Pry Into The Fantastical World of Hermès Through The New L'Ombre Des Merveilles
Since 2004, Eau des Merveilles has been a portal in which the wonders of Hermès can be peeped through. Today, the fifth and latest addition to the line diverges from its tradition of bright citrusy and resinous accords with a darker, more solemn tone. While its nomenclature suggests a sombre and dimmer mood, L'Ombre des Merveilles is the starlight sparkling across the backdrop of the deep-hued celestial body—a true play of light and dark. Sporting the signature circular bottle resembling a magnifying glass, the fragrance reveals the world in a wondrous and optimistic light.
The nose behind this curious scent is Christine Nagel, the same creator of various other scents from Hermès, including Galop d'Hermès, Terre d'Hermès eau Intense Vetiver and Twilly d'Hermès. Having worked side by side with Jean-Claude Ellena, Nagel's philosophy to cut down superfluous olfactory notes chimes with that of the former in-house-perfumer. Her minimalistic approach is very well reflected through this novel fragrance with merely three pronounced notes: black tea, incense and tonka bean.
Let us dive right into Hermès' L'Ombre Des Merveilles. Correctly categorised into the oriental woody family, this scent is lighter and airier than typical members of its kind. Spiked with the astringent sweetness of resin smoke, the dominating bitterness of the black tea blend softens and mellow. 'Veiled' is the best way to put the initial phase of the fragrance. The bright citrusy aroma is detectable but beyond the shroud of insense fume lies other note: a smooth, vanilla-like, night-toned tonka bean.
As the simple yet complex perfume unravels, take note that you are most likely to not realise the transformation as the scent is perceived very differently by the wearer from those in the vicinity—especially with its impressive sillage. The fragrance wears well throughout the day, very unexpected for such a gentle scent.
Experience the new fragrance at Hermès kiosk or visit hermes.com for more information.