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Eau de Néroli Doré

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Neroli oil, also referred to as Bitter Orange Oil,  is one of the most widely used floral oils by perfumers because the refreshing and distinctive spicy aroma blends well with other citrus oils, as well as various floral absolutes, and most of the synthetic components available.

Eau de Néroli Doré, launched in 2016, was Jean-Claude Ellena’s fifth contribution to the Les Colognes Collection from Hermès, and his last perfume for Hermes before he retired as Creative Director. Hermès describes the fragrances in this collection as “olfactory snapshots, generous figurative expressions of simple, sparkling pleasures…”, which describes Eau de Néroli Doré to perfection.

Eau de Néroli Doré is composed of two notes, according to the note list – neroli and saffron. “While there’s usually very little neroli in fragrances, I used an abundance of it, out of love, out of the ordinary.” Jean-Claude Ellena, In a 2016 article in Wallpaper, M. Ellena says his  affection for the neroli note comes from his early days, “When I started out as a perfumer I learned to distill raw materials, including orange blossom. When you enter the world of stills, you are also immersed in a scent, impregnated with it, you become it...”

The opening is sparkly and spicy right out of the bottle, the sweet scent of orange blossom nestled in bitter green leaves, warmed by golden sunshine, the concentration of the neroli oil allowing the green facets to offset the sweet floralcy and create a lively fresh effect. As the opening dries down, the saffron note develops and the neroli expands becoming more dense and rich rather than fading as citrus notes tend to do after the opening salvo. The saffron adds a salty dry warmth to the sweet spiced orange blossom so that as Eau de Néroli Doré  dries down, the scent takes on an elegant golden glow that is decidedly sensuous and tenacious. Ten hours later it’s still on my skin, and I catch lovely soft wafts of it. Whoever thought an eau de cologne could end up here? 

I’ll be wearing this gorgeous cologne a lot as we move through the hot days of summer.


Notes: neroli, saffron

Type: Edt

Parfumeur: Jean-Claude Ellena


Price: $5.00