Kelly Calèche by Jean-Claude Ellena for Hermès 2007


Post by Anne-Marie


On Kelly Calèche, and how to deal with change……..

Recently as I’ve considered what fragrances to review, my mind keeps turning to Hermès Kelly Calèche. I’ve rediscovered this fragrance after years of finding it merely pleasant at best, and for the moment it’s the closest thing I have to a signature scent. However, the dashing review Portia gave Kelly Calèche a while ago on APJ really can’t be beaten.

I’ve realised that my mini-obsession with Kelly Calèche is because it represents a shift in taste for me. So, today I thought I’d ponder awhile on how it feels when you own enough perfume to scent a small town, but reach for just the one same bottle over and over again.

Kelly Calèche by Hermès 2007

Kelly Calèche by Jean-Claude Ellena

Kelly Caleche Hermes FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

First, here’s a quick reminder of the notes in Kelly Calèche EdT,

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: grapefruit, narcisuss, lily of the valley
Heart: mimosa, rose, tuberose
Base: leather, iris

The airy clarity of the fragrance is a hallmark of its creator, Jean-Claude Ellena. He has produced many works in this style, but Kelly Calèche happens to be one I especially like. What I can’t seem to deal with are dense, sweet fragrances which feel like they are gripping my skin like a tight glove. Kelly Calèche is not a gripping glove, it’s a veil.

Kelly Caleche Hermes Chinese dancing veils WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

As a chypre lover from way back, I’ve never cared for really sweet fragrances and own very few gourmands. But nowadays I can’t wear even mildly sweet fragrances. My prized bottles of L’Ambre des Merveilles (which normally I adore) and Bottega Veneta are neglected. Calvin Klein’s Obsession – the only oriental I really love – is also languishing unattended. It’s not especially sweet, just too dense. Lancôme’s Cuir de Lancôme– a masterpiece! – annoyed me all yesterday by sticking to my skin and not letting me breathe.

It’s the feeling that I’m being stifled and can’t quite breathe – that’s what I can’t tolerate. I need fragrances with lots of space between the notes. The nice thing about Kelly Calèche is that it has good longevity as well as airiness. It’s still too cold where I live for me to get out the summer colognes, but goodness I’m looking forward to that moment!

Kelly Caleche HermesPhoto Stolen Hermès

Further reading: Olfactoria’s Travels and Bois de Jasmin
Kelly Calèche is available from all Hermès stores
FragranceNet has $112/100ml before Coupon
Surrender To Chance has EdP samples starting at $3/ml

So what about you? Do you know the feeling when you find yourself needing just one style of fragrance, and rejecting the rest? Do you try and resist, or do you just swing with it? How long does it last?

A side note: soon I’m off to Paris (!!!) for a week, and when this post is published I’ll likely be about to step on a plane. I’ll be replying to comments but do forgive me if I’m a bit tardy.
When I’m back I’ll have Parisian adventures to share. In the meantime, keep spritzing!
Anne-Marie xx

10 thoughts on “Kelly Calèche by Jean-Claude Ellena for Hermès 2007

  1. Oh yes this piece really struck a chord with me! I spent a couple of decades being completely dismayed by the new fangled light and airy, and fruity and acquatic…and just didn’t get things like the Hermessences. But after I discovered the online perfume community and started sampling, collecting, learning, a new world opened up. I think that some of these styles are just sublime now. Ellena’s last one for Hermes, the Cuir d Ange is just amazing to my nose now!


    • It goes to show how important an open mind is! If you grew up as I did in on strong perfumes, light and airy can seem unimpressive. I love Cuir d’Ange too.


  2. Have a fab trip, Anne-Marie!

    Kelly Caleche is fab, I have the EDT and wore it this week. I seem to be wearing light leathers (this, and Cuir d’Ange) and airy smokey tea fragrances at the moment. And teas with leather, such as Russian Tea. I’ve already identified it as a ‘phase’. 🙂 no idea how long it may last but I’m loving it in the meantime.

    xx Tina G


  3. Yes, it may be a phase, so splashing money around may be a bad idea. But hey, that’s where samples and splits come in! I’ll sample Tea for Two while I’m away. Once I dismissed it; now it might be just the thing!


  4. I love strong fragrances now in the last couple years discovered oud and leather. Ten years ago I wouldn’t have even tried them, always experiment I say. Good post Anne Marie from Anna Maria!


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