Annick Goutal Tenue de Soiree is inspired by a Parisian woman getting ready for a night out. It’s the anticipation of the evening ahead with a squoosh of this modern chypre adding a final touch to a presumably chic outfit. Also- check out that pompom! Oh la la.
Tenue de Soiree is an unusual scent in that it professes to have only two notes: iris and patchouli. I love it because it is a chypre (pronounced sheep-ruh) for the millennial palate and for old bats like me at the same time. That’s not easy. These days, the old bats want chypres and the millennials want vanilla and fruit. Tenue de Soiree manages to meet in the middle without being too um “classic” nor too sweet. Applause.
The notes are iris and patchouli. Just those two. Nothing else. However, I definitely get a whiff of sandalwood and the faintest hint of warm vanilla or tonka. In any case, there’s a subtle cosy note that doesn’t wander into cupcake territory. Strictly, speaking this doesn’t adhere to the usual chypre make up: usually but not always bergamot, oakmoss and patchouli. Tenue de Soiree however, does have that chypre style finish which is dry and woody and slightly earthy, thanks to the patchouli.
This is simply done and very effective and out of all the very good fragrances in the Perfume Society Latest Launches Discovery Box, this one really stood out for me. It’s a bit different and a bit daring, but it can also make a cupcake fan look twice. I hope so, anyway.
Further reading: Check out this wonderful article on chypres by Jo Fairley.