Eau du Sud by Goutal / Annick Goutal
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Eau du Sud is a perfume by Goutal / Annick Goutal for women and men and was released in 1997. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is being marketed by AmorePacific / 아모레퍼시픽은.

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Fragrance Notes

Bergamot, Mandarin, Persian lime, Lemon verbena, Peppermint, Basil, Patchouli, Oakmoss

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Scent

7.4 (230 Ratings)

Longevity

6.0 (167 Ratings)

Sillage

5.0 (153 Ratings)

Bottle

7.6 (149 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 12.06.2019
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DonJuanDeCat

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DonJuanDeCat
DonJuanDeCat
Greatly helpful Review    10
The waters of the South smell of lemons
I only got to know Annick Goutal fragrances through a friend. I once told her that I used to sniff scents with her after university (and yes, that's the mean girlfriend I occasionally write about here). It's the one who often tries to put "strange things" in my food... :D). Back then, I was almost unfamiliar with scents (and didn't even know Parfumo, not to mention Parfumo, what? :DD), so there were a lot of brands she just knew better. She also showed me the Annick Goutals.

Ninfeo Mio was one of the fragrances that Annick Goutal gave her quite a liking for. After all, the lemon verbena in it is a great, refreshing note for hot days. And to be honest, Ninfeo Mio really is an excellent scent from Goutal, which I would recommend to everyone for a test, of course only if you like lemon verbenas too :)

With this I can now lead over to this fragrance here, because there is also a great lemon verbena in here and the fragrance is great for the summer is suitable.

The fragrance:
The fragrance begins very fresh and invigorating with mint and citric notes, especially lemon verbena and mandarin. Basil also quickly takes effect and "delivers" a beautiful, herbaceous note to the fragrance. Besides, I smell general green notes, which for a moment even smell like the beautiful scent of freshly cut grass, but then again become "general green".
Oak moss can also be smelled a little later, but in my opinion one could have done without it. Not because it would smell bad, but this just makes the fragrance more mature and classic, and not everyone likes it. Hm, but the moss is not soo strong, so you can smell the lemon verbenas again later.
The fragrance also becomes earthy as patchouli is added. This becomes stronger especially in the base, but then the oak moss slowly fades away again. The citric notes are still slightly present from the base, but they are getting weaker just as slowly. I also have the feeling that Vetiver can now be smelled, even if it is not specified.

The Sillage and the shelf life:
The Sillage is weak. Yes, soon after spraying on, the whole fragrance almost completely disappears and after less than an hour becomes almost body-hugging.
In terms of shelf life, the fragrance lasts three or four hours and even a little longer, but most of it, as I said, is quite body-hugging.

The bottle:
Annick Goutal's bottles are always great. This fragrance is unisex, so it is available in both the men's and women's versions. While the men's bottles are simply rectangular with a beautiful label, the women's bottles are much more beautiful. These are slightly oval-cylindrical and inflated with grooves in the glass and wear a bow at the neck, on which the label is also hanging. Yes, the ladies' bottles are a great sight!

Soo. Yeah, that scent's refreshing, too. However, I don't like him as much as Ninfeo Mio. This has to do with the fact that I'm neither a big fan of oakmoss nor a great fan of patchouli. These scents are not as bad as coriander or anise or something, but I don't necessarily have to smell them in perfumes. But unfortunately oakmoss and patchouli are present here, which in my opinion take a little of the freshness out of the fragrance and also make it appear more mature. But that's as always a matter of taste, how you find it!

However, anyone who doesn't mind oakmoss and patchouli and even likes them can sniff in here, as the fragrance is quite nice by and large. Like Ninfeo Mio, it can be used well in summer and should be sprayed several times a day if necessary, as the Sillage really quickly becomes weak. Whether or not the fragrance is worth buying is another matter, since the 4711 fragrance "Aqua Colonia Melissa & Verbena", which is much cheaper, could be used to get a similar refreshment with a lemon verbena, and at a much lower price.

Well, nevertheless, as I said, you can have a look at this one here for the summer!

