Galop D’Hermès is the much-anticipated latest launch from Hermès. There are two things about it which excite me. Firstly, it is perfume i.e not eau de parfum or eau de toilette, but actual perfume. Secondly, it was made by Christine Nagel, who is nothing less than legendary.
I will begin by saying that if leather is not your thing, then you may wish to sit this one out. Galop D’Hermès is all about the leather. However, it’s not just leather, because that’s been done. Galop D’Hermès is more about a power struggle between a feminine side and a masculine side. As it turns out, neither wins and both are victorious.
In the opening there is leather straight away. Top notes are listed as being quince and saffron. Quince might be an unusual choice, and indeed, it only makes a brief cameo, but somehow it stops the dry, spicy saffron getting too sober. The middle phase heads straight into leather and Turkish rose territory and pretty much stays put. This is what gives Galop it’s USP. The rose and leather are so seamlessly blended that you cannot decide whether the saddle is made of roses or whether the rose has leather petals.
The leather, it must be said, is terrific. It’s unmistakably horsey, as the name would suggest, but it has a softness that comes from the unfinished inside of a belt: the rougher, unpolished side. This isn’t Sloaney Hermes, this is real, battered leather and being of perfume concentration, this is what you leave in your wake and on your pillow the next day.
If you like the sound of this, then you will love Galop D’Hermès.
You can buy Galop D’Hermès from John Lewis. Brace yourself. It’s not cheap. Alternatively, you can do as I did, and buy a Precious Perfumes Discovery Box from The Perfume Society which has a generous perfume strength sample.