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    Default Voyage d'Hermes in stores !

    I just tried the new Voyage d'Hermes which is now in the Hermes stores ,at least at the 2 in Manchester ! They will start selling it on 13th March.The bottle is absolutely beautiful ,quite unlike anything else around , they will be selling refills a bit later on as well.The fragrance is typical JCE , light, fresh, clean not complex ,it is exactly as described a woody musk and has good longevity ,I can still smell it 6 hours on;although I did spray quite a lot on I was also given some samples to take away so will have a play with it over the next few days.Having said all this I am not sure if I would rush to buy it , I love Ellena's fragrances but felt this didn't grab me enough, it is very pleasant but not so exciting to make it a must have, especially at the price asked.The beautiful bottle might make me change my mind though !

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    Oakman: what's the price for a bottle in the Hermes store?

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    Thanks for the update. I am sure I will try it at some point - I won't be rushing. But "light, fresh, clean not complex" does not usually interest me - cool bottle or not.
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    Default Re: Voyage d'Hermes in stores !

    I'm not a huge fan of JC Ellena, but I guess I will have to mosey on down to Hermès this weekend...

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    Can't wait to try it - I will try to make it over to Hermes this weekend.
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    There's also a new review of it here:
    http://www.mimifroufrou.com/scenteds...age_by_he.html

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    I have read the review at Scented Salamander and came away saying to myself...what? I wish the reviewers would review and cease and desist from the flowery discriptive drama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N_Tesla View Post
    I have read the review at Scented Salamander and came away saying to myself...what? I wish the reviewers would review and cease and desist from the flowery discriptive drama.
    I agree that the verbiage seems overdone. Embedded in all that is the main point (IMO): "it distills a certain dullness."

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    Quote Originally Posted by N_Tesla View Post
    I have read the review at Scented Salamander and came away saying to myself...what? I wish the reviewers would review and cease and desist from the flowery discriptive drama.
    If brevity is the soul of wit, this review proves just the opposite.
    How about this: Ellena always always gets me wanting, but he seldom delivers the goods. Touché!
    That said, I can't wait to give this one a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by furrypine View Post
    Oakman: what's the price for a bottle in the Hermes store?
    The price is £53 for 35ml and £76 for 100ml , and the fragrance is also now listed on the Hermes website . It makes the smaller size very expensive in comparison !

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    53 quid for 35ml?! Holy moly, that's...expensive!!

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    I cherished Hermes' good old classics... reformulated and gone, a pitty.

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    Wow that review on scented salamander is more a tribute to overly considered writing than a fragrance review!

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    Oh my gravy, that bottle is badass. Too bad the scent sounds so dull.

    Ugh, Scented Salamander. This is why I wait around for NowSmellThis or Katie Puckrick's reviews. Occasional lapses into floral, abstract language, but grounded by actual criticism. How very!

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    Quote Originally Posted by N_Tesla View Post
    I have read the review at Scented Salamander and came away saying to myself...what? I wish the reviewers would review and cease and desist from the flowery discriptive drama.
    I agree with you 100%. It isn't painting a picture. It obfuscates the view.
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    I'm not a fan of gimmicky flip-top bottles but I'll let the fragrance speak for itself. I'm not excited about the news based on the review so I am ok with waiting until some of you can report on it. In the meantime, I have vetiver tonka that I want to retest to see if my feelings have changed on it.
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    Oooo .. now I can finally talk about it. I received a bottle in my office much earlier but was not allowed to talk about it to anyone and it was pure torture to keep mum about it. It pretty much smells like Jardin sur le nil + sweaty socks. A journey from the Nile to India, without the time to take a bath. Of cos, being a work of JCE, this is sweaty socks that is actually agreeable. An interesting fragrance .. not pretty .. but interesting.
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    I have a sample of this, sitting on my desk, as I type this. I will give it a full wearing tomorrow and post my thoughts.

    For now, I'll offer this:

    - It smells like bits and pieces of one of the Jardin de Nils...I can't put my finger on which one yet.
    - The musk note I can smell (which I was surprised, since many musk notes I cannot smell) and the musk note is quite agreeable.
    - The bottle is even more adorable in person, than it is in the pictures.
    - According to the SA at Hermes, not only will it be sold in a small and large bottle, but they will also sell a 100 or 125 ml (I can't remember which) refill bottle, to fill the bottles which have screw off atomizers, which makes sense for a travel-oriented fragrance.
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    Would love to hear more about this one.

    Anyone else picking up the flint/mineralic notes mentioned over at scented Salamander? Or maybe the 'concrete iris' note? That makes it sound quite good to me - industrial and abstract. But the juxtaposition of cumin to add a human element seems like an odd pairing of notes.
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    Wearing it again this afternoon...

