I remember trying it some time ago and thinking that the dry down was a well behaved Dune (Christian Dior) and dismissing it as having been done before. On me the Elixir becomes a commercial Bakery, pungent with Easter buns and proofing sourdough. Some buns have fallen on the floor and the sweaty bakers have trampled them underfoot. Let's not recommend the Elixir. I can't eliminate food associations from the EDT either, but they are sweet biscuits eaten at the beach, followed by oranges hand peeled and segmented by our Mother and there is a bottle of calamine lotion for those itchybites. Is EDM a childhood memory? Ageless, timeless, lace and fineness, you're beauty and elegance. You'll be my breath should I grow old
Eau Des Merveilles by Hermès, 2004
Eau Des Merveilles is good scent that starts out very promising. The orange salty vibe that it exudes is very refreshing and invigorating; the orange in particular is light and not overpowering. It seems to effervescence off your skin like a gentle sea breeze. The pepper, vetiver, and cedar all work together, to give Eau Des Merveilles some structure without compromising its delicate nature. I consider this scent to be completely unisex; as a guy or woman can easily pull it off. This fragrance can also be worn all year with no problem. The only problem is the dry down, which can come across as cheap orange shampoo, which can be a problem for some. To solve this minor issue, I would recommend layering this scent with another slightly stronger scent. One in particular, Terre DHermes ( edt), is one that would work perfectly with this one. The strong mineral-like, woodsy, and grapefruit accords would be great with the airy orange ambergris accords. Because of this I can only give this one a neutral, but overall, its not too bad.
The scent itself is hard to identify and to fence inside a well defined olfactory round. I agree who with writes it's an unisex and a bit humbled juice. The vetiver is the key element and it's ambery-animalic, orangy and definitely salty-marine. I smell the similarities with Terre d'Hermes, especially in the orangy, cedary and rooty top notes although EdM is less rooty-spicy, less earthy and more salty-ozonic, ambery-animalic, aldehydic and subtle. Going on the progression, the cedary and spicy saltiness fades a bit and lets the stage to a more conventional woodsy-mossy and incensey kind of smell, still salty and vetiver smelling in a sort of more fluidy and aqueous way. I catch the similarities with Sel de Vetiver (because of the starring salty-ozonic vetiver) which is in my opinion anyway better appointed, more airy, bold and exotic. Longevity and sillage are under the average on my skin.
Eau des Merveilles kept me intrigued for years as I could never manage to find a tester bottle. I worked this fragrance up in my mind to be something utterly spectacular, a masterpiece and a modern classic. Well, I like this fragrance, I really do, but it's not something that struck me down like lightning. It's essentially dry, warm and strangely crisp, lemon and orange on a woodsy and peppery base. Very unusual I must say, but also something that relies on the right skin chemistry to make it work. I'd love to layer this scent over another fragrance, because on its own I feel like it's missing something. It reminds me of the beach and scorching hot Summer weather, yet I crave a subtle hint of floral notes or a touch of sweetness to make it that little more complex and feminine. I can certainly understand why men would want to wear this. Honestly, it has a very unisex feel. Whenever I smell Eau des Merveilles I am impressed, but I can't help wishing that this fragrance was a little more outrageous. The bottle makes me think of the solar system, a world so different from our own and I guess I wanted Eau des Merveilles to reflect that. The sillage is quite good, yet nowhere near being a heavy hitter. I'm rather glad because the peppery orange on its own is a little harsh in its already rather subtle concentration. The longevity is so-so, not incredibly long lasting but sufficient to say the least. All in all, Eau des Merveilles is certainly unique and one of a kind. The dryness and saltiness in this fragrance is quite lovable, however my only issue is that it tends to be more masculine than feminine to my nose.
Eau des Merveilles Pegase is a fresh, bright fragrance very versatile and which smells very comforting to my nose. There's no very evident orange note in it, instead we have a very appealing citrus combination. Making things short, a must try for everyone! This is a good daily fragrance! Oh, and the bottle looks gorgeous! hahahah
This is an unusuall sent, very unique, i cannot relate to the other reviewers that find it common!(?) It is my signature sent! Very pleasant , reminds me of christmas and as the name states it is a miracle!Elegant, clean and stays for hours on my skin although i cannot smell it anymore, others comment how great i smell all the time. Suitable for all ages and all day and night. The shintillating body cream is marvellous too!smells even better than tha perfume and makes your skin luminous and sexy!i will definetely buy it again in the future!
I think the opening is very feminine. Soft. Sexy. However, the middle and base notes slowly start smelling masculine. Salty. Musk.
Captivating, bright aldehydic orange opening leads soon into a bitter and salty dry-down with that certain kind of floral/green plant feel to it, which to me, smells annoyingly thin and unsettling when inhaled too close. The sillage is more pleasant, but still hardly that enjoyable for me. One of those fragrances which actually smelled interesting and rather good at the first time I tried it, but it quite soon lost it's charm afterwards and eventually I fell completely out of love. I can't stand it anymore, to be honest. I've only tried EdT and have no intention to study other formulations.
*EDT is very very diffrent from the EDP (elixir) This stuff's amazing. I smell in it... ambergris, a tiny bit of suede, dry orange peel, oak wood and some reisinous saltiness, and some ceder, but not much. Thumbs up, unique perfume! I just with it had more suede... smells very good layered with a little solely-leather perfume. It stays more like... a dry orange perfume with ambergris at the drydown.
This is the one that's supposed to have an "inverted pyramid"; i. e., the top notes are in the base, the base notes are in the top, and the middle notes are... well, still in the middle. The EdT smells to me remarkably similar to the later Terre d'Hermès of Ellena, but it is missing that "silex" note that's said to remind one of the smell of sun-warmed stones. On the whole this is rather unisex to me, though it's labeled as being for women. The progression of this from layer to layer is rather hard to detect for me. It seems almost as if all the levels are present from beginning to end, making it a bit more linear than most Hermès scents. Still, it's something of a toudr de force, and deserves some credit for that.
Eau Des Merveilles by Hermès, 2004
|Top Notes||Vetiver, Oak, Cedar|
|Base Notes||Lemon, Orange, Elemi, Pink Pepper|
|Perfumer||Ralf Schwieger / Nathalie Feisthauer|
|Bottle Designer||Serge Mansau|
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