Perfumer Liz Moores:
Hera is the perfume that I created for my eldest daughter to wear on her wedding day. Originally intended to be only for her exclusive use, my daughter Jasmine insisted that she would love to share Hera with the rest of the world.
It is a perfume that I am inordinately proud of, especially as I was able to include some of mine and my daughter's favourite perfume materials, and because of the sentiment attached to the creation.
Hera captures that classic, vintage feel in a completely new way. On the day of my wedding, gold was a big feature; every detail had to be gold! Hera is a ‘gold’ perfume for me. Wearing it is like wearing a halo of warm light. I was married in the Autumn and I see Hera as a blaze of glowing autumn colours, but with the lingering flush of summer flowers still being lifted on the wind.
Hera fragrance notes
- Jasmine, Orange blossom, Ambrette, Rose de Mai, Turkish rose, Orris, Narcissus, Ylang, Heliotrope, Clary sage, Bergamot, Vanilla, Labdanum, Musk
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Latest Reviews of Hera
The great big slug of narcissus certainly helps. I seem to recall Luca Turin referring to the flower as a perfume in it's own right, and here it takes centre stage in all its rich green splendour.
With regards to the other notes however, I highly agree with the review calling this a shape shifter- sometimes the powderiness and rooty iris feel dominant, but other times it's more about the lush jasmine and ylang. I don't find it similar to Dryad at all, perhaps because I'm especially sensitive to the bitterness of galbanum, which is thankfully absent here. Dryad feels murky and austere reserved to me while this is fizzy and bright.
Shame about the price, but I'm increasingly thinking I may have to just not buy any more perfumes until I can afford to splurge on this.
Jasmine and Iris. That’s my first review. Though there’s a lot more than that going on. I get a vintage Gres Cabochard hidden in the heart, with a wisp of cigarette smoke like the old greats used to have.
People smell dryad in the base but I get something warmer with more resins.
This is lovely.
Hera is uncompromising feminine power. Self -sustained. Full within herself. It makes sense to not only name this perfume after an otherworldly being, but also a matriarch. If we take this wedding gift as a message to a beloved daughter, it is that she go into this union empowered in her role as wife and potentially mother. Not as some soft, compliant appendage.