Annick Goutal Le Chevrefeuille


Le Chevrefeuille was impossible to find in the U.S. until the last year, when it was happily reintroduced as part of the Les Soliflores collection. I’ve been dying to try it ever since reading Tania Sanchez’s tantalizing review in Perfumes: The A-Z Guide:

Honeysuckle is impossible: you can make it happen in photorealistic detail for an exciting half minute (see Demeter’s Honeysuckle), but you can’t build a full perfume on it because it never holds together. That’s why Goutal’s honeysuckle isn’t one. Instead, it’s a garden fantasy of citronellal and tomato stems, a tom yum soup without the fish.

Tania’s right, y’all: this ain’t honeysuckle. In fact, it’s not even a floral! Le Chevrefeuille is centered around a tart, leafy note somewhere between tomato leaf and lemongrass. The scent is completely linear and lasts about an hour (par for an Annick Goutal). Le Chevrefeuille occupies an interesting place as the gentlest and least sharp of the “stemmy” fragrances (think Diptyque L’Ombre Dans L’Eau, Aedes de Venustas Signature Eau de Parfum, or Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay for the other end of the spectrum). Le Chevrefeuille is desperately pretty, and a pleasingly zingy choice for the summer. I’m glad the Annick Goutal gods have returned it to us.


5 thoughts on “Annick Goutal Le Chevrefeuille

  1. Le Chrvrefeuille is anyway one of the most realistic interpretations of honeysuckle in perfume. Here in Poland there were no problems with availability though. I’m more happy that AG brought Mon Parfum Cheri par Camille back to line. It was discontinued when the bottles changed, now its back as edp (was edt earlier, I smell reformulation? )

    1. Oh, how interesting that Poland didn’t experience the same absence! I wonder if that was true of all of Europe, then.

  2. I have a bottle of this – my only AG in fact! – and I quite agree that it is a pretty zingy number that represents the acceptable face of tomato stems. I also get a sort of lemon meringue thing going on in the background. I don’t do honeysuckle much in perfumes, but that is no problem here, obviously. And may I also say that I love this bottle best of all because of its egg yolk coloured bow.

  3. Sounds pretty! But I’m probably not going to race to the counter to trade in L’Ombre dans L’Eau for something so fleeting. I do love leafy notes, though.

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