Green Enough? – Review: Annick Goutal Duel

Not really green, but green tea, drunk from a leather cup. That is Annick Goutal´s Duel in short. Green enough for Green Week.

I received a generous (and adorably cute) 15ml mini with a purchase sometime last year. I was happy to get it (it was a free gift, who wouldn’t love that?), but it was not something I would have actively sought out at the time, this one was just not on my radar.

Duel is marketed in the “Boy” bottle, by which I mean the more masculine 100ml flacon rendition Goutal fragrances come in. That I find astounding, and it probably was the reason I never felt great interest for Duel, because I am not looking for explicitly masculine leaning perfumes. In my opinion though, Duel is nothing if not perfectly wearable for women and men.

Green Maté absolute, Paraguay petitgrain, iris root, absinth, gaiac wood, leather, musk. These are the notes listed on Annick Goutal´s website. I can smell each and every one, they unfold perfectly, one after the other, which immensely appeals to my sense of law and order. 😉

Upon spraying on the skin one is greeted with a beautiful citrus accord, that is instantly mood- brightening and uplifting. Then a distinct green tea note emerges, perfectly balanced between earthy and airy. There is an underlying sweetness to Duel, that is provided by the soft absinthe note.

In the heart a delicate iris rests on a bed of woody leather and musk. The drydown is a bit more masculine, since the leathery, woody musk dominates, but incredibly smooth and tender.

I don´t like leather scents. Strong ones make me nauseous even. But the leather note here is so soft and merely hinted at, while still being clearly present and distinguishable as well as bedded in such delicious surroundings, I have regained hope that not all leather is lost for me. 😉

The longevity of this Eau de Toilette is surprising for such a delicate composition. It holds on strongly for about for hours, then I have to reapply.

Duel is probably not the most groundbreakingly unique or radically different perfume. But it is a very well made, delicate and smooth composition.

I enjoy Duel for days when I want something delightfully uncomplicated and easy going, that still has personality and doesn´t blend into the surroundings and disappears. Duel surprises me whenever I catch an unexpected whiff of it during the day.

Upon further thought, that actually makes it pretty special.


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15 Responses to Green Enough? – Review: Annick Goutal Duel

  1. Tara says:

    Never had any luck with the AG range, all rather bland and watery for my tastes. Looks like I should have been trying the masculines as this sounds great! Green tea and leather sounds just my kind of thing so thanks for introducing me to this before I wrote off the line completely.

    • Olfactoria says:

      If you are looking for something with more puch from annick Goutal, you could also check out Sables, like Georgy suggests. It is certainly not bland. I hope you like Duel, it is not a must have for me, but a very nice fragrance for those days, when you don’t want to think too much about perfume 😉

  2. georgy says:

    sometimes ago I used duel in combination with sable from AG……a really marvellous comb. you should try to sniff them together….

  3. Victoria says:

    I enjoy Duel, and whenever I wear it, I think that I should be wearing it more often. It is so delightful, green, airy!

  4. deeHowe says:

    “delightfully uncomplicated and easy going” sounds good! I really like what I’ve smelled so far from Annick Goutal (albeit not much), they seem to be beautiful and uncomplicated, and we all need days like that 😉

  5. JoanElaine says:

    Green tea and leather? Both notes I love. I don’t know if I’ll like it, but it sounds interesting.

  6. Marina says:

    I like this one a lot, something unexpectedly delicious about it 🙂

  7. I have a sample of this and haven’t tried it yet. Why? It sounds like something that I’d love for everyday wear.

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