Created in 1981, Annick Goutal Eau D’Hadrien was a shocker in so far as it is beautiful, pure and understated and was launched in the 1980s. I know, understated and 1981 doesn’t really go does it? But this beautiful unisex cologne helped pave the way for later creations such as Jo Malone Lime, Basil and Mandarin which was launched in 1999.
Eau D’Hadrien is all about the Lemons. If you don’t like Lemons, it’s not for you, but it is very much for me! The opening notes involve three types of Lemon, Grapefruit and a suggestion of Aldehyde notes in the drydown. It’s the kind of perfume you would reach for if you had overdone it, say with food or drink. Say, after Christmas? Boy, I could do with some now.
In every perfume collection there should be something light and comforting and natural in the cologne style and that for me, is this delightful scent.
The shop is just around the corner from the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, so a good excuse to kill two birds with one stone if ever there was one. Do any of us need an excuse to go to Paris?
(They have been selling Annick Goutal at great prices recently in TK Maxx but I’m ignoring that and holding out for a Paris trip).
Stockists: You can buy Annick Goutal Eau D’Hadrien from Amazon.UK and Escentual in the UK, and Amazon.com and Amazon.ca in the USA and Canada. If I was in France I would just go to Paris and buy it from the boutique.