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Review: Hermès’ Un Jardin sur le Toit

With Un Jardin sur le Toit, the parfumeurs at Hermès have managed to unite urban and rural French life in a deliciously fresh, yet sophisticated and subtly musky blend that makes for the perfect daytime summer perfume. 

Hermès2The first impression of Un Jardin sur le Toit is both delicate and floral, but also strong and green in an almost musky way: In fact, this scent immediately struck me as a balancing act between urban sophistication and rural down-to-earthness. On the skin, the perfume develops an ever so slightly pungent and unique undertone of compost, that is reminiscent of a meadow gay with flowers and grass starting to decay in the burning summer sun. This muskiness however is nothing but a (hardly pereceptible) grounded base that gives the necessary edge and French touch of nonchalence to an otherwise crystal-clear scent dominated by rose and magnolia, but also by crisp apple and pear. Imagine a big crystal bowl filled with pristine, ice-cold source water, with whole roses and magnolias and big chunks of home-grown fruit, that stands in the middle of a wild, hot and fragrant orchard in the French countryside.

Un Jardin sur le Toit is the perfect daytime summer fragrance for sophisticated city-life women who still have a secret soft spot for down-to-earth, roll-your-sleeves-up country life, for wild meadows and the dark green intensity of countryside summer heat and flowers. It unites the elegance of a Hermès carré with the fresh, peaceful yet vibrant and ever so slightly decaying intensity of a wild rural orchard. If you used to think that Paris-Ritz, silk-dress sophistication and a peak-of-summer cow pasture with rotting flowers and high herbs scratching your bare legs cannot be united in one bottle; Un Jardin sur le Toit will teach you otherwise!

(Thumbnail: Autumno_08 by Antonio Castagna is licensed under CC BY 2.0)

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