Eau du Fier 2000

Eau du Fier by Goutal
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Eau du Fier is a popular perfume by Goutal for men and was released in 2000. The scent is leathery-smoky. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

Annick Goutal

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBitter orangeBitter orange
OsmanthusOsmanthus
Heart Notes Heart NotesCloveClove
Black teaBlack tea
Base Notes Base NotesBirch tarBirch tar
Salty notesSalty notes

Ratings

Scent

7.623 Ratings

Longevity

8.220 Ratings

Sillage

6.619 Ratings

Bottle

6.923 Ratings
Submitted by Profumo, last update on 23.04.2021.
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9
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
5
Bottle
DemonHead

18 Reviews
DemonHead
DemonHead
Helpful Review    4  
Eau du Fier sets Goutal's perfume portfolio alight!
In-house Annick Goutal nose Isabelle Doyen has a resumé of perfumed creations that reads like a shopping list of the rich and rare. Having studied as Goutal's apprentice prior to her passing, Doyen inherited her master's keen intuitiveness and passion, which translate into a portfolio of fine fragrances that are resolutely French in their approach.

In 2000, Goutal launched the polarising masculine Eau du Fier to a mixed reception. A scent that focuses chiefly on the marriage of organic birch tar and black tea, Eau du Fier is quite possibly the blackest, sootiest perfume one might ever encounter. Coming right off the back of a decade of sanitised androgyny in perfume, Eau du Fier proved the absolute antithesis of perfume models that were popular at the time. By 2005, it had been already been retired.

In the years since the early 2000's, appreciation for niche, rare and artisanal perfumery has grown exponentially, thanks in part, to flourishing fragrance communities both online and offline. How peculiar that the scent which was globally rebuked in 2003, is now generally regarded by perfume aficionados in 2012 as a triumph, and arguably Doyen's magnum opus.

Olfactory notes aside, this fragrance launches from the flacon like a flame-thrower - an impenetrable wall of fire and embers, fed by combustable accelerants. On skin, Eau du Fier is equally as uncompromising... I am automatically transported to mechanic's workshop... I smell of a man who has worked under a car for a whole day; hands blackened with grease lying on a floor littered with oily rags. Open jerrycans in one corner reek of evaporating gasoline, whilst in the other, a fire is burning in a barrel that has been lit with small combustable firestarters. This daydream plays out for 6-8 hours, until a final lingering huff of smoke eventually vaporises from my skin.

Black tea and tarry birch are the key components upon which this perfume is built, but one has to turn away from the vivid film playing out in their mind's eye to become cognisant of the individual accords. Doyen's masterful hand has interwoven subtle floral nuances of osmanthus and herbaceous/citrusy facets into this scent, which can only be picked when one knows where to look. Every note is treated like a fine brushstroke, forming a small but integral part of the whole.

Eau du Fier will unquestionably evoke a response in the wearer. Some will fan the air around them and cough and wheeze, and others will sit, silent, and wait for the visions to begin.

If only more perfumes could be as accomplished and profound.
5
Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
Coutureguru

223 Reviews
Coutureguru
Coutureguru
Helpful Review    5  
Petrolheads Rejoice!!!
Not having had any exposure to the Annick Goutal range of fragrances I was pleased to find this one included in an envelope of mystery samples :). I had absolutely no idea what to expect so I went into this test totally blind ... and was utterly flabbergasted!

Now when I say 'flabbergasted' I don't necessarily mean it in a positive way, but neither is this fragrance a negative for me. It's just completely surprising and catches one totally off guard. Eau du Fier (or Proud Water) is über masculine ... very much in the same way that the really hot guy who services your car is masculine ... all grease stained and muscle armed ... with piercing blue eyes gazing quirkily at you while explaining the problems with your manifold! But I digress ...
An almost overwhelming note of petrol dominates this Goutal offering. Now for some, this can be a complete winner. Indeed, I am one of those who sticks my head out of the window at the gas station to catch a whiff or three of petrol fumes ... but as something to perfume my body with? That would be about as silly as The Rock wearing a Tutu to the Oscars :) ... there is not enough testosterone flowing around in me to pull this one off! I'd love to smell this on the aforementioned blue-eyed mechanic tho' ... especially all spruced up and waiting on my doorstep to take me to dinner. There is also a delicious saltiness to the dry down ... clean sweat on clean skin? *Shudder*!!
The sillage here is not massive (so one would have to get in close *nudge, nudge - wink, wink*) and the longevity quite decent at about 5 hours on my perfume munching skin.

As can be gauged by my above reaction, suffice it to say that on the right guy Eau du Fier would be incredibly sexy .... INCREDIBLY!!
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4
Scent
10
Longevity
2.5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Drseid

809 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
   2  
Burnt Rubber Equals Major Scrubber...
Opens with only a second's worth of a just barely perceptible fresh mint before turning into a smokey burnt rubber accord with a mild tea undertone. The rubbery birch bark is by far the dominant note and it overpowers everything else on my skin. Projection is minimal, but longevity is excellent.

I wish I could say this one appealed to me, but the birch bark is just too much. Eau du Fier just does not have enough going on to keep my interest long. It, like Cuir from Mona di Orio makes the error of just being *too* smokey, instead of using the smoke to complement other notes. I don't hate Eau du Fier, but I definitely don't enjoy wearing it and can't recommend it. This one is not good, earning 2 stars out of 5.
8
Scent
10
Longevity
10
Sillage
5
Bottle
PBullFriend

306 Reviews
PBullFriend
PBullFriend
Helpful Review    5  
salty beautiful hangover
Annick Goutal's Eau du Fier is one of the more sharply polarizing perfumes I know. In fact, my own feelings about it have swung from one pole to the other. When I first received a sample of it some years ago, it had spilled a bit in the package. For weeks afterward, I kept sniffing my living room (where I had opened it) to make sure nothing was smoldering. Very intense stuff. I hated it.

But over time it worked its salty birchtar charms on me, and I grew to love it. Unfortunately, it was discontinued 5 or more years ago and is now nearly impossible to find. I was never able to talk myself into splurging on it because I'm afraid to wear it in public, not wanting to make anyone else call the fire department!

There are some other lovely scents out there that capture saltiness (my favorites being Miller Harris Fleur de Sel and The Different Company's Sel de Vetiver). But this captures a level of saltiness I never thought a perfume could. If I were writing a video to go with this, it would be an "adult" version of Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night": a swank party in the Hollywood Hills, lots of people in leather, a campfire, too much whiskey, some rough sex, and waking up in the morning to drink a gigantic glass of water with a large and slightly rueful smile.

Note: This is the first time I've worn it for 12 hours without showering. At 12 hours, it's a lovely, refined osmanthus.

And, on second thought, I just found an inexpensive used bottle on eBay - it didn't seem right to let this pass into "just a memory" yet.

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