Gabriella’s Top 5 Green Scents: Malle, Annick Goutal, L’Artisan, Heeley, Hermès


Post by Gabriella


Hi APJ Friends,

It seems ludicrous to be thinking about summer fragrances in the middle of spring, but we’ve had such hot weather in Sydney recently, not to mention the awful, awful bushfires, I have been craving cool, green scents.
I thought I’d post on my top 5 verdant choices for a long hot summer

Gabriella’s Top 5 Green Scents

1. Angeliques Sous la Pluie by Jean Claude Ellena for Frederic Malle 2000

Angéliques Sous La Pluie Frederic Malle FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Notes are coriander, pink pepper, cedar, angelica, juniper, musk

I don’t know about you, but coming home to a crisp cold gin and tonic after a long hot week at work is something I love. Angeliques is the olfactory equivalent where bracing juniper and the pepperiness of angelica is instantly fizzy and refreshing on warm skin. My only complaint is that this little beauty doesn’t last longer because it is beautiful and a unique take on green.

Read Portia’s Angeliques Sous la Pluie APJ post

Angeliques Sous la Pluie is available at Mecca Cosmetica starting at $124/3 x 10ml in Australia
Frederic Malle 65,00 €/3 x 10ml
Surrender to Chance has samples starting at $5/ml.

2. Eau de Camille by Annick Goutal 1983

Eau de Camille Annick Goutal FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Notes are honeysuckle, privet, seringa, grass, false jasmine, ivy

The secret garden fragrance. Eau de Camille is striking for its use of ivy, blended with the delicate sweetness of honeysuckle. The effect is indeed like walking into a walled garden, welcoming the coolness of shade on sun warm skin. Goutal did indeed create this for her daughter Camille who wanted a fragrance that resembled the family garden. Not only did she achieve that but has also managed to capture the love and tenderness of a mother’s love. Simple, but devastatingly pretty.

Sadly, it appears that Eau de Camille had been discontinued. However, you can still find it in places and sometimes at a very good price.
It is available at Klein’s Perfumery for $155/100ml in Australia
FragranceNet has unboxed $70/100ml
Surrender to Chance has samples starting at $3/ml.

3. Fleur de Liane by Bertrand Duchafour for L’Artisan Parfumeur 2008

Fleur de Liane L`Artisan Parfumeur FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Top: Sea water, green notes
Heart: Orchid, magnolia, tuberose, marigold
Base: Oakmoss, woodsy notes

Fleur de Liane’s notes list would scare most: ozone notes, marine notes, green notes and tuberose, but in Bertrand Duchafour’s hands they are transformed into an unusual tropical masterpiece. It is indeed a hyperealistic portrait of a rainforest, damp mossy floors and vines, humid white flowers and the gentlest of summer breezes through the canopy of trees.

Like Camille, Fleur de Liane is said to be discontinued.
It is still available at Luckyscent $145/100ml
FragranceNet has $52/50ml before coupon
Surrender to Chance has samples starting at $4/ml.

4. Un Jardin sur le Nil by Jean Claude Ellena for Hermes 2005

Un Jardin Sur Le Nil Hermes FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Top: Green mango, tomato, grapefruit, carrotHeart: Orange, peony, lotus, hyacinth, bulrush
Base: Labdanum, incense, iris, musk, cinnamon

In Jardin, Jean Claude Ellena has managed to weave a myriad of complexity into what at first appears to be a simple cologne-like structure. The opening is tart and slightly citrusy before segueing into the slightly sharp herbal and bitter notes of calamus. This is tempered by the tropical sweetness of green mango before drying down to a wonderfully dry mossy wood base. Everytime I smell this, I find something different and beautfiul in its character. A bewitching and beguiling fragrance.

Jardin is available at Hermes boutiques and Peony Melbourne $150/100ml
Beauty Encounter has $62/50ml
Surrender to Chance has samples starting at $3/ml

5. Ververine by James Heeley 2001

Ververine James Heeley FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Top: Bergamot, cardamom, rhubarb
Heart: Lemon verbena, blackcurrent, jasmine
Base: Musk

A fresh, bracing perfume where the citrus quality of bergamot and verbena is matched by a wonderfully bitter green accord and softened by a touch of sweet jasmine. This is a perfume for those warm days when you want to embrace your inner child, pop on a white cotton dress on and squelch bare toes in cool green grass. A highly unusual and different take on the cologne theme and good for both sexes.

Verveine is available at Peony Melbourne $210/100ml
LuckyScent hasy $180/100ml and samples

Do you like green scents? What are your favourites? What scents are refreshing to you?

With much love till next time!


7 thoughts on “Gabriella’s Top 5 Green Scents: Malle, Annick Goutal, L’Artisan, Heeley, Hermès

  1. Great list, Madeleine! I love greens in the spring and summer as well, and did a major exploration of the note a few years back at the request of The Engineer, who loves the scent of cut grass. I’ve now got five myself that I couldn’t be without: Heure Exquise by Annick Goutal, Chanel’s Bel Respiro, Silences by Jacomo (such a great deal, too), Fleur No. 1 by 1000 Flowers and Guerlain’s Vetiver Pour Elle.

    However, we just got a major snow dump on Sunday, so it’ll likely be a while before I reach for the greenies again. 🙂


  2. Ahhhh, Fleur de Liane was one of 4 L’APs earlier this year I bought at 50% off around the time that the L’AP boutique at Henri Bendel was closing. Given the scary marine, ozonic and tuberose, I probably would not have tried it at all but I’m glad I did because I liked it well enough to purchase it!

    Great list!


  3. Hey there Madeleine,
    Another great post, we only snap on the Hermès, I love the whole Jardin range. Fresh and hefty.
    Others in my green list Toppers are Niki de Saint Phalle, Silences (thanks to Dionne), Geranium Pour Monsieur, Cartier L’Heure Convoiteé II (though not technically green it does wear crisp and fresh), Nuit Etoilee, CHANEL 19.
    Portia xx


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