Hey there Posse, Eau des Merveilles (O D merv-A-yah) which means Water Of Wonders is one of the best loved of the Hermès ranges by perfumistas because it’s so damn weird, yet totally wearable. It’s like the salted/amber/woods version or freaky gorgeous rubber/vanilla/leather BVLGARI Black. On initial spritz I was like, ErMerGerd! This shit is FOUL. For both of them but then they grow on you and suddenly you’re craving them like, well, like someone who craves something A LOT! Yep, I’m really good at the writing and thinking today, clearly.
Eau des Merveilles by Hermès 2004
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Orange, Lemon
Heart: Amber, Pepper, Pink pepper, Violet
Base: Oakmoss, Fir, Vetiver, Cedar
So though I love Eau des Merveilles it’s not something I use all the time so instead of buying a full bottle I have been using decants. This is my third and Surrender To Chance also have Roller Balls so this time I decided to get a 5ml Roller Ball which is perfect in my day to day travel pack slipped into my backpack. From the Roller Ball I’m getting a much richer, longer lasting version of Eau des Merveilles that is less sillage powerful. It’s like putting a parfum version on, no I have no idea why.
So Water Of Wonders? Supposed to be based on Ambergris. Yeah, I get that. A lovely recreation of it when I think about it. Ralf Schwieger and Nathalie Feisthauer created an enduring Hermès masterpiece.
The citrus on open is already crusty with seasalt and has the zing of pepper making it fizz gently. It must be the amber but my head is telling me there’s also some creamy white flower hiding in the waves here. Dry vetiver and driftwoods that have spent years bobbing around the world’s oceans before making landfall. Imagine the cleanest. most pristine beach with only a few pieces of drift and zero seaweed and dead fish. It’s fresh and refreshing while also having a warmth that suggests sunlight heating my skin and that fabulously crunchy feel as you start drying from swimming in the ocean.
Have you tried Eau des Merveilles or any of the long list of flankers? What are your thoughts?
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