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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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    Joan Brown
    May 7, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I haven’t as yet worn a Hermes fragrance, but I would love to try it.

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    Tammy Bayne
    May 7, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I have never had an opportunity to wear your fragrance. But would love to.

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    Christine Northrop
    May 7, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I have never been lucky enough to wear Hermes but would love to try it

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    Dale Rodberg
    May 7, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I am always willing to try a new scent.

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    Paula R
    May 7, 2015 at 9:23 am

    No, I haven’t but I would like to, thanks for the chance

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    May 7, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I’ve never had the opportunity with regards to anything Hermes but I’ve actually gotten a whiff of a Hermes fragrance and it was heavenly.This would be an awesome Mother’s Day present!

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    Rozeena Karim
    May 7, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Would love to try his Scents!

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    Rabbiya Waseem
    May 7, 2015 at 9:19 am

    i used its sample. it is really good

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    Rozeena Karim
    May 7, 2015 at 9:18 am

    No i have not try any of his Products 🙁

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    vaso biliki
    May 7, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Ι like it much i wish to win

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    Clarissa hiciano
    May 7, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Ive never tried Herme purfume before would love to give it a try!

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    Muriel Michael
    May 7, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Would love to try this scent .. Love Hermes.twitter @thmuriel

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    Jane Sandona
    May 7, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I have never had the opportunity to wear anything Hermes’ because it is so way out of my price range. I would treasure such a beautiful gift!

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    May 7, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Perfect…. @Litsa_Pol

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    Edith Thurman
    May 7, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I may have already done this one, but I seriously can not remember! I have never worn one but I’d love to try it! OXOXOX @etphonehome750

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    May 7, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I haven’t before, so this would be the perfect chance!;)

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    May 7, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Love to try!..love the story @tmarsim

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    Marilyn Nicholls
    May 7, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I have never have, but I would love the chance!


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    May 7, 2015 at 8:01 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen their fragrances, let alone smelled it. With a brand synonymous with luxury, I’m sure it’s a scent that can’t go wrong!

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    Carla W.
    May 7, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I have not worn a Hermes fragrance but I would LOVE to! Thank you for the chance!

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    Lynnith Andreou
    May 7, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Sadly have never worn this fragrance, but very keen! @andreouolives

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    May 7, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I never had but I would love to try one. @sarahgraves143

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    Pattie Cowan
    May 7, 2015 at 7:31 am

    I never have, but it would be a treat to try one!

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    Victoria caster
    May 7, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Can’t say I have but would love to try it sounds really nice @victoriacaster

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    Saher Ahmed
    May 7, 2015 at 7:27 am

    the creativity and elegance that has been included in both creating and marketing this fragrance is superb! Inspired by Li Xin and love of Hermes all together.

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