Hm... and it took me forever to find out that a lemon verbena is NOT (real) vervain, so they are both different plants despite having the same family :D
Man, I'm getting better at botany!! :D
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Pigfarmer

11 Reviews
Pigfarmer
Pigfarmer
Very helpful Review    7
true refreshment in a bottle
I believe that cologne, rather than coca cola, is “the pause that refreshes”. Its dynamic combo of freshness and cooling properties are a no-brainer for summer. Although my favourite eau de cologne, the Chanel Exclusif, is deeply gorgeous and relatively complex (the musk, oh the MUSK!), it is still just that; a cologne, and is by definition short-lived and quite basic. But colognes refresh. But what if you want that refreshment with some real perfumery pizzazz?

Annick Goutal’s masterpiece, Eau du Sud (EdS) refreshes. And sparkles. And delights. For hours. It is no garden variety citrus cologne, nosireebob! It’s one of the single most compelling reasons to even have a summer. It’s that good. Every single time I apply EdS, especially in the anti-climatic summers of Holland, I’m teleported to a place I never want to leave. In the land of EdS the birds are singing, a plethora of Mediterranean herbs – basil, rosemary, lavender and mint - are fecund and ubiquitous, the Sicilian lemons & grapefruit are freshly squeezed by a bronzed beauties and the sky is wide open and endless with heat shimmering through the ether. It’s perfume voodoo and this voodoo is the key reason most of us fume junkies are so committed to – it evocates a very specific context of where we really want to be.

The first hit of EdS is ALL of these elements smacking you upside the head like a warm sirocco wind. It has a close affinity in vibe with the timeless classic Chanel Pour Monsieur but with just more everything. The citruses do dominate at first but the grapefruit – unusually – takes over from the juicy lemons and bergamot. And what is doubly remarkable is that the grapefruit lasts for a full hour, outlasting even the excellent Guerlain Allegoria Pampelune. Then there’s the mint & basil, which I believe truly sets EdS apart as a unique experience. They simply sing together in perfect fifths as in an elegant, rustic choir. Furthermore, it is this herbal bouquet that gives EdS its claim to greatness, because they act as the basis for the unmistakeable chypre vibe you get after maybe 15 minutes on the skin. Some say EdS is like Diorella and Cristalle among other aromatic citric chypres, but I emphatically disagree. They all have some degree of moss in their composition, whereas EdS relies on its gorgeous herbal accord to provide the chypric foundation.

The longevity of EdS is another of its extraordinary features. There is no cologne on earth that can last for 8 hours, no matter how hard Malle might try with his latest Indelebile. You can apply EdS at 8am, where it through a stanking hot day and it just holds up all day long! Whether you are on vacation or stuck in an office with the AC on the fritz, its power to evocate a happy place will never let you down. There is the faintest, almost imperceptible waft of labdanum and vanilla in the base that I hold responsible for this legendary longevity and is one more reason to admire the skill of the late lamented Ms. Goutal; this was among her final masterpieces.

The great asset of EdS is that even if you are in the midst of a brilliant summer, it enhances that reality, kind of like certain substances enhance the reality of certain music. Its chypre quality allows you to enjoy throughout the year for a quick and dependable pick-me-up, casually or for formal occasions. But it is in summer where it teleports most convincingly.

My bottle (and its 2 backups) is a “vintish” one, produced before the fairly recent take over of AG by a Korean parent, Amorepacific. You can easily recognize it as it doesn’t have the soulless conformity of bottle that the new ones do. From my experiences, this event has really affected the best AG frags in a depressingly familiar negative way, and honestly I won’t even try any more after a traumatic whiff of the reformulated Mandragore and Sables…. Luckily you can still find this fair weather gem on the usual sites and I hope you do. You may never be as satisfied with a mere cologne again….
WildGardener

101 Reviews
WildGardener
WildGardener
Very helpful Review    5
Eau de Seared
I broadly agree with Omni's comments below.

Its no surprise that a modern Nose should draw inspiration from Eau Sauvage and go on to produce something resembling a streamlined reworking of Roudnitska's reference cologne-as-chypre composition.

Eau du Sud cuts the fibrous textured iris - floral heart of Eau Sauvage right back and promotes, with lime, the juiciness of the citrus notes in its place, thereby revealing the desiccated woody bones of the structure at the same time. It's as though Annick Goutal took Eau Sauvage and exposed it to the harsh sun and winds of the Mediterranean garrigue until only the arrid essentials were left, and then she juiced it up with lime - giving a skeletal lime scented version of Eau Sauvage.

