Pierre Hermé’s Pamplemousse Rhubarbe…

pamplemousse rhubarb l'occitane pierre herme fragrance

Pamplemousse Rhubarbe sounds much better than “Grapefruit and Rhubarb”, doesn’t it? The French version makes me think of a delicious dessert with clouds of light meringue and some kind of tart, brightly-coloured sauce drizzled over the top. Or an amazingly light and fluffy cake, rather like a lemon drizzle cake, but using Pamplemousse instead, shot through with impossibly pink Rhubarbe jam. “Grapefruit and Rhubarb” just sounds like part of a shopping list.

Anyway, Pamplemousse Rhubarbe is one of the fragrances in the latest collection from l’Occitane; created with – oh! How weird is this? I just read the press release to find that Pierre Hermé,  co-creator of the collection, is a master pastry chef – the “Picasso of Pastry”, if you will. How bizarre that I thought of puddings and cakes before I’d even read the blurb? That’s a job well done, if ever I saw one – everything about this fragrance, from the packaging to the name, screams patisserie.

The fragrance itself starts off fruity and slightly sharp, as I suppose you’d expect, but with woody little undertones that creep out and overtake after a few minutes of wear. It’s initially rather like a cologne, but with the added spice and warmth from the clove, the nutmeg and the cedar, it becomes something altogether more interesting. If you like your citrus scents – fresh and fruity – then you’ll enjoy this twist.

pamplemousse rhubarb l'occitane pierre herme fragrance

And the box – there’s something very pleasing about this type of cardboard packaging. It reminds me of expensive truffles, or of those old-fashioned talcum powder containers. Either way, associations that are lovely and decadent – it feels like the kind of present that you’d pick up for yourself in a tiny shop down a rickety little one-way street. Very pretty, and priced quite nicely for Christmas presents (if you’re already thinking along those lines!) at £46 for 75ml.

Pierre Hermé’s Pamplemousse Rhubarbe is at l’Occitane here.

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  1. November 2, 2015 / 8:25 am

    Everything sounds better in Frech, I guess. Mainly because you usually have no idea what people are talking about.

  2. November 2, 2015 / 8:26 am

    What a gorgeous description! I love the way you tell a story about fragrances.


  3. November 2, 2015 / 9:24 am

    I also love this scent – haven’t invested in in yet but was sampling it last week when I purchased the L’Occitane advent calendar. Love the packaging too.

  4. Kate
    November 2, 2015 / 10:45 am

    Pamplemousse is such a spectacular word. It makes me think of a dash of the Scarlet Pimpernel mixed with a fluffy dessert. I actually want to buy the fragrance based on the box and the name…

    • November 2, 2015 / 11:37 pm

      It also reminds me of the word Blunderbuss. If that is indeed a word.

      • Kate
        November 3, 2015 / 6:33 am

        Yes! Isn’t a blunderbuss a big old gun? Almost like a canon (in my head). But smaller.

  5. Virginie
    November 2, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    As a French I do think that everything sounds better in English ! Pierre Hermé is above all famous for his macarons (macaroons). His most famous recepe is Ispahan macaron : a litchee, raspberry and rosebud flavoured macaroon. Maybe his next fragrance for L’Occitane ?

    • November 2, 2015 / 11:37 pm

      Oh my God that’s my favourite macaron!!!!!

  6. marymary
    November 2, 2015 / 10:50 pm

    I love rhubarb

  7. Katie
    November 4, 2015 / 12:40 am

    Hello! I’m wondering how this compares to the Hermes perfume, pamplemousse rose, which also has rhubarbiness? That one doesn’t last long which is why I stopped wearing it, would be great if this one did…. Any thoughts? :)

    • November 4, 2015 / 3:35 pm

      Ooh, haven’t tried that! Anyone? xx

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