November issue of US Vogue is featuring an interesting article by Vicki Woods on Jean-Claude Ellena. In the article, the author talks about the link Ellena sees between perfumery and cuisine, as well as about his inspirations. About upcoming Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan, Ellena mentions that his trip to China was an important influence.
“Ellena caught on the breeze that blew from the imperial palace in Beijing, when he was there on a scent searching mission last fall. ‘At the end of October, the garden is blooming with osmanthus, white flower, pale white, creamy and you have this really beautiful smell, a very strong smell between tea and apricot,’” says Ellena in the article. The new fragrance for Hermès became inspired by this wonderful scent encountered in China.