Perfume Review: Annick Goutal Le Chevrefeuille

April 12, 2009 at 06:49 Leave a comment

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Easter morning seems like a good time to talk about Le Chevrefeuille, one of my favourite perfumes ever. I fell in love with it at a time when I was into ‘complex’ perfumes – thick, unexpected, sexually ambiguous scents. Pure whimsy led me to the AG counter and pure serendipity made me pick out this bottle from among a dozen others.

Love happened.

It was love for the innocence of past times that led to the crafting of Le Chev. When Camille, Annick Goutal’s daughter, was a child, she played at being princesses with her thirteen cousins, and the children wove crowns of honeysuckle flowers for their heads.

Years later, in 2002, this perfume was released as a limited edition, after its sisters Le Muguet and La Violette. Thanks to its acolytes, and fortunately for folks like me, AG decided to continue its production, and it has since become a staple at Tangs counters.

Chevrefeuille is French for honeysuckle, a flower that I have no hopes of actually encountering in Singapore, but I will know it by its smell if I ever meet it. Le Chev is green honeysuckle, front and centre, clear and sweet and fresh. All the other notes are its handmaidens. No complexity, just frank, living beauty.

Beyond the scent of the flowers, there is the idea of a golden spring morning, of sunlight on warm stones, of the clean back of a child’s neck. This is the essence of simple happiness. This is my sunshine in a bottle.

So far, this is the only scent of which I’ve ever bought a second bottle. At S$192 for 100ml, it is not cheap – bloody expensive may be a better term – but I have no problems being committed to this one. It’s an EDT, and won’t last very long unless you drench. I shoot eight to ten good jets when I apply this. Even so, it doesn’t make anyone pass out. On the contrary, people around me seem to really like it, particularly guys.

Le Chevrefeuille contains the following notes: honeysuckle (lots), green vines, wild narcissus, jasmine and petitgrain.

Happy Easter!

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