Radiance – Review: Hermès Jour d’Hermès

The third bottle on my tray of heavy rotation perfumes at the moment also comes (no surprises there) from the capable hands of Jean-Claude Ellena.

Jour d’Hermès was released in December at Hermès boutiques and will go into wide release this coming February. There is no official list of notes. It is available in 50ml and 85ml refillable EdP and a 125ml refill bottle (which is a really, really great idea in my humble opinion and a bargain to boot, compared to the niche prices these days).

hermes-jour1Jour d’Hermès is maybe a perfume more suited to spring, which will tie in well with the wide release later this year, but I find myself craving sunlight and happiness in the easily available form of perfume every year around January. I probably wear more summery florals now than I do in July.

Jour d’Hermès is an amazing perfume. It is a modern, radiant floral, it is abstract and features a bouquet of green, dewy florals that revolves like a caleidoscope, presenting new facets every time you smell it. Before my nose lily of the valley, hyacinth, rose, violet and jasmine dance gaily and twirl away laughing before I can really pin them down. Throughout, a crisp greenness pervades the fragrance that slowly shifts into a warmer, muskier shade of twilight, like the sun hiding behind a cloud.

Jour d’Hermès has an (for Ellena) unusual tenacity and presence (even the Candy Perfume Boy, who is a floral fiend, is impressed).

Hermes-Jour-d-Hermes-cabochon_highJour d’Hermès is by no means loud or overbearing, it fits the rest of JCE’s canon when it comes to delicate sheerness and transparent structure, but it has a radiance and an exciting multi-faceted power that surprises and elates me. Wearing it is fun, and it is fun that lasts all day long.

Now, how often can you say that about something?

This surely warrants a place on my tray, and completes my Hermès trifecta.

All good things come in threes.

Image source: boisdejasmin.com, beautesse.com, instagram images are my own
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41 Responses to Radiance – Review: Hermès Jour d’Hermès

  1. Mel says:

    This sounds beautiful. I love florals!

  2. Tatiana says:

    Your tray looks lovely with those three bottles on it. Your review is certainly stirring a craving for this scent. I’ve only smelled it on paper, so I would need to skin test it first. Need to reduce the number of bottles I have first before I start adding back.

  3. Sandra says:

    I could not have described it more beautifully than you already did. It will be a staple for me in the spring and summer this year. I have used up all of my samples and find myself craving more. FB here I come! The price surely means that it does not count in my one bottle a month rule this year.

    • Olfactoria says:

      It surely does not count of course! ;)
      I can’t get over the fact the quite unlike the rest of the pricing in that store, the perfumes are such a bargain! And the refill is just wonderful!

  4. Lady Jane Grey says:

    Heard lots of good about this one alerady. The floral notes are not entirely mine – but the “crisp greenness” might be. And I like the sweet bottle ;-)

  5. Undina says:

    I’m ashamed: I got a sample of it a weekago and still haven’t tried it on skin. I’ll do it tomorrow!

  6. Alexandra says:

    I have found myself reaching for florals over the last week or so to desperately recapture the concept of warm sunshine. This sounds lovely and slightly fuller than the usual JCE/Hermes offering, now that intrigues me…

  7. lucasai says:

    I would like to sample that one when it becomes available in Poland too.

    And Birgit, I’m shocked you already used so much from your second bottle of L’Ambre des Merveilles!

  8. Suzanne says:

    That tray is so pretty! And this perfume sounds so lovely and very deserving of its place there. You are becoming quite the Hermes girl, and it suits you! I hope sometime you show us a photo of you in your Hermes scarves.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I am becoming an Hermès girl! How did this happen? :)
      I’ll be photographing my scarfs for a beauty post eventually, they are among my most beautiful posessions after all.

  9. Tara says:

    This is coming at just the right time for me to appreciate it. A while ago I would have thought it wasn’t me. It does very spring-like and I do love hyacinth in particular as it has a happy childhood connection for me.

    Lovely to see a pic of your beautiful mirrored tray and I agree with Suzanne that being a Hermes girl suits you perfectly.

  10. brie says:

    Fantastic! The perfume sounds divine and I love the look of your tray with those three gorgeous bottles :) !!

  11. Ana says:

    Love your perfume tray! I’m sort of embarrassed to admit it, maybe my nose is not subtle enough, but I really don’t get Ambre des merveilles or Jour d’Hermes.To me, they’re ultimately so unexciting.Lovely, pleasant but they don’t have what I’m looking for. I think Jean Claude did a much better job with the Hermessences. They are subtle, yes, elegant yes, refined yes, but also with a twist, with something unexpected and surprising.It’s amazing how he created a lily out of vanilla and ylang ylang in Vanille Galante. The ethereal but warm and tender beauty of Osmanthe Yunnan it’s heart wrenching.Maybe I just need to test them more.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Ana,
      sorry your comment landed in the spam folder, where I just fished it out of. :)
      Thanks for the compliment on the tray.
      No worries if you don’t like those perfumes so much, we all love different tings, and that is great. We wouldn’t want all to smell the same- ;)
      The Hermessences are beautiful too, my favorite is Santal Massoia (and Vetiver Tonka and Osmanthe Yunnan, lol).

  12. I was just about to mention too that the volume in your Ambre des merveilles bottle seems to be dropping :-) So happy to see that you have found a fragrance that you enjoy that much!

    Sometimes I wish that my to-sniff list was like my list of movies on netflix where you can move certain items to the top of the list. Because Jour d’Hermès would go straight to the top! Must get a spare moment to get uptown. It’s not that far away but it feels like miles!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I totally understand, I never get into the city either, although it is not far at all. Daily life is so distracting from the really important stuff (like smelling a new perfume!).

  13. JulieMM says:

    I tested this one in France in December, but I can’t say it made any lasting impression. Maybe I need to re-test? It seems to be a pattern of mine that the perfumes ending up beeing my favourites, are often completely uninteresting to me at the first sniff. Strange. Hermes is lovely, though. And you definetly make this one sound attention-worthy!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I know that pattern very well from myself. Many of my favorites started out as Meh!. Conversely fragrances that wowed me initially never made it into regular rotation.
      In my experience the inconspicuous ones are often the ones turning into real and lasting loves.

  14. Annina (nina) says:

    I’m going to have to try this again. I have tested it twice in small areas, and I feel pretty lukewarm about it. It was just a sweet, citrusy, uncomplicated floral on me. Nothing interesting or particularly unique. Maybe a third test is a charm?

    Beautiful display, Birgit!

  15. Vanessa says:

    I think it might be my thing, but I haven’t caught up with it yet. Your review has prompted me to put it firmly on the list of things to hunt down. Love the tray, and your Hermes Trifecta! I knew that word but had to look it up… : – )

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