What I get from this is vanilla and dead fish. Quite disappointing since I like vanilla and I like Hermes. Usually.
Hermèssence Vanille Galante by Hermès, 2009
Rated #1150 in Fragrances
An interesting perfume, but ultimately not for me. There's a variety of pink jasmine that grows like a weed here in the San Francisco area. It smells beautiful, not like the jasmine we know from perfume, but more like an artificial banana smell. I know that doesn't sound very appealing, but when you encounter it walking down the street, it really is a fantastic aroma. Vanille Galante uses a banana smell that reminds me of that San Francisco pink jasmine, played against some waxy ylang and a particularly milky lily. There's an almond/marzipan heliotrope in there for depth as well, which is also nice. The vanilla isn't really that edible vanilla smell I'd expect, but instead just a sort of a creamy sweet richness that makes the florals feel thick and candied. It's an interesting effect, but even when you focus on the flowers, it's hard to ignore that this smells like some sort of sweet artificial banana candy. Or, to be even more specific, it reminds me a little too much of the smell of powdered cake mix mixed with fake banana and milk. So, as much as I enjoy Vanille Galante in theory, I don't really like it in practice.
Vanille Galante is not about vanilla as the name suggests, its all about ylang. JCE managed to create a beautiful floriental that is almost a lilly soliflore. The scent is very light, transparent and refreshing at the same time, something very Ellena and reminiscent of his Un Jardin line. Its very linear, all I get is Ylang and a very refined vanilla base. Muscs give a slight velvety texture to the fragrance and there's a greenish aquatic vibe that I suspect could be jasmine. What also comes to my mind is orchids, not as dark as the ones you find in Tom Ford creations like Nu edp, but a white orchid, a vanilla flower. I get a similar orchid effect here as on Nu edp but without the chocolate note and incense. A lot of people say that this is the most feminine creation of the Hermessence line but I disagree I find it very unisex, specially if you like lily. And its also very easy to wear, cause its light and stays close to the skin, its a personal scent. I usually spray it in the interior of my shirt so I keep smelling it trough the hole day. The composition is so etherial that it reminds me modern aldehydic florals like Nº5 Eau Premier and Iris Poudre, not that they re similar but they share lightness and elegance, they are very bright and clean, just incredibly sophisticated. My favorite from this whole line! rate 4 ou of 5
The core of this fragrance is a balance between a banana-peel ylang-ylang, and a deep, hollow-smelling lily, both very streamlined and meditative. However, what makes this fragrance startling is a very distinct umami quality: a salty-savory note that does the unthinkable and puts fish in perfume. ( Imagine dabbing on some Three Crabs fish sauce, and you're there. ) To my nose this is much more tangible than the "caviar" note that's supposed to be in Womanity; both more subtle, and more true to the source. The aquatic-floriental contrast is a distant cousin to Black Orchid; the lily is a kissing-cousin of the rather more austere ones from Donna Karan's Gold. Yet, it is pretty much an island to itself: glassy-smooth, fleshy-tropical, darkly transparent. And much to my own surprise, my favorite of the Hermessence line. The one thing I still don't smell is vanilla. It may be there, but either it's too abstract a construction for my nose to smell the bean, or it's too well hidden under ylang, lilies, and the bathypelagic bouquet. Either way, don't come here seeking a rival to other niche vanillas...
Hermessence Vanille Galante by Hermes - One is initially treated to a fruity accord of melons and bananas coupled with some leafy and dried grass nuances. Sea water from calone sprinkles this gardeny melange with saltiness, and flows to the awaiting middle. Here, in the heart, the smooth sweetness of lily and the flowery fruitiness of ylang ylang, enhanced by sunny salicylates, infuse the opening brew with their exhilarating facets, while a faint, nascent vanilla makes its presence known. Transitioning to the waiting base, a barely sweet vanilla blooms and commingles with a milky and pleasant sandalwood, while faintly floral, cherry-vanilla heliotrope floats about. An airy and soothing drydown ensures. Definitely leaning to the feminine side, this well-done composition is reflective of its high quality. This is a skin scent with average longevity.
Well, I'm one of those people who hates vanilla -- and I gave this a try. Verdict: well done for its type. My antipathy to vanilla keeps me from endorsing it but I won't slag it. It starts with a green, slightly sweet floral note. Vanilla provides a counterpoint, here a creamy-woody vanilla. The scent gets a bit gourmand -- like a cookie or pastry. In style this is more rich than sweet, and certainly not cloying. If you like vanilla, then do check it out. But this isn't the one to move me off my position.
Put the name aside, and come with an open mind. Vanilla doesn't only describe a scent, but can be a colour, and expression of something plain or unadulterated. So, if you are of a literal mind, yes, you will be disappointed if you think vanilla means only a note in perfumery and that this is what you are chasing. The vanilla is there, but it isn't centre stage, more woven through, and doesnt smell like pudding! This comes out of the bottle like silk. It's as smooth and delicately luxurious. This scent immediately conjours up a 'felt' experience, not just olfactory. Silk settles on skin. Sweet - lilies? Yang ylang? Jasmine? Suddenly I don't care what it is. I've never liked white flower notes- too piercingly sweet. I don't want to deconstruct this into components I 'don't like' and therefore ruin the experience. And this is beautiful. I have a soft spot for M.Ellena- even though he frustrates at times with awful longevity, or deconstructs something so it becomes more holes than scent. But when he brings his delicate art together just right, it sings. This is one of those times, for me. Big thumbs up for a lily, white flower whatever it is that I can actually wear ( and more importantly enjoy!) And-joy of joy- I get a good 8 hours from it!
First time I tried this, I liked it, but it wasn't too special to me. Second time I wore it, I hated it! Afterwards I wrote it off, yet still had this 15 ml decant in my possession. Eventually I mustered up the courage to give it another try, and this time I enjoyed it much more, and every time thereafter. Although, I don't see myself buying this again in the future. What Vanille Galante does that no other vanilla fragrance does is it extracts the sweetness from the vanilla, and really makes it earthy, with that Hermes touch. But, then the earthy like smells are less earthy than others made by JCE, because of some added synthetic and chemical notes. I pick up a strong rubber/latex note that stays in the fragrance for a while. I think this is what initially turned me off the most, but it's like, the more you smell it, the more you like it. I think rubber notes are actually quite nice in many fragrances, if done right they give a certain ruggedness to them. Vanille Galante is an unsweetened vanilla (though naturally sweet), slightly herbal, rubbery, cooling, and medicinal fragrance, very unique but doesn't jump off the wall, because it's quite subtle. A must try though for those looking for a different type of vanilla. JCE proves that there can be vanilla fragrances that aren't syrupy, overly sweet, or cloying. Even if you hate vanilla, ya may wanna give this one a try.
I find the name misleading. You would expect a vanilla fragrance, and Vanille Galante doesn`t seem to be about vanilla. Instead, it`s white flower confection that smell like a cross of jasmine, ylang-ylang and lily, with a bare swetness of the vanilla. I think that, if you are a perfumer that doen`t like the vanille note and want to do a vanilla fragrance, at least you can do like this, constructing a decent abstract flower aroma, and not destroying the vanilla aroma with some strange ambers and wood, as Annick Goutal did with Vanille Exquise. Vanille Galante smell like a variation of a spring frargrance. It`s good, but something on the abstract floral gives me a brown impression that i don`t like. I still prefer the much better Osmanthe Yunnan as a floral fragrance to this one.
Floral vanilla ,quite densely long lasting on me. I much prefer the spciey scents of Parika brasil and Poivre Samarcande.
Hermèssence Vanille Galante by Hermès, 2009
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