First, for those who asked for pictures of my hand-applied airbrushed tan, I was at the end of the two-week cycle and ready for a new spray this week, so I’ll wait until after this application and see if I can get some pictures so you can see the color.
Hey, we have new Hermes perfumes!!!! Jean-Claude Ellena has created two new perfumes for Hermes – Eau de Pamplemousse Rose, which means pink grapefruit, and Eau de Gentiane blanche.
Just to make sure everyone is clear on the Pamplemousse Rose, I detect no rose in this at all and no rose note is listed anywhere, so I presume the rose stands for the pink color to the grapefruit. So those of you that run screaming from rose need have no fear with this. Notes of orange, rhubofix (a Firmenich aromachemical with a “a zesty freshness and unique green rhubarb effect”), lemon, grapefruit and vetiver. This is the happiest, most refreshing perfume on the planet. It is all grapfruity zest on the open, not sweet, but not really sour, just a little puckish, enough to make you smile. The perfect summer fragrance, you can just drown in this stuff if you want, and you’ll never offend a soul. The drydown gives a little of the vetiver for some body, but that’s pretty much the depth of this stream. It is absolutely perfect for what it is, and I know it will be in heavy rotation all summer for me. Both of these are priced at $125 for 100 ml. I’m not sure what the 200 ml size runs, but assume in the $200 range.
Eau de Gentaine Blanche has notes of white musk aromas, gentiana plant, iris and incense is dry, dry, dry, dry dry. I love it desperately, but I”m sure a lot of people won’t. It’s earthy and rooty from the iris, slightly musky. It’s like smelling baked summer earth. This probably leans a little more masculine, but I’m a huge fan and think it is perfect for women too.
Just a quick mention of the Kelly Caleche EDP release. Now the release Robin cited says it has enhanced floral notes, and those notes include barenia leather, lambskin, rose, violet and vanilla. I mean, yeah, the floral notes seem more discrete, but this is what I wanted the EDT to smell like – it haz leathah, ladies!!!! Okay, not a ton, but more than I remember in the EDT, which seemed a lot sweeter and more floral. I really should compare this side by side, and I’d be interested for others’ thoughts if they have smelled them side by side. This is flowers in an expensive leather bag or, better yet, cradled in a sweaty cowboy’s hat on a summer night. Oh, dear, I don’t really need to follow that thought.