Hermès Eau des Merveilles is a woodsy but clean fragrance. It’s described as “A surprising, woody-amber fragrance capturing the spirit of wood, the memory of the oceans and the sparkle constellation.” I am reviewing the EDT. This is very, very different than the EDP and the elixir.
When I sniffed Eau des Merveilles, I was surprised by its cleanliness. It smelled of soapy-citrus wood and spicy pink pepper. So, I guess that is the “memory of the oceans”. This top is light and zesty, packing a bit of punch. This all tames down and I feel like it goes from top to bottom. There isn’t a distinctive “heart”. It is balsamy with a “rustic”, salty vetiver that reminds me ever so slightly of Annick Goutal Vetiver. The dry-down smells oceanic and salty but ambery, well, more like rich ambergris without all the grime. And woods. Clean woods. Generic clean woods.
I must be one of those Hermès people. I always find them wearable and appropriate for my daily environment. Eau de Merveilles keeps growing on me with every wear. It’s “clean ambergris” with decent staying power but it never wears heavily. Something is casual but elegant about Eau des Merveilles. I wear it and I get compliment after compliment. It reminds me of a 40’s era Chris-Craft boat. It’s a leisurely, warm fragrance that reminds me of a saltwater, sun, wind, and slightly dirty warm skin.
Notes listed include elemi, bitter orange, Italian lemon, Indonesian pepper, pink pepper, ambergris, oak, cedar, vetiver, balsam of Peru and tears of Siam.
Give Hermès Eau De Merveilles a try if you like spicy fresh unisex fragrances like Atelier Bois Blonds, Aqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta, and/or most of the “modern” Hermès fragrance line.
Keep in mind that there are many “flankers” and version of Eau des Merveilles. This is a review of the EDT, which I actually like the best. An 1.6 oz. spray retails for $90 at Hermès. Also, Fragrancenet has this EDT in stock frequently and at a discount.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – I’m a Hermès person. They seem to make my “everyday” perfumes. The things that I wear when I want to smell good but not think about perfume. This line knows how to do casual but elegant. Eau des Merveilles is on my wish list. It’s not “mind blowing” but that’s why I like it.
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