The Hermessence had there official launch today.
I past by the Brussels Hermes boutique on my way to work and there they were, I could see them right true the glass door eventho the shop wasn't lit yet. So I went back to the store during my lunch break.
They are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!! Even the counter where they show the fragrances is beautiful.
Those who love Different Company's Bois d'Iris won't be disappointed: they are complex yet minimalist, rich yet airy. You can smell the 3 different steps in the fragrance pyramide very clearly, they change all the time.
I particulary liked Poivre Samarcande. Starts a little green like Bois d'Iris, then the spices hit you but are just a bit later soften by woody notes and musk.
Also Ambre Narguilé. It's a gourmand with notes of caramel, something I wouldn't have expected from Jean-Claude Ellena. He used all the ingrediants that Serge Lutens uses (like labdanum, cinnamon, honey, vanilla,...) but worked in an oposite way. It's like a soft blanket to wrap yourself in.
Mike C is going to go bananas for Vetiver Tonka. It's classic and sexy at the same time. The start is very fresh and citrussy, then rather floral and fruity but ends sensual with a contrast of the soft tonka bean and smokey grilled hazelnut.
The one I have to re-sample is Rose Ikebana. A very delicat green rose.
The boutique didn't have the 90 euro sampler box with 4 purse sprays. Because that's what I really wanted! >
Anyways they gave me 2 samples (Poivre and Vetiver) and a little booklet.
The lady who served me was actually from parfums Hermes (not from the store) and was specially there for the launch day. I tried to make her say more about Jean-Claude Ellena's next year themed cologne (in the style of Un Jardin) but she didn't want to say anything, not even Hermes next years theme (this year it's magic). All she said was: "At Hermes we take one step at a time." Ok that was a great answer but left me a bit frustrated.