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Hermes unveils a new Jardin

Hermes’ Master Perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena is a national treasure in France. His expertise and artistry within the world of fine fragrance is unrivalled and his humble nature charms everyone who meets him. Spend a few moments with him and you’ll be taken by his passion for his craft. He’ll describe the scent of a rare rose at the first light of dawn and explain how the cool breeze and dew affects its wondrous scent. In 2003, Jean-Claude began a journey of the world’s gardens that resulted in the exquisite Un Jardin en Mediterranee. Buoyed by its success, Ellena began traveling the world with his note book and camera. Un Jardin sur le Nil and Un Jardin sur le Toit soon followed.

A long admirer of the harmony and rigor of Asia, the perfumer most recently traveled to China where it is said, “life begins the day you start a garden.” He discovered dozens of unique gardens all speaking the same language of fluidity and precision. It’s the same approach he uses when creating a new scent for the French luxury house. Inspired by what he saw, he approached designing this scent by creating his own garden. He imagined a retreat in which to converse with oneself and with others, and to honour one’s ancestors.

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And since a Chinese garden remains unfinished until every element, be it pond or pavilion, has been named, this new garden-fragrance is called Le Jardin de Monsieur Li.

“I remembered the scent of the pools, of the jasmine, the wet stones, the plum trees, the kumquats and the giant bamboo. It was all there, even the carp in their pond, taking the time to live to a hundred. The Sichuan pepper bushes were as thorny as roses and the leaves gave off a lemony scent. All that remained was to compose this new garden, one which contained all the others.” – Hermes Master Perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena

Look closely at the bottle design and you notice a detailed creation by Chinese contemporary artist Li Xin. He created a series of paintings for Hermes, one of which was chosen to envelop, like gift-wrap, the bottle containing this scent.

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I gave away a bottle of Le Jardin de Monsieur Li. Valerie Rawlings told me in a blog post comment below if she’d ever worn an Hermes fragrance.


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    christina westendorp
    May 15, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I would love to win a fragrance from Hermes!!

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    Linda Sutton
    May 14, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I tweeted on Twitter and I liked on Facebook but I could not find an entry form. Please consider this as my official entry form. I would really like to try your new perfume.

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    Andreia Lopes
    May 7, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I have never worn a Hermes fragrance but would love to wear it with great pleasure <3

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      Tamara Rene Burbank
      May 13, 2015 at 12:59 am

      Have worn this once about a year ago it was amazing

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    Bruno Mourão
    May 7, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    I sure didn’t 🙂
    My mother I think that never worn an Hermes Fragrance

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    Marco Lima
    May 7, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    No one ever used a Hermes fragrance in my house but definitely would love to give that to my mother, it must have a really nice scent =)

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    Laura Morath
    May 7, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Oh well this looks interesting.. 🙂 @iamatwin

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    J Kerr
    May 7, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    So excited to try it out!

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    Elizabeth Sunderland
    May 7, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I have never had the honor of sporting a Hermes fragrance. I’d give it a try

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    M james
    May 7, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    I’ve never eorn this fragrance !! Any im sure i would like all if them !

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    Trisha B.
    May 7, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I’ve never worn an Hermes fragrance before, but would love the opportunity to change that!

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    Annaloa Hilmarsdottir
    May 7, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Hermes is so rich and dense an experience, it sums up luxury and sensuality

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    Taramattie Khan
    May 7, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    I have never tried hermes before, i would love to try it, the packaging looks so beautiful .

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    May 7, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I love anything Hermes and would love to try their new fragrance.

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    Randi Nemeroff
    May 7, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    nothing yet, but I would totally try them! @starrfire1228

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    May 7, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Never owned anything of Hermes too expensive for me 🙁

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    rehana seedat
    May 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I have never tried a Hermes fragrance but would love to try

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    Diane K.
    May 7, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I’ve never worn an Hermes fragrance but if it smells anything like how beautiful the bottle is, then it must smell delicious. With the combination of the ingredients listed above, it sounds perfect for spring and summer, nice and light, breezy and airy. You’ll have all the boys chasing after you and that sounds great to me.

    Thanks for another great giveaway.
    We love you Dave,

    Diane K

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    May 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I have never tried a Hermes fragrance but would love to try one

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    Cheryl A.
    May 7, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I have never owned a Hermes fragrance… I would love this <3

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    Carolyn Corrin
    May 7, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I have never worn a hermes fragrance, I normally wear Chanel, but would love to try this. @victreebel21

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