Eau d’Hadrien is one of the first fragrance launches from Annick Goutal and over thirty years and thirty fragrances later it is still a best seller.
Eau Hadrien is is a light cologne with a lemony exterior. I am a fan of a cologne so it is no surprise that I enjoy this fragrance. Eau d’Hadrien does not remind me of the Mediterranean, or a citrus grove in Sciliy or freshly cut lemons. No, Eau d’Hadrien reminds me of lemony centre of a lemon meringue pie. Not the one from your local supermarket which is sweet and creamy – the one my sister use to make for her home economics class (remember them?!) and became a family treasure.
It is tart and slightly under sugared so you really over stimulate the taste buds on the sides of the tongue. The meringue and pastry layers were very thin in comparison to the lemony centre so it was a bold lemon mouthful in every bite. If you love a lemon fragrance, Eau d’Hadrien is for you. It does not have the best longevity of silage on me, but it’s a cracker for warmer weather.
This is also my alternative to smelling salts. Whatever the reason for my nausea a gentle spritz of Eau d’Hadrien seems to re-calibrate my senses and calm my stomach. It is not the prettiest or woodiest cologne but if a sniff of lemon will get you through the day – Eau d’Hadrien is a must for your fragrance collection.
Annick Goutal is available from House of Fraser and other authorised stockists and prices start from £67