Caleche Parfum + EdT by Guy Robert for Hermes 1961

Hello Fumie Family,

Recently there was a sale down in South Australia. Early 21st century Caleche Parfum by Hermes refills for a staggering $10, in their cellophane! OMG! So the excitement here was quite expected. I know I should have bought a few but I only got my friend Susan to grab me one and for Dinner on Friday night I decided it was the perfect accompaniment.

Caleche Parfum + EdT by Guy Robert for Hermes 1961

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Aldehydes, lemon, bergamot, cypress, orange blossom, neroli, mandarin
Heart: Iris, gardenia, ylang ylang, rose, lily of the valley, jasmine
Base: Sandalwood, tonka bean, musk, amber, oakmoss, cedar, vetiver

Caleche EdT by Hermes

This is one of the bottles that I was given by Michael Edwards. Kept perfectly and the fizzy citrus and white flower open is devastatingly beautiful. Sheerer and a touch more green than I remember but so fragrant and rich. The buzzing, metallic overtones of aldehydes that lighten and throw the citrus is breathtaking and I swoon.

This is opulence, the feeling of running your hand over very expensive leather and silk brocades. When the flowers fully arrive they are a bouquet, it takes a much better nose than mine to pick them and I think the oakmoss lays a smoothing veil over all. Later, the shiny patina of the resins and smooth undercurrent of woods comes in but they are soft and furry to fade.

Caleche Hermes SabyaSachi_Mukherji brocade_sari WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Caleche Parfum by Hermes (Vint-ish)

Now imagine the above twice as intoxicating. Thicker, richer and treacle thick that is more diffusive to open, in fact one tiny little spritz fills the room with fragrance instantly, and wears more animalic and honeyed (though honey is not a note listed). Caleche Parfum has 100% more growl, is way less bright and glittery, creates a warmer and more intense ambiance and is in every way more luxurious. Though I think my EdT may be older than the Parfum there is a burnished depth in the Parfum that makes me feel ultra sensual. Like looking into those incredibly glossed parquet floors made of 10 different woods, loads of light and shade but over all an extremely beautiful whole fragrance.

Caleche Hermes Elizabeth1_Phoenix WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Lasting power is excellent too, having worn the Parfum to dinner Friday I spritzed at 6pm and was still deliciously fragrant at 1am when I got to bed. So much so that I curled up against my forearm and fell into blissful sleep almost immediately.

Caleche is definitely a brocade fabric, full of life, glitter, colour and movement. It shimmers and glistens like canary diamonds under LED lights. All the notes come together in a beautiful, sparkling fizz of a fragrance that is like champagne cocktails at brunch.

Pool-side Mimosas at The Standard HotelPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Further reading: The Black Narcissus says it all perfectly, better ever than I could.
FragranceNet has $89/50ml EdT (old packaging) before Coupon
Surrender To Chance has samples EdT $3/ml Parfum $7/.5ml

Are you a fan? Is Caleche something you like? Maybe your family has a Caleche wearer?
I’d love to read your Caleche stories too, leave them below in the comments.

Portia xx


4 thoughts on “Caleche Parfum + EdT by Guy Robert for Hermes 1961

  1. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog. The APJ posts are a daily inspiration for me and a sensual escape from the every day. I found you via Bois De Jasmin and I think I found that site via Chandler Burr’s excellent book. Caleche. Hmmm, I get all dreamy just thinking of that fragrance. I first started wearing it in my mid twenties, following on from Diorella. I smelt it on someone else and demanded to know what it was. Shortly thereafter Caleche was mine, though only in EDT form.(I am a sad scent collector: at eighteen I had 22 scents on the go, including Chamade, Parure and Cabochard, and Ambush!) Wearing Caleche always left me feeling poised, self-assured and taller. Probably a dress size smaller too. Caleche loved me too: I frequently received compliments about it. Maybe it was the citrus, or the flowers, or the woods, but it was present not overpowering, a classy act all around. The other Hermes wonder I seek when temperatures soar is Orange Verte. Both fragrances elicit such an immediate response from me I can’t help but wonder if I smelt them in my childhood. Lucky me: Hermes now has a Melbourne store, if save I might again wear Caleche.


    • YAY!! I am so glad you found us Bernadette Winfield-Gray, welcome to the APJ family. Keep your eyes peeled, there are bargains to be had online too.
      Portia xx


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