Le Jardin De Monsieur Li

Hermès mint mixes with Hermès jasmine in this fragrance (Hermès 2015) that makes constant allusions to spring… And pretty, fruity little kumquat sits atop of the mix like a happy clam. Light, airy, but definitely not quiet, this is perfect for a somewhat dreary late winter Saturday. Notes: kumquat, jasmine and mint. Nose: Jean-Claude Ellena

Un Jardin Mediterranee 

Juniper mixes with citrus and jumps about (Hermès 2003). It’s a brew of thorny cypress and woody fig leaf.  Even worn in the true chill of a November day in Minnesota there’s a supple, young and lush beauty – almost as if a honeyed floral sweetness (orange blossom) plays with the scattered fall leaves  and brings…

Jardin Sur Le Nil 

This scent makes me happy. While the notes certainly don’t seem … autumnal (i.e. mango, tomato, carrot and bulrush)… it perfectly suits my mood. And frankly the iris, lotus, peony and citrus (lemon, orange) along with the Hermès signature are what I smell most when I wear it (Hermès 2005).  Actually it feels like a…

Eau de Cologne Hermès

Eau de Cologne Hermès (Hermès 1979) is bitter, fresh… herbal. Perfectly blended. The orange is sublime and mixes with rosemary, basil, exquisite neroli and cedar to create an earthy and serene scent. I can’t imagine a better fragrance for a warm day to feel collected and at ease… More uplifting and bright than many similar…

Calèche 

Calèche (Hermès 1961) opens with one of the most beautiful orange blossom arrangements I’ve ever encountered. The perfect woody citrus, neroli and aldehydes compliment the orange blossom to an almost tragically lovely degree – like a singularly pretty spring day. Into the drydown an herbal floral combination is prim but soothing and engaging. Intriguingly, on…

Terre D’ Hermès

Although masculine in many regards, Terre D’Hermès (Hermès 2006) is also quite universal and ultimately a chic, tasteful fragrance.  It’s bold but not brash, crisp but not uptight and clean without being at all shrill or abrasive.  It’s a lovely blending of vetiver, cedar and citrus.  And I think the warmth of benzoin and patchouli…

Amazone

I was determined to make a meal plan for the coming week this weekend.  Thankfully, I found a great timesaving shortcut in the Whole Foods Market weekly menu planning guide.  We based our entire week’s groceries on the current guide.   It was interesting.  We bought nutritional yeast for the first time and the majority of…