Hermes, Hermes, Hermes Reviews

Hey Hey Junkies,

Hermes, Hermes, Hermes; even the name sounds exquisite. Doesn’t it. Images of saddlery, silk, leather, shoes, clothing, bags.

Logo Stolen from madisonmuse

I had an Hermes tie once. It was lovely. Pale blue background, horses (not the proud stallions, no, these were the 14 hand 8 year old gelds of domestic pony clubbers) being ridden by very ordinary young men dressed in cream shirts and beige or fawn moleskins, some daringly sporting braces in red. this is my memory of the tie and if I could remember who I lent it to they could probably vouch for it’s accuracy, these ties were made to last. A friend also gifted me the Hermes box that a queen sized cashmere rug had traveled home in. It was placed around the apartment, and then house, like a piece of art, till it was destroyed in a minor domestic accident that had me hyperventilating and palpitating and everyone else trying not to laugh.

A couple of weeks ago I wandered into Sydney’s Hermes store to grab a squirt of their fragrances. I looked like a complete bogan, worn out jeans, holy jumper, thongs. Every piece that was visible had once been a designer piece that has lasted me years and though I look like a tramp, these clothes are so part of me I am finding it hard to let them go. there was a blond, buff, sparkly toothed vision smiling at me as the door was opened, looking for all the world like Hermes the messenger of the Gods had had his golden locks shorn and coiffed. It was astounding. His welcome was as warm as if I’d walked in wearing an Hermes suit he had personally sold to me.

Photo Stolen from giantbomb

I asked to see the fragrances. “Mens or womens?” he asked casually.
“Do you think they care who wears them?” me. There was no wide eyed surprise just a moment to distill and a bigger smile, “What would you like to try?”
“Herm Essence,” I reply in Australian. He touches my arm to get my attention and says softly in the correct tones, “Our Hermessence range is great, you’ll love it,” and opens a drawer with testers. It was done so nicely and without fanfare. I am grateful to him and will purchase on Saturday, as a Thank You.

Recent arrivals in my Mail Box included 3 Hermes 15ml mini bottles from Olfactoria’s Travels wardrobe cleanout. They are all so different and wearable. I am enjoying them all.

Kelly Caleche EdT 2007 Jean-Claude Ellena. This is a surprising leather that smells on my skin like the leather, glue, colours and stitchery inside the back of brand new high heels, never worn, straight from box and tissue paper. The flowers and fruits big moment are all over for me so quickly, around 15 minutes, and then play such a light backing track to this almost patent leather smell. Kelly Caleche has been worn on my chest for the last 2 days and I have enjoyed it immensely.


Hermessence Vanille Galante EdT 2009 Jean-Claude Ellena. Vanille Galante has a sharp, dark, almost camphorous, awkward and riveting scorched pot-pouri beginning that burns the hairs out of my nostrils. As it mellows down to a softer tone the vanilla peeks out, then hides, then peeks out again in an interesting waltz with the flowers and woods. Maybe I smell cognac wafting from somewhere, like I’ve left a balloon on a table near the fire, or maybe the perfumers notes mislead me but now it’s in my head I can almost taste it. Sadly, while I have enjoyed wearing Hermessence Vanille Galante, this will probably never reach any kind of high rotation because other Vanillas in my library live better for me.

Les Colognes Hermes Eau de Gentiane Blanche EdC 2009 Jean-Claude Ellena. This smells of ivy, fresh cut hedges on gardener days and humus, the flowers and incense are cool and stark the most bare, green, haughty and aloof you can imagine. This is a bracing spring splash in a salt water pool, that OOH as you go in but as your body adjusts and acclimatises to the water it becomes comfortable, deliciously refreshing. There is a warmth in this fragrance that filters in as your skin mellows and softens it. Les Colognes Hermes Eau de Gentiane Blanche is my favourite of the 3, I will wear this frequently.

Here is Hermes World Home Page that can direct you to any of their country websites. FragranceShop has some great deals on Hermes fragrances.

