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Eau de Camille Annick Goutal for women
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This fragrance Annick Goutal devoted to her daughter. Eau de Camille is a symphony of green and delicate notes that compete in their freshness. A beautiful fragrance of childhood reminiscent of green grass after the rain, itchy and caressing at the same time. The main notes are honeysuckle, privet, seringa and ivy. The fragrance was created in 1983.

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Honeysuckle False Jasmine Syringa Ivy Grass

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Eau de Camille Fragrance Reviews

Gigi The Fashionista
Gigi The Fashionista

Annick Goutal dedicated this fragrance to his daughter Camille. It's a lush green fragrance that evokes the scent of wet grass after a rain. To me it smells more like morning dew. You know how when it's a very cloudy overcast chilly day and there's been either rain or drizzle that dew on grass you see even in such places as front lawns. It's a lush beautiful verdant fragrance which is not very heavy or complex. It smells the same from start to finish. I can detect the honeysuckle which gives it a sweetness and charm. If Goutal was comparing his daughter to honeysuckle and dew that must have been the loveliest little French girl imaginable. The other notes do stand out all of them pop up privet seringa and ivy. At times it smells a bit like a forest too even though it's lacking woods. Sometimes it smells like Irish Spring soap but that could be my nose playing tricks on me. This scent is really very nice and good for layering with other fragrances. It doesn't have the top-middle-base note formula and I normally dislike those kind of linear scents but they're absolutely perfect for layering. This is a green scent so it matches up with chypres, woodsy fragarnces and floral-woodsy scents. I would say that this scent is on the unisex side because of the grass an that wood scent I get coming out of God knows where. It smells like a very light and girlier (girly because of honeysuckle) version of Chanel No. 19. I love how this fragrance immediately brought to mind the morning dew imagery. Love it.

Mar
21
2016
naomi.scott
naomi.scott

I used to walk to work through Leichhardt, Sydney in Australia and the smell of the air that came off the greenery around this pretty suburb on summer mornings is exactly like Eau de Camille to me, so much so that I would question if I'd applied it that morning or not.

So classy and natural, feminine and dewy. Pairs perfectly with floaty sun dresses.

Oct
01
2015
valenceis
valenceis

You know what? Annick Goutal was a genius.

One could say if it weren't for her, niche perfumery would never have become what it is today. Granted, if the niche market had died in 2000, this would be more of a compliment than it is today. But you know, no one blames Miles Davis for smooth jazz.

Her genius can't necessarily be distilled in the relevancy of her work compared to similar modern compositions. In fact, by comparison, early Goutals can seem a bit drab. But putting her work in perspective of the direction of perfumery at the time really opens up the perspective on how she was breaking ground, and why.

These lovely early/mid 80s Goutals are such a sharp contrast to the big, aggressive spicy florals on the market at the time. Trends favored a bold, powerful display of femininity and female sexuality. Goutal didn't really play in the gray area, as Guerlain did in the 80s, for example. She opted for a more natural, subtle sophistication in her compositions. Lots of sharp, punchy greenery on top and the smell of clean, fresh air. She knew the smell of fresh air and beautiful gardens and made no apologies for it. The woman had vision. She knew how to make the most natural spring/summer fragrance. Often, it seems, her audience was herself. If only I could be so lucky and talented!

As I said, to a modern nose, perfumes like Camille can seem a little uninteresting. But I believe these were meant to be worn as a second skin rather than a statement. The loveliness of these early Goutals in the warmer months is pure, surprising magic, which is amplified if you're an outdoors person. Camille manages to appear as beauty incarnate; comfortable and romantic. The edges fray beautifully, the structure is fluid. You're left with a fragrance and hangs in the mind like poetry, rather than a bold declaration.

If it were more readily available, I would recommend it to someone looking for something very special, but subtle. I don't wear my Goutals, save Charlotte, in cooler months. They just don't hang right on my body. I notice that early Goutals react to the tone and temperature of your environment. They commune with nature. So when spring is officially here, I can't wait to reach for Camille.

Apr
01
2015
9154mf
9154mf

This opened as a herby floral, giving me a grassy feel which was just ok. It kinda stayed like that and almost immediately dried down to nothing. This could be great, if there was any sillage or lasting power to speak of, but no.

Mar
18
2015
AveParfum
AveParfum

This was all wrong with my chemistry. I am glad I bought only a decant, so please test before buying because this is not for everyone. It started out green and almost identical to grass and ivy, and then maybe gardenia, and then it suddenly took a nosedive from which it could not recover. I think it's the syringa note, and on me it smells like rotten celery with mayonnaise and mustard. I wish I were joking. This was a nightmare with my chemistry, which is unusual as I typically love green perfumes. No way, Jose. I can't wear this, it's a scrubber.