    The other Hermes scent, that it most closely resembles IMO is Un Jardin de Mediteranee. That wispy transparent fig note is here, almost like coconut but not sweet. It shows up right when you spray it on and sticks around for the first few minutes before it fades. I do not smell much a flint/mineral note, nor do I sense cumin. The animalic/musk element is more like that slightly urinous accord certain grapefruit scents smell like - but with a bit more 'white fuzziness' to it. I keep wanting to say it's a tomato leaf accord (again, another JCE scent has a prominent tomato leaf accord, Eau de Campagne) but then it morphs again and I'm not quite sure if it's my mind or my nose that smells that.

    When I apply, from the tiny glass vial, I sprayed about 12 sprays on (no kidding) to get this to 'stick'. Even at this dosage, it's still almost imperceptible at certain moments - in the typical JCE style we have come to know.

    It's nice. I'm definitely not wowed over it and I really would have liked for this to have smelled different from other Hermes fragrances (like Hermessence Vanille Galante and Un Jardin Apres la Mousson did)...but it smells very familiar and it's hard for me to get excited when there's this strong sense of familiarity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    According to the SA at Hermes, not only will it be sold in a small and large bottle, but they will also sell a 100 or 125 ml (I can't remember which) refill bottle, to fill the bottles which have screw off atomizers, which makes sense for a travel-oriented fragrance.
    Hey Mike, curious if Hermes will be selling the travel bottles empty so one can put whatever "Hermes" scent they want in it? A beautiful, high end, refillable, travel atomizer is such a great gift idea.

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    Can't wait to try this, sounds brill! I'm becoming a big fan of Hermes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    Hey Mike, curious if Hermes will be selling the travel bottles empty so one can put whatever "Hermes" scent they want in it? A beautiful, high end, refillable, travel atomizer is such a great gift idea.
    No. But that's a great idea.
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    This is in all Hermes retailers already?
    or only in hermes boutiques for a while ?
    Chicago's Hermes boutique is closed on sunday...
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    The bottle does look nice!


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    So I was at Holt Renfrew today and I tried it, the SA seemed a bit surprised I even knew about it! Apparently they are doing a 'soft launch' at the Yorkdale HR.

    The opening is sharp and somewhat spicy, pleasant and slightly generic even. It then morphs into a rather weird and simple smell which must be the musk, and finally the dry down is an amazing, clean, woody scent. The dry down will be brilliant on a hot day, once in a while I get a very brief note of dried coconut. 1 spray and 3 hours later I only smell it if I smack my wrist to my nose, I guess this will be one you've got to really apply well.

    However, at $105CDN for 35ml this fragrance just smells a bit cheap in the beginning and is not smooth enough...for $124 (at HR) you can buy 75ml of the Terre d' Hermes parfum!

    Is there a chance Hermes will reprice all its perfumes to this same level?

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    This is as good an excuse as any to head up to The Bal Harbour Shops tomorrow.
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    I forgot to mention that when I brought Ray with me into the Hermes boutique, the very first thing he said when he saw the bottle was, 'That looks like one of those things you see on a horse saddle' to which the Hermes SA said 'Yes, that's exactly what its patterned after'. I was a bit surprised, because I (just like many on Basenotes) myself thought it looked like a cell phone the first time I saw it.

    Oh and reading todays review of this over at Now Smell This, I realize that this does have a tiny bit of cardamom (ala Declaration by Cartier) in the middle notes. I don't know how I missed detecting it, but as soon as I smell it now, my nose zeroes in on the cardamom clear-as-day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I forgot to mention that when I brought Ray with me into the Hermes boutique, the very first thing he said when he saw the bottle was, 'That looks like one of those things you see on a horse saddle' to which the Hermes SA said 'Yes, that's exactly what its patterned after'.
    Almost everything designed by Hermes makes reference in some way to their heritage as harness makers. The references are sometimes so obvious that they go right over one's head. BTW, that thing that Ray was referring to is called a stirrup.

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    Ahh! I'm so excited because the nicest friend ever surprised me today with a visit from the fedex man and a package containing:



    The bottle is so cute. I also love how the packaging mimics the cloth slip-covers and bolduc ribbons that Hermes uses. It's like the bottle is wrapped up in a dust-cover for safe traveling in my suitcase.

    I agree with Mike about the fig/coconut note and relationship to Un Jardin en Mediterranee. From my first sniff, I'm intrigued! I don't smell the dirty socks that someone mentioned, but I did for a moment think that I was picking up some cumin. I was getting the suggestion of human body, in any case.

    The "concrete iris" imagery kind of works for me, too. A dusty, concrete iris...

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