Heure Exquise fragrance notes

    • Florentine Iris, Turkish Rose, Mysore Sandalwood, Vanilla

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Latest Reviews of Heure Exquise

Millais Painting of Ophelia, covered in flowers and drowning tragically-yet-gorgeously. Heure Exquisite is a sister of Chanel No 19, definitely shares the same DNA. They are similar, especially in the opening, but different enough to definitely warrant having both in your collection. This is deeper, softer, and less bracingly green than the Chanel No 19. A melancholic green chypre that has a timeless quality that is interesting but familiar, you know this type of pungent greenness.

It opening is a crack of lightening. Sharp and so green, and bitter galbanum-y that it is surprising. Soon, like the pull of gravity on prescription, it settles beautifully on the skin-it is relieved from it's opening. Hyacinth, rose and iris are playing quite a big role in the middle and finally a substance, a backbone, maybe from the oakmoss, that keeps it from being overly ethereal. Reminds me of a garden in the tropics in high humidity, strong with hint of flowers.
2nd June 2021
This has a filthy, disgusting musk in it. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.
25th March 2021

Well, Divinity has arrived in the building.
Everything else, previously called divine, is looking a bit faint and dusty.

Being not too much in the habit of idolising flowers in a perfume, let alone idolise a 'flowers-only' scent (I'm an overall 'woody oriental' worshipper), I am confused by the fact that this perfume compels me to "throw heaps of praise upon it"..

So I question myself:
Would I want to smell like a goddess?
Would I want to own the stature of an empress?
Would I want heads to bow in awe and recognition?

Do I bow for Heure Exquise?

(February 2012)
29th September 2020
After a brief aldehydic whiff the first main player enters the stage: Florentine iris. A gorgeous smooth iris; green with a characteristic aroma, and after the first hours exuding a pleasant powderiness. This is a powderiness with a touch gravitas and mature confidence, but is lacks any stuffiness on me.

The second main player arises soon after: a Turkish rose, quite bright, soft and never heavy, but is lacks the soul and character that is evident in the iris; this rose is a touch less deep and shows less texture.

The second half of the development builds on the initial components, but, after a brief appearance of a darker galbanum develops a sandalwood that is quite light and more in the background, but that contributes sufficient to the whole to be taken seriously. Most interesting is the vanilla that I detect during the last hours: a discrete restrainedly sweet vanilla, that, unlike most of its counterparts in other fragrances these days, is not pushing into the foreground or overwhelming the rest, but is skillfully interwoven with the other notes - this vanilla is the perfect team player and masterfully applied.

I get moderate sillage, excellent projection and nine hours of longevity on my skin.

This beautiful and rich scent for spring evenings demonstrates that one does no need a large amount of notes to create a great fragrance. That is, if the ingredients are if such superb quality as here, and the blending is as skillful as in this creation. Vraiement pour an heure exquise. 3.75/5.
7th December 2019
Garden flowers - armloads of purple blooms. An almost plastic, baby doll accord in the background. A new, doll smell. Must be the galbanum sidling up to the other notes of sandalwood, rose, and the purple flowers. Hints of dry, powdery, antique papers, and floral pollen. Iris, becomes rooty. Hiacynth, semi-pungent in character. Plastic note, still prevails. H E is exquisite - no doubt.

The house of Goutal surely knows how to create unusual floral scents. They all mesmerize, even if they don't always agree with me, or create a perfume-crush, in my heart...

