I cunningly managed to get the husband inside the Vienna Hermès boutique recently, because I needed him to try the new re-orchestration by Jean-Claude Ellena of Hermès’s classic men’s scent, Bel Ami (created in 1986 by Jean-Louis Sieuzac) called Bel Ami Vétiver.
Luckily the husband was -quite predictibly, I know the man – enamoured enough to buy himself an bottle and obviously befuddled enough from all the sniffing that he wanted to buy me a new scarf. Well, who am I to deny him his wish? Both of us strolled out happily half an hour later, clutching our respective orange bags in our respective hands, buoyed by a feeling of happiness and lightness (the latter obviously thanks to the considerably lighter wallet).
Bel Ami Vétiver was created by Jean-Claude Ellena in 2014 and includes notes of cardamom, elemi, basil, carnation, iris, patchouli, Russian leather, vetiver, amber, civet, styrax and vanilla.
Bel Ami Vétiver is a beautiful leather scent, starting out spicy. rolling into a gorgeous floral bouquet and ending in an ambered leather lightened and freshened throughout by a smooth vetiver note.
The perfume reminds me very much of a sadly discontinued gem, Cuir de Lancome. That I compare Bel Ami Vétiver to a “women’s” scent, only goes to show that both are perfectly genderless and to be worn equally by men and women (see, how that makes my Hermès scoop even more cunning? This is a bottle for both of us, hehehehe.)
Longevity is very good, Bel Ami Vétiver stays with me for at least eight hours before fading slowly out of existence.
I was reluctant to wear my bottle of Cuir de Lancome regularly although it is my favorite leather scent, always painfully aware of its staturs of irreplacability. I worry no more. Bel Ami Vétiver is a very adequate, if less sweet, replacement and it comes in a gorgeous bottle to boot.