Do you have a favourite Hermes fragrance or a story of your introduction to the Hermes brand? Please share with us, often the comments are more interesting than my posts and I love reading your fragrant thoughts. Currently I am torn between Santal Massoïa or Jardin en Méditerranée as my Thank You buy for that sweet Hermes God working in the Sydney Store. HELP!

Much love,

Portia xx

19 comments on “Hermes, Hermes, Hermes Reviews

  1. Olfactoria says:

    Glad to hear you like them! 🙂
    Since you asked… I’d go for Santal Massoia, as it is great year-round. And isn’t that greige bottle terribly elegant? 😉

  2. Mark says:

    Hi Portia, Great reviews.
    When torn between two options, I always say choose both!
    When you go back, try the Rocobar – a really smooth ambery scent and the bottle comes wrapped in a piece of saddle blanket that is a nice treat. You can see it in this pic here… http://www.hotcosmetics.com.au/images/1111m.jpg

    I also really like Parfum des Merveilles which is a must to try.

    Tell us more about the vanillas in your collection! It would make an interesting post as I believe that when it comes to vanilla frags, punters either love them or loath them.

    • Rocobar sounds good. Parfum des Merveilles is lovely, I was going to buy but something else ended up in my collection. A retest is in order.
      Maybe an Amber post would be good. I’ll go through and see,
      Thanks Mark, you’ve got me thinking.
      Portia xx

  3. Hermes has been kind to me over the years with Terre d’Hermes and Voyage d’Hermes being some of my favorites. But my all time favorite has been Bel Ami. It’s an old school man’s man powerhouse created in the 80s. Easily one of the scents that I have found with the greatest sillage and longevity overall. I’m presently out, but through the years I think I’ve managed to polish off 4 bottles!

    • 4 bottles! I have 4 perfumes that have reached 4 bottles. JAZZ, JPG, Shalimar, Givenchy Gentlemen. It is a sure fire sign they work for you.
      Thanks for coming by.
      My last ex is a Terre d’Hermes guy. Good smell.
      Portia xx

  4. Kelly Caleche is a wonderful leather. You might like Vanille Galante if you think of it as Lys Galant: the burning sensation you describe feels just like smelling a tiger lilly up close.

  5. Undina says:

    I have a story about Hermes in my life but I’m writing it for my blog so sorry, you’ll have to read it there when the time comes 😉

    But I have an opinion on what you should buy. Santal Massoia. Why? Because boutique is the only place where you can predictably get this perfume (unless you want to hunt eBay or try to do a swap) so, most likely, to get it you’ll have to pay a full price anyway. At the same time, Jardin en Méditerranée can be bought much cheaper online (plus there you can almost always find additional codes for %% off), even if you were to add shipping costs. Also, I don’t know if it works the same way in all Hermes boutique, but in “my” when you buy a bottle of Hermessense you can get a couple of 4 ml samples of other Hermessence scents which might be a great way to try others that you liked or for the future swaps.

    My favorite perfumes from that line are Vetiver Tonka, Brin de Réglisse and Rose Ikebana.

  6. killerrabbit says:

    I am not a Hermes expert as I haven’t done a sniff of any of the ones that you mention but I do love Sur de Nil. I have a large decant and the smell of green mango is so accurate,and beautiful and it never gets too perfumy on a hot tropical Brisbane day. Smelling the Jardins led to me starting on my perfume journey as I never knew that interpretations of a garden could be so interesting.

    • I can imagine you walking around GOMA wearing some lovely garden scent in Summer.
      MMMM Green Mango. Any Mango.
      There is SO much choice of perfume, even in Hermes. Sometimes it’s a little overwhelming.
      Portia xx

  7. filmoyster says:

    Hermes Elixir des Merveilles is my signature scent! I LOVE this and find that I am mostly enjoying Hermes fragrances so far in my recent discovery of perfumes! I think it is more suitable for winter however.

    • Interesting FilmOyster,
      I would not have put Elixir des Marvielles in the winter basket. I think I have to go back and retry. Thanks for the tip.
      I also love the Hermes range of fragrances, there are a few FB’s in my collection.
      Portia xx

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