Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
Voyage d’Hermès would have been a fantastic discovery if there did not already exist Terre d’Hermès, Cartier Déclaration, and Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert. After all, it is elegant, radiant, and streamlined in the best of Jean-Claude Ellena’s style. Yet, when I smell it now after having already experienced the same elements in the aforementioned fragrances, it seems so much like a repetition of the same theme that I cannot but feel let down. It takes me on a voyage that is perhaps too familiar to be exciting anymore.
The fragrance opens up on a bright, green, top note of citrus, pepper and basil, which gives it a sparkling character. This territory will be familiar to those who enjoy the citrusy glitter of Eau de Pamplemousse Rose and Terre d’Hermès. In fact, Voyage d’Hermès might be a good option for those who enjoy Terre d’Hermès, but seek a lighter, more androgynous fragrance. Although the composition is built in a panoramic style, with all of its facets unfolding at the same time, it nevertheless retains an element of surprise. Once the citrus recedes, the musky-woody accord, reminiscent of driftwood on the beach, takes center stage. Mellowed out by soft, violet-green notes, the woods then take on a hazy, cashmere soft appearance.
Voyage d’Hermès is certainly an enjoyable fragrance, and it fits well with the ethos of the house and its talented perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena. It uses high quality ingredients and an intelligent design which are all too often missing from most luxury launches today. For those who cannot get enough of Ellena’s olfactory haikus, Voyage d’Hermès will be another pleasant discovery. As for me, I am ready for the roads less traveled.
The bottle of Voyage d’Hermès, designed by Hermès in-house designer Philippe Mouquet, is its great feature, although it looks best in the smaller size. It has a pleasant heft and opens with a perfect click. Elegant, luxurious and timeless, like most Hermès merchandise.
Voyage d’Hermès (fragrance family: woods) includes note of angelica, juniperberry, cedarwood, sandalwood, white musk. Available from Hermès boutiques, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Saks5thAvenut.