Eau de Camille 1983

Eau de Camille by Goutal
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Eau de Camille is a perfume by Goutal for women and was released in 1983. The scent is green-floral. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

IvyIvy
LilacLilac
HoneysuckleHoneysuckle
GrassGrass
Privet

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7.283 Ratings

Longevity

5.855 Ratings

Sillage

5.244 Ratings

Bottle

7.648 Ratings
Submitted by Chemist, last update on 13.07.2021.
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Top Review    18  
Some become more beautiful with age
S Efai blieht bloß em siebente Johr - that's what we learned back then in elementary school.
This is nonsense, of course, suggesting that ivy is a hapaxanthe plant.
In retrospect, I'm not sure if our teacher merely misspoke - my current understanding is that ivy doesn't actually flower until about age seven, but then it does so annually - or if this was meant to be some sort of coded life wisdom she liked to toss around.

Eau de Camille created Annick Goutal for her then seven-year-old daughter, who liked the smell of ivy.
And if the ivy was as old as she was, it must have bloomed for the first time that very year.

Knowing full well that ivy does not necessarily smell pleasant when in bloom, I nevertheless inwardly imagine a flowering wall of ivy - not with the actual, inconspicuous blossoms of ivy, but more magnificent, and matching the lovely floral fragrance of this perfume.
I think of golden green garden bliss, wrapped in late summer sempest sunshine.
Idyllic, with bees dancing around late flowers and around the wild ivy against the west wall.

In ancient times, ivy was consistently regarded as a symbol of the joyously celebrating gods and their revelries, which were as often crowned with ivy as with vine leaves.
And Eau de Camille is a joyful, light-hearted fragrance, playful and telling of freedom and defying all late summer melancholy.
Somehow fitting the image of the seven-year-old girl dancing with the bees while the grown-ups comment benevolently on the flower beds with wine glasses and beer bottles, or discuss over the barbecue the latest match of the local first handball team.

A light summer scent that can be worn equally by the young and the young at heart - and by those who grow more beautiful with age.

Eau de Camille is the fragrance that makes the sun sing of summer on today's snowy February morning.
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ElisaS95

9 Reviews
ElisaS95
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Green nostalgia
I love the idea of owning a perfume that smells like green cut grass, and to own one that's from my favourite, the Annick Goutal house?
After looking at the notes, I was sold. Unfortunately, it has been long discontinued.
And so I was on a quest that lasted 1 year (arguably little, I know).
Now that I luckily own the EDT, I'll try my best to describe it for those who, like me, might be wondering what it smells like. I can contribute by adding what I personally get from this scent when applied on my skin... Also this perfume is now around 37 years old.

With this premise in mind:

At first spray on my skin, it's sharp, green crushed leaves. It feels almost metallic and mustardy. Thankfully this first stage goes away quickly.

It turns into something that smells soapy clean (vintage style) and grass like, fresh.
The clean aspect reminds me of freshly washed hands and the grass facet reminds me of the times I used to rip off grass stems in the garden.
At this point it has some flowery sweetness to it.
Rather than smelling like perfume, I feel this smells rather natural.

It changes becoming faint and delicate. It smells like taking a stroll in the sunny countryside, of tiny white flowers and what feels like small amounts of green powder from milled dried grass. Kind of a dry herbal feel in the nose.
Can you recall the sweetness dried herbs can have? I feel it's like that.
Compared to more recent releases, the sweetness in this has nothing to do with the new generation of perfumes, but it's not bitter either.
My mom, who supposedly loves the smell of cut grass, doesn't like this perfume!
I've asked others, and they tell me it just smells like countryside flowers to them.

It stays very close to the skin, meaning I can smell it only if I get my nose on it.
Near the end, It has something that reminds me of the smokiness in Palais Jamais. How weird. It's still herbal and I find it intriguing.

After all, it's a fresh, more on the dry side, herbal perfume that I think shows it's age. It doesn't last long and it stays close to one's skin.
It's very faint, but I think that's the beauty of this perfume. It's very unique and special that I am not sure if I was able to describe it fully. I don't think it's a crowd-pleaser, but I have to agree with the other reviewer that the feelings this perfume conveys are of past days of innocence and purity. So lovely...

With all this being said... I wish it was a little sweeter and juicy, I wish the grass aspect of it was stronger and that it smelled of fresh green throughout. I like it and appreciate its peculiarity- but I don't love it as I expected.
Perhaps it has to do with the fact that I was born during the times when the concept of a perfume was about sweetness that is not necessarily gourmand but not as unsweet like women's perfume from the 80's.

I prefer Fathom V for a grassy perfume but they are nothing alike, not even on the conceptual side.
I disagree with who compares it to Eau de Lierre. To me, they smell nothing alike (supposedly they share a note). EdL smells more like Finisterre by Maria Candida Gentile, which unfortunately I do not like at all since to me it smells like sulfuric sea waters (a little eggy).

Eau de Camille is nothing like that, fortunately!
If you also happen to be asking yourself if Eau de Camille smells like Hedera by l'erbolario, the answer is: absolutely not. They only share the Ivy imagery.

If you have read my thoughts up until now on this rare little gem, thank you- and if you'd like, let me and others know what you think of Eau de Camille!

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Missk

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Missk
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Fresh and green florals
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.

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