Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Scents of Hermes.

By 1949, the Parisian fashion house Hermès was already primed to reach renowned status. So what do you do next when you're already producing what would soon become some of the world's most exclusive and coveted luxury apparel and goods? You make a fragrance to go along with everything else. Eau d'Hermès, created by Edmond Roudnitska, was the first of its kind: the scent, daring enough (at that time) to feature notes like bergamot, lemon tree, and cinnamon, instantly became a classic. Only 1500 bottles were made for the debut, and both women and men grabbed at the chance to waft in the smell of Hermes.

In 1959, Hermès decided to make their fragrance a continuing staple. It wasn't until 1961 however when the house finally decided to make their perfumery section subsidiary, coinciding with the re-entry into the US market and the release of Calèche by Hermés. Several very successful fragrances later and no one could deny that the family-run business had the golden touch, committing themselves to any and all products and executing them with the highest level of workmanship and taste.

Fast forward to 2009, and Hermès has done it yet again: their new trio of colognes for men, appropriately titled Les Colognes, is a mix of three very distinct scents all effervescent and classic in their own right. The set includes a modern version of Hermès most popular scent Eau d'Orange Verte, a simply effortless presentation of orange and mint notes; Eau de Pamplemousse Rose, showing off a delicious sparkling grapefruit scent with rose and rhubard; and the earthier Eau de Gentiane Blanche, featuring notes of white musk, gentian, and a hint of iris. The latter two fragrances are the creations of Hermès' new in-house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, whose renown in perfumery is nothing short of brilliant.

More information at Hermès.Com

If you're looking for something sheer but refreshing for the warmer months to come, or even for something more refined that can easily take you from morning to night, you can't go wrong with the new Les Colognes trio from Hermès. After all, who wouldn't want to walk around with that timeless smell of elegance, sophistication, and savoir-faire all-day long and all-year round?

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