Mar
14
2015
Fhaldara
Fhaldara

This was a blind buy, I'd ordered a sample, and was bidding on a big bottle on ebay. Won the auction, big bottle was delivered, still don't have the sample! When I first sprayed this on it smelled like pure clove oil, and I dislike that scent intensely. After a minute it settled down and I was getting spicy fresh cut grass, and a slightly bitter green note followed by florals. It has fairly decent longevity too, more so than my other Annick Goutal fragrances.
EDIT: amazing how the changing seasons can affect a fragrance. When I first tried this it was winter, and I got a very sharp clovelike note that was very dominant . I tried it twice with the same result, and the bottle went to the back of my cabinet for a future swap. Its now spring and as I was going through my collection I pulled this out and gave it another try. What a difference! Now I'm getting the green grassy notes and florals - not a lot of florals but noticeable. Its still a little sharp especially as it starts to dry down, but I'm liking it a lot better!

Jan
10
2015
andabri
andabri

This starts out with an amazing ivy note. True, deep fresh cool ivy. Very different from the majority of green perfumes that smell like bright grass or leaves. I wish that it stayed on this note. It's incredible.

After a few minutes the white florals start to show up. I smell jasmine (not sure how false jasmine differs from from regular jasmine). I smell white floral that I'm not familiar with, which may be the syringa? Not sure, I won't conjecture just to try to sound knowledgeable about florals. I honestly don't smell much honeysuckle (if at all), but that might be because compared to Annick Goutal's Le Chevrefeuille, which is a Honeysuckle haven, they aren't the forerunner in this mix.

I do get how people could interpret a soap note. The flowers in this are pure white and clean, but also in full bloom, almost on the verge of being heady. That soft, almost "over ripe" scent white florals can have which to my nose always smells like being on the edge of a soapy powdery smell.

Aug
28
2014
PropTart77
PropTart77

I purchased a small (.25 mL) bottle of this on eBay to try. When I got it, I promptly bought the 3.4 oz and a 4.5 oz tester refill of this in the hopes of making it last as long as I can. I love this perfume. To me (and on me) it smells jsut the way a Spring day does when I catch a wiff of sun-warmed honeysuckle on the breeze. If I could bottle the way cut grass, ivy, green growing things, and honeysuckle smells just after the rain, it would be this perfume. It is entirely feminine without being too frilly or girly. The biggest drawback is what others have said: it fades all too soon. I have found, however, that if I over-spray when applying this perfume (3x as much as I normally would apply), it lasts longer (good thing I bought so much!). I find that I can tolerate the overwhelming scent of initially putting on too much easily as it also fades quickly leaving my glorious spring day behind.

Jun
16
2014
Chris v.V.
Chris v.V.

I like this! (Thanks full of colours for the sample!) Green grass on first spritz, which settles right down into an ivy, floral, and barely-there milky sweetness. I suppose this would be, on me, more of a skin scent. Oh, how I wish it were a wee bit stronger! However, since I like softer fragrances and don't mind re-applying, it's on my want list.
Update: I now own a bottle, thanks to coffecat17, a generous swapper! Yes, very grassy on application: you might think, "Uh-oh, what have I done? It's too strong!" (There's something vaguely Aliage-y about it at this stage). The dry down is nothing like the first spray -- it's soft, delicate and close to the skin. Lovely.

Jul
27
2013
guest_Vie Cafe
guest_Vie Cafe

A breath of fresh air, a deep inhale in a rock and ivy garden.... a little girl is skipping flat pebbles in a pond....

While Charlotte is the precious, soft-spoken child of Annick Goutal, the one who likes to collect pretty figurines and dresses up the house pets for tea time, Camille is the spunky, outspoken adventurer. She likes to run around, climb trees, catch insects and has a contagious sparkling laugh.

Eau de Camille reminds me of what I was looking for the first time I smelled Dyptique's eau de lierre, but all I found with the austere Diptyque is a crisp ivy crawling over a ice cold stone wall.... Camille is soft and green, cool but not cold and also has a white floral creaminess to it. A very well done green floral, and its projection is pleasantly surprising to me, for such a delicate scent.

Annick Goutal really inspires me, and on such a beautiful warm sunny day, it is the perfect house to wear and feel happy.

May
09
2013
Izumee
Izumee

I had a bedroom located next to a garden, and this fragrance reminds me of how my old bedroom smells, so this one def evokes a childhood memory for me. So green, so natural, delicate and pleasant. The day i sampled eau de camille on my neck and fell asleep, i woke up confused-why im not in my old bedroom. True story, hahaha.

Mar
16
2013
Gosha
Gosha

I have to copy pansylady's description: "Very green and unique composition, but on me at least, almost no staying power". Absolutely agree! Eau de Camille is lovely, green, herby, little floral, sort of clean and almost medicinal in a good way and rather unique, but it just doesn't last.I have only a sample, so a small amount, but after pouring half of the content on my wrist, I can smell it (vaguely) for a few minutes and it's gone...

