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Luxurious scents from Annick Goutal

Thursday July 7, 2005

Luxurious scents from Annick Goutal

By NIGEL THO

Annick Goutal’s first stand-alone boutique in Asia has opened at Le Meridien, Kuala Lumpur. NIGEL THO finds out more about its offering of luxurious scents. 

France is synonymous with the art of living and all of life’s finest offerings: from fashion, dining, performing arts and artistic treasures to the subtle pleasures of fragrances. And now, France’s perfumer to the stars has opened a boutique at a leading French-inspired hotel in Kuala Lumpur. 

Elaine Daly strikes a pose with an Annick Goutal fragrance bottle.
Annick Goutal, one of France’s most famous perfume houses, has been a favourite among Malaysian cognoscenti since Kens Apothecary brought it into the country in 2000. 

Riding on its success, Ken Lim, the proprietor of the apothecary, has opened the first Annick Goutal boutique at Le Meridien. Located in the main lobby, this sensory haven – a replica of the Parisian boutique at Rue Castiglione – boasts a setting evocative of a French boudoir. Intimate and calming, this shop promises a treasure trove of fragrant delights to uplift the senses and delight the eye as some bottles are veritable works of art.  

Lim is especially proud that Kuala Lumpur has the distinction of hosting the first ever Annick Goutal stand-alone store in Asia. 

The late Annick Goutal was a passionate “nose” (someone who possesses trained olfactory expertise) who created some of the world’s most exclusive scents such as Eau d’Hadrien, Grand Amour and Petite Cherie. Today, her daughter Camille Goutal is equally adept in this esoteric art.  

The Annick Goutal boutique at Le Meridien carries the entire range of 28 perfumes. Altogether, Annick Goutal has 19 fragrances for women and nine for men. Derived entirely from pure botanicals, each carries a story about its creation.  

These days, finding a niche perfume is difficult as one is confronted by mass-produced, price-driven products. Annick Goutal’s philosophy is to encourage visitors to experience each fragrance at leisure to “reach an informed decision”. 

“While our staff is on hand to advice, the decision is yours based on your taste and inclination,” explains Lim, “After all, choosing one’s fragrance is an individual art.” 

Annick Goutal at Le Meridien, KL, is open daily from noon to 8pm. Direct enquiries to 03-22739910.

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