In my little cloud
- Aug 17, 2006
I've been wanting to stop in at the Hermes Boutique in Chicago for awhile, and it was getting more and more ridiculous that I hadn't yet done it. I'd been to Cartier, Neiman Marcus, Barney's, Nordstrom, Chanel, Watertower, and 900 North...
So I happened to have an extra hour or so when my plane arrived early on Friday, and took the CTA up to the Drake Hotel area to visit Hermes and Barney's. I arrived right when they opened wearing comfortable red-eye flight travel wear (nice sweats). Despite my apparel, I had to have a look. The Hermes fragrance specialist was having a day off, so I worked with Pamela, who doesn't usually work in the fragrance area, and was therefore refreshingly honest about her thoughts on the fragrances.
Jean-Claude Ellena is one of my favorite perfumers (right up there with Maurice Roucel, Mathilde Laurent, and Christine Nagel). I had high expectations. I got to explore most of the Hermessence line, as well as the new Eau de Marveilles Bleu, and the newer Neroli Dore.
Here are some impressions of what I tried:
Eau des Merveilles Bleu a more mineralic version of the original Eau des Merveilles. The aquatic, mineralic quality is reminiscent of Nagel's other beachy scent: Wood Sage Sea Salt, for Jo Malone. I enjoyed it a lot, although not enough to add it to my collection, given that I already have two of this line.
Eau de Neroli Dore a lemony, clean Neroli, seemingly indole-free. It's soft and watery on the skin with a yellow-gold, sunshiney quality.
Galop de Hermes a suede-leather rose with a very classy persona. Need to try on skin.
Osmanthe Yunnan a watercolor peach tea with a floral character. It was disappointingly transparent and ephemeral on the skin.
Muguet Porcelaine a sharp lily of the valley with a green tinge. Not my style, though true to the flower, from my perspective.
Brin de Reglisse a licorice/aniseseed concoction that was shockingly direct.
Vanille Galante a cold vanilla in the style of Eau Duelle, but of a different scent profile. I felt it focused more on the vanilla flower than the pod.
Vetiver Tonka a warm, smoky vetiver with a trace of sweetness. I wore it on my skin and enjoyed it a lot, although with a bronchial infection of some kind, I felt it irritated my asthma a bit. Will try it again when I'm well.
Currently Wearing: Mito Eau de Parfum by Vero Profumo