Nov
15
2012
Henriette
Henriette

Lovely green meadows with lots of "herbes folles" and ripe wheat spikes. Beautiful composition from a master artist like Annick. I love wearing this scent in late spring, when summer is coming over, when the weather is not so hot as to not commanding wearing deep scents but when cold has left and you want to wear something lighter. This is a merry scent, it gives a smile when sprayed around. Love it. An easy to wear perfume that is never out of place and despite its being so clean and simple, it allows you to be perfect even on most elegant occasions.

Oct
19
2012
rithacha
rithacha

You know how there are fragrances you love, but hardly ever wear? Eau de Camille is the complete opposite for me-- I don't love EdC, I'm not sure if I even like it all that much, but I find myself reaching for it all the time.

The scent itself goes on strong and redolent of white florals, and dies down to a whisper of sun-basked meadows. The vegetal honeysuckle is quite assertive here, giving a full impression of earthy roots, sappy green stems, and dewy white buds. Thankfully natural-smelling and not sweet. It smells like gardening, and I wear it always when I garden because it's so appropriate. At the same time, sometimes EdC takes on an abrasive pungency that reminds me of greenish-white-floral chemical cleaning solution, especially within minutes of applying. It does go away, but I find those moments unpleasant.

Overall, EdC does not quite stack up to my favorite Annick Goutal masterpieces: Songes, Gardenia Passion, Heure Exquise... but it is extremely pleasant, and much more wearable. I know this is a back-handed compliment, but EdC is much more versatile and appropriate to everyday wear, and it does not compete for your attention, which is why I seem to use it with such frequency. I can wear it day or night, all four seasons.

Oct
16
2012
pocketpet4
pocketpet4

It smells like rubber on me.

Sep
16
2012
Baldric
Baldric

Bright, fresh, sweet green, floral. I can really smell the privet in this one which is nice. It doesn't move me but I do enjoy it. It's simple and uncomplicated, strikes me as a happy scent. Good for daytime and warmer weather and I would wear this to work if I owned a full bottle, and also perhaps to the farmers market or an outdoor event.

May
06
2012
sablebombe
sablebombe

Very, very green; early morning dew; fresh washing fluttering in the breeze; a jasmine garden in a warm evening. All in my mind when I smell this fragrance!

Initial blast is very crisp and green - and then the honeysuckle wafts through along with the jasmine! It becomes a little soapy at a point and reminds me of mum's washing out in the sunbathed garden which had a similar scent as it was drying out! For me at this point it could go either way - headache or...? Thankfully it went in the 'or' direction but I did get such a blast of synthetica going on there!

It takes a while to get to dry down on me and I still smell honeysuckle very strongly - the ivy doesn't seem to hit my nose so hard! The 'greenness' has gone and soapiness still lingers! TBH not one of my AG favourites! I can usually buy Annick's perfumes blind - but I made a mistake on this one!

Sep
01
2011
lara0905
lara0905

Daylight, summer meadow...I laying on the ground, the wind touch the grass and the flowers around me and they are just swaying in the wind...blue sky, light clouds..

On me it's became lightly green. freshly cutted grass note with the ivy.Very natural, cosy smell. The honeysuckle is detectable after a few minutes and it's still detectable in the drydown too very clearly.
The end is soapy honeysuckle, the jasmin on me hardly noticable.

Delicate, discreet daytime scent, sisters of Folavril.

Aug
10
2011
katiebisme
katiebisme

Love, Love, Love the earthy green of Camille, but alas this disappears on me within two hours. Not sure if I will purchase this one again. (Camille's Water)

Update: I am still wearing this from time to time and it is still very lovely and spring-like. I will always have this in my collection.

Apr
27
2011
TillyWave
TillyWave

I was hurrying to a class before 7 am, when it is dark out. The wind was cold, but it carried the most wonderful scent of green grass, woods, and something fresh carried from afar. It was actually coming from me, it was the Eau de Camille that I had sprayed on that morning.

A relatively simple 'green' fragrance that goes on bitterly green, split-foliage and in-your-face. Better to spray and step away from the cloud. The green mellows a bit but remains green for most of the life of Eau de Camille. The drydown is pleasantly sweet, and vanillic, and really nothing like the rest of the scent.

While I like Eau d'Hadrien in the summer, I think this would be a great summer scent. It is long lasting and apparent to the wearer(for an AG) but not a sillage monster that will send people running away from you.

But I will remember the cold, green scent that I caught on the wind the other morning when I think of this scent. This sort of scent is right up my alley, and I really love it.

