Eau d`Orange Verte by Jean-Claude Ellena for Hermès 2009


Post by Trésor


I am a self professed cologne hater, I hate colognes…or at least that’s what I like to tell myself. “I am HARDCORE” I say, convincing myself that the only potions I care to anoint myself with are those so dense with utter depth and debaucherous subversion that they practically have fangs. This is all, of course, an incredible delusion because the truth of the matter is that of all the fragrances I own it tends to be the bottles of eau de cologne that I find myself emptying first. I’ve had my fair share of undisclosed affairs with an eau de cologne, a splash of Eau Sauvage here and a another of Eau de Coq there but there is one I return to each and every time: Eau d’Orange Verte from Hermès. A true study in how a fragrance can be so much more than just the sum of its parts.

Eau d`Orange Verte by Jean-Claude Ellena for Hermès 2009

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Amalfi lemon, orange, mandarin, cassis, mint, patchouli, oakmoss

Eau d’Orange Verte opens with the most extraordinarily effulgent lightshow of photorealistic orange, so vivid in its juicy titian hue that you are left with the visceral impression of smelling a orange that has just been cut in half. I find this to be at the same time both inimitably refreshing and also a gentle act of hypnotism, leaving you entranced and transported into a dimension of glorious and gleaming sunbeams. It’s a powerful experience, mores than in any eau de cologne I have experienced.

There is an assertiveness and charisma in how Eau d’Orange Verte takes charge of your senses in its incipience but also a confident and effortless elegance. You wouldn’t imagine an orange to be the most particularly sexy note, but there is something I find so terribly seductive about this interplay of power and geniality. As the verdancy of the orange begins to diffuse the composition draws itself closer to the skin and the incredible sparkling radiance of the opening becomes a gleaming aurora of mandarin inflected with a delicate whisper velvet jasmine petals, not petals of a present reality but the tendrils of aroma encapsulated within a precious memory; blurry and fleeting but deeply beautiful.

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The dry down of Eau d’Orange Verte is one of silken emerald moss and the most graceful kiss of delicate patchouli, a chypre hologram; the traditional density stripped away but the spirit remaining in breathtaking entirety. It’s shortly after this that Eau d’Orange Verte finally fades into nothing and you are left with but a beloved recollection of the time you’d spent together.

The longevity on Eau d’Orange Verte is rather short. This time of year, when it is still rather cold where I reside I can get about 30 minutes though in the sweltering heat of the summertime an hour or two is not unheard of. The projection is very delicate as well, a treat for yourself and those you draw incredibly close. I urge you to give this precious little potion a whirl if you are looking to experience a proper, incredibly refined eau de cologne or just so happen to be in need of a little sunshine.

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Now tell me, what are your favourite eau de colognes?

Until next time, kittens.
Trésor xx

9 thoughts on “Eau d`Orange Verte by Jean-Claude Ellena for Hermès 2009

  1. Hey there Tresor,
    I have always liked Eau d’Orange Verte very much but it never gets purchased because my Cologne style fragrance section is larger than usage requires already.
    I think next time I have an empty cologne that I might make it the replacement….. You are a temptress and a half
    Portia xx


    • Despite being well loved in the community, I also find it’s one which is quite easily looked over in lieu of other things. Though it truly is the one I always find myself coming back, time and time again. If you choose to add it to your collection please let me know your impressions, I would love to hear!

      Muahaha! Temptress? I like that, I simply cant can’t help myself!


  2. a beautiful description of a classic fragrance. it’s addictive. it’s a fragrance i have tried to harness by endless layering and it still seems to be a guest who just stay so long and then leaves without touching the biscuits.

    but i love it.

    Eau de Guerlain, d’Orange Verte, and Eau de Coq. in that order. 😉

    merci Tresor!


    • Thank you so much! It really is addictive, isn’t it? I often find myself carrying the bottle around in my bag in order to reapply over and over. I have done the same! Layers and layers but they somehow only serve to dilute the beauty that lays within the radiant opening. Even the Concentree variant loses some of its magic in exchange for some density and longevity.

      Three brilliant choices! I expect no less. 🙂


  3. Trésor, I happen to love orange as a scent, and your description of this cologne makes me want to rush out and try it immediately. 🙂 Everyone needs a little sunshine, especially since the weather in NYC has been dismal! Wonderful review.


    • Thank you, Ascetic Libertine! It’s been one of the most joyous parts of a very long winter where I am from, I hope it can bring the same joy to you as well!


  4. I enjoyed this article. Great writing!

    I need to try Eau d’Orange Verte, as I love orange as a note. The blue-green bottle is beautiful, too. A cologne I really like is Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise, just as it is and not layered with anything.


  5. Hey Tresor. Great article.

    Like you Eau d’Orange Verte is one of my favourites, and your description of it just makes me like it more. About the only EdC is like more is Concentre d’Orange Verte.

    Among other EdCs I really like are Guerlain 68, Chanel Exclusifs and Acqua di Biella No. 1. There are so many iconic fragrances in this category that it is really almost impossible to list all the ones I love.


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