Hermes • Eau des Merveilles • Fragrances

rated 3.8(160 reviews)

Average Rating.3.8
Would buy this product again.65%

rated 1 of 5 achtungbaby80 on 3/26/2012 11:26:00 PM more reviews by achtungbaby80

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

I want to like this fragrance. I'm *still* trying to like it. The bottle, the ads, the name...but the actual smell just doesn't match! I imagined that it would smell more intriguing, more complex, more...just more, sort of like Lolita Lempicka's wide-eyed bohemian cousin who drinks champagne in the shower and has a sentimental attachment to "Le Petit Prince.". But preconceived ideas aside, I think I would have liked Eau des Merveilles if it smelled like anything--anything!-- but what it does, which to me smells just like the stuff my grandmother used to clean her carpets. The old-lady artificial chemical scent is guaranteed to burn my nose hairs from the first spray, and although I did manage to wear it long enough for it to dry down into an almost pleasant-smelling...something, that part was POOF! gone in a flash. I'm trying, folks. I'm looking for this beachy, summery, sparkly scent everybody keeps talking about...but all I get is the smell of recently shampooed shag carpets circa 1984.

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rated 4 of 5 tecumsum on 1/8/2012 9:26:00 PM more reviews by tecumsum

Age: 44-55   Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm   Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse   Eyes: Brown    

Describing this one is kind of hard. It has no floral notes, but it remains a very refreshing and exhilarating fragrance. Love the vetiver. It is very uplifting and whenever I wear it, I feel so exclusive as I have never smelled it on anyone else (at least not in my circle of acquaintances). I understand that men can wear this as well, however, I will never share this juice with my man!! I can see how a man could wear the Eau Des, but the Elixer is definitely a masterpiece that does not seem appropriate for a man. Love the Elixer for evenings. It is very rich and fuller, and the sillage is even better than the Eau Des, which is excellent as well. I have yet to smell an Hermes fragrance that I didn't like. Master perfumers. Beautiful tilted bottle, which should be displayed.

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rated 2 of 5 iodine on 1/7/2012 12:21:00 AM more reviews by iodine

Age: 56 & Over   Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm   Hair: Red, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Blue    

I go floral, oriental, with some kick. This is skanky to me. I guess they call it a "dirty" note. I don't get oranges, leather, or any of the things the great noses below offer. Just arm pits. Not for me. No thanks.

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rated 4 of 5 ZenArcade on 11/1/2011 3:47:00 PM more reviews by ZenArcade

Age: 36-43   Skin: Sensitive, Fair   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Blue    

Though I love perfume, I'm not a sweet, fruity-floral kind of person. Eau des Merveilles is an intruiging, salty, almost smoky-woody fragrance that I like to wear in fall and winter. Though marketed to women, I think it's really unisex in nature and a man could also wear it well (in fact, Juicy Couture's Dirty English reminds me of a stronger, more masculine -- and not as good -- version of this). Eau des Merveilles is subtle but has good lasting power; the ambergris note is compelling. It took some time to grow on me, but now this is a regular scent in my rotation. It is not "dressy" or sexy, but cozy and interesting for everyday wear. Added bonus: love the clever bottle design!

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* pxcrunnercat on 10/28/2011 10:39:00 PM more reviews by pxcrunnercat

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Green    

This is one of the few fragrances that I own that I have gotten compliments on. A coworker of mine loved it so much that she asked me to write down the name of it for her so she could purchase it for herself. It's citrusy but warm, with musk and woods and a slightly masculine spiciness to give it depth and intrigue. Personally I am not put off by the slight masculinity, it works really well with the warmth and citrus vibe and overall, the fragrance is far from a unisex scent- I could not imagine it working well on most men. It's very original and wonderful. Unfortunately, it's also pretty expensive. I have a small 1 oz bottle received in a swap that I cherish and use sparingly. If I ever had extra funds, I would undoubtedly repurchase this fragrance.

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rated 4 of 5 catcoastal on 10/25/2011 3:35:00 PM more reviews by catcoastal

Age: 44-55   Skin: Dry, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

Ultimately I decided in favor of this over Eau Claire Des Merveilles, which I like but which is too powdery. The initial smell of this is not very pleasant--sort of like an orange furniture polish. However, it's much better on drydown, although I can't describe exactly what it smells like. I'm still adjusting to it. The major reason I chose it is that one of the creators also made Elysium, my favorite fragrance ever, which I can sadly no longer get. I'll update when I get more used to this and am able to describe it.

