Nuit Etoilee is the latest addition to the line of fine fragrances from the famous, French perfume house – Annick Goutal. Perfumer behind this perfume is Isabelle Doyen, who worked together, again, with Camille Goutal. I usually don’t fall for the fragrance press materials, but I admit that this time I was absolutely hooked up by the ad copy. When I first read about this realease I was like wow, I’ve got to test it as soon as possible. I was lucky that few weeks later my local niche perfume boutique had it sitting on the shelf. I asked for a sample to take home and give it a few full wearing before deciding of it’s fate.
Nuit Etoilee is a fragrance that belongs to the olfactory families of citrus, aromatic (fougere) and woody. Right after applying the wearer is welcomed by a nice, sharp note of citrus. On me the citrus opening is almost impossible to sense.For me, the citric notes are rather twinkling (twinkle, twinkle citrus star, better show me where you are) in the background in this opening. What I get straight from the beginning is a wonderful note of mint. It’s very vibrant, fresh, a little bit green maybe. Minty stage is very refreshing and invigorating. After few minutes of mint being a lonely player here it is joined by a pine tree accord. How does it smell? Imagine taking mint leaves and pine cones with needles and crushing them together. It is absolutely aromatic! This stage lasts for around an hour or two.
As the fragrant molecules effuse Nuit Etoilee evolves into quite different perfume. It changes from the cool and refreshing angle to something more dense, warm. Minty notes slowly disappear and make place for fir and immortelle. These two ingredients are providing the warmer quality. Hints of angelica can be also noticed at this stage of development of this Annick Goutal creation. When you take a deep whiff maybe you’ll smell a little tingle of citron and orange – I personally can’t sense them there. I would compare this warm stage of Nuit Etoilee as something that reminds me the smell of a warm air nearby the campfire. It smells like the air that carries a smell of burnt tree branches, ash, burnt needles. There’s something slightly resinous in it too.It simply smells great!
Nuit Etoilee is said to take you to a majestic forest where waterfalls flow between the trees, where aromatic fragrances warm the skin, and pebbles form soft beds. Where the thrill of its sheer immensity consorts with absolute serenity, and where you stand and watch the stars as they illuminate the present moment. An enchanted forest, amid a starry night… It also allows to re-live the emotions of stepping on untouched ground for the first time. With this fragrance, distant and fond memories take you back to your roots and replenish your soul. 
Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilee is an unisex fragrance. It’s available in sizes of 50 and 100 ml in two bottle designs (shown above). This fragrance is eau de toilette concentrated. If you’re looking for a great summer fragrance this might be the one you should take into consideration. Nuit Etoilee works great in heat and has an excellent sillage and lasting power. I recommend it to everyone who’s searching for a fragrance that is rather unique than trivial. If it’s not worth a full bottle for you, give it a try at least! It’s worth it!
note:  quote via annickgoutal.com