Annick Goutal • Ce Soir Ou Jamais • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||58%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Like most perfumes, this can be amazing or plainly "blah" depending one's skin. In mine, this rose scent transforms into something so complex and at the same time easy to like, not overpowering, not "oldie". It does for me very much like Jardin de Bagatelle (not that there is any real resemblance). It takes me away to a sunny sunshine summer day in my childhood, so full of promises and fun, not a care in the world and a heart always ready for some new wonderful thing to discover. It evoques a white sand, quiet beach, floating in the blue sea looking at the intense blue sky above. I know, this does not help to describe the smell. I just can say that this is the one parfume that makes me happy.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Winy rose. Very sugary, very sweet in the openning but gladly it turns into a soft powdery rosy scent.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Grey
This opens with a very heady rose, large and voluptuous, at the peak of it's fragrance. As it dries down it softens into a powdery rose with the hibiscus making a brief and tangy note during the heart of this perfume, but that fades away all to quickly in my opinion. After the hibiscus leaves there is a bit of something sweet that mixes with the rose but nothing much to remark on with my chemistry, it becomes a very vintage scent on me. Though it is a pretty rose, it is to old fashioned for my taste
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I bought this in Paris at the Annick Goutal boutique on Rue Bellechase after a day at the Musee d'Orsay. I really love this because it reminds me of the Impressionist paintings I saw at the museum. It reminds me of history and romanticism.
Of course, my shopping experience was wonderful and this is probably very different from how most people tried this fragrance in Sephora or a department store. I walked into the boutique and the lady who was working in the store was SO nice and patient with me. She spoke English with a French accent and she was so gracious.
When I first smelled the scent, I didn't even think it was rose-based. I thought it could be jasmine. It just smelled good. On my skin it smells warm and flowery with a touch of honey and amber.
I'm kind of happy that so many other people seem to hate this scent. It's not sweet like candy or food, and it won't make your mouth water. It doesn't scream "teenager" or "sex." It's a thoughtful, intelligent fragrance. It's a fragrance that feels rare and unique and makes me feel more cultured wearing it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
When I first smelled this, I thought it was lily of the valley . As minutes passed, I now smell roses, the kind that is dried and packed in plastic. it is not fresh cut roses. something in this smells like potporrie .
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I am grateful to the MUAer who provided me with a generous decant of this great scent. I smell roses and bourbon, sweet with a kick! Then it knocks down to a sparkle of a bit of the wild side, dangerous unless you know how to make her melt in your arms. Not your tea rose, but perhaps one by Ed Hardy, only he didn't come up with it, LOL
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Several Christmases ago, Sephora packed a sample of Ce Soir ou Jamais into my order. The sample was the eau de toilette formulation and I found it intoxicating and as close as one could come to a rose absolute.
Figuring richer is better, I bought eau de parfum and then rarely wore it. EdP was rose petals and leaves macerating in a good quality Bordeaux. So winey was the EdP that I found it difficult to wear; the wine and rose together seemed tannic, and when this was joined by the green notes the composition went sharp and never quite settled.
I recently picked up a bottle of eau de toilette and am happily reunited with the sensation that I had when I first smelled Ce Soir ou Jamais--carefully adulterated rose with a complex, spicy/musky undertone.
Although it was claimed that 160 essences went into its creation, Ce Soir seems more reductive than that number would indicate. In EdT, the rose is front and center, touched very minimally by the red wine note. A light fizziness lasts throughout the heart bouquet. The spiciness is mysterious. It seems closest to cinnamon's hot/dry qualities, but it is equally possible that it is nutmeg.
I do not normally care for fruity rose scents (Nahema a prime example), but the fruit notes in Ce Soir seem to be touched upon the scent's structure very carefully. Very little sweetness is involved (compare to Nahema, where on me the sweet passionfruit dominates) and, if anything, the pear note is an unripened d'Anjou, still with some sourness in place of ripened fleshiness. Cassis isn't noticeable.
