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Un Jardin sur le Nil (2005)
by Hermès

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Un Jardin sur le Nil information

Year of Launch2005
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 739 votes)

People and companies

HouseHermès
PerfumerJean-Claude Ellena

About Un Jardin sur le Nil

Un Jardin sur le Nil is a shared / unisex perfume by Hermès. The scent was launched in 2005 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena

Un Jardin sur le Nil fragrance notes

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Reviews of Un Jardin sur le Nil

So what does this smell like? Chemicals. That's not a complaint - what made Sur Le Nil so groundbreaking was the way that something so chemical and abstract could still characterize a garden and fruit. But speaking specifically, this mostly smells like Cis-3 Hexenol (an artificial green grass/leaf smell) with a lot of salty Calone and some Grapefruit Aldehydes and probably a ton of Hedione, because there's a disembodied juicy brightness as well. As such, Sur Le Nil is extremely abstract - it's juicy and salty and green and sort of fruity and citrus, but nothing is expressed in a literal way.

It's interesting coming back and smelling Sur Le Nil now, after all these years. It's weird how something that smelled so groundbreaking and compelling when it came out now smells kind of, well... common. Here and now, in 2016, ten years later, if you go to a fancy hotel, their soap will likely smell a lot like this. If you smell the candles at a cute boutique, there will probably be one that smells like this. Somehow, Sur La Nil became the blueprint for the smell of products associated with upscale relaxation. It's not that it smells bad, it's just what expensive shampoo smells like now.
17th July, 2016
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United States
In order to fully appreciate this beauty, one must test it on skin on a hot day. Not a pleasant day, or a warm one-- a hot day. This fragrance stays longer and blossoms more fully in the heat. In the cold weather, it's a refreshing little number that sings ever-so-slightly off-key, leaning sharp. But in the heat, it's refreshing, fruity, floral and musky all at once. It works with and not against the salty smell of my skin in the sun. My favorite summer scent.
30th June, 2016
Road near Mont Sainte-Victoire — Paul Cezanne
24th May, 2016
It's understandable why Un Jardin Sur Le Nil is arguably the most popular of the Jardin line, given its balance of citrus and florals, walking the line between masculine and feminine, so I'll start off by offering that it Ellena does achieve a great blend in this creation.

I like the grapefruit in the opening, as I generally like grapefruit, but the floral heart is what puzzles me. What an interesting, and how, just the same, I don't like it that much. I'd almost say the florals smell slightly foody but maybe that's the cinnamon and musk reaching my nose in the dry down, and at least the cinnamon gives the citrus/floral combo a necessary kick.

Nil strikes me exclusively as a warm weather day fragrance. Its composition doesn't seem to lean toward cold weather usage, nor is it robust or formal enough to merit nighttime wearing. Its one area of versatility is gender, as men or women, old or young, could easily pull this off on a summer day.

Performance isn't anything special, about average for a warm weather EDT. It should do well in the hot weather, at least.

I recall preferring Un Jardin Sur Le Toit but I need to retry most of the line again to get a better sense of it. Still, Nil doesn't do enough for me to reach for it again or buy a bottle.

6 out of 10
03rd May, 2016
Grapefruit and green floral garden notes. That's what I get. Reminds me of a Fresca from the 70's when there were no FDA restriction on the amount of sugar in a soft drink. It's clean and bright and very "Jardin".

Also leans pretty feminine, IMO. Not for me to wear, but pleasant to smell. Wife says she'll pass on it also.

A generous Neutral.
24th November, 2015
Got a sample of this to test while reading Chandler Burr's book about its creation. It's all there in the perfume -- the mango, citrus, water, lotus (or some kind of flower that reads "exotic," and the woods -- but it feels like a very literal and very synthetic interpretation of the theme. And it isn't exactly subtle.
13th November, 2015

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