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Un Jardin en Méditerranée (2003)
by Hermès


Un Jardin en Méditerranée information

Year of Launch2003
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 527 votes)

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PerfumerJean-Claude Ellena

About Un Jardin en Méditerranée

Un Jardin en Méditerranée is a shared / unisex perfume by Hermès. The scent was launched in 2003 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena

Un Jardin en Méditerranée fragrance notes

Reviews of Un Jardin en Méditerranée

Paul Cézanne, L'Estaque, 1883–1885
24th May, 2016
Future Jason:

Yet another in the long line of things you haven't smelled in years, and remember disliking at first. And in taking a more recent tour, you wonder why you were such an idiot.

This is delightful. Unique among things you've smelled lately. The notes say "fig..." and some other words. You make some assumptions about figgy things, and you're glad that the other words are there to do a complexify-mi-cation job for this one. There's almost an olive-like saltiness to this. Maybe the referenced garden was growing some funky olive/fig hybrids. Those would probably taste pretty gnarly, but this smells pretty darn good.

Your decant is oldish, and other reviews talk about a reformulation. You'll need to smell again before deciding whether to purchase more.
06th April, 2016
Fruity and floral, with grapefruit as the main note to start with more of a figgy sweetness in the dry down, UJEM fits, as other reviewers have said, into several genres: sweet, fruity, floral, woodsy. And in that respect, it's versatile, but it does not impress, project, or last, at least not to me. It is certainly a spring and summer day scent, primarily, and does speak to the outdoors in its fruity/floral/woodsy balance.

Longevity is a little disappointing, as it's a skin scent within the hour and lasts only maybe six hours after that (as a skin scent). And while it's described as unisex, it leans toward the feminine side on my skin, and this isn't surprising since many shops list this as a women's perfume.

Not for me but worth smelling if you're looking for something off the beaten path and contrasting most summer aquatics.

6 out of 10
16th February, 2015
This is my favourite fragrance from the Jardin series. It has the right balance between sweet, bitter and floral. As a fragrance aiming at the Mediterranean, it strikes the right balance among herbs-fig-florals. There is always the risk of being too heavily sweet or floral, but it succeeds in maintaining a bitter-fresh smell, perhaps due to the fig note.

It is my favourite fragrance when going to the beach, even here in the tropics. It works wonders in the hot climate and never becomes cloying. Love it!
13th February, 2015
The opening notes are like being in a fresh Garden or produce section of the grocery store with gourmand figs, fig leafs and flowers. The sillage is good. It's a must for spring and summer. I think it would be out of place in cold fall and winter weather unless you want to throw people for a loop. This fragrance is very evocative of a sexy woman on the beach. Personally I switched to Philosykos because it was more earthy.
23rd November, 2014
Genre: Woods

This scent leaves the bottle all aromatic green, with fresh grassy notes wrapped up in rosemary and lavender, all elevated by a healthy dose of aldehydes. The opening accord immediately brings to mind a dry and rocky Mediterranean landscape, with the blue-green sea daubing the horizon in the distance. Remarkably absent are any of the sweet citrus notes that so many “Mediterranean” fragrances lean on so heavily. Instead, Un Jardin en Mediterranée reveals a soft, pulpy fig and woods accord that completes its Mediterranean landscape. Comparison with Olivia Giacobetti’s Philosykos is inevitable, and the Hermès is a drier, sparer, and more aromatic scent. Giacobetti emphasizes the milky aspect of the fig and the sap in its branches, while Jean Claude Ellena presents the bark and sun-drenched leaves of the fig tree.

Un Jardin en Mediterranee is linear once it establishes it’s fig, woods, and aromatic accord. As with many such light, airy scents it wears close to the skin, and I imagine you’d have to apply a lot of it to build up much sillage or projection.
06th July, 2014

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