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This cologne is something my father has worn on and off for a lot of years and I have always remembered there being a bottle on his dressing table. Whilst I don't own this myself I do have experience of smelling it and I have asked my father for a lot of information which I have included in this review.
Hermes is best know probably for the leather goods and saddles that it originally started to produce in 1837, but they branched out into clothes and cologne and perfumes as well as leather goods. It is an icon French brand that is often thought of with a luxury tag.
The cologne is packaged in an orange box that has the information about the cologne discreetly written on it. There is a green label that shows a horse and carriage that is the Hermes logo. The whole image is one of understated French elegance. The bottles my father buys or we buy for gifts is always the atomiser version of this. The bottle itself is a lovely deep green that has a slight incline to it so it is larger at the top than the bottom and makes it very nice my father assures me to be held in the hand when spraying. He reports that in all the bottles he has had that at no time has the atomiser failed to work or dispense a nice squirt in the correct direction.
This perfume that was created in 1979 is marketed as a unisex scent; however I have to say it is to me a very masculine scent and one that I have never been tempted to wear myself
Top notes: Lemon and mandarin
On first squirting this cologne the scent that is immediately apparent is the mandarin and orangey notes that this brings. There is a slight hint of alcohol to the cologne on the first squirt but both my father and I notice the orange more and get a bit of a fruity Mediterranean feel to it. These citrus notes conjure up memories for my dad of holidays in Scilly where they were able to pick citrus fruits straight from the tree in the villa and I have to agree with him that the notes do conjure up a these images. The top notes last about 5 minutes before the next notes start to become apparent.
Middle notes: Papaya and mango
The middle notes of the papaya and mango are a real fruit cocktail however these notes are not that strong and don't linger around and tend to be more dominated by the citrus notes from earlier.
Base notes: Oak moss and patchouli
These final notes are one of the appealing points for my father as the oak moss seems gives a nice woody edge to balance out the sharpness of the citrus and seem to make it more masculine in its scent. The patchouli is only faint but gives enough smokiness and dry notes to balance out the mix in his opinion.
The layering of scents are a nice blend of woody tones and citrus notes that makes you think you are back picking fresh fruits from a tree in the Mediterranean on holiday. My father prefers this as a summer scent as it makes him feel all fresh and summery. However he will occasionally wear it during the winter when the foggy cold days make him want to remember his holidays and he claims it helps put a spring in his step on these days.
The scent to me when my dad wears it always seems a very masculine scent as for me due to the dominate features of the woody tones of the oak moss and it is because of this I think it is more a male scent rather than a unisex one. My dad is a man in his early 60's but has worn this since I was school over 20 years ago and I remember it well on his dressing table along side Ralph Lauren Polo as I grew up so for me it is a scent that when I smell it reminds me of him. I think the scent is more for a man in his 30's onwards rather than a younger person scent.
This is the area the scent lets itself down in as the longest it seems to last is between 3-5 hours depending on the warmth of the day. This I think is a shame as it should I feel for the price linger around longer than this. My dad doesn't seem to mind re applying this during the day if needed but has found that you can get a concentrate version which linger around for around 8 hours but does cost a great deal more any where between £20-30.
Lovely cologne for men that conjures memories of the warm days in the Mediterranean as you walk through citrus groves. The only disadvantage is the lack of staying power. It is available on line from Amazon for around £55 for a 200ml bottle. My dad tends to buy his now from various department stores.
This unisex fragrance opens with an intense citrus blast of lemon and bergamot which invigorates the mind and body before softer floral notes of jasmine and orange blossom form the delicate, androgynous body. A sophisticated scent for both men and women.