Ah, Jour d’ Hermes Gardenia. Patty loved this and raved about it recently, saying, “It’s that sophisticated, elegant floral that is perfect when you want a plush gardenia floral instead of something more earthy.” So after that, and with gardenia in the name, how could I resist? The first dab inspired an “Ooh – lovely!!” But 15 or so minutes later, a pleasant but soft echo of that great opening was all that remained. OK, says I, let’s spritz this baby. Two shots to the wrist and of course, a nicer, bigger blast of lovely opening resulted. Only this time, it took about 45 minutes to ease down to a shadow of its former self. Oh, nothing like a fleeting fragrance that you love and wish would go on forever!
Of course, this is perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena’s work, so it’s pretty much a given that it won’t overpower you. For what it’s worth, I found the original Jour d’Hermes and the Jour d’Hermes Absolu to last significantly longer on my skin than this one though.
Another recent beauty that I absolutely adore is Annick Goutal’s L’lle au Thé (waves to March who reviewed it for us!). But it, too, showed a fleeting nature on my skin. A bit longer than an hour after two spritzes and I find myself ready to re-spray up a storm. I realize it’s made to be a light, clean scent, but I did hope to enjoy it a bit longer.
So it seems I’m going through my little decants at an alarming rate. I found myself wishing for thick, richly scented body creams in both of these scents to help boost them along. And knowing Hermes, there’s a good chance of that, or at least a body lotion, especially if their Gardenia takes off and sells well.
I guess some scents are just going to work out that way on your skin. But why, oh why, do the ones you dislike always seem to stick around forever?
Anyhoo, guess I’ll I just plan on keeping the decants with me and re-spritz as needed. And if they are that light and fleeting, then they’re unlikely to offend anyone. Of course, in my scent-free office, I can’t take that chance, but in my free time, I can spray to my heart’s content.
What fragrances do you love but are fleeting on your skin? Do you just re-spray often or have you found layering with body products (or some other way) helps keep the love going?
Photo borrowed from Fragrantica