Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Annick Goutal Petite Chérie

Annick Goutal Petite Chérie (1998) is a reference peach in my mind, the one that set the standard before other peachy-peary scents to follow such as Gwen Stefani LAMB, Dolce & Gabbana The One, Coquette Tropique and my own creation, Pink Manhattan Purrfume. This type of peachy white floral scent was only preceded by Antonia's Flowers Floret, an apricot-sweet pea blend created 3 years before Petite Chérie, in 1995. There aren't a great many peach perfumes out there that are both truly peachy like biting into a fresh peach and composed with other notes to make them unique. Petite Chérie is among my favorite perfumes - so soft and innocent, yet delicately fresh and vibrant with a slightly green addition of tomato leaf (which is a signature note found in many Annick Goutal fragrances), and I feel just about anyone can pull it off because it smells so lovely. If you like Gwen Stefani LAMB or Dolce & Gabbana The One, you might fall in love with Petite Cherie, a peachy scent in a similar vein but one that's celebrated in the perfume community for its understated, masterfully crafted appeal. If I may be so bold as to compare it briefly with my Pink Manhattan, PM is the more gourmand-sweet and richly vanillic, heady white floral while Petite Chérie is a bit more peary, candied, musky-transparent and soapy-clean with a leafy bite.

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