The boutique was absolutely beautiful. My friends and I sniffed around and chatted with a gentleman who was impeccably dressed. He gave us suggestions; and not long into the our visit I was dead set on Heure Exquise,or ‘exquisite hour’. A powdery floral, it was/is like nothing I own. Annick Goutal,herself, created this scent with notes of Florentine iris; Turkish Rose; Mysore sandalwood and a hint of vanilla. It was my first beauty purchase in France!
Annick Goutal, the French perfumery house was created in 1981. Once I reached home and did my research, I found that my pick was actually created in 1984. I have again, unintentionally, snagged a classic. It that has been around for over 25 years yet not worn by the masses. At least not here in the states. Attention to detail is synonymous with the French; when you pull the bottle from the box it is enclosed in a gold pouch. Oui oui!
Upon misting this juice you initially pick up the sweet, powdery essence of iris. Within 30 minutes or so the rose blends with the iris. You don’t smell a ton of sandalwood, yet you can tell it is what is holding the scent together.
Here are a couple of snaps from my visit to a Annick Goutal boutique in Paris.