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 buoyant delight with a promise of warm light.  Into the drydown there’s subtle spice, and an cerulean charm…   I like this one.  
Top notes: bergamot, lemon and mandarin orange.   Middle notes: orange blossom and white nerium oleander.  Base notes: juniper, red cedar, musk, pistachio, fig leaf and cypress.  

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 kind, friendly and relaxed citrus scent to my nose – the sort of citrus you wear on cold, gray days to be reminded of the sun. Politely reminded. I need to acquire this…
Top notes: grapefruit, green mango, carrot and tomato.  Middle notes: orange, lotus, bulrush, hyacinth, and peony.  Base notes: incense, musk, cinnamon, iris and labdanum.  
Nose: Jean-Claude Ellena

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 classic floral and herbal fragrances but with the same elegance and depth.  

Top notes: papaya, mandarin orange, coriander, mango, mint, lemon, bergamot, and basil.  Middle notes: neroli, orange leaf, lily-of-the-valley, lavender, honeysuckle, and rosemary.  Base notes: cedar, oakmoss, musk, patchouli and sandalwood.  

Nose: Françoise Caron 


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 my skin the vintage oakmoss, vetiver, musk and cedar create a nearly spicy, animalic accord. And into the later drydown the lemon reemerges as a soft, powdery delight. This beauty is wild and free.

Nose: Guy Robert

Top notes: aldehydes, lemon, lime, mandarin orange, neroli, orange blossom and cypress.  Middle notes: ylang-ylang, rose, lily-of-the-valley, gardenia, iris and jasmine.  Base notes: cedar, oakmoss, vetiver, musk, amber, tonka bean and sandalwood. 

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 make the fragrance a great fit for day into night.

Top notes: orange and lemon.  Middle notes: pelargonium and pepper. Base notes: vetiver, cedar, patchouli and benzoin.

Nose: Jean-Claude Ellena



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 our purchases were fresh vegetables.  We’ll see how it turns out…  I’m kind of excited.

On our way to the grocery store we had a lot of fun when we stopped by a great local antique mall.  We were fortunate enough to have a particularly helpful antique dealer guiding our shopping who knew where all the great bottles and boxes of perfumes were in the store.  I was thrilled about a delightful miniature grandfather clock with perfume inside by George Button, called Gala Night (Bouton 1928) and a vintage box and bottle of Chanel no. 5 Extrait, but my husband was most taken by a cologne called Fuzzly…   🙂

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Fuzzly Cologne

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During our adventures I wore vintage Amazone, by Hermès (Hermès 1974).

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I can’t say that I favor the green floral perfumes launched in the 1970’s other than Chanel no. 19, but I actually really like vintage Amazone.  There’s something distinctly pretty and timeless about this green scent.  Although, I’m noticing that I tend to like fragrances like Amazone with notes of Galbanum, Narcissus, Vetiver, Oakmoss, Orris Root, Raspberry and Iris.  I also love all the Hermès perfumes, and really anything Hermès in general (it’s hard not to), so along with Amazone I wore an Hermès silk scarf.

vintage Confidents Des Coeurs, Hermès

vintage Confidents Des Coeurs, Hermès

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Reiss black jacket – Confidents Des Coeurs silk Hermès scarf – Oatmeal Old Navy knit shirt – Banana Republic skinny jeans – vintage 1960’s leather shoes


It’s supposed to snow today.  I wonder how much we’ll get…  🙂

Until Wednesday…

(Hermès scarf tying is fun…)