Spritzing Paris In The Springtime
Annick Goutal has been churning out remarkable little olfactory wonders since opening the doors of her first boutique on Paris’ Rue de Bellechasse in 1980. With seven free-standing stores in the City of Light alone (we prefer the Rue de Castiglione outpost, which boasts over-the-top elegant interiors and happens to be a stone’s throw away from Vanessa Bruno), the company has a legacy that lives on through the late perfume maven’s daughters, Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen, who have been carrying on their mother’s passion for fine fragrance for the past 12 years. The latest addition to their Soliflore (single flower) series is no exception. Le Mimosa is meant to hearken back to the opulent decade of the brand’s birth, spotlighting the mimosa absolute, a delicate floral essence that is supported by a complementary cast of Florentine iris, anise, peach, and sandalwood for a slightly powdery, creamy, musk-laced aroma. At first whiff, it’s nostalgic-conjuring images of a well-appointed vanity circa 1984 and the sweet, soft breezes of Paris in the springtime. The flacon, with its punchy yellow and black polka-dot pattern, is similarly wistful. But dated, it is not. While Le Mimosa may be reminiscent of decades past, on the skin, its appeal is entirely modern—and capable of turning heads in every arrondissement.