Goutal counters in the whole country, even though the brand is now owned by a South Korean company!


    • Hey sarah,
      I have even been to a shop in Gangnam where they sell Annick Goutal. Huge and beautiful department store with the best Christian Dior counter I’ve seen outside Paris. We really enjoyed our time in South Korea.
      Portia xx


  2. YES!!! PLEASE!!! YT is a Goutal guru, Annick Addict, Idolizer of Isabel, craves all creations by Camille lol!! You should see my room 🙂 I would love fresh stock in this for Fall. I get plenty of woody/incense and sweet notes from this scent – on top of all the herbal greenery 🙂 GOOD use for this herb – fights infertile womb; was coveted in Bible days. CAUTION – It seriously messes w/ your head a la Jimmy Hendrix `Purple Haze`.. DO NOT GO THERE!!! I follow w/ e-mail. Thank you!! 🙂


      • …Yt is angry/heartbroken!!! at AG`s quite disruptive re-package/dropped scents. Amore Pacific is their current owner – for not too long a time – and THIS happens. AP has since left Goutal to starve – no support after trashing the house. Sounds like a homeless puppy!! Tom Crutchfield @ Bergdorf Goodman thinks Goutal may be forced thru bankruptcy again thanks to this mess. Do you know of AP doing this garbage to other houses??


  3. How approprite for the season, sounds wonderful with the mint.myrtle? i’m sure i have never tryed any fragrance with that in it. Sounds scary good! I follaw by e-mail, thanks for a chance at a sample!


  4. Purple mandragore, what a lovely witchy scent! Spray it on, fly through the night sky, sprinkling a few sparkles as you go…I follow by email.


  5. Mandragore Pourpre sounds very intriguing, so I am definitely entering.
    Still following by email (and since your posts arrive early morning here, I get a delightful start to my day).
    And thank you for being so generous in providing a world wide draw.


    • I think if you are looking for depths and darkness that you’ll have to go indie but it is a good deal more of what you are looking for I think.
      Portia xx


  6. One of my favorite perfumes is an AG fragrance, but I have not had the option to try this one and would love to. Thanks for the opportunity. (I follow via email.)


  7. Hi there! I follow by WordPress. I’ve tried Mandragore but not this one. I do like Mandragore but AG scents don’t usually last on me. I suppose I just need a larger quantity so I can spray with abandon. 😉


    • Ha Ha Ha Poodle, that is EXACTLYU how it should work. the AG spritzer sends out a stream like a fire hose, you need that much for any real longevity.
      Portia x


  8. Reply: YES!!! AP is like it`s their way or the highway…ANY fragrance house needs private ownership to be free creative-ly, and if monies do not permit, an owner that respects and loves what the scent company does; I do not see that here. So we pray for better things/ tough skins for the Goutals!!


  9. I follow by email. Love the idea of this scent and have wanted to try it since it came out. I’m notoriously picky about bottles, but those bottles are gorgeous. Thanks for this draw.


  10. I follow you via e-mail!
    Thank you for the draw, Annick Goutal’s bottles are beautiful but the juice is not always my cup of tea, maybe this Mandragore…


  11. Like, Maggiecat, I immediately thought of the scene in Harry Potter where the students must wear earmuffs to stifle the mandragores killing cries.

    I’d think I’d love this. I follow by email.

    Portia, I don’t think you’ve ever mentioned that Jin is studying.


    • AhA! Jin has just started down the long road to becoming a Master Builder. He has only just begun and is doing it in his spare time via home school.
      Only last year he qualified as an electrician and I can’t tell you how proud I am of him taking on this extra while working a 7-4 job.
      In Korea he was a teacher of Korean Literature but there is no correlating work available here, he had to retrain. Thank goodness he enjoys the process of studying.
      Portia xx


      • Hi Portia,
        Best of luck to Jin with his studies! I am sure he will do well. B-Azar and I are intrigued with Korean history and our big time hero is Admiral Yi Sun-sin. I suppose his war diary, although skillfully written, doesn’t exactly qualify as literature but it does give an interesting insight into what it was like to live in late 16th century Korea. It certainly rained a lot, not unlike the PNW! No need to enter me in the drawing.
        Azar xx


  12. Hello Portia, I follow by Bloglovin. I’ve been wanting to try Mandragore for a while, but frustratingly, the local department store that sells Annick Goutal doesn’t carry a tester of this particular fragrance!


  13. HELLO! Every time you say to leave a HELLO, as I type I hear Scott Thompson doing Elizabeth II. (Doing an impression of ER, I mean.) As an American, I’m more familiar with that impression than I am with the actual Queen. I follow with Bloglovin. And I can’t help myself: hallucinogenic. (Sorry.)


    • Hey there RuthF,
      It’s a great line. They are not great stayers though, you need a respritz through the day if you intend to maintain. Super great if you like to change it up.
      Portia xx


      • Yes…very well. Thanks for asking, Portia…although I really should be sleeping 🙂

        I think I finally caught up with life & work from being away on vacation (Venice included! — do check out my guest post and pictures over at Lucas’ site under Articles – “Perfume & Travel” if you have time)


  14. Loved the run down “poisonous, hallucinogenic, aphrodisiac all in one…” as a shout out to mandrake. I’d be interested to see what it did on my skin…spicy and warm usually works well, so count me in for the draw please! I follow by email and facebook.

    xx Tina


  15. I follow by email.

    Thanks for the draw!
    Love that bottle, and the HP pic. I’ve never tried any AGs even though I’ve read about them and would love to try this!
    Congrats to Jin, those hours sound like a lot of work.


    • Heya Mim,
      You need to get your nose on some Annick Goutal, they are extremely pretty and all very wearable.
      Portia xx


  16. I just love how you paired the Harry Potter picture with the scent! It’s so funny and awesome! Loved the review!

    I follow this awesome blog via e-mail!

    Thank you for this review and thank you for the draw! Wish you all the best!


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