The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Vanille Charnelle by Les Absolus d’ Annick Goutal


Vanille CharnelleWHAT I SMELL:  Vanille Charnelle opens with a sparkling pepper which is soon met with a vanilla gourmand rather almond-ish ylang-ylang.  It’s sweet without being sugary and it smells like a baking rack full of cooling almond cookies.  But there’s a bit of sour from either the ylang-ylang or the tonka that keeps the perfume from being too confectionary.  The opening had me a bit worried that the perfume was going to rise up and scream.   But thankfully, after a few minutes the fragrance begins to contain itself.  The vetiver begins to come forward and with it comes a welcomed reedy woodiness that begins to dry out the vanilla.  But even as it continues to dry out, the vanilla almond is front and center; albeit less sugared.  After some time, the perfume journeys into a more floral realm and moves from gourmand to oriental.  It really is beautiful in a richly opulent and exotic way.  The notes are beefy and amped up and what was turning dry becomes ripened.  Vanille Charnelle then moves to a decaying spiced floral that’s wrapped up in vanilla.

Top notes are ylang-ylang and pepper; middle notes are vanilla, tonka bean and white musk; base notes are vanilla absolute and vetiver.

AnnieHallWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  There’s something very nostalgic and 1970s about this perfume…very Annie Hall.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT VANILLE CHARNELLE:  Fashion for Lunch, Perfume Shrine, Alice in Beautyland

BOTTOM LINE:  Vanille Charnelle is a wonderfully spiced floral vanilla perfume the makes me want to reach for my tweed jacket.  A little of the perfume goes a long way, so when spritzing, do sparingly.  

  • Bone Rating:  4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Oriental Floral
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $280 for 75 ml eau de parfum

Sample courtesy of Lucky Scent.  

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

15 thoughts on “Vanille Charnelle by Les Absolus d’ Annick Goutal

  1. You are creating lemmings, two reviews in a row! And LOL at “rise up and scream”. I will challenge myself to see if I can use it in a business context.


  2. I am not a fan of almond per se, but I love vanilla and that’s a killer name for a perfume!


  3. This sounds good. I know I briefly tried this but now I’m going to hunt it out again for another sniff. x


  4. Well I would love to smell Vanille Charnelle. Annie Hall you say? I am intrigued!! Cheers!


  5. When I read about this new Goutal’s line I was sceptical but your review gives me hope. Though I rarely like almond in perfumes if not too sweet it might still work for me.


  6. Pingback: Vanille Charnelle by Camille Goutal, Isabelle Doyen for Annick Goutal 2015 | Perfume Posse

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