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 Nature and all her wonders guide me… Emotions find expression in fragrance. Fragrance is the music of my dreams. Fragrance is my inspiration.

                                                                                                                                       Annick Goutal

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Eau d’Hadrien is the fragrance the Belgian parfumeur Annick Goutal created in 1981, after a magnific trip to Southern Italy.

It is a fresh and sparkly blend also inspired by Marguerite Yourcenar’s novel “The Memoirs of Hadrian“, a historical novel with philosophical accents. This perfume captures the emotions of the Emperor Hadrian while he meditates on military triumphs, love of poetry and music, philosophy, and his passion for his lover Antinous.

This is Annick Goutal’s best selling fragrance. It combines essences of Sicilian lemon and grapefruit, with the subtle notes of the delicate citron, green mandarine and ylang-ylang. Then the woody and camphorated notes of the Tuscany cypress give body to this amazing perfume.

Without knowing it, it takes you to a walk through a garden of fruit ripened in the Italian Sun and everywhere you turn your head you will sense the freshness of citrus fruits in the shade of a lemon tree.

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 Luxury is in the details

Annick Goutal

… and the luxury details are the first to please your eye. The sleek, feminine bottle, which has a retro vibe to it, the bow of golden thread, delicately knotted around the collar symbolizes the traditional nature of Annick Goutal Perfumes and comes straight out from Annick’s childhood and the happy times she spent helping her father in his confectionery shop.

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Every time I wear this perfume, the citrus notes leave on my skin a light and discreet trail, especially with the Eau the Toilette. Evey time I discover new notes which make me fall in love again and again with this universal, energetic and fresh fragrance.

 

 

INTERESTING FACTS:

– by the late 5th Century, Babylon was the main market for the perfume trade.

– the Babylonians used to create their fragrances mainly cedar of Lebanon, cypress, pine, fir resin, myrtle, calamus and juniper.

– by that time all the fragrances came in the form of an oil, but when the Jews returned from captivity back to Babylon, they brought with them a heightened appreciation of fragrance, especially in the form of incense.

 

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