Exclusive: Les Absolus by Annick Goutal
A scent may capture a thousand stories or invoke a myriad memories, but for their latest and most exclusive collection for Harrods, Annick Goutal has just one story at its heart. Paying homage to the purity and singularity of each precious hero ingredient, the Amber, the Vanilla bean, the Oud wood, Les Absolus is a trilogy of stunning Oriental scents, each weaving their own scentscape for the wearer.
For perfumers Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen, the hypnotic pull from these ingredients started with the humble Vanilla bean as reimagined in Vanille Charnelle. Picturing a milky bath infused with Vanilla beans, they took it in its natural form, earthy and woody, far removed from its over-sweetened synthetic counterpart, adding a twist of pepper to pique at its mystery, ylang-ylang for its opulence, then teasing in hints of tonka bean, vetiver and white musk. It's Vanilla - but not as we know it.
Enhancing the allure of the collection, comes the Ambre Sauvage. Harvested from the imagination of the perfumers, Amber as a note exists only in dreams, unable to produce an aroma in raw form. One of the most interpreted scents in the history of perfumery, sensual incarnations of resin and patchouli are its heart giving an often aphrodisiac effect. Putting their own spin on the note, the perfumers create pure alchemy with a heady synergy of pink peppercorns, Iris and styrax - its many contrasts unravelling exquisitely with the warmth from the skin.
And, no collection would be complete without a smouldering Oud. Taking inspiration from the fabled One Thousand And One Nights comes 1001 Ouds - a modern interpretation of the ancient traditions and rituals of the wood. Harmoniously weaving in exotic notes of rose, papyrus and myrrh, it’s at once mesmerising, lingering on into the night.
Each precious scent is captured in a new and refined fragrance bottle, designed exclusively for the collection - a must for your dressing table.
Shop the collection below - exclusively at Harrods.