40 Days and 40 Nights of Beauty Brand Reviews
Day 16, Hermes
Tussah: I ‘m not sure how it happened. When I was a young hippie-chick in college I somehow got on the mailing list and received a copy of the elegant, colorful Hermes scarf catalog. So there I was in my patched, embroidered hip-hugger jeans, wearing my embroidered suede belt & sitting at my desk in a room full of Yes posters, falling in love with the beautiful scarves that I couldn’t afford.
At some point in a week (for way too many weeks) I would go through that catalog & choose myself a “scarf of the week” instead of studying like I was supposed to. I was taking textile arts classes at the time & we would scavenge at dime & thrift stores for just the right scarf/bandana to wear with our long straight hair. I still like that look. But I could see, even just from the pictures, that Hermes was quality. Wikipedia lists Hermes first scarf as being produced in 1928 & since 1937 they have produced over 25,000 scarf designs. I could say that I got as much enjoyment out of looking at those pictures as owning a gorgeous Hermes scarf, but that would be a stretch.
Hermes fragrances are also some of the most beautiful, quality products available. My personal favorites are Ambre narguile (in the Hermessence series) and Un Jardin sur le nil. Both are lovely, but at two ends of the fragrance spectrum. Ambre narguile is a very comforting, warm, wearable amber, starting out with a cinnamon note that reminds me of warm bakery, but not in an overly foody way. The drydown is sweet, woody and dry. It is a luscious, delicious fragrance that is perfect for fall & winter.
In contrast, Un Jardin sur le nil is fresh & green with lovely floral & basenotes. The opening notes are green mango and grapefruit , with middle notes of calamus and lotus and basenotes of sycamore & frankincense. This fragrance is lovely year-round, but spectacular for spring and summer. Hermes covers the seasons of the year with these two truly amazing fragrances.
Annieytown: Rose Ikebana is a rose based scent with notes of peony, magnolia, pink peppercorn, zest of grapefruit, rhubarb and vanilla honey. The official description states that it is a rose tea scent. It actually does remind me of my beloved rose tea from Takashimaya. It feels like you have received a dozen fresh roses while sipping on the best pot of tea you ever had. Throw in some warm sun and you have the essence of Ikebana.
The grapefruit note is on low volume in Ikebana. It appears crisp, sparkling and bright but it does not distract from the other notes.
It is a zesty and snappy fragrance.
It is a bottle filled with good cheer and hopefulness.
You can not be in a bad mood when you wear it.
I generally wear it during the first week of spring and the hot days of summer.
Hopefully those days are coming.
I can not handle another snowfake.
Photos: Cavewoman and Blogdorf Goodman
Disclosure: The products were purchased by the reviewers.