Thursday, 16 May 2013

Hermes Un Jardin Apres la Mousson

Hermes celebrates India and sees it in an unusual light with the creation of Un Jardin Apres la Mousson ( a garden after the monsoon)
This fragrance carries us to Kerala after the monsoon rains, offering the experience of a singular moment in time, marked by nature's rebirth.
Glowing and serene, invogating and soothing, Un jardin apres ala mousson blends the freshness of ginger and the sweetness of the butterfly-delicate kahili ginger flower with the spontaneity of cold spices and the subtlety of vetiver.
Un Jardin après la Mousson: created in 2008, it explores the facets of an unexpected India, when the monsoon restores to the earth what the sun has taken, chasing away the burning breath of drought. Ginger, cardamom, coriander, pepper and vetiver speak of the rebirth of nature captured in Kerala, a universe engorged with water. The nose behind this fragrance is Jean-Claude Ellena. (source)

The first thing that comes to my mind at the mention of Kerala India, is coconuts.When I first read that Ellena's latest Jardin was inspired by Kerala, I was definitely anticipating a coconut in the composition. But I'm glad Ellena thought otherwise, and concentrated on something else Kerala is famous for. No, not it's delicious coffee this time, but Spices!
Cardamom Mostly.
As opposed to cinnamon,which has a hot and fiery quality to it, and is used mostly in colder months. Here in South East Asia, cardamom is considered a neutral spice, enjoyed in all weathers. It is used in halvas and kehvas in cold winters as well as in thirst quenching chilled sherbets and creamy cold kulfis in summers.
I think Apres ala mousson is as much about cardamom as Un Jardin En Mediterranee  is about the fig.
 Cardamom blooms the most prominant in the opening and lends a cold musky scent. It is all I can smell when sniffed directly from the bottle. It then mellows down to a translucent spicy, citrusy, woody fresh scent which is a signature of all the fragrances in the Jardin series. I think Mousson is a very unconventional scent. Spicy, woody yet watery and fresh. It is inspired by the scent of rich vegetation and aromatic soil. Wet and fragrant after the heavy monsoon rains.  The fresh ginger is zesty and very refreshing and stops the fragrance from being too rich and spicy.
 The image that comes to mind is of sitting in a verandah in the middle of a lush spice plantation in Kerala, enjoying the monsoon rains. The rain is heavy, yet still, without the distraction of thunder. 


Amidst the spices mentioned in the notes, Ellena’s minimalistic style makes it delicate, refreshing and a pleasure to wear on a hot humid summers day. An odd yet intriguing fragrance.

Notes: Cardamom, Corriander, Pepper, Ginger, Ginger Flower, Vetiver
Good for: Spring, Summer
Mood: Casual
Other scents in Hermes Jardin series

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Hermes Un Jardin En Mediterranee Review

Hermes Parfums are celebrating the Mediterranean, that mosaic of different crafts and cultures, with the creation of an Eau de Toilette: Un Jardin en Mediterranee. This fragrance is an emotional journey, an olfactory progress, an impressionistic evocation of a garden beside the sea. It is a perfume of light and of shade where fig tree, mastic tree and red cedar blend with bergamot, orange blossom and white oleander.
 Un Jardin en Méditerranée: conceived as a watercolor  this perfume, composed in 2003 is inspired by a hint of the poetic in the Tunisian garden of Leïla Menchari (Director of displays for Hermès).  The nose behind this fragrance is Jean-Claude Ellena.
Leila Menchari's garden in Hammamet Tunisia

It smells beautiful. Of trees and summers and sea! It's like taking a walk through an aromatic Mediterranean garden right beside the  azure blue waters of the Sea. The garden has some cool shady spots nestled under the ancient fig trees with their deep green fragrant leaves.The air in the garden is still, thick and humid  with the scents synonymous with this region. Cyprus,  red cedar, aromatic herbs, figs,  orange blossoms. Mesmerizing.  

It is more of a mood than a fragrance. Opens up very fresh with hints of citrus  and  figs. You must like figs to truly appreciate this scent as it dominates all the other notes right from the start. The fig note in it is not cloyingly sweet, but has a perfect balance between the sweetness of the big purple fruit, the dry bark and deep, balmy leaves, which makes it a perfect unisex fragrance.  The heart is aromatic, with cedar, figs and orange blossom mixed in with a tinge of salty sea spray.  After 8+ hours I can still smell the end notes of musk and woods. Thank you Mr. Ellena for taking me along on this magical olfactory journey. Loved every minute of it. A poetic sublime scent. 
Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin Orange
Middle Notes: orange blossom and white nerium oleander
Base Notes: cypress, fig leaf, musk, red cedar, juniper and pistachio
Good For: Spring, Mild summers
Mood: Casual

Other scents in Hermes Jardin series

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