Eh. This is all grapefruit on me for most of the scentlife, which is ok I guess, although I expected more nuance from an Hermes. It is refreshing for the most part, but then during the tail end of the dry down, the water lily note turned utterly awful on me...extremely sour. Blech.
Firstl, I speak from experience. I've traveled around the Nile a bit, and this fragrance smells nothing like any garden I experienced there. The Nile is a slow-moving, opaque body of murk that smells of disease and decay - certainly nothing evokative of the life it gives its surrounding land. However, while Un Jardin sur le Nil might not be a literal interpretation of the exotic Nile, it does stimulate the imagination. Un Jardin sur le Nil reminds me of leisurely mornings spent in the Hilton Nile coffee shop, the smell of crisp fresh melons, grapefruit, and mango and the coolness of marble around me. It is a scent that I'd imagine trailing behind any of the berobed Saudi wives crossing the lobby; it is exotic, elegan, and yet oddly approachable. What I love about this scent is that the bite of the fruitiness never looses its edge, not upon drydown or a couple of hours of use. Too many times I've encountered citrus and/or fruit scents that morph into something cottony and stultifynig. Un Jardin ... Nil retains a fresh, effervescent quality. An obvious perfect choice for the summer months, but I intend to wear it year round.
This is light and refreshing, yet so elegant and subtle. I'm on a budget, but I will be on the look out for this at discount stores.
My HG of summer daytime fragrances! Crisp, fresh, elegant, modern, classy. Just love it!
This is my first bottle of fragrance and will be my favourite one.
The top note is citrusy combined with the smell of water lily
It becomes quite floral at the end of the day.
I was very lucky to be given a decant of this fragrance, otherwise I would have never thought of trying it: I'm not generally attracted to citrusy fragrances. This one, though, is especially warm, with a tender drydown of sandalwood that makes the citrus more sustainable and romantic. It starts out with a green note that's great for the summer, yet it won't hurt your senses as most citruses do. Plus, it's quite rare to smell on other people, and I'm especially sensible to this.
I have not bought this product but it is the perfume that I put an EVERY time I go into Sephora (I go into Sephora about 5x per week because it is two block from me.) It is a classy scent that not many people wear. You can tell that a lot of though went into creating this scent as opposed to making the most marketable, money making scent that all of the stars are putting out.
Absolutely Heavenly!!! Clean, crisp, green, yet w/an undercurrent slightly bitter and tart. I love this so much I bought my daughter a bottle and she loves it as much as I do (our tastes are very similar). The body lotion is exquisite, as well. Perfect for summer. I hope this will never be discontinued as I would be inconsolable.
Update: This remains my go-to scent, and not only in summer. For fans of this ultimate fragrance, read Chandler Burr's, "the Perfect Scent". This book describes, in glorious detail, the creation of Nil. Also the creation and marketing of "Lovely". Mr. Burr is extremely knowledgable in the field of scent creation as well as being as enamoured of fragrance as I am (which is extremely to the nth degree). I am loving the book and have gained a whole new appreciation of "Nil."
Further update: A poster mentioned her experience of the modern-day Nile. In my mind, when I wear this, I'm thinking of the ancient Nile, before pollution, crowds, motor boats on the river. I see, and feel, the beautiful, serene gardens along the pharonic Nile, graceful, cooling, romantic, mysterious. Still my favorite.
I tried this fragrance 3 times - meaning I walked up to the Hermes counter, sprayed it on my wrist and went away..... the first time was a test.... the 2nd time, I decided to buy it at the airport but could not as I had to dash off to board on the final call, the third time was to let my husband smell it on my wrist and he gave the thumbs up and bought it to commemorate out 27th year of knowing each other (yes, known him 27 years ago, married for 20 years).....
This is now my favourite among my classics (Mitsouko, Shalimar). It's a fresh fragrance, but unique and unlike most.... sorry, but I just can't describe fragrance well. It does not stay very long on me, but I don't mind reapplying often as I just simply love this scent, which I don't find similar in any others.
I got this as a gift, now its for sale on Ebay. I just don't notice the same scents as the other posters, on me this turns more into a pine tree scent...not very alluring. Oh well, at least it was a gift.