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Eau des Merveilles Bleue


Eau des Merveilles Bleue goes in a different direction than the other four fragrances in the Hermès Merveilles collection. It takes the original Merveilles salty-skin accord, adds minerals and green notes, replacing the warmth with a sublimely cool freshness. Out of the shimmering sun and into the aquatic blue.

 The first spritz of Eau des Merveilles Bleue releases wafts of sea air in the cool moments of dawn, mist in the air, water on stones and pebbles as the tide moves. There is a hint of lemon zest, becoming more green, minty then momentarily anisic as the accord transforms into a mineral scent.

 “I marvelled at the pebbles, wet from the ocean; they had such a particular colour and luminosity, and I discovered on them a salty, mineral taste …” Christine Nagel, Hermès House Perfumer.

This is the heart of Eau des Merveilles Bleue, salty, aromatic, luminous like wet stones, and amazingly fresh.

And as the fragrance dries down, the water evaporates off the stones and the mineral accord changes, becoming earthier with notes of dried driftwood and patchouli and musks. There is soft warmth and depth in the base, but still a refreshing lightness from occasional sparkles of lemon zest and salty skin which keeps the sillage soft but tingly. 

The smell of the ocean, of seashores and beaches, is in my DNA, so I’m naturally drawn to aquatic scents. Hermès Epice Marine by Jean-Claude Elena, Iroaz by Lostmarc’h, Côte d’Amour by L’Artisan are three that I love because the typical aquatic notes, such as the synthetic calone, which smells like melon, or other ozonic notes, don’t appear in the note lists. 

In Eau des Merveilles Bleue, Christine Nagel, has masterfully captured the natural scent of beach stones and cool sea air. The scent reminds me of waking up early in my childhood home, on another beautiful endless summer day, hearing the waves and smelling the salty air.  Light and natural with faint sweetness, dry and breezy, all-day cool and refreshing, I’m planning to wear this fragrance a lot through the hot summer weather. 

Notes: Minerals, Salt, Driftwood, Patchouli

Type: EdT

Parfumeur: Christine Nagel

Price: $5.00