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Fragrance Joy: Jour d’Hermès

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I don’t think I’ve ever found an Hermès fragrance that I didn’t like – for me, they have a special, lingering quality that I remember for years to come. I once spent over an hour sniffing different versions in an airport duty free, somewhere far-flung (Dubai, perhaps?), to try and work out exactly which perfume it was that I had smelt upon the makeup artist. Stupidly, I had failed to write down the exact name and I was almost frenzied in my attempts to possess it! (I never did find out, it’s totally different smelling something on a person and then sniffing your way through a dozen glass bottles as an air conditioning unit freezes your brain.)

Here’s one that won’t escape me, though: Jour d’Hermès, the latest fragrance to be waved from Jean-Claude Ellena’s magic wand. (If that sounds rude, it isn’t meant to be. *Sniggers*) It’s very feminine, very floral. I mean, floral. Brides are going to go crazy for this perfume. It’s got this warm, sexy undertone that gives the whole affair a little bit of weight so that it’s not flimsy and faint. I like it. I like some of Hermès’ darker, deeper scents a little more, but Jour d’Hermès is perfect for taking us happily into springtime. (Hurry up, spring.)

Elegant bottle (created by Pierre Hardy), lots of light, sparkling floral and an underlying hint of orange blossom. This perfume is a woman in a floaty white chiffon dress, pruning her roses in the sun whilst listening to – I don’t know –  Nirvana on her iPod. I suppose what I mean by that is this: it’s a classic, pretty floral but it has just the slightest suggestion of something naughtier. The very slightest suggestion. It’s the garter beneath the wedding dress, the vanilla ice-cream with hidden chocolate chunks.

What an earth am I going on about?

Go and try this out and report back to me in the comments, please, if you fancy. Jour d’Hermès starts at £47.50 and is exclusive to Harrods until the 25th February 2013.

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  1. I love the bottle. Almost looks like fancy olive oil, I mean that as a compliment :) my mum uses Hermes perfumes and I always spritz some on when I visit. The longevity is amazing. Mxox

  2. Which are your favourite darker Hermes? As its Hermes i’m still going to try this floral.

  3. I love this Hermes perfume of mine called Eau des Merveillies (probably spelt it wrong!). I remember my german friend wore it and it smelt amazing on her, so chic, so deep and woody, and just so elegant. I now have the bottle (50mls) for about a year and I can’t ever imagine not liking that scent, or even get bored of it. I find that their quality is also very high, I have the EDT version of that perfume and it just last, and last, and last ALL day. At the end of the evening I can still catch a lingering scent from my pulse points. I usually switch between two perfumes, this Hermes one and the Chance my Chandel (Eau Tendre), so when I’m in a more floral mood I’d go for Chanel, and when I’m in the mood for something deeper, I’d go for my Hermes one :) LOL, sorry to ramble on!
    Btw, I remember you talking about the Diptyque scent called Philosykos and OMG the fig scent is amazing! I’m going to buy that one to replace my Chanel one once I’ve used it up, it’s still light and floral with a hint of fruity fig, I think it’s perfect for day time. I do have a question in regards to that scent though: Is philosykos EDT version long lasting? I’m so used to having both the Chanel and Hermes perfumes lasting ages on my skin, I’d feel a little bit cheated if my new investment doesn’t last half as long! Thanks for your help, Ruth! xx

  4. I tried this at the Hermes shop and loved it. And I was so impressed that instead of little paper stripes as testers they had 1 inch porcelain squares embossed with their logo!

  5. I’ve got L’Ambre des Merveilles and it’s just the best perfume I ever had. I also want “Un Jardin sur le Toit” for spring. I’ve had a sample and immediately fell in love with the fragrance.

  6. Beautiful sharing!
    The idea of being a massive perfume collector never before really caught me, still. I like having not more than 4 perfumes, maximum, Spring/Summer (day & night) + Autumn/Winter (day & night) fragances and a cologne for casual weekends. But the idea of indulging myself with a very special perfume, exclusively for my wedding day, is definitely on the list and so it will be till that day comes… (“,) hoping it will, for better!
    My only confession for a sort of fixation-like-a-compulsive-obsession with beautiful perfumes: Since I was a little girl, during my walks on the streets, ever that I see a very well dressed woman or and man, no matter how many meters she or he can be away from me (that’s when my imagination is mostly woken up, as a perfect challenge), but enough to say how very chic she or he is I push up my imagination to give a certain, fantasized, fragance to fit her or his outstandingly fancy outfit.

  7. Too strong and floral-ly for me! Love the bottle though.

  8. My comment didn’t appear :(

  9. I have always loved 24, Faubourg.

  10. Just had a sniff in Marie Claire and I,m buying!

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