PS: Yes, I do get the 'herbal soap' references. If you lived in a fairy land, where manufactured scents smelled like the real thing (think...Green Tea smells like green tea candles. Lemons smell like lemon perfume, or cleaning solution, etc.) then Eau de Camille would be the hidden "Irish Spring" so to speak, although, since I've drunk from many a cold spring, I can say that they smell like nothing, except for cold and wet rock.

Mar
31
2011
Catttt
Catttt

combination of sweet soap and sour herbal. does NOT smell like banana republic w or bobbi brown almost bare -- michael edwards lied to me!

Jan
15
2011
TillyWave
TillyWave

It's rare, when you lift the cap off a scent and inhale. Your knees go weak, and something in you just collapses. This is what happens when you find exactily the thing you were looking for.

What I was looking for apparently was extremely green, bitter edge foliage sparkling green. God I love the top note of Eau de Camille.

Interesting that this was made in '83, because the heart really reminds me of "Songes" (that is, floral) while the drydown is reminescent of "Petite Cherie" (that is, vanilla grass).

I don't know of any other perfumes with this 'ivy' accord. The entire bottle I have is worth that wonderful topnote.

Oct
28
2010
Catbiscuit
Catbiscuit

I too have fond memories of the vast green lawns of my youth where my cousin and I would throw ourselves down, wrestle, play games and build makeshift cubbyhouses, all the while cushioned by plump itchy green grass. This fragrance smells nothing like this.

I think more accurately this has the bitter, poisonous smell that lush green leafy plants develop to deter random animals from chewing thier foliage back to the stem. Not an entirely unfamiliar childhood smell of crushing green leaves to make 'soup' but not the nostalic grassy lawns I was hoping to find in Camille.

After about an hour the honeysuckle & jasmine arrive to sweeten & temper the plantlife but it never really gives way. This is just not the kind of 'green' I like in my perfumes although its authentic leafiness does have appeal.

Aug
29
2010
missk
missk

Annick Goutal fragrances are like heaven to me. There is something so distinguishably old-fashioned and classic about them, particularly the more feminine creations from this line.

Eau de Camille is a beautiful, delicate floral with green undertones. The greeness in this fragrance is neither harsh nor bitter. It's more of a subtle grassy-ness more than anything else. A very crisp and Summery scent.

The jasmine and honeysuckle are really pretty. After an hour or so, the floral blend becomes quite clean and soapy, making it an excellent choice for those that enjoy their florals soft and refreshing.

Eau de Camille has been created with love. The perfect gift from a mother to her daughter. There is such a strong sense of purity and child-like innocence conveyed through the composition.

I was amazed at how well this fragrance lasted on the skin, especially for that of an EDT. I usually prefer the EDPs for longevity, however in this particular case the EDT suited me fine.

Honestly I prefer Annick Goutal's louder scents, however I have come to appreciate all her fragrances, and if I had the money, I would most definitely buy them all.

Like some have already mentioned, if strong honeysuckle is what you're after I'd tend to lean more on Le Chevrefeuille for my honeysuckle fix, however for something lighter and prettier, Eau de Camille is perfection.

Aug
14
2010
pansylady
pansylady

Very green and unique composition, but on me at least, almost no staying power-

Jun
28
2010
floriana
floriana

What a wonderful composition of ivy, honeysuckle and jasmin. I adore ivy, especially in this mix, where clearly could notice jasmin, without sweetnes,(also honeysuckle could be verry heavy, in this composition isn't)

Also find it simple, but verry specific, soft, green, and great on my skin.

Apr
24
2010
mocha43
mocha43

Just received a sample of this from LuckyScents.com and it smells gently of honeysuckle and jasmine and is a lovely scent. Has lasted several hours on me. It is a nice but not great, scent on me, and I would not buy a full bottle of it. I prefer something like Bvlgari's Jasmin Noir.

Apr
17
2010
ebijou
ebijou

I have to agree with Darling Starling : this one does smell a little like a warmed garden. To me, a lovely smell I like to wear. The honeysuckle is perfect, not too strong. I can see myself wearing this smell in summer mostly : not too fresh, very delicate and soft. But I would also wear it during warmer months, at work.

Jan
12
2010
Darling Starling
Darling Starling

Green, fresh, and much like a sun warmed garden. I love this scent, but I personally don't find it very wearable. In contrast, I would love for my linens to smell just like this :)

Mar
06
2009
perfumeaddict
perfumeaddict

Annick Goutal fragrances all seem very natural to me. This one in particular has green notes that remind me of ivy and springtime. The honeysuckle never gets too sweet or heady, and is nicely balanced by the green notes.

Jan
18
2009
marinadinatata
marinadinatata

All fragrances of Annick Gouttal, even though i adore the bottles,, stink on me(to be honest, even my daughter said to me, in a loud voice in "Gallerie Lafayette",,mum,, lets get out of here!!
This one though, was quite fresh and somehow different,, madragore as well, but on my skin about 20 min!!!!

Dec
01
2008

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