Annick Goutal is a legend in Paris, both for the charming and storied life she led, and for her impeccable house of fine fragrances. She was one of those women whom I fantasize about spending a day in the life of. Before opening her boutiques in Paris and New York, the beauty wore many (chic) hats including pianist, international model, antique furniture shop owner, and mother. In 1981, Annick opened her first shop on the Rue de Bellechasse in Paris, and instantly those in the know with an appreciation for couture fragrance became clients. I instantly became obsessed with the limited edition summer trio of scents named the Dolce Vita. The deeply sophisticated collection is inspired by Camille Goutal (Annick’s daughter) in collaboration with DJ extraordinaire and creative director Cecile Togni. This tribute to Italy tells a story of an olfactory journey into parts of the beautiful country. Eau du Sud instantly captured my heart and is my personal favorite. Upon my first spritz, I was taken by the vibrant layers of the citrus perfume, making me reminisce about warm summer evenings I spent al fresco in Tuscany. I prefer scents that are less flowery but confident and unique, which powerfully envoke nostalgia while giving off hope, which is all incredibly captured in this elegant and classic bottle.
The Dolce Vita collection features Eau d’Hadrien, the heart of the story which was inspired by the Tuscan landscape concentrating on citrus fruit ripened under the Mediterranean sun, underpinned by cypress wood. The light and fresh fragrance is the most fruity of the trio, focusing on light lemon, grapefruit, tangerines. The name has historical origins and comes from a novel about a Roman Emperor in the fifth century, “Les Mémoires d’Hadrien.” To me, this is the most classic of the three scents, brimming with summer and femininity. Ninfeo Mio balances ripe citrus fruit, figs, and wood bark to recreate a stroll through an Italian garden crossed by the Ninfeo river. The almost bitter lemon overtones are noticeable right away, but give way gently to milky figs and lavender. The magical garden actually exists, the Giardino di Ninfa, and has been described as the most romantic garden in the world. The scent is a vehicle for my daydreams there, frolicking in the grass and resting by the river under a fig tree. The packaging of the collection is a work of art in itself, and a whimsical mural is the result of the three boxes side by side. This well-curated special collection is a perfect gift for those with exquisite taste, and is only available on counters until August 28.