Hermes Le Jardin de Monsieur Li

Despite the “Monsieur”, LJdML is by far the most feminine of the Hermes Jardin series. In direct contrast to its bracing, green ancestors, LJdML is a sweet, delicate floral. The star is a bright, fresh jasmine note, completely stripped of jasmine’s usual headiness. It’s a Baby’s First Jasmine jasmine, which just so happens to be the only kind of jasmine I can tolerate. Oh, Jean-Claude, you shouldn’t have! (In all seriousness, Jean-Claude Ellena is my Imaginary Perfume Bro. He spends half of Diary of A Nose talking about how much he loves Japan, so you just know he’d be totally down for a Studio Ghibli marathon. Let’s make it happen, JC.)

This face is CLEARLY saying, "Hey girl, it's Kiki's Delivery Service time."
This face is CLEARLY saying, “Hey girl, it’s Kiki’s Delivery Service time.”

I have no doubt that I would wear LJdML, especially on these gorgeous 70 degree days that we’ve just started having, but I don’t think I would actually buy a bottle. There are so many fresh jasmine fragrances out there, even if this is one of the prettiest.

The winner of last week’s Chanel Misia giveaway, as determined by sequence generator, is commenter 14, Undina! Congratulations, Undina! Please email me to claim your prize!

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Dailies 07/25/14

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Daily Fragrance: L’Artisan Parfumeur Bois Farine, for the weekly Now Smell This community project. You’re supposed to wear a Hermes fragrance or a Jean-Claude Ellena creation, so I went with the enchantingly creative Bois Farine. Bois Farine was famously inspired by the Ruizia Cordata tree, whose branches smell like flour. But to me, Bois Farine has always smelled like peanut butter. My brother is allergic to peanuts, so Bois Farine is basically my personal forbidden fruit. I will never forgive L’Artisan if they discontinue this.

Daily Nail: Clinique 70 & Sunny. This manicure may have been inspired by the Pokemon Yellow cartridge. Perfect egg yolk color, typical yellow polish streakiness. All Lacquered Up just posted her top yellow polishes; I think I might need OPI I Just Can’t Cope-acabana.

Daily Game: Pokemon Yellow. Please join me in a moment of silence for my beloved Nintendo 3DS, which left our cruel world on Wednesday after extensive water damage. You were a good, brave 3DS. May you frolic with Mario, Link, and Pikachu in the Nintendo Elysian Fields.

In the absence of my trusty companion, I’ve been kicking it majorly old-school with my old Gameboy Color and Pokemon Yellow. As much as I’m enjoying those 1999 graphics, I’ve decided to save up for a replacement 3DS (although the original can never be replaced in my heart) by selling off a few perfumes. I have the discontinued Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Mokha and the upcoming Josie Natori perfume, both 50 ml and never opened. Please note that this is a different bottle of Vanille Mokha than the very-much-opened bottle seen in yesterday’s Dailies. Please email me if you’re interested in either!

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Hermes Epice Marine


So this post was supposed to be about the Diptyque sample sale, but then I totally slept through it. That happens a lot lately. I’m now working full-time at MiN New York, and most nights I get home stupid tired and genuinely excited to fall asleep at 9:30 PM. I just bought a book of smoothie recipes because sometimes I’m too tired to chew, which is exactly as pathetic as it sounds.

Last week I stayed awake long enough to visit the Central Park Zoo. I wanted to see the new snow leopard cubs, which are probably super adorable when they are not hiding behind large rocks. And then the red panda exhibit was closed! I think I have bad zoo karma from all of those times I unleashed tigers on unsuspecting zoo-goers in Sim City: Zoo Tycoon. The Central Park Zoo is just a few blocks away from the Hermes boutique, so I decided to stop in and try the newest Hermessence.

We all know the Epice Marine story by now: it’s a collaboration between perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena and fancypants chef Olivier Roellinger. Epice Marine is very Jean-Claude. This salty, savory fragrance is so polished that you barely notice just how unusual the notes (toasted cumin, hazelnuts, “sea notes”, whiskey) are. I’ve never tasted the star ingredient, toasted cumin, but the spices in Epice Marine have a very Middle Eastern feel to me. The salty effect is familiar from perfumes like Heeley Sel Marin and The Different Company’s Sel du Vetiver, but Epice Marine is by far the most refined variation on this theme.

With my sweet tooth, Epice Marine isn’t something I’d be likely to wear myself. But I’d be perfectly happy to smell this quietly creative perfume on Hermes lovers.