I’m very picky about my perfume choices because I’m pretty sensitive to scent. I have to try a sample for a few days before I ever purchase a perfume because most give me a headache after a little wear. Plus, I tend to gravitate toward natural, earthy, herbal, or floral scents. If it has any sweetness to it, forget it. But, the Un Jardin en Méditerranée by Hermés is absolutely lovely. It’s my every day scent, and I think three or four of my friends have purchased it as a result. Sure, it’s pricey, but these days, what perfume isn’t? So, let’s get down to the actual review!
First, how gorgeous is that bottle? It just looks like a spring time Mediterranean garden! Un Jardin en Méditeranée was created in 2003 by Jean-Claude Ellena, one of the world’s most accomplished luxury perfumers. Mr. Ellena explains that it is “A perfumed expression of a Mediterranean memory, a mosaic of olfactory, visual and tactile sensations.” Hermes describes this fragrance as “a novella that describes the spirit of a Mediterranean garden luxuriant with trees and flowers, and evokes a mosaic of smells pilfered from a private garden in Tunisia. Like a travelogue, this perfume conjures an idyllic world of shadows, water and light, on a theme of fig tree allied with Mediterranean zests.”
Holy Olfactory Heaven! Um, yes, that’s exactly what this smells like. Every time I spray it, I feel like I’m walking through a garden in Provence, basket in hand, picking flowers while having a glass of rosé. This is truly one of the first fragrances that really transports you somewhere within your own imagination. Who doesn’t want to feel like that when walking out the door in the morning for work? Attacking the day just got super classy!
Top Notes: lemon, mandarin orange, bergamot;
Middle Notes: orange blossom and white oleander
Base Notes: cypress, fig leaf, musk, red cedar, juniper, and pistachio
- Smells incredible
- Evokes imagination
- Unisex scent
- Gorgeous Packaging (i.e. looks great on your vanity)
- Receives compliments from men and women alike
- Pricey at $94 (1.6oz)
- Doesn’t have great staying power — you’ll need to reapply throughout the day, especially on a hot or humid day.
Despite the few cons, I absolutely love this fragrance! I try to keep a fragrance rotation going, but I keep reaching for this one. I just can’t stop. Sometimes, I even spray it on after the shower before bed just because it smells so lovely and luxurious. I really love how the cedar mixes with the citrus and floral. It’s a bit herbal and vegetal with a hint of fruit and floral without being sweet. Even better, men looking for a lighter, more subtle scent could totally pull this one off.
What perfume are you wearing today? What notes do you gravitate toward when choosing perfume? Let me know in the comments! I would love to hear your thoughts!