Sables by Annick Goutal
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Sables (Annick Goutal)
Sables (Annick Goutal)
Sables (Annick Goutal)
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Sables is a popular perfume by Annick Goutal for men and was released in 1985. The scent is spicy-woody. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by AmorePacific.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesImmortelle
Heart Notes Heart NotesPepper
Base Notes Base NotesSandalwood, Vanilla



7.6 (153 Ratings)


8.4 (111 Ratings)


6.7 (102 Ratings)


7.2 (105 Ratings)
Submitted by Chemist, last update on 16.05.2017

Interesting Facts

Together with her husband, the cellist Alain Meunier, Annick Goutal should have spent several holidays on Corsica. It's said that she used her memories of them when she created "Sables".
The central theme of the perfume is supposed to be the shrub landscape. The maquis (or Corsican maquis) is a scrubland biome which is found in the Mediterranean region, considered typical of Corsica. It was born of over-used forests, which were broken by deforestation, logging and grazing as an ecosystem, creating the three to five meter high scrubland. The Macchia is often very rich in herbs and has its own beauty as a landscape, although one can still observe the traces of degradation significantly.

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Helpful Review    3 Awards
Oriental experiment
Take a red herbal liqueur of cherry, dried apricot and salted plum.
Mix with burnt sugar and spice.
Pour onto hot dry sand.

Observe that while the liqueur drains away, the massive blocks of Helichysum and peppery amber & sandal do not change much.

Find Sables below Eau du Sud, Voyageur and Fleurs de Sel on the Perfume Periodic Table, in the column marked Salt.
Bottle 7.5/10
Sillage 5.0/10
Longevity 5.0/10
Scent 8.0/10
Very helpful Review    2 Awards
Spicy, dusty wood that has then been caramelised.
This scent is proudly masculine, but as identity rather than limitation - a fine example of a perfume being both strongly gendered and unisex at the same time.
It's true: take the leather and booze out of Histoire de Parfum's 1740 Marquis de Sade you'd have Sables. Both heavily feature immortelle as part of a dry, roughly textured accord which is not to everyone's taste... a real case of 'love it or leave it'!
Yes, if 1740 ever got 'back on the wagon', Sables would be it, but having fallen in love with his big brother's debauched nature I can never look back.
Very helpful Review    3 Awards
Anoplopoma fimbria?
Sables follows a classical drydown arc: top, heart, basenotes. The real trick though is that is that it takes you from one genre to another over this progression.

Starting with immortelle dissolved in amber, Sables gives you either a strictly sweet maple syrup candy, or a sweet and savory curry with fenugreek and raisins. It’s up to your nose. I get the latter. Either way I find it principally gourmand.

Where Sables winds up, though is in the sandlewood/amber range. While the spice-like immortelle fades in the heartnotes, by drydown, there is a light, peppery sharpness that gives the amber drydown a mineral/dry inflections not miles from that of Ambre Sultan’s scent of hot stone. Sables is the only fragrance I can think of off the top of my head that isn’t categorized so much as a hybrid (eg. floriental, leather chypre…) but as a fragrance that starts in one genre (gourmand) and ends firmly in another (amber/oriental.)

A gorgeously constructed fragrance, appropriate across the multiple (and I believe there really are many) genders, but would be a smart statement of devil-may-care appreciation of prettiness on an assured straight man.
Sillage 7.5/10
Longevity 7.5/10
Scent 8.0/10
Helpful Review    2 Awards
Syrupy and distinctive
It's no secret that I adore Annick Goutal, however I must admit, despite my eagerness, I wondered whether or not her male fragrances would captivate me in the same way.

Fortunately, Sables is outstanding, incredibly desirable on a man and something I wouldn't mind wearing myself.

It's a little sharp at first. Sables begins with a strong burst of pepper, woods and smoke. Although masculine, I thought it was a little too much, somewhere along the lines of the ruggedly masculine yet rich and bold Yatagan by Caron.

Thankfully Sables settles into a divine, sensual blend of woods, spice, caramel and burnt golden syrup. It's almost a gourmand for men with its distinctive deliciousness.

I love how the burnt sugar accord doesn't make this fragrance feminine or too sweet. It's perfectly balanced and very sexy, something that I would never tire of smelling.

The longevity and sillage are rather impressive, with this fragrance clinging to the skin for almost a whole 12 hours or more. I highly recommend.


PBullFriend 10 months ago
Sables yields only immortelle to me. It feels like a medical experiment - how much of this odd note can one stand? Result: Not much at all.+3
Scent 4.0

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