Eau des Merveilles by Ralf Schwieger and Nathalie Feisthauer for Hermès 2004


Post by ElizaD


Holiday Greetings from the Emerald Valley! Here in Eugene, Oregon we have had the most extraordinary weather: it was sunny and bracingly cold, and then it started to snow. Snow in this valley is rare. When the weather gets like this, I always turn to one perfume, which I am wearing today. In fact, it will probably remain my scent of choice through Christmas. And here’s why.

Eau des Merveilles by Hermès 2004

Ralf Schwieger and Nathalie Feisthauer

Eau des Merveilles Hermes FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Orange, lemon, elemi
Heart: Amber, pink pepper, violet, pepper
Base: Fir, oakmoss, cedar, vetiver

Eau des Merveilles reminds me of fir trees, rum toddies and those chocolate oranges you can only find around here during the holidays. You know the kind–their yumminess is enjoyed by smacking the foil package against a table and eating the “sections”. The tradition in our family is to receive one in our stocking from “Santa”, and to enjoy it a bit at a time.

 SONY DSCPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Eau des Merveilles opens with that amazing squirt of orange, which never fades throughout the wearing, it just gets warmer and saltier, like the smell of someone who has just come inside after playing outside in the cold. After a half hour or so, the wood notes start to appear, and while I often find wood notes to be screeching, they are again softened, this time by the oakmoss. To me the vetiver and violet are barely detectable, but perhaps they are what also give Eau des Merveilles its saltiness. I am just beginning to learn how different notes play off each other to make another completely different smell. There has been some discussion about whether this fragrance contains ambergris, a waxy substance produced inside of sperm whales as a response to irritants in their digestive tract, and as precious as pearls, but since I have never smelled ambergris, I couldn’t say. With or without it, I love this perfume for its veritable lack of flowers: the salt highlights the sweetness of the other notes the way a few grains sprinkled on an orange bring out its juicy sparkle.

Eau des Merveilles Hermes Snowy_Mountains WikiMediaPhoto Stolen WikiMedia

The whole package conspires to transport me into the snowy mountains, where I have spent many happy hours cross country skiing through the glistening snow amongst the same evergreens that are used in this perfume.

Eau des Merveilles has decent sillage and longevity and fades away to soft woods and amber after a few hours. I find that this scent is best enjoyed when I wear it on the back of my neck or behind my knees–I am able to wear many fragrances this way, even though I work in a public office where strong fragrances are not always welcomed. And until the weather warms and it starts to rain and the holiday festivities are over, I’ll be sprinkled with drops of marvelous water.


Eau des Merveilles Hermes Alex FlickrPhoto Stolen Alex  Flickr

Further reading: Olfactoria’s Travels and The Non-Blonde
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My Perfume Samples start at $3/ml

Have you tried and did you like Eau des Merveilles or is it something that doesn’t interest you?

ElizaD xx

14 thoughts on “Eau des Merveilles by Ralf Schwieger and Nathalie Feisthauer for Hermès 2004

  1. Hey there ElizaD,
    You have tempted me to have an opening ceremony here. I have had a bottle of Eau des Marveilles sitting here for years and I think I’ll open it on the weekend. You have pushed me over the edge.
    Portia xx


  2. Hi ElizaD,
    EdM has been my holiday scent since it launched! (And occasionally at other times of the year, when I want a little cheer!) I was just looking at it on the shelf yesterday, thinking about changing from my December scent Fille en Aiguilles. Recently, I read about 8 88 by Comme Des Garçons. Just ordered a small bottle sight unsniffed.
    In sympatico with your charming post, I’ll be spritzing EdM today!
    Happy Holidays, Jackie


  3. Hi Eliza D,
    I just devoured one of those darned chocolate oranges by myself (almost). Since EdM reminds you of those candies maybe I should try spraying on my treat instead of eating it.
    Happy Holidays from your WA neighbor!
    Azar xx


  4. Hi ElizaD,

    Just received the small delightful bottle of 8 88. It’s a charming fragrance, perhaps in a similar territory to EdM. It’s softer on the skin with a pleasant sweetness. The fragrance is warming as it evolves on my skin. Sniffing directly from the bottle, I can smell the spicy elements more immediately. They seem to be developing slowly with time on the skin. Nice!

    Let me know if you try it. Would love to hear your thoughts.

    Happy Happy Holidays,


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