Inside Perfume

New Hermès Eau de Cologne Trio

Posted on: March 4, 2009

hermes1In May, Hermès will introduce a new collection called Les Colognes Hermès. The three scents are unisex, and one of these already exists. Eau d’Orange Verte, originally titled Eau de Cologne d’Hermès, was created for Hermès in 1979 by Françoise Caron. The other two, Eau de Pamplemousse Rose and Eau de Gentiane Blanche, were created by Hermès perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena.

Eau d’Orange Verte has notes of orange, mandarin, lemon, mint leaves, black-currant buds, oakmoss and patchouli.

Eau de Pamplemousse Rose is said to be “somewhat classic,” with notes of grapefruit, orange, rhubofix and vetiver.

Eau de Gentiane Blanche is said to be “a counterpart to traditional cologne,” without any citrus notes. It does contain notes of gentian, white musk, iris and incense.

The bottle design for Les Colognes Hermès is the same as the original, derived from a carriage lantern, and housed in a Hermès signature orange box, sealed and wrapped in a ribbon-like sleeve.

The trio will work its way out into the world starting in May at Hermès stores, and then Hermès fragrance doors. By early 2010, Les Colognes Hermès will reach 300 U.S. doors, including: Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Sephora.


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