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Alluring Ellenas: Ambre Narguile, Rose Ikebana, and Vanille Galante

hippieJean Claude Ellena is a man who knows how to play with the public’s expectations.  He must have realized that most people who think of Hermes were going to associate any limited availability perfume line of theirs with insane levels of luxury.   Maintaining this luxury is a pretty difficult assignment since Hermes is a global brand that, at least in theory, should sell as well in Beijing as in Paris, and the expectations of consumers in those parts of the world differ.

Hermes must have brought Ellena on because his work is subtle and minimalist, but not really as lifeless as those two adjectives might lead you to expect.  I had not smelled most of the Hermessences and some of them, such as Paprika Brazil, I can barely smell at all.  Others, though, have a robust presence that makes you sit up and take notice.  Continue reading

Trapped in Amber

© Anders L. Damgaard,  www.amber-inclusions.dk

© Anders L. Damgaard, www.amber-inclusions.dk

Yes, I like amber.  Everyone does, or nearly everyone, and that’s why practically the first perfume released by any niche firm is either an amber or else an amber floral, aka floriental.

Ambers are also the big money makers. Serge has got Ambre Sultan, Annick Goutal has got Ambre Fetiche, I Profumi di Firenze has got Ambra di Nepal, and then there’s Ambra di Venezia, and Parfumerie Generale’s L’Oiseau de Nuit.  I have barely scratched the surface.  Ambers are everywhere, and there is some confusion as to what amber actually is, amber confuses me as well since half the time it seems to be an amalgam of labdanum (otherwise known as rock rose, or Cistus) and vanilla.

But that’s not the real thing. Continue reading