Hermes Bel Ami Vetiver ~ fragrance review

Hermes Bel Ami Vetiver visual

One of my most memorable introductions to a perfume happened in Mexico, when a child-shopkeeper handed me, with grace and a touch of theatricality, a bottle of original Bel Ami by Hermès. It was not love at first sniff (even though I bought a bottle immediately) but now, if some evil genie commanded I use only five perfumes for the rest of my life, Bel Ami would be one of the five…even one of three (if the genie were especially nasty and restrictive).

I was excited to try the tweaked Bel Ami — Bel Ami Vétiver — but was wondering if the light touch of perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena would make the perfume too contemporary for me. With a bottle of original Bel Ami in one hand, and a sample of new Bel Ami Vétiver in the other…here goes…

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New & upcoming perfume books 2013 – 2014

No. 5 Culture Chanel by Jean-Louis Froment, Chanel: Livre d’Artistes by Irma Boom, Chemistry and the Sense of Smell by Charles Sell, Complete Abandon by Norman Isaacson, La Note Verte by Jean-Claude Ellena.

Also, Kathleen Tessaro’s The Perfume Collector comes out in paperback next month, and a new (US?) edition of Roja Dove’s The Essence of Perfume comes out in June.

No. 5 Culture Chanel

No. 5 Culture Chanel by Jean-Louis Froment

Published last November, No. 5 Culture Chanel by Jean-Louis Froment was released in conjunction with the No. 5 Culture Chanel exhibition

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