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rated 2 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* awesomeness2 on 10/23/2011 6:25:00 PM more reviews by awesomeness2

Age: 36-43   Skin: Other   Hair: Other   Eyes: Other    

Eau des Merveilles is a boring, sweet woody ... such a dreadful little thing. There's plenty of fragrances on this market which have charted this territory at a third of the price.

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* cocorocha on 8/29/2011 7:28:00 AM more reviews by cocorocha

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm   Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

This is my first aquaintance with Eaux by Hermes...though I'm a big Hermes lover, I simply ADORE when a perfume manages to surprise me like this one did...
I love 24 Faubourg, Caleche, Kelly Caleche, Orange Verte....most of them have those unique, signature notes only Hermes delivers. And in each and one of them that I've tried,there is a distinctive leather note that simply screams-''expensive'',''feminine'' and ''very high class''...
I stumbled upon EdM, again through a dear friend who bought a 100 ml. of it and offered some decants..of course it was an oportunity that needn't be waisted...
I vaguely remember EdM, because in my country, there's a mysterious lack of tester the only time I've actually put it on was from a tiny sample bottle for whom I assumed was somewhat old or even deteriorated...
EdM starts very zingy, ripe and immediately there is a big ,juicy but smoky orange...a very dry one (woody-orange), and oily almost see orange peels drying on the summer sun, on a big wooden table...after a while-cedar...that's the woody part...and some leather...that is totally Hermes's signature component that's for sure...
this spicy note everyone's talking about is actually elemi- a component ( philipinne plant) that smells like resinoid (extracted from the gum by steam distillation), with citrusy-spicy kick...that reminds me of a scent of clean skin...
but the most beautiful part of EdM is this ''oceanic'' , salty note which is really hard to describe...a whif of algae(not like in Aqua Motu which is over the top-oceanic) and salty water in a most gorgeous way...really something special..and on the other hand, this isn't a plain ozonic-aquatic aromatic is extremely calm, dry,soft.....forget about Caron's Eaux Forte(E.Forte is waaay to bitter, like burnt oranges)...
and at the complete drydown there is a very weak flowery trace of pink pepper which is amazing:))
this is uberfeminine,spicy,sexy,potent and exquisite diamond amongst summery fumes....
if you like Hermes in general (yes someone said it reminded her of 24 Faubourg...well not quite, but I can see the resemblance:))- give this an absolute try....

masculine-no way!!!this is a feminine (ok, unisex) smell...don't even bother trying to put this on your boyfriend...not that he could't pull it off, just...I think he doesn't need it...
but you do!!!

excellent, unique, expensive but worth every dime.
longievity-very good on my skin (about 6,7, hours) with just 1 spritz!!

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* GetLowxX on 5/22/2011 11:17:00 AM more reviews by GetLowxX

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm   Hair: Brunette, Wavy   Eyes: Blue    

This is one of my favorite scents ever. The first time I smelled this (about 5 years ago), I instantly fell in love, but I remember my fragrance tastes at that time being more on the younger side (Dior Addict 2, Coco Mademoiselle, etc.) and felt like I could never truly appreciate this, so I passed on the chance to buy it.
Now nearing 25, this is one my favorite scents that I wear nearly everyday. There is something so warm and inviting about this scent and I always get compliments on it, whether it be on a hot summer day or in the dead of winter. Whenever I catch a whiff of it, it always cheers me up. At first it smells orangy and citrusy, but after a short while, it dries down to a warm, woodsy smell. Some people have said it smells a bit manly, but to each their own. I know what I like in perfumes and this perfume is not for everyone and you have to truly appreciate all the different notes in this perfume to enjoy it. Would definitely repurchase.

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* gioja on 12/8/2010 6:59:00 PM more reviews by gioja

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Hazel    

Again a case of love at the second sniff. When I first smelled it I thought that it is a men scent (a remembrance of Eau díOrange Verte) and I didnít understand the visual in the ad with the young girl. But after few days I started to love this scent in an addictive way. I donít know what it is but there are some ingredients in it that remind me of two things. One is the place at the Mediterranean Sea where I used to spend my holidays when I was a child (maybe the scent of oranges, lemons, pepper, cedar and the salty air). And the other one is the smell of a virtual Mister Right, the smell that the man of my dreams would have (amber, oakmoss and vetiver) and me with him on that beach. I love, love, love this scent on summer days. But men seem to dislike it because it is not feminine enough.

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