Katie Puckrik smells Voyage d'Hermès
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Voyage d'Hermès is the latest unisex fragrance from Hermès. This eau de toilette is a sheer citrus with just enough woodiness and warmth to set it apart from a standard cologne.
The creator is Jean Claude Ellena, master of complex compositions that wear very transparently...like all his Hermes creations: Terre d'Hermès, Kelly Caleche, Jardin un Mediterranee, his Bulgari Green Tea, Frederic Malle L'eau d'Hiver, he did that one...busy guy!
Right off the first spray, Voyage d'Hermès is a gin and tonic: aromatic with lemon/lime and herbs. It's crisp, it's refreshing, it's sporty -- say it in French, it sounds fancy: "C'est tres sportif!"
If it is a sports fragrance, it's one with brains and taste. Which means it can't be a sports fragrance. To begin with, Voyage d'Hermès kind of reminded me of Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien, but when I sprayed them both on to compare, Eau d'Hadrien was blockier, more "lemon, wood, arrrr, klonk!", and by contrast, Voyage d'Hermès was smoooooove.
Voyage d'Hermès is more precision engineered. After the gin and tonic start, the sparkling top notes ease back into the mix, which becomes an ambient hum of cedarwood, pepper, and clean musk. I also pick up on a little oceanic mineraliness -- if that's a word -- and after about an hour, a teeny bit of amber.
Voyage d'Hermès is a very clean scent, very quiet. You're not advertising that you know how to operate a spray nozzle here. "Can you smell me now?" No. It's subtle. And it's light, so you might need to reapply halfway through the day. Oh, and the bottle is really covetable -- it looks like a cross between a flask and a saddle stirrup. And it's also refillable, which is always a good thing.
Voyage d'Hermès is perfect for hot weather and for work. Especially hot work. Hot. Work. I'm Katie Puckrik, and I smell.