Originally Posted by mr. reasonable
It took me a litle while to sort this one out and I am a fan of JCE's work - worth trying a few times IMO, even though in the end it's probably not one I will turn to that often.
Just a thought - IF this were to be looked at as an introduction for someone not familiar with Hermes / JCE, (and the bottle and the name look like they are geared to attract new customers), then it's quite well thought out - the opening hints at the Jardin series (for me), the other aspects might lead you to other Hermes (or JCE - Declaration) compositions . . .
Seen as a primer, rather than a recap, it sort of makes sense as a way to 'back into' the various aspects of his work.
+1, I think I lot of the negative reviews result from us BNers being overly familiar with everything JCE. Taken as an individual composition, with no prior knowledge of the JCE style, it's pretty good.
For a beginner, Voyage would indeed be a great intro. Many of the scents it recalls are often said to be too much
something. Declaration has earned a reputation for too much cumin and cardamom. TdH - too much cedar and ISO-E. Jardins - too much fruit and too synthetic.
Voyage isn't too much anything. Here, that's probably a weakness. In the world of the high end department store sales counter, that's a strength. My guess is that Voyage achieved exactly what JCE meant for it to achieve.