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.
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.
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.
Lori pounceyMay 7, 2015 at 7:24 am
I have worn, tried out a LOT of fragrances over my years but unfortunately I have never had the pleasure of even smelling a Hermes piece. (I know, I know, it’s a travesty lol) I would be honored to be the Winner of this classy prize. Ty Dave for another fabulous giveaway ☺
Pamela EdwardsMay 7, 2015 at 7:22 am
I’ve never worn but would love to try it .
YvetteMay 7, 2015 at 7:06 am
Would love to win this stunning fragrance x
gloria pattersonMay 7, 2015 at 7:05 am
I have never used or even saw a test spray for HERMES………… would so so love to win this
Linda WMay 7, 2015 at 7:00 am
I unfortunately never tried it because it’s too expensive! @adnil_mtl
vasiliki tsolianouMay 7, 2015 at 6:56 am
i have never try it
Juanita BorlandMay 7, 2015 at 7:01 am
I have never had the pleasure:)
ELENI DIMITROPOULOUMay 7, 2015 at 6:52 am
Never but its about time..
Jen CooperMay 7, 2015 at 6:50 am
Have never worn Hermes before but I would love to try it, it seems a lot of thought has gone both into the fragrance & the bottle design @Kaileopard
andromahi giannakoudiMay 7, 2015 at 6:49 am
like like like @mahispir
Carly PorteousMay 7, 2015 at 6:44 am
I would love to be able to try this! Hope I get picked! @carlyporteous
Giota StamouliMay 7, 2015 at 6:42 am
Have never tried Hermes frangnance , but i’d love to try it!! Thanks for the chance @StamouliG
ABIGAIL HAMILTONMay 7, 2015 at 6:39 am
No, i’ve never worn a Hermes fragrance….would love to though. @amelievondollar
Julie CookMay 7, 2015 at 6:38 am
I have never been so lucky! @msedollyp
Catherine YoungMay 7, 2015 at 6:37 am
My husband randomly bought me a bottle of Hermes – L’Ambre des Merveilles and I absolutely adore it.
What a lovely surprise it was.
LouisaMay 7, 2015 at 6:36 am
I have never worn a Hermes fragrance before but would love to try. @Daydreamer_2012
Shelley CookMay 7, 2015 at 6:36 am
I would like to win!
John ThukuMay 7, 2015 at 6:21 am
I have never won an Hermes fragrance but I would love to. Thank you for the chance.
Mary H.May 6, 2015 at 8:08 am
I have never worn an Hermes fragrance, but sure would love to wear it! @FinestFinn
Vaso FMay 6, 2015 at 4:59 am
I have never worn Hermes and I would love to!
J KerrMay 5, 2015 at 10:06 pm
I would die to win this!
Trudie ButterworthMay 5, 2015 at 4:54 pm
Never tried it but would love to try a new perfume. Thank you for chance xx
Lesley Cohen WrightMay 5, 2015 at 4:21 pm
never used one but would love to try
Sylvia PaulMay 5, 2015 at 3:31 pm
I’ve never tried Hermes fragrances before but would love to x
LydiaMay 5, 2015 at 3:22 pm
I have never worn any Hermes fragrance before but I would like to. @iamlydiaf
mellanie forsterMay 5, 2015 at 2:49 pm
I use the HERMÈS Eau D`Orange Verte Perfumed Soap all the time its lush would love to try this too