Saturday, 1 June 2013

Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Toit Review

With un jardin sur le toit, Hermes celebrates it's deep connection with contemporary craftsmanship and invites us to discover its garden, a little slice of nature and poetry, shaped by man's hand. Secret, hidden in the heart of the city, it stands at the top of the historical 24, faubourg building in Paris. A hanging garden, which surprises and fascinates.
Wild grasses, an apple tree, a magnolia... A perfume of light and delight is born and offers a feast for the senses and the mind. 
Hermes launches the new fourth fragrance from the collection of garden-inspired fragrances Un Jardin, named Un Jardin Sur Le Toit or “A Garden on the Roof” in 2011. Un Jardin Sur Le Toit refers to the especially luxurious garden located on the Hermes’ headquarters building roof at 24 Rue Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris.
 The garden is full of aromatic herbs, flowers and fruits whose flavors vary as they pass through the metamorphosis induced by the seasons. Its fresh and sweet-smelling atmosphere is captured by apple, pear, rose, green grass, basil, magnolia and compost notes.

The composition is designed by Jean-Claude Ellena.
Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Toit is available in heavy glass bottles of light green shades as 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette. (source)
Sur le toit is the last fragrance of the Jardin series (as of 2013)
A lot of reviewers complain that there is no depth to this scent and is deemed not as outstanding as the others in this collection. I like to think otherwise.
I think this is a coming home scent for Ellena. After  his quest to Egypt, India and the med, where he created magic and captured the scents and moods of the landscapes to perfection, he came home and created a carefree scent he could relate to. Use the flora and fauna he grew up with. Nostalgia at its best. So he chose  the rooftop garden of the Paris Hermes boutique as his inspiration and composed this clean uncomplicated fragrance.A simple finale to his exotic travels. 
Moving on to the fragrance, Sur le toit smells like a beautiful bright summers day. Grasses and reeds sway gently in the breeze. And the air is fragranced with roses and magnolias mixed in with the scent of apples and pears from the nearby trees. The basil lends a mild herby kick in the opening. Its a tame fruity floral and has an outdoorsy quality to it. A grassy rosy apple. Sur le toit is an uplifting fragrance with a carefree exuberance.
Notes: Apple, Basil, Grass, Pear, Magnolia, Rose
Good For: Summer/ Spring
Mood: Casual

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