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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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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