Hey Hey Perfume Posse. Hermessence is a group of fragrances created by Jean-Claude Ellena for the Hermès boutiques. They are available only in stores and a few lucky department stores that have internal Hermès stand alones like Selfridge & Co. in London. The line is regularly lauded and panned by perfumistas. It seems they are created for a very specific taste range, yet also manage to be accepted as style benchmarks by the wider general public. Maybe due to Hermès own iconic status as one of the last self governed multi nationals. One of the things I particularly like about the Hermessence range is that they can be bought in sensible 15ml travel sets of 4, though the costs is way more per ml, which means you can have choice. LOVE choice!
Hermessence: Hermès Exclusive Line
No matter your favourite notes in perfumery the Hermessence range isa filling up to showcase at least one thing that will grab your attention. Be it amber, pepper, rose, lily of the valley or sandalwood within the oily, wet, sheer and elegant confines of the range you’ll find something to satisfy your fragrant cravings. Here are a few that I have paid retail for:
Hermessence Ambre Narguilé
Known here on the Posse as the Nazgul Ambre Narguilé is the largest scent in the Hermessence line. Amber, sweet tobacco and smoke of the winters air all combine to create a chewy, crunchy caramelised fragrance that wears linear and lasts all day. This is an evening or cold weather go-to for me but I have a mate here in Sydney who wears it in summer too and smells amazing. When I first bought my Surrender To Chance sample I drained it in a moment but since I’ve owned my 15ml travel it doesn’t get so much wear, I’m going to put it in my travel wetpack today so I have it for wearing on weekend jaunts.
Hermessence Cuir d’Ange
When Cuir d’Ange came on the market I went straight to Surrender To Chance to get a sample because it was released overseas before we got it here. INSTANT love. My first 15ml travel of the baby was gifted to me by Val the Cookie Queen and I ran that dry in no time so I’m currently on my second 15ml and when it’s empty I’m going FB. There is something so soft and supple about it and I feel I can wear it at any and all times, though this applies to most of the Hermessence line. Considering how sheer it is I’m always surprised when people compliment me on it, which happens regularly. Even Tara from A Bottled Rose gave me an unexpected thumbs up while we were in Venice earlier this year.
Hermessence Vanille Galante
Vanilla and lily, an unexpected and interesting pairing that when I first bought a Surrender To Chance sample was put directly into the give it away pile. Too freaky for me back then. So about 3 years ago it came as a sample with something else I bought at Hermès and this time it was love. I drained that sample in no time and then saw someone selling a 15ml travel which I snapped up, drained and last time I was buying a 4 travel pack I added a new one to replace the empty. It’s a fabulous travel scent because it’s neither warm nor cool and fits into both temps beautifully. I recently had to take it out of my travel wetpack because there’s only a couple of ml left.
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Which is your favourite Hermessence?