ANNICK GOUTAL, A WOMAN
Posted on May 15, 2012 by Arianna Pistorello
Aix en Provence, early 60’s. This is the story of a woman; rebellious, obstinate, brilliant. Annick had been studying music for many years forced by her family and her talent could lead her to a great career . Very young, only 16 years old, she suddenly follow her rebellious spirit and run away from her home, the piano, eight brothers, his father cake shop. She settles down in England where, for some years, she is a model but she is waiting for the occasion that changes . After a fashion show indeed, during the after party, Annick Goutal meets a perfumer of the Maison Robertet . It’s a true revelation and the discovery of a vocation. That day she understands to possess a great gift, her “Nose”. The young woman is finally reconciled with her soul: “I have found again what I had lost. It is just translated in another dimension but the meaning of words is the same: notes, accords, touch, organ.” A long period of initiation, during which she learns the art of the work, lead to “Folavril” (flower of Boronia and Jasmine on a base of Mango) . The following year it’s the turn of “Eau d’ Hadrien”, success is immediate and unexpected.
In 1980 Annick opens her first small boutique at Rue Bellechasse in Paris. A nest that will assist to the growth of a prestigious Maison chosen by all the people that prefer authenticity to appearance , artisanship to standardized production. In 1985 Annick Goutal’s fragrances are known all over Europe and in only one year they gain the prize of “Excellence Europèenne”. In 1990 the United States and the rest of the world are conquered too and 7 years later “Grand Amour” , the perfume she designed for herself was born. “Grand Amour” is dedicated to her beloved husband and means serene passion, tranquility, love
Same year, another perfume. “Eau Du Sud” tells about her trips in Provance and in Tuscany. The thoughtlessness of summer, the heat of the sun and the long evenings when daylight seems to last forever. 1998 is the year of “Petite Cherie” which is inspired by her daughter. PC is a yield-in bloom fragrance made with vanilla, fishing, pink muscat and just cut grass that evokes purity and audacity.
In 1999 it’s time of “Soir Ou Jamais”: the conclusion of an Annick Goutal’s idea she was working on for 13 years. A cocktail of 140 secret essences she uses to recreate the perfume of an only rose she smelled , by chance, in the garden of a priest when she was young. In the same year, after a long illness, the obstinate one, the talented and reconciled with life Annick Goutal dies. The inheritance of 25 incomparable fragrances goes to her daughter Camille and to collaborators like Isabelle Doyen that with love and devotion remain faithful to the values of Annick. The representation of lived emotions rather than following fashion and tendencies is still, stronger than ever, the heart of AG perfumes.