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Group: Woody spicy
Un Jardin Apres La Mousson (A garden after the monsoon) Eau de Toilette is the third fragrance of Hermes that takes us on a journey into the scented gardens of the world. As one of my favourite fresh 'fumes I wear in summer is previous addition Un Jardin Sur Le Nil, I got hold of a 15ml purse spray of La Mousson on eBay to compare.
A simple, white carton box houses this airy and light cologne adorned by oriental impressions of flowers and leaves. The bottle is tall but sturdy and heavy. It has a gradual green-blue tint that could well be the colour of foliage and herbs to the colour of the river as the sky is reflected in it. The golden coloured atomizer is capped with a transparent spherical top.
Top notes: ginger, coriander, cardamon
A mixture of hot, frothy milk, spiced with cardamon, coriander infused with a hint of nutmeg hits my nose upon application which awaken the imagination and you start wondering how this concoction could actually come from a perfume bottle.
A fresh brew of cool, crisp greenness and hot shots of spices; the fragrance is a cacophony of sensations which isn't too overbearing or over the top. The two faces emerge side by side and gradually evolving into a traveller's memory. For me it's a sip of a chai latte while rowing a boat on a river into the sunset in the Orient. Like a box of praline with secret ingredients you pull without looking, it's magically unique; spicy, warm and refresheningly aquatic.
Middle notes: ginger blossom, black pepper
After about an hour I start to distinguish an unmistakable green, warm note of aquatic and citrusy bitter orange or lime aroma which will characterize most the scent's middle phase. The scent then mingles with a light peppery note, the still present warmth of spiced chai and the greeness of coriander to create an exotic, mellow and somewhat bittersweet scent with a certain hazy, milky quality.
After 3 hours the two different themes going on in parallel have stabilised and now the warm spices and the fresh citrusy aroma was reminiscent of its sister fragrance Jardin Sur le Nil as if taking away the warmer, spicier notes, we'd be left with the heart notes of Jardin Sur Le Nil, a phase that was just as long lasting, up to 4 - 6 hours.
Base notes: vetiver
The most dominant notes in the drydown are quite dry and woody. The overall impression however is still warm, as the harsher, masculine scents are complemented by the clean and softening hint of spice. Contrary to the middle notes that seemed to develop similarly to Jardin Sur le Nil, now it was again refined and full of contrasts, warm and dry, woody, vegetal and spicy like the colours of the rainbrow.
Un Jardin Apres La Mousson is a unique, fresh, elegant and modern fragrance where exotic green and citrus freshness is woven across a delicate tissue of subtle, almost crispy and transparent spices and dry woody notes. It's one of the most expressive and innovative colognes I've encountered to date which is simple, fresh and yet so different from your usual citrusy spritz. The fragrance is really able to surprise, evoke memories and transport you to foreign lands. Recommended for both sexes alike.
Price / where to buy
The 50ml Eau de Toilette version will cost you in the region of £50, so it's best shopping around online at discounters or eBay where the same bottle is sold for about £32 plus postage.
Originality: 5 / 5
Composition: 5 / 5
Staying power: 4 / 5
Value for money: 4 / 5
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A serene expression of nature's rebirth after the rain, somewhere in India. A vegetal, floral, spicy eau de toilette.The composition includes spicy stingingly notes, cardamom, coriander, pepper, ginger and ginger blossom. It also includes accords of vetiver.