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a farmer's child dresses up
First of all: my favorite among all the Chèvrefeuille fragrances that are or were on the market is the original one from Yves Rocher.
As a young woman and Yves Rocher customer, perhaps from the "second hour", I got to know this fragrance and am actually still looking for this originality.
Like his scented brothers at that time, "Chèvrefeuille" contained only honeysuckle, renounced Chi-Chi and all kinds of ornaments.
Unfortunately, this fragrance is past; I already wrote a tribute to him.
But I still miss him!
Also at Annick Goutal in assortment "Le Chèvrefeuille" in the Soliflor-Collection is not missing of course; I use this fragrance also gladly.
But this is where the farmer's kid honeysuckle got to. The firm garden gloves give way to those made of fine lace or glacé; the feet are put into pumps instead of wooden shoes and the resistant coat apron becomes a light, fragrant summer dress. Even the headscarf becomes a pretty hat.
Here we are experiencing a transformation that has actually succeeded.
But nevertheless the farmer child does not feel so well so "disguised"; one notices it already.
Honeysuckle in its original form, in "its" gardens adorns every fence, every shabby pergola and prettifies many a building sin; it is everywhere.
The original sweetness can be almost a little annoying in sunny afternoons and can even cause headaches - the almost nectar-like heavy honey scent of the flowers, sometimes almost numb.
When the air seems to be hot and the cicadas loudly announce their presence, it wouldn't come as a surprise if the hairy little guy with a horse's foot and a flute appeared from a corner of the garden: Pan is on his way; it is the hour of Pan!
He enjoys this nectar in the air and enjoys his life.
Annick Goutal has added citric freshness to her honeysuckle: Petitgrain and the fragrance of the ripe lemon gangle it a little. Instead of heavy and sweet, the opening note of this fragrance is fresh and floral.
The beauty of the simple but very fragrant garden jasmine settles in the heart and entertains to the renewed honeysuckle note "a little flirtation"!
It's quite entertaining and a bit feminine. There is already nothing more to be guessed of the farmer's flower; the "cosmetic" has succeeded quite successfully.
Fresh and ladylike-innocent, "Le Chévrefeuille" presents itself here.
Nobody suspects that this mixture of scents will settle in a completely normal rural garden.
It's too fine, too civilized!
As a highlight of this creation the narcissus is added; it brings some sweetness to this fragrance once again.
With it "Le Chèvrefeuiele" rises into a better league; or it tries it anyway.
I like this fragrance, it actually doesn't deserve to be compared with this "Urvaten" by Yves Rocher.
It moves easily and rather elegantly, with easy steps it develops its fragrance and establishes itself e.g. on a hotel terrace at the Côte d'Azur! Forgotten is the rural origin!
Nothing reminds of the farmer's child anymore; only from time to time it breaks out into a rather unfamiliar laugh instead of just a fine smile.
Even honeysuckle cannot be bent too much.
Like most Annick Goutal fragrances, "Le Chèvrefeuille" is quite volatile.
It's worth putting in one of the beautiful flacons to spray on: in the course of an afternoon, not only with coffee and cake on our hotel terrace on the Côte, but also at cocktail hour, when the pianist arrives, a new fragrance is needed: it has to be sprayed!
A new fragrance push is not annoying, it does not disturb! Even the immediate surroundings don't feel bothered by it.
Annick Goutall has created a tamed, civilized honeysuckle scent here that doesn't leave much to be desired.
And yet I sometimes think back to the old days when the goat was actually called Ziege and its stable was not the Grandhotel, but a kind of wooden hut.
Many thanks, Madame, for the good intention; I find "Le Chèvrefeuille" successful in its own way and welcome its clean, fresh charisma!
Instead of a glass of milk, a glass of champagne - à votre Santé!