Hermes Jour d’Hermes EDP Perfume Review

Hermes Jour d'Hermes

I tend to like Hermès perfumes. They’re my sophisticated yet “safe” daily wear perfumes. I haven’t loved them all at first sniff. This is one of the reasons that I’ve kept sampling Jour d’Hermès. It’s a year later and I still can’t decided what I think about this one. Some days I think it is a genius “fantasy garden” floral perfume. Other days I think that it would make the best smelling shampoo in the world.

Jour d’Hermes is a fresh fragrance with a sulfuric grapefruit and lemon peel opening. It’s tart – like a salad of citrus and rhubarb. This sourness is all over voluptuous florals in bloom. It reminds me of magnolia. And sweet peas, hyacinth and a green jasmine. Freesia and lemon blossoms. It’s all of the florals until it’s none of the florals. It’s pollen and petals. And sunshine. The dry-down is faintly floral with sheer, “fresh” musks.

So, yeah, I can’t decide how I feel about this. I don’t think it is bad at all. I think it’s good and pleasant to wear. But, I can’t decide if I love it or just think it is OK. I haven’t had a perfume leave me with such mystifying feelings in a very, very long time. I can’t really explain it. It could just be too citrus-y for my tastes. Or it could be I don’t live in a warm enough climate. I don’t know. But, as of right now, it’s certainly not love.

I can say that this fragrance is interesting in that it is weightless yet not. It’s spectral, hovering around the skin like an aura. It’s noticeable but not suffocating. I feel like this takes some master skills to pull off in a composition.

And I can say that the bottle is really pretty and “expensive” feeling in person.

Sylvie Vartan

No notes listed. On purpose. Launched 2013. PERFUMER – Jean-Claude Ellena

Or if you like perfumes like Hermès Eau de Pamplemousse Rose, CREED Zeste Mandarine Pamplemousse, Byredo Inflorescence, Magnolia Grandiflora Michel Grandiflora and/or Arquiste Flor y Canto. I perceive Jour d’Hermes as a more feminine fragrance.

Projection and longevity are above average yet not. It’s more like an aura than a perfume. I’m not trying to be esoteric; I’m just saying that it has a significant presence.

Jour d’Hermès comes in three sizes (1 oz-2.9 oz) with prices ranging from $70-$149 at Sephora.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONPollen-y, bright floral fantasy. It’s bright and cheery. I’m really impressed by how this one wears but as of right now, I still have mixed feelings about it. It’s not dislike, just not love. Honestly, I always have issues with citrus-florals.

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7 thoughts on “Hermes Jour d’Hermes EDP Perfume Review

  1. I like this one when the humidity is over 70% and it’s over 85 degrees. I tried to wear it in cooler temps and it feels like a stranger is walking right behind me with Jour dHermes. It only works in the spring/early summer. I think it’s an excellent night time outdoor wedding scent for summer.

    • Well, that sort of weather rarely happens here! Would explain some things with my testing :)

      I forgot what 85 degrees feels like. I’ve forgotten what 75 degrees feels like too.

  2. I’m I the not like bunch. For me sour opening g never really lifts. Occasionally I get a glimpse of warmth underneath – like when the sun momentarily comes out on a cloudy day. But somehow for me the perfume never really develops and after several hours I get bored and annoyed. But I do agree that the weightlessness of Jour d’Hermes is fascinating. JCE achieves the same effect in other perfumes, such as Un Jardin sur le Nil and L’ambre des Merveilles. Just stunning.

    • I can’t do sour and this opening is so tart. (I don’t like sour flavors either). Like I said citrus/florals are very difficult for me to wear. I don’t really like citrus/florals and they do tend to bore me. But, I get how people love them. This genre isn’t for me.

      I totally get the visual of the sun peeking out for a bit on a cloudy day. It does wear like that.

      Yeah, this skill is JCE’s “thing”. He does it so well and it really is impressive.

  3. I’ve tried this a few times in Sephora and I just can’t figure this one out. The scent changes a lot on me and I can’t make sense of it. I can tell it’s floral but it somehow ends very buttery on me. Strange.

    • I’ve also noticed that it smells so different up close or far away. This makes it a tricky one too.

      Buttery floral sounds strange but it seems like it *could* work. Or maybe I’m just hungry, lol.

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