Wow, i got a sample of this and i fell in love - i do that tooooo often with perfumes, very expensive ;-) - its a nice fresh grapefruitscent, but not to zesty, with some other aromatic ingredients which i can't describe. Its a really nice perfume. Going to purchase in spring.
The perfect exotic summer fragrance. This is a glass a very dry, very expensive Champagne with a dash of Midori and a squeeze of fresh lime. It does remind me of Egypt but not literally. It's the nostalgic feeling I get when I think of Egypt. The green mango stays green all the way through so it never gets sweet. It stays fruity in a fresh, crisp way. There's herbs which are light and aromatic and there is something delicately woodsy. I can't really smell the lotus flower but it's very well balanced by a subtle floral. Keep it in the fridge and spray it on during very hot days or better still, hot nights - it's not hard to imagine you're cruising the Nile (and sipping Champagne).
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.