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Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé (2010)
by Hermès


Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé information

Year of Launch2010
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 68 votes)

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PerfumerJean-Claude Ellena

About Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé

Jean-Claude Ellena:

I collect prints and have a mental picture of irises in the ‘floating world’ (the ukiyoé in Japanese) in the works of Hokusai or Hiroshige. They inspired me when I was composing this divertimento based on floral irises. I felt like foiling the classic approach to irises by working on the flower’s fragrances which are virtually unknown. Its perfume is delicate but very much there, shifting between different notes: rose, orange blossom and mandarin, all expressed by small, impressionistic touches.

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Reviews of Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé

Pleasant scent with some resemblance to Hermes Epice Marine, was my first impression. Then I thought, orangeflower, it's very much in the orangeflower area. That was before I read the declared ingredients so it's probably significant.
31st March, 2020
To me, this perfume is meditative in a way; it's very calm, buttery smooth, very pleasant. There are no sharp edges, every note melts into a plush white cloud near a rainbow. It's not an iris soliflore like the name could suggest, but it is a definite floral. It smells like lily of the valley, grass, mandarin, orange flower, roses and peaches. It's not rooty or powdery but it has a pale lipstick kind of vibe if I'm thinking hard. It's not common at all, although it might sound from the notes; it has such an interesting and intriguing smell, it's gorgeous!
16th August, 2019
Nice and soft iris notes. Just like there are variations for roses, so to for the iris. This one is close to a light violet smell and reminds me of a certain area of the horticultural garden I used to visit with all the blooms laid out. There is no powdery notes here - very light, very airy and what I've come to except out of the Hermessence line in general and I kick myself for not picking up a bottle of this or even trying it earlier due to the name of the perfume. The rose in this one isn't overwhelming here

Settles to a citrus white floral and bits of aquatic notes. Hugs the skin in a gentle way.
21st December, 2018
Kotori Show all reviews
United States
I'm not sure what I'm smelling at first, but I don't think it is Iris. The first notes to strike me are Lily of the Valley and grass. Then something fruity sweeps in quickly. About two minutes in, I'm smelling like Smarties candies, and it is quite strong. It softens a minute or so later, but I am still sensing quite a bit of muguet hanging around and not any recognizable Iris.

After five more minutes, I still smell the muguet/Smarties combo, but now they have melded nicely into something that recognizably resembles the peach-colored irises I have smelled in the Memphis Botanic Garden's Iris garden in early May. It's not as fatty or pungent, nor does it have any trace of the earthy decay of the real thing, but is like a watercolor approximation, as the name would indicate. The scent strikes me now as too laundry-musk laden to do justice to the true Iris flower scent. However, as a perfume, it is a nice one. I have truly never smelled anything at all like this.

Half an hour in and at last the powder arrives. It slipped in like a phantom when I was no longer expecting it!

Unique, but not a love for me.
26th August, 2017
Stardate 20170725:

A typical Ellena fragrance. Starts with a promise - iris and florals. Has old school floral vibe which is a good thing.But as we enter middle of heart phase a plastic note emerges which destroys the fragrance.
A neutral to mild thumbs down.
25th July, 2017
Bavard Show all reviews
United States
This smells like orange peels and florals. It starts light and fresh smelling, like a refreshing cologne to wear in summer. As it develops, it blooms into a bigger floral. The smell doesn't quite work for me. It smells interesting and challenging more than it smells nice.

It's a memorable smell, and I've smelled shampoos over the years that are similar. I wouldn't mind being around the smell from other people wearing it, but I'm neutral about wearing it myself. There's something slightly off, perhaps just related to my own points of reference, or perhaps with the oranges.

This reminds me of the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria fragrances: it lasts forever.
13th July, 2017

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