Sandalwood increases in the background, with a slight burnt accord. A touch of vanilla, like a flavored brandy... I get a curry-like spice undertone from something here... The "plastic" note eventually fades. It becomes a mixed drink of iris and rose with a faint wood underneath. Lovely!
5th August 2019
As a lover of this House (My romance with AG first began in the early 1990s withthe ORIGINAL FORMULATION of Eau d”Hadrian; I also adore Rose Absolue, Grand Amour, as well as the Splendide line), I can say about Heure Exquise, NO. Just no. Powdery, stuffy, heavy, depressing. Will be gifting my 3.4 oz. brand new EDP bottle of this (agree it is somewhere between Chanel No.s 19 & 5, though there is something else very heavy in this AG scent), which I purchased based upon positive Fragrantica reviews. (Who are these people who love this scent?!?) Reminds me of some, cheap,dank smell that would be worn by an older, professional woman (a certain judge comes to mind whom I regularly see in court..) who may also wear Depends lol. AS a professional woman.. I vote serious thumbs down on Heure Exquise. If you're looking for something mature and powdery, I would say rather, try Benevolence by House of Sillage, which has more highly sophisticated bergamot top/mid and base notes. Think high-country equestrian woman (instead of pamper-y local public servant, which IMO is evoked by HE).
21st November 2018
Galbanum and Iris. Sandalwood rounds out the fragrance. Seems formal, evening wear type. Nice fragrance.
24th August 2017
Expectations abound with a name like this, referring back to Guerlain's classic L'Heure Bleue, but there is similarity only in the powdery softness of the overall effect, not in the composition.

Although it shares notes with those in Chanel No. 19, which I did not like at all, it handles them in a gentler way. The rose is softened by galbanum, as is the iris, both floating in an "old-fashioned" way above the sandalwood, musk and vanilla base.

Turin gave it four stars, calls it an "animalic iris," and notes the combination of galbanum and iris as its core effect.

A very pleasant, powdery floral, but not expecially interesting or outstanding to my nose.
22nd September 2015
Composed by Henri Sorsana and Annick Goutal this has the superb Iris treatment that I love in Nuit Etoilee (EDP only) Other reviewers find facets of other classic fragrances, Chanel No 19, Chamade, and No 88.... facets, perhaps of a brilliant exquisite diamond that is rose cut. It is the rose that blurs the comparisons between its arch rival, Chanel No 19 and neutralises the austere bitch persona that some find in 19. Because H Ex is aldehydic I am reminded of Y Yves St Laurent also and those who mourn the loss of Y might find solace in Heure Exquise. An oldie and a goodie! EDP all the way
16th April 2015
Genre: Floral

I wasn't sure what to make of Heure Exquise at first. It has quite a bit of the characteristic Goutal aldehydic floral bitterness in its top notes, but the resulting nose-tingling effect is tempered by a honeyed rose that quickly appears underneath it. Heure Exquise soon enters a sweet, dark rose-dominated phase that persists for a few hours. With time the honey accord grows bolder and takes on some of the animalic, urinous character it sometimes manifests at higher concentrations, but here, unlike say, Serge Lutens's Miel de Bois, an agreeable balance is maintained. Previous reviewers have mentioned iris in Heure Exquise, and it does figure in the blend, but I perceive Heure Exquise as primarily a rose scent.

As a dark rose Heure Exquise bears some comparison with Czech & Speake's No. 88, but the Goutal is a sweeter, softer, and more transparent composition, without No. 88's aggressive spices and bitter-edged woods. It nevertheless remains a palpably nocturnal scent, calling up images of warm, languorous, humid nights for me. I should note that Heure Exquise projects for miles, with persistent sillage, so don't wear a lot if you plan on being inconspicuous.
15th June 2014
I tried so hard to like this, but my initial response remains: I found the dry, powdery scent overwhelmingly sickly-sweet. If I were to sum it up in one word, I would say 'cloying'.

My normal preference for scent tends to the citrus/herbal, but I love Songes and Myrrhe Ardente, so the richer florals have their appeal. But not this one.
23rd May 2014
Carnal and sultryThe use of galbanum in Heure Exquise is outstanding. She's managed to compose a perfume that's absolutely sultry. The soft floral accord pierced and ravished by the galbanum.Rendering a perfume that would've aptly been named Carnal Orchard. Galbanum , in my experience , is mostly used detached whatever accord the perfumer has going in that perfume. Imagine a floral accord and the galbanum note in tandem but on different tangents. But in Heure Exquise the galbanum intertwines, harasses if you will, those shy spoken florals. I recently picked up a bottle of the EdP and have been mesmerized by the craftsmanship deployed in utilizing the galbanum to compose such an animalic scent.
16th August 2013