By Val the Cookie Queen (from APJ)
”Using oils is highly sensuous. I wanted to have people putting it on their finger and applying it skin-on-skin.’’ – Christine Nagel, Hermes perfumer
Hermès have introduced Cardamusc and Musc Pallida, two 20ml essences de parfum, into their exclusive Hermessence collection, available only in the Hermès stores. The parfum essence is carried by the lightest of oils and melts into the skin as though it was never there, leaving behind the most elegant and divine smell.
The essences wrap their threads around you, the warmth of the skin magnifying the qualities of the materials Nagel has used. Both are absolutely stunning.
Cardamusc Essence de Parfum
Exactly as the name suggests, it opens with an overdose of a rich, fragrant, very green cardamom which softens when the musks warm up on the skin, each layer slowly revealing itself. As it develops, the cardamom remains anchored by a very beautiful sweet vetiver, never losing the sensuality that the musks bring to the creation. Divine.
Musc Pallida Essence de Parfum
Opening with iris, it soon becomes a musky, powdery, peppery, and violet (violet the flower) tinged iris. Musc Pallida oozes elegance and tranquility, and at the same time, remains scintillating, transpiring through the skin. Drop dead gorgeous.
The two essences stand alone as perfumes, seductively scenting the skin for hours (they are pure parfum strength). Liquid gold. Layering them with the three new Hermessence EdTs brings the idea of a perfumed skin to a whole new level.
The Essences de Parfum are expensive. Sometimes life is.
“It is with these ‘essence de parfum‘ Hermessences where Mme Nagel makes this collection her own. Both are like nothing else in it.“
Mark Behnke – Colognoisseur
I would love a rose and musc in the collection.
Elegant, poised and polished bussis.