Reaching for the Brillo Pads – Annick Goutal Mon Parfum Chérie par Camille Perfume Review

BrilloMon Parfum Chérie par Camille is the latest fragrance release from the luxury french perfume house Annick Goutal. I’ve tried a few of the Goutal scents over the years and whilst I find most of them to be high quality, I am yet to discover the one that gives me the warm and fuzzies and as you can probably tell by the title of this post, Mon Parfum Chérie par Camille fails to impress.

The story behind Mon Parfum Chérie par Camille is as follows:

“As Annick Goutal dedicated the Petite Chérie perfume to her daughter, now it is Camille’s turn to honour the eternal beauty of her mother. It all started with a unique present preciously stored away in their office : a small concrete that the author Colette gave to Annick Goutal. A woody, timeless fragrance that has survived decades with no signs of aging. Camille, obsessed with this unusual fragrance, was drawu back to her childhood memories of Hollywood’s wartime movies. Tempting satin. Delicate lace. Actresses and their gloved hands and ruby lips. And a memory of her mother dressing for an evening out…

A name to remember her by, Mon Parfum Chérie, Par Camille.” [1]

The Notes

Top: Plum and Powdery Notes
Heart: Iris, Violet and Spicy Notes
Base: Patchouli and Heliotropine [2]

How Does it Smell?

Patchouli, patchouli and more patchouli! Thankfully it’s the dirty, dusty, good kind of patchouli that most fragrance houses shy away from, but all the same there is a LOT of patchouli! Don’t get me wrong, I like patchouli, it smells great when it interplays with other notes within a fragrance but on it’s own it smells too harsh, dirty and dusty.

I had hoped that the plum would appear in all it’s juicy glory and counteract the dry harshness of the patchouli but it’s nowhere to be seen. The patchouli takes the role of a vicious dictator from which all of the other notes cower in fear.

After a few hours of headache inducing patchouli and a huge amount of temptation to reach for the nearest Brillo Pad and scrub the godforsaken thing off, Mon Parfum Chérie par Camille softens and touches of powdery iris start to shine through but the patchouli never really relents.

It’s a shame really, I wanted to like Mon Parfum Chérie par Camille, the story behind its creation is cute and the notes did sound right up my street, but unfortunately it turned out to be an epic fail. I like to think that there is a nice perfume hiding deep down under all of that patchouli, but I didn’t stick around to find out, I opted for the Brillo Pad.


Mon Parfum Chérie is available in 50ml and 100ml Eau de Toilette and 100ml Eau de Parfum. Prices range from £61-£80.


This review is based on a sample of Mon Parfum Chéri par Camille Eau de Toilette provided by



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17 thoughts on “Reaching for the Brillo Pads – Annick Goutal Mon Parfum Chérie par Camille Perfume Review

    • I kept thinking “There must be SOMETHING in here other than the gargantuan patchouli”, but no, there isn’t and it gave me a headache and the whole experience left me feeling rather grumpy.

      The old school packaging is awesome isn’t it? I love all of that retro design!

  1. Shame about that, but it definitely sounds like too much of a good thing. Patchouli is not a note I associate with the AG range, thinking about it. Maybe they were trying to make up for their earlier underusage by bunging a shedload into this one. : – )

    And then of course there are other scents that actually smell *like” Brillo pads – or rather which have something of their texture. Sadly for me, that includes a few Tauers.

    • It is a shame and I have no idea what they were thinking with this one, perhaps they only put in the patch and hoped nobody would notice?

      The texture of Brillo pads sets my teeth on edge but I do know what you mean, which Tauers have the Brillo pad effect?

      • Une Rose Chypre and Incense Rose in particular, but also Lonestar Memories I think. Those three mainly. I am not sure if I have tried Une Rose Vermeille, but wouldn’t be too hopeful based on the other two rose ones.

        Additionally, both Zeta and Carillon pour un Ange are not fuzzy wire woolish as such, but my nose does read them as metallic, as though the linden and lily notes (respectively) had been *galvanised*. Andy Tauer seems to be generally on a metal kick, as far as I can tell.

      • Lonestar Memories has got all sorts of odd stuff going on so I definitely know where you’re coming from there.

        Une Rose Vermeille is AMAZING, I’m in love with it, it’s a big, sweet, creamy gourmand rose. Unfortunately for me I seem to be hideously allergic to all things Tauer. Just my luck.

  2. Tried this on a spray card about 2 weeks ago – man is this shit potent. It has that ultra metallic, harsh as fuck dry down which gives me a Secretions vibe. This is a beast alright but not one I’ll ever be buying!

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  6. Can you find out about an older discontinued french sounding perfume that had the looked like a shimmery liquid from either the 1960’s or 1970’s, may be older. My Mom and i are having a very tough time trying to find it. It was bought at Department stores like May Co. and Robinson’s May. Thank you!

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  8. I had a completey different experience with it. Skin chemistry is not a myth: I went for the patchouli, but after I spritzed it on myself I suddenly found myself trapped inside a giant dark fleshy and moist plum. Plum, plum, plum everywhere. And alcohol, like a liqueur. Obviously derivated from plum. Mon Parfum Chéri Par Camille on me is a sour plum drink and the combo with patchouli conjures up the image of booze spilled on an old wood tavern table full of scratches and scribbles whom texture is imbued with ages and ages of spilled wine and alcoholic drinks. But I must admit I enjoyed the fragrance. Not on my skin, but through the pleasantly whiffs spreading from the paper cup where the fragrance has been tested before. There, the patchouli was more prominent, even though balanced and not overwhelming at all. It reminded me of something I smelled long long time ago, maybe the very first Magie Noire.

      • To answer you, I do think it’s worth a second try 🙂 I actually can’t say yet if I am really in love with this perfume, but there is something in it that attracts me more and more every time I smell it. Certainly, I like MPCPC. I find it operates a sort of subdued but powerful kind of olfactive seduction. Maybe I should try to spritz it on the clothes and not on my skin, because I noticed my skin exhalt the plum note a bit too much for my tastes, and, in my opinion, the patchouli plum combination stays better in balance on a neutral surface. This said, I do think it has a beautiful retro vibe.

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