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Eau d’Orange Verte


Originally named Eau de Cologne d’Hermès, Eau d’Orange Verte in was created by Françoise Caron in 1979 and marked the beginning of the Hermès Cologne collection.  What marked this cologne as an original forty years ago was the pairing of traditional vibrant orange citrus with the cool green chypre-like notes of moss, leaves, and woods, which gave the scent a bitter freshness, a dark complexity.

The current version was reformulated by Hermès perfumer, Jean-Claude Ellena, who rounded the moss notes in the base with musks, making the scent more balanced, with a contemporary feel that appeals to everyone, men and women alike.

What do I love about Eau d’Orange Verte? Everything. From the first juicy lemon-orange blast which has an ultra-fresh zesty bite, to the cooling minty notes that waft up, and the bitter-sweet of black-current in the heart, and the shadowy green damp of the moss and wood notes, to finally, the airy dry-down, still vibrant with citrus-green elegance. The scent definitely has a more refined, darker character that makes it far more interesting to wear than other colognes, somewhat like the difference between a regular expensive Scotch whiskey compared to aged single malt. 

And while we’re on this train of thought, wearing Eau d’Orange Verte is like a drinking a glass of perfectly chilled white wine on hot summer day. The first few sips are cold and heavenly, then the wine starts to warm and become more complex as the notes emerge, so you sip some more. Before you know it, there are just a few drops left. Time for another glass! Eau d’Orange Verte only lasts only a couple of hours on the skin, and then it’s time for another spritz, which is all part of the fun.

But unlike chilled white wine, or fine aged single malt for that matter, you won’t feel compelled to finish the bottle. You’ll definitely want to save some dark vibrance of Eau d’Orange Verte to spritz during the dog-days of summer.

Notes:  Amalfi lemon, orange, mandarin, cassis, mint, patchouli, oakmoss

Type: EdC

Perfumeur: Françoise Caron and Jean-Claude Ellena



Price: $5.00