Ambrette seed stands in for musk here, perhaps with addition of an Atlas cedar note. As Ce Soir dries, and quite remarkably, I do not lose anything of the whole. This doesn't mean that Ce Soir is linear, it is simply that as each component introduces itself, it stays attached through to the basenotes. Ce Soir is somewhat like Feminite du Bois as it approaches the base, although the comparison might seem far-fetched, and yet it places Ce Soir firmly into the "neo-chypre" category, which is one I like very much.
Unlike F. Malle's gloriously ripe Une Rose, Ce Soir's rose seems to be a rose with withering edges. A slight effect of decay reminds me of Patou 1000, although without the vase full of murky water that holds 1000's bouquet.
Although clearly marketed as romantic fragrance, Ce Soir is far from that notion. There is nothing winsome about it, and neither is it a lusty rose or even a sexy one. In fact, it seems to have a quirky remove to it, in the same way Feminite du Bois does--it's a rose not for lovers but a rose for the covert eccentric.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
For someone who likes rose scents I imagine this would please them. I don't like it. It opened with a superquick boozy hint, then out came the rose, fullbodied and intense, like a bunch of fresh red roses. I can smell some fruit lingering in the background like peach or pear, and the rose has just the tiniest hint of powder. To me this is just floral and boring, smells OK but totally forgettable.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Red Eyes: Green
Really beautiful beautiful perfume. As usual this does not last.Why why why can't I find a rose perfume that lasts longer than an hour? Any recommendations?...............................
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
Sumptuous rose, with a hint of ripe pears. Irresistible.
Age: Unknown Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
To my nose, Ce Soir Ou Jamais smells like a nail salon crossed with a Barbie Perfume given to me as a child. I'm sad to say this, because I love so many AG scents... but Ce Soir is too sharp, too cloying on me.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Silver Eyes: Green
As lovely as this starts off it only lasts seconds on my skin. I find Annick Goutal perfumes all like that. It could have been great , a powdery rose .
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I am madly crazy in love with this for the first 10 seconds until it turns to powdered potpourri. The opening is this sexy boozy rose that I just adore .. but it doesn't last long before the potpourri tone seeps in. Sad :(
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I get rose and jasmine from this in precisely the right proportions. Red and white--gorgeous balance, gorgeous floral.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I LOVE this scent! It is very expensive( I think I paid $150 at Saks) but it stays on FOREVER! I seem to be the minority because everyone that smells it on me doesn't care for it. I LOVEE it though, maybe it's because I'm french or maybe it's the adorable packaging, but I really do love this.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Oh, dear. I'd read another review saying this was a gorgeous violet fragrance, so I ventured to try it. The initial spray was lovely - just like a bouquet of violets... but then came the dry down, which on me was a terribly strong rose... on me, it smelled like dying roses mixed with wine, like a love letter gone awry. Sadly, this did not work for me!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Lush true roses and wine. A must have for the heady rose purist, but I myself find it unwearable.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
This is my favorite rose fragrance. Every day I pass a garden with rose bushes bursting with dark red, velvety blooms and must stop to breathe deeply. Ce Soir is the only rose fragrance I've found that compares with this fresh rose fragrance. I also have Rose de Rosine and am very disappointed in it's vapid, quickly disappearing scent, compared to Ce Soir. I was surprised to read a previous comment about the short-lived scent of this because I've found it to last and last. This is a fragrance I want to be around for a long, long time.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This is the nicest rose I've come across yet, but I'm still undecided. I only tried a bit of it on my hand today; it wasn't fantastic, but intriguing enough that I'll try it again another time. I'll update when I do, but for now, it's 3 lippies.
Edited to make it 4 lippies ... I tried it again today... I have never been a rose fan, but this Ce Soir has really drawn me in. Beautifully done. Eminently wearable.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I bought a bottle of EDT for my mothers birthday.
The first whiff i had of it, and i thought it was magic in a bottle. The smell was beautiful, delicate, and as said before, somewhat magical. The bottle itself is quite pretty too.
The only downside is that its really expensive, cost me 300MYR. And the scent does not last very long (after 3 hours the scent is faintly there). I wonder if the EDP version would have a stronger lasting power.