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Well folks, I feel like donning my serge Breton jersey; tilting my beret to a jaunty angle and feasting on strong French coffee with croissants first thing this morning as those wonderful perfumers at Dinard have done it again by creating this sensational ‘masculine’.
To be sure, credit must go to the genius of Jean-Claude Ellena and his innovative, brilliant, oak-based conception, Poivre Samarcande, from the Hermessence range by Hermes, as L’homme Infini is an unequivocal variation on his original theme.
However, it is as if the Nose has taken Ellena’s stark, minimalist, somewhat sombre composition and rearranged it in the jazz orchestrated style of Gil Evans. This is a bolder, more up-front, and uplifting treatment of this quercus theme that reminds me, for more opaque reasons, of Amouage’s gorgeous Honour Man, though without the muskiness of the latter. Infini has tremendous projection; lasts all-day, and leaves one’s wrists imbued with a dry soapy chord that suggests an old-fashioned traditional cologne though without the citrus up-top and, as a signature of this outstanding house, a cheerful quality that defies our most recent austere times.
With the most exquisitely delightful, personal packaging, and sumptuous dark blue bottle casing, L’homme Infini is nothing short of brilliant!
20th November, 2012