It's also a decent woody citrus in its own right; which when stripped of the original's rather stuffy floral baggage becomes less grand but more at home in todays climate of skin and bone masculines.
Omni

69 Reviews
Omni
Omni
Helpful Review    5
Music has charms to soothe the Savage Breast
Short and sweet. Eau du Sud, to me, is very similar to Eau Savage, which I have always loved on my husband. Unlike me he doesn't keep an arsenal of fragrances and so I don't step on his toes and wear one of 'his' signatures. Now I can. Other reviewers note a similarity to Cristalle in Eau du Sud. Cristalle delivers a more 'juicy fruit' honeysuckle intensity but I do understand the reference. Chanel would call it Hyacinth. Eight hours after application Eau du Sud releases an aroma of those Fishermen's Lozenges, smoky and camphoreous, as if it were its dying breath.
Always quirky. I like that.
7.0/10
Sherapop

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Sherapop
Sherapop
Very helpful Review    5
Green Citrus with an Edge
I have always been intrigued by the Annick Goutal offerings which are sold in both the standard feminine bottle and the rectangular masculine bottle. For a while I thought that they were two different formulas, but someone disabused me of that false belief. EAU DU SUD is one of them, and systemeD graciously sent me a sample making it possible for me to try this fragrance out after having wondered about it for quite some time...

To my nose this is a fairly sharp green citrus fragrance. I'd say that it's about midway between Parfums de Nicolai COLOGNE CEDRAT and Bond no 9 CENTRAL PARK. There is not nearly so much greenishness in this composition as in the latter, but it has a slight spiciness which makes it feel more masculine than feminine--at least in the drydown.

The quality seems very high and I'd put this in the EAU D'HADRIEN neighborhood, not only because it's primarily a citrus scent, but also because it, too, seems like a fairly simple creation--at least when compared to the more complex feminine perfumes of this house.

We've reached the end of summer here in Boston--a turning point marked by my donning of socks today for the first time in months--so EAU DU SUD is not something that I'm in any hurry to acquire, but I'm sure that come May I'll be considering this bright and cheerful citrus cologne once again.
SystemeD

58 Reviews
SystemeD
SystemeD
Very helpful Review    6
Basil and Verbena atop a soft chypre
For me, Eau du Sud is all about the basil and the verbena. I love them in concert here. But let's start at the beginning.

In the opening, you're hit with a wallop of citrus, and a handful of fresh crushed basil. In trying to identify the citrus notes up top, I get grapefruit and lime. But as my nose follows the trail of the citrus, what soon emerges is lemon verbena, not a true citrus, but herbal, like the basil.

That's the experience for me at the heart of Eau du Sud: basil and verbena.

A few hours later, a lovely light, soft chypre base emerges, although brief wafts of the verbena remain.

I think Eau du Sud is lovely, especially for spring and summer, but if you don't like basil, or if even a gentle chypre base turns you off, you won't like it as much as I do.
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Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
Very helpful Review    5
Soapy and mild
Unlike other reviewers, I didn't get much in the way of citrus in Eau de Sud, despite it being a citrus aromatic.

I find Eau de Sud perhaps more herbaceous and soapy. Almost peppery, especially in the opening.

I like the fresh characteristic of this fragrance, however I find it a little too sharp at times. I'm not really a citrusy or soapy person, so this fragrance isn't really my cup of tea. But for the sake of it being a fragrance from my most loved perfume house, I'd say it is one of the best.

It's lightly feminine on the skin which is something I absolutely adore. For that fact alone, I agree that Eau de Sud would make a lovely choice for those particularly humid days.

Robin on her blog, Now Smell This, mentioned an interesting smokiness, being quite distinctive, which emerged quite prominently in the drydown. Although I had not noticed this initially, once reading her review and returning to this fragrance, I must agree. The smokiness disrupts the soapy sharpness, which ultimately smoothed out the scent considerably.

I find some similarities between this fragrance and Chanel's Cristalle, although they are not complete replicates.

The lasting power of Eau de Sud, in the eau de toilette concentration is pretty weak unfortunately. This is also one of Annick Goutal's lighter fragrances that don't depend upon the wonderful sillage to create a beautiful aura. Eau de Sud is a fragrance for those that enjoy their soft, clean and crisp scents.

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MRoth 144 days ago
Most of the year this is a passable cologne; on a 40°C day it's elevated to godlike status. Fresh, crisp & clean with remarkable stamina!+2
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