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Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Toit Eau de Toilette

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Brand: HermÌs / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Toilette / What it does: destresses,

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      26.06.2013 23:38
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      Beautiful, fresh, aromatic and grassy rose from the Un Jardin series

      Launched: 2011
      Group: Aromatic fruity

      INTRODUCTION

      Un Jardin Sur le Toit (A Garden on the Roof) is the last edition of fragrant compositions inspired by the gardens of the world and composed by in-house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena for Hermes. I'm now a happy owner of all four of these fragrances which come in a 15ml travel spray format as well as my very first full-sized bottle of Un Jardin Sur le Nil. The Roof Garden referenced in the name can be actually found on the top of Hermès' headquarters building located at 24, rue Faubourg in Paris.

      THE PACKAGING

      The 15ml spray comes in a sleek, tall bottle with a metallic lid as opposed to the chunky, heavy tinted glass bottle of the larger sizes. The packaging is the same for all sizes and this time it bears the drawing of the roof garden and the surrounding buildings in simple, yet elegant green and black colours on a white background.

      THE FRAGRANCE

      Fragrance notes: grass, apple, pear, rose, magnolia, rosemary

      Un Jardin Sur le Toit, or UJSLT for short opens up with juicy, sweet and fresh grass note that's green and breezy and mixes quickly with tart, crunchy apple and pear that's lively, vibrant and invigorating, very very far from the usual, one-dimensional citrus openings. Soon rose seeps in and blends in with the greeness and softens it up a little bit. The fragrance still retains a a sort of grassy sweetness probably because of the presence of pleasantly crunchy fruits which are either too acidic or cloying but just perfectly balanced to my nose. The rose, however natural, is a little bit sharp and oily at the beginning compared to the fruits that actually feel crisp and fresh. To sum up, the accord is a lovely, sunny and effervescent kaleidoscope where the ingredients sort of bounce around in a lively manner.

      As the fragrance settles, the heart focuses more and more on the transparent rose twisted with an earthy and spicy note from Apres La Mousson (cardamom?) rendering the juicy, green, fruity and multifaceted rose just a little bit spicier and alluring. The light and fresh nature of the eau de toilette is still there it just got a bit warmer and deeper. This is the phase I love the most and this is where people comment most and I can see why. The breezy, spicy green floral mixture is unusual and beautifully made and virtually titillates the senses. It only stays on for about four hours and projects moderately but it's a wonderful delight to wear and smell.

      From about five hours on, the base which stays close to the skin with a discreet and sort of earthy scent and a pinch of citrusy - salty skin note is strongly reminiscent of the other bases in the Jardin series. The projection has mostly gone except on clothing and on hair, where I could still get whiffs of the wonderful green rosy heart whenever a breeze passed by. The rose has become quiet - not that it was ever very obviously rosy, it's kind of like a breezy rose that appears in and out of sight - as the aromatic, clean and lightly woody - musky lingering aroma lets the rose shine through occasionally until it finally disappears in about eight hours.

      CONCLUSION

      UJSLT is a uniquely fresh, aromatic and floral scent that's rapidly becoming my favourite of the four Jardin compositions. Whilst it shares some DNA with all three of its siblings such as the fresh-citrusy fingerprint which definitely comes from the top accords of Un Jardin sur le Nil, the same touch of spicy warmth that can be detected in Après La Mousson and the greener, herbal nature of En Mediterranée, UJSLT isn't just a pick and mix of these former creations but feels like a culmination of the first three fragrances. With added fresh, green and sweet rose, UJSLT has it's own personality and blended with other influences the rose is actually made more versatile. Being sweet, fresh and green with a touch of aromatic spice, UJSLT is a great example of Ellena's fine artistic work. By mixing up genres he has the capacity to create something light, enchanting that's seemingly simple yet complex and multi-faceted with such effortless ease.

      Far from the dictates of obnoxious masses of sharp colognes and in your face, cloying fruity florals, UJSLT is more like an impressionist painting or watercolour that takes you on an olfactory journey into the perfumer's fragrant fantasy. Ellena applies a minimalist approach using only a few but very high quality raw materials in extremely low proportions to paint his olfactory pictures. On a personal note, the fragrance has gained me many compliments in the first few hours of wear as it projects well and it is a lively, vibrant and light but tenacious fruity - grassy - floral cocktail before it settles. Lovely to be worn outdoors, at a picnic and even in hot weather, UJSLT is probably more suited to ladies as it's largely feminine and delicate. If you're into fresh, fruity and aromatic woody and musky roses and don't mind the staying power and sillage issues, I absolutely recommend UJSLT, a fragrance that for me has redefined the standard of how summer niche fragrances should be done.

      PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

      The prices in stores and online do not vary a lot being UJSLT a relatively recent release. The price for the 30ml, 50ml and 100ml range from £37.79, £43.90 to £70.50 respectively. I paid around £13 for my 15ml travel edition on Ebay including postage.

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    • Product Details

      An aromatic fruity fragrance for modern ladies Inspired by the luxurious garden located on the HermÌs headquarters in Paris Crisp sweet juicy relaxing and tantalizing Contains notes of apple pear rose green grass basil magnolia and compost notes Launched in 2011 Recommended for spring or summer wear