Songes by Isabelle Doyen for Annick Goutal 2005

Hoya Perfumistas!

Tonight while wandering around Facebook Fragrance Friends one of the people there, Julie, was talking about her first Songes by Annick Goutal experience. Being Autumn here in Sydney Songes was in the cupboard but I thought I’d grab it out and give myself a spritz, pretend it is a cool spring evening instead. WOW! It’s funny how you forget the magic held in a scent. I was instantly transported back to my very first spritzes of Songes and how amazing and beautiful I thought it was, and it is. Here is a repost of an earlier Songes piece just to remember it.

Songes by Isabelle Doyen for Annick Goutal 2005

Songes Annick Goutal FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Frangipani, tiare, jasmine sambac absolute, ylang-ylang, French vanilla

Here I sit in my office in a cloud of creamy vanilla white flowers. AH MAY ZING!!

Songes EdT was my first Annick Goutal FBW fragrance. When the sample arrived I loved it so much I sprayed it on all and sundry till it ran dry just so they could experience the enormous grand white floral opening. What a fragrance! Designed around a dusk ramble on Camille Goutal’s honeymoon and the frangipanis nighttime scent song of dreams.

The Annick Goutal website says: The twilight in Tahiti, transcending into a inspiring combination of frangipani and tiare flowers

Songes Annick Goutal Phetchaburi Province, Thailand WikiMediaPhoto Stolen WikiMedia

Did you know Songes means dreams? I think it is an interesting choice of a name for a fragrance built around the scent of frangipani at dusk. It opens so full and spectacularly, not dreamy at all. White flowers pumping out their glorious, decadent fragrance. White night flowers have something so special and glorious that whenever I put this voluptuous fragrance on I almost swoon with delight. A bold fragrance, with solid strength and sillage, unlike most AG perfumes Songes has good lasting power too at around 4 hours. Along with the flowers I get lovely inedible vanilla, almost amber-ish, and a soft incense note that I’ve never noticed before but this morning I was burning incense and here it is repeated. There is a very human element that comes and goes, like clean mouth breath bordering on lived in. The whole time I’ve been wearing this my mind keeps saying, “Oh, this is lovely, why don’t I wear this more often?” I will put it out on the desk again and give Songes more love, I have not worn it nearly as much as it deserves.

Songes Annick Goutal C P Wyatt "Ocean Of Dreams" Plum Leaves FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Further reading: The Perfume Shrine and NowSmellThis
FragranceShop has Songes EdT $57/100ml
Surrender To Chance has the EdT samples starting at $3/ml

I have enjoyed bringing you Songes again, do you have a favourite Annick Goutal fragrance? Which one and why?
Portia xx

18 thoughts on “Songes by Isabelle Doyen for Annick Goutal 2005

  1. Mandragore. Love the citrus blast I get, which seems to last a long, long time. I’ve played with some of the other Annick Goutal’s, but not felt the same love. Bois d’Orage is pretty amazing though, big white flowers after a thunderstorm.


  2. Songes is really really lovely but I’ve never bought a bottle. I think maybe it’s Too Vanilla/Amber for me (I suspect, though, that my sample is EdP, and that might make a difference). I rather preferred PdN Juste un Reve, which is something along the same lines.

    I like Songes and GArdenia Passion, and Grand Amour, La Violette, and even that fruity floral Quel Amour! L’eau du Ciel and Mandragore and Matin d’Orage are nice as well. But I will go ahead and cop to the fact that my favorite AG is Petite Cherie. It smells like a particular childhood memory for me and I find it very comforting.


  3. Hi Portia,
    Songes is a favorite of mine. I am always looking for fragrances to relax and dreamy Songes almost puts me to sleep. Grands Amour is another favorite AG but for a different reason. Other people seem to like that one on me. Grand Amour gets lots of attention. I have bottles of both EDP and EDT versions of these fragrances and actually prefer the EDT.
    Azar xx


      • It IS the brighter quality of both of the EdTs that I prefer over the EdP versions but I don’t know if the difference is a result of concentration or composition. Songes and Grand Amour EdTs last forever on my skin.
        I am also a fan of the AG Neroli and Le Chevrefeuille. These two don’t last at all so I just spray more often.
        Azar xx


  4. Having tried many Goutals and bought some, my favourite is Sables.

    Songes is high on my to-test-list!…
    I have heard and read a lot about it.
    Thanks for reminding me!!


  5. Portia, I tried this at Neil Chapman’s evening of vanilla and it was everything I hoped for the first time I tried it, but for some reason didn’t get.

    It would be a perfect holiday fragrance or maybe I should buy it to make me feel like I’m holiday. Gorgeous.


  6. Hi Portia. Songes is really gorgeous and I really want to get it. I also love love love Ambre Fetiche which really makes me feel good – it has quite a bit of incense in it. Also I think Sables is brilliant and believe me a little goes a long way – you need to be a bit careful with this one. Encens Flamboyant is a good incense for summer as it’s quite a cold perfume I don’t think it works that well in winter – for me anyway. Also I’ve just tried L’Heure Exquise and think it’s absolutely divine – iris and rose. This line is pretty good – I think there’s something for everyone in it. I think this line gets some bad press for being wimpy and light but I have not found this at all with the ones I’ve tried. Oh forgot Ninfeo Mio is a goodie too – a bit fleeting but very refreshing.


  7. I am a nut for this one as well, and I think the word ‘swoon’ HAS to be used when describing it.

    And yet: how often does one want to swoon? I think this is why we don’t wear it all the time, but I know EXACTLY the feeling you are talking about. It is bloody divine, this stuff.


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