Hermes collaborated with perfumer Edmond Roudnitska in the early thirties and forties to launch their first fragrance – theEau d’Hermès. Since the, they’ve launched a number of perfumes starting with Calèche in 1961 to some of their more memorable fragrant masterpieces right down to 2004’s Hermèsessence range of luxury fragrances. Here we’ve reviewed some of those fragrances that have stood the test of time.
Best Hermes Perfumes
Hermes 24 Faubourg
The 24 Faubourg is a light, signature scent of Hermes that represents everything that the brand is known for, including it square, smoothly curved glass bottle that looks like a breeze blowing through silk.The scent composition is inspired by a ‘journey to the sun’. 24 Faubourg is still made even today, in keeping with that classical construction consisting of orange blossom, amber, hyacinth, gardenia.
This has been matched with floral heart, top notes of sparkling white flowers remain enveloped in iris, wood, and mystery.Vanilla and ambergris lend the tone to its after-note all of which beautifully compliments feminine attributes.
Mature and refined, plenty of staying power, day or night, any occasion.
strong orange blossom that is heavy
Faubourgis a floral chypre that came out in 1995. The top notes are bergamot, ylang-ylang, peach, orange, and hyacinth. The heart notes are jasmine, orange, iris, gardenia, black elder which is a berry smelling flower and the base notes are vanilla, patchouli, ambergris, and sandalwood. The overall feeling of this is summery wildflowers, conjuring up this image of a glamorous French lady.
It floral and Frenchand a masterpiece the way it’s been blended, the way it feels – it is amazing and has that evening summer glamour. Although it’s a modern scent, it does have that nod to florals you got in the nimieties and doesn’t feel like dated in any way though. Orangeblossom is the main thing for us here, but the hyacinth gives the scent a kind of realism. The Orange blossom is heavy, not fresh or light made thicker, denser by the addition of theses particular notes. White flowers dominate and there is slight, powdery overtone form the iris but it gets stumped.
Hiris is modern, refined and a unique monofloral dedicated to the iris flower. This perfume evokes subtlety, emotion and expresses this charm with an infinite delicacy; sometimes floral, sometimes powdery or plant-like. In the top we have iris, coriander, carnation, and amber. The middle is built out of rose, neroli and some more iris and the base is all of vanilla, honey, carrot, cedar, almond seed, and even more iris.
Good for those who love iris scented fragrances, very classy and light, beautiful dry down, great longevity.
Light sillage, linear iris performance
This is listed as a green floral – we agree on the floral description but not so much on the green. We don’t get any green from it, maybe a lot of fresh qualities that we picked up from the iris.There’s definitely a lot of floral in here but don’t think that you’re going to be getting a lot of green juice here, it is not that way. Hermes wanted to bring about a very strong note of iris and added this note in the top, heart, and base of the scent – that’s not something you see everyday.
To us, the predominant is iris obviously, and it’s very interesting as it gives the perfume this linear feeling but you do get these whiffs of honey, neroli, and rose.Carrot comes out on the opening for a few minutes but isn’t all that strong throughout wear.
HermisUnJardin Sur Le Nil
The Un Jardin Sur le Nil perfume from 2005 tries to evoke the scent of a garden dappled in midday sun on the banks of the River Nile in Egypt. So, it is this interesting blend of grapefruit and mango to go along with more earthy plant life notes. At the heart there is this refreshing green mango, lotus, incense, calamus, and sycamore wood. This makes the scent very upbeat with a unique vibe that comes from the tomato leaf.
Good for daytime/office wear during summer, refreshing, green, simple fragrance.
Moderate longevity, too much can be a bit cloying.
Always bring this perfume with you on vacation as it’s such an appropriate scent for that – light green, refreshing. There are five in this UnJardin series and this one translates to a garden on the Nile. There’s mango, carrot, tomato and we don’t get all that at once but instead this very bright, uplifting green, spring-like, invigorating scent that is said to be transparent, persistent referring to the compositional build-up, not the performance.
Although it’s out there, it is not offensive and doesn’t disintegrate on the skin and lasts for a long time, and is very well composed. There are different nuances each time it is worn, changing according to the weather but overall it screams ‘spring’ and that green mango is something that everyone seems to love.
Hermes Kelly Caleche
The Kelly Caleche came out in 2009 and is a more youthful blend of leather and florals that open on citrus accords for a fresh, hip aroma better suited for someone in their twenties.This perfect signature is tagged by a fine leather note.It is a charming, bitter, tender rhapsody of grapefruits; citruses mixed up with floral notes with nuances of the powdery face of iris, gourmand yellow mimosa and rose.
This is wrapped in a vanilla veil and completed with accords of Barenia calf leather, sheep leather, rose and violet. It is packaged in a flacon with a small, charming lock around the neck of the bottle.
Very pleasant, truly feminine scent, great longevity, amazing for daytime in spring or winter.
The original Caleche was created a long time ago in 1961 that was very classic smelling,and although we still have the same bottle, it’s a completely different fragrance inside – poles apart from the originalis this one created in 1997. The first thing we will say about this scent is that it’s strong and the longevity on it is unbelievable. The initial notes from when this is sprayed are pretty floral, but this classic rosy, iris and stays strong throughout but there’s this tiny shift when it’s been on for a while. There is still floral, rosiness but its then gets this smell of leather. This adds fluffy, powdery, cashmere softness to it.
Hermes L’Ambre Des Merveilles
The L’Ambre Des Merveilles from 2012 opens on a blend of caramel, citrus note, most likely orange, and has a sweet and slightly floral aroma to it. It has this salty element that plays off the sweetness of the often candy-like fragrance. All of this is wrapped up in a warm amber shell, some vanilla notes that add to that laid back sweetness. There is a nice bit of citrus added to propel that subtle sexiness. Other notes are sandalwood, patchouli, orange.
Oriental vanilla fragrance, the dry down is wonderful.
Longevity and sillage are moderate, quite serviceable, but not really outstanding.
It is a very earthy kind of amber to us, and we know how some reviews described some amount of warmth, sweetness to it. But we don’t get that; we got instead this tangy, earthy amber and soil. We want to say that there’s this tinge of citrus in there because it’s bright. It’snice; the dry down has this touch of sweetness in it.