Hey Crew, I know it should be Un Jardin à Cythère byHermès but and not using the diacritical marks through the piece. Soz. So it will be Un Jardin a Cythere by Hermes from hereon in. It means garden of Kythira. A Greek island, part of the Ionian group. Just so you know, the only Greek island I’ve been to is Zakinthos and it was years ago with a group of mates. It should have been a honeymoon but my friend backed out of the wedding a week before. Still we had the best time celebrating his anti-honeymoon.
Un Jardin a Cythere by Hermes
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Pistachio, Citruses, Olive Tree, Green Accord
Yay! Christine Nagel has signed off on another in the jardin range. Colour me happy. This was the first time I’ve seen it in store to test and the SA was really knowledgable and helpful. Also, I’d met a perfumista girlfriend in town for lunch and she was so impressed we went up and got her spritzed as well.
The opening is all the citruses but grapefruit becomes the focus after a few minutes. It’s lip puckeringly refreshing and lasts into the nuttiness. I was really skeptical when she said I was going to smell pistachios but it is quite the scent memory. Not exactly but all the pertinent triggers and I loved how it rose out of the bed of citrus. My friend also smelled anise and I got the merest whiff of it but that may have been suggestion working its magic.
I’m now about three hours in and the nuts have receded somewhat, the citrus is now a soft pithy cloud and my nose is saying vegetal musks. Un Jardin a Cythere is still noticeable but not heavily fragrant.
If you have liked any of the garden range then this is worth a sniff. If you dislike them it won’t change your mind. A very nicely produced and wearable fragrance that won’t overpower or distract. Low key loveliness. I am imagining a 30ml in the collection already.
The blotter still smells just spritzed hours and hours later though. Interesting. I’m wondering if having it on a scarf might prolong the opening?
Are you a fan of the jardin range?
I tried it in the airport duty-free on our recent trip to Europe and I liked it very much! I like all the Jardin series and truly love a couple (Apres la Mousson and Sur le Nil). I see a bottle in my future!
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Hey Old Herbaceous,
Yeah, the garden series rings may bell too.
Nice that we snap on this baby.
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I definitely want to try this new one. The only ones of the Jardin series that I haven’t liked are Jardin de Monsieur Li and Jardin Sur la Lagune. Cythere sounds delightful.
OH NOOOO! Monsieur Li is my fave from the group.
What is it that you can’t stand? It’s so wearable and inoffensive for me.
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I don’t know exactly. It just had a weird funky decaying lemon smell on my skin, like when lemons and limes start to go bad, they get a funky scent. Looking at the notes again I should love it, but it didn’t work for me. I really like Ellena’s other citrus based scents he created for Laboratorio Olfattivo. I’ll try it again. Maybe I was just having a bad day when I tried it earlier ;-)
WOW! Quite a different experience than mine. I love how fragrance is so different for everyone.
I tried this in the duty free on the way back from France recently and found it bracing and refreshing!
Don’t you love a Duty Free spritz fest Vanessa?