Jour d’Hermes: Waiter, There’s Something in My Perfume!



Whilst in my local House of Fraser today with dear friend Lisa Wordbird, she persuaded me to try a perfume she liked.  NB This is very easy to do and not difficult at all. I was proffering a naked wrist before the Sales Assistant got the lid off.

The scent in question was Jour D’Hermes and I obligingly glued my nose to my wrist, snorting away happily like a little perfume piggy. “Rhubarb!” I announced, offering Lisa my wrist (before she could agree. Poor Lisa!). She agreed, yes Rhubarb indeed.

Later, I arrived home and checked the notes on Fragrantica.  There’s no Rhubarb in this!  Waiter, there is Rhubarb in my perfume, but it doesn’t say so on the menu!

Is this a complaint?  No, because Jean Claude Ellena was at the helm of this one and rather than Rhubarb Crumble, it is a beautiful watercolour of a stick of rhubarb fresh from a summer garden.

Here are the Top notes: (see if you can spot the rhubarb) Grapefruit, Lemon, Watery notes. Middle notes: Gardenia, Sweet Pea, Green notes and White flowers. Base notes: Musk and Woods.

Any Rhubarb?  No.  But maybe, as has happened before, the combination of the notes used causes a  sort of by product note in the juxtaposition. Sometimes two notes get it on and have a baby that smells like a third note, if I am making myself clear.

In any case, this is a very pleasant, rhubarby perfume , light as a watercolour painting, and with a faint hint of Kelly Caleche workings in the base, only greener.  It is really rather good, but it does illustrate a good point:  always try on skin.

8 thoughts on “Jour d’Hermes: Waiter, There’s Something in My Perfume!”

  1. I loved it on you, I have to say. It smelled a lot more fresh and summery than I remember. For some reason I had it stuck in my mind as a very very good fruitichuli – a style I usually loathe, as you know from our sniffing trips!

    And I can assure you that ‘smell me!’ is something I’m very used to hearing from my ‘fumey’ friends. Indeed, you will often hear one of us saying to another ‘smell my finger!’ because we run out of skin. 😀

    1. Well it’s the same with you, me and Jicky. On you it smells wonderful, but on me it smells a bit like polish. It never ceases to amaze me how very different one scent can smell on two people.

      Also-take me to Cardiff baby xxx

    1. Dearest Portia, did you eat the rhubarb? Don’t you just hate it when your skin gobbles up the scent? I was the same with Chanel 31 Rue de Cambon, it disappeared faster than Usain Bolt, yet reviews were singing praises about its longevity. Sadface.

      Samantha xx

      1. Yep, I have that problem with the CHANELs, 5 spritz minimum on my chest. It did rather backfire in Paris though. I’d not tried 22 and thought it would be the same quiet frag as the rest of the exclusive line. 5 whopping sprays on my chest with Michael looking HORRIFIED. Needless to say I was radioactive for the next 5 hours and merely oversprayed for the next two. He he he
        Portia xx

      2. Ha ha! I had a good few squirts of Shalimar once to see if I liked it! It blew my head off!

  2. Jour d’Hermes is a nice fragrance. This week I did a review of Tom Daxon Sicilian Wood and I could swear it had a violet leaf note in it. When I checked the notes, it was not mentioned. Same experience as yours – combination of notes can create a third note. This gets me thinking if the listed notes are what the fragrance smells like or is it more like a list of ingredients?

    1. Dear Scent Bound,

      I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking notes are breeding behind my back. I often smell violets in scent only to find there are none.

      I remember when I was reviewing Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche and being very surprised that there was not one single coconut in it, nor any tuberose, yet they were the only notes I could smell.

      Weird, but glad I’m not alone.

      best wishes

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