Help me understand fragrance: Hermes edition.
December 24, 2013 3:45 PM Subscribe
Do you use Hermes perfumes? Do you like them? Can you explain them to me? I'm not a typical perfume wearer. I recently tried the Hermes fragrance Un Jardin Sur Le Toit at a friend's house and I really liked it. Then I started googling and found myself in a world of top notes, drydowns, accords, and other things where I don't even know what the words mean, much less how to understand them. Can you help me?
posted by aaanastasia to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (13 answers total) 43 users marked this as a favorite
So, I understand via google that Hermes has a perfumer named Jean-Claude Ellena, who is well regarded. I understand that Hermes has a lot of different perfumes and eau de toilettes (which I only sort of understand the difference between).
What I want is a breakdown (if it exists, or if it is possible to describe) of the different fragrances in the Hermes library and how they compare and how one chooses one over another.
Also, I am curious about what Jean-Claude Ellena does that makes him well-regarded. How does a perfumer become a good perfumer?
Please assume that I have no prior knowledge of perfume except for watching this French romantic comedy