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.
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 EauPINION – Pollen-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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