Voyages Imaginaires is the new niche brand of Camille Goutal of Goutal Paris and perfumer Isabelle Doyen. They debut with five fragrances: Azahar, La Couleur de la Nuit, L'Echappée Sauvage, Le Grand Jeu and Tea & Rock'n'Roll.
The fragrances making up this collection, true haute couture creations, are inspired by their journeys, real or imaginary, which take them back to past memories and unknown lands.
Azahar (shown) ~ "Azahar, or the orange tree in Hispanic Arabic, takes us to a Moroccan roof at the end of the day, when the sun is waning and the shade of the orange trees is stretching. The Orange Blossom, merging with notes of petit-grain and mandarin, evokes the divine freshness that gradually falls on the heat of the day. Marshmallow and vanilla exacerbate its savoury, gourmet side." A white floral; additional notes include bergamot and tuberose.
La Couleur de la Nuit ~ "La Couleur de la Nuit is a mysterious night walk through an Asian city, illuminated by red lanterns and fluorescent neon lights. From the fragrance emanates the dark, damp atmosphere, lightly illuminated by the twinkling lights of a Wong Kar-wai film. The freshness of lavender transcended by geranium contrasts with the dark and bewitching effect of vanilla and fir balsam, creating an elegant Chiaroscuro." An aromatic fougere; additional notes include bergamot and patchouli.
L'Echappée Sauvage ~ "Inspired by a visit to an island in the Mediterranean Sea, l'Echappée Sauvage is a hymn to the exhilarating heat of the South, and the pine needles sticking to bare feet. Unquestionably wild, the fragrance is a gentle contrast between the warmth of cedar wood and tonka bean, and the tangy freshness of bergamot and lemon. A subtle peppery note of pink berries sublimates its indomitable scent." A floriental; additional notes include fig, almond, narcissus, clary sage and guaiac.
Le Grand Jeu ~ "Le Grand Jeu is a stunning white under a blinding sun, symbolised by coconut milk, tuberose and gardenia combined with vanilla. By day, the fragrance is reminiscent of the scent of a tanned, sun-wet body: intensely sensual and seductive. Then, once night falls, it suggests a warm summer evening around a game table, in an elegant evening dress." A floriental.
Tea & Rock'n'Roll ~ "Between bowler hat and electric guitar, Tea & Rock'n'Roll is the fragrance of the modern-day dandy, both chic and crazy. The smoky aspect of bergamot mixed with maté reminds one of a cup of tea sipped on the return from a crazy evening: a real contrast between the legendary British tradition and the crazy extravagance of London parties." A green citrus; additional notes include lime, leather and tonka bean.
Voyages Imaginaires Azahar, La Couleur de la Nuit, L'Echappée Sauvage, Le Grand Jeu and Tea & Rock'n'Roll. are available now at Nose in France, €190 each for 75 ml Eau de Parfum.