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For me, fragrance has to be French. Annick Goutal is one of my all time favorite houses of scent. Ever since I visited her shop on rue de Castiglione on the Right Bank, I was intoxicated by Gardenia Passion at first whiff.
Since 1980, Annick Goutal has been making the world smell a little sweeter, one spritz at a time. Their latest addition, Nuit Etoilee, is no exception. It's fresh woodsy aroma evokes an evening stroll through the Tuilleries or a night under the dark sky of the French countryside. The strikingly intense blue bottles symbolize the romance of the night sky. There are two variations - the classic Annick Goutal atomizer for women complete with a little blue bow and their signature cream and gold tag, plus the tailored looking masculine scent. The square bottle of the men's fragrance vaguely reminds me of No. 4711.
After Annick's untimely death at age 53 in 1999, her daughter Camille has carried on her legacy along with fellow perfumer Isabelle Doyen. Together they continue Annick’s vision creating a series of unique scents including Mandragore, Songes, Un Matin d’Orage and Ninfeo mio. Through their work, Annick Goutal’s world and beliefs of emotion, creativity, authenticity and excellence live on. In the U.S., the success story continues, as the brand often ranks as the #1 fragrance collection in specialty stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. They have also expanded to include luscious candles and home fragrances and a facial and body care collection.
Nuit Etoilee will be available in May exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue - and the collection sells for $51 - $72.
FINAL VERDICT: RDW (Run Don't Walk)
BY WAY OF: SAMPLED
Would you buy it again? YES
Would you recommend it to a friend? YES
AmorePacific may just be the largest beauty brand that you’ve never heard of. The 16th largest beauty company in the world, the Korean personal care giant has over 20 cosmetics, skincare and fragrance brands including the recent acquisition of French fragrance house Annick Goutal.
The uber luxury signature brand – called simply AmorePacific – has just released an anti-aging collection entitled Time Response. The collection is formulated to restore the skin’s volume, density and elasticity by repairing the skin at its deepest levels. It reverses the signs of aging by activating the three genes found to stimulate cell renewal. The formulation harnesses the power of privately culti
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Every year an estimated 230,480 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 40,000 die from it, including my grandmother and two aunts. So I’m delighted to round up some great products whose companies donate a portion of sales to aid cancer research during the month of October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Let’s start by saying thanks to the grand dame of cosmetics, Evelyn Lauder, for founding The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in 1993. So please put your money where your heart is and make sure to do a weekly self-breast exam and have an annual mammogram. For more information on the subject, please visit www.cancer.gov.
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