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on 9/20/2012 4:50:00 PM
More reviews by Beauty4Ashes
Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm
Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Fine
While I was sampling Hermes Jardin fragrances in Sephora a few weeks ago, the SA recommended I try Eau des Merveilles. So I sprayed EdM on my arm and was not a fan. It came off as a very "loud" orange zest scent. The SA ended up giving me a sample of Mediterranee and EdM to take home even though I already made up in my mind I wasn't a fan of EdM. I'm SO glad the SA went ahead and gave me a sample of EdM because about 10 mins after I left Sephora to drive home, it began to get less orange and developed into an exquisitely blended woody, warm-spice scent. Then, once it fully dried down, it became very fresh (the ambergris, I believe, gives it its freshness) while not losing its warm woody-ness. I left the sample vial on my kitchen counter overnight and in the morning while packing my lunch I kept getting this beautiful waft of scent. It was so lovely, fresh woody at the same time. At that point, I was on a mission to get a full bottle ASAP...and I did! Just got my FB in the mail today and I'm so thrilled! I'm very pleased with this purchase and really can't rave about it enough. What I most love about it is that it's such a unique scent, but isn't super expensive. It's also not too common so I don't worry about wearing something that would be in many others' fragrance wardrobe. EdM is also a perfect transition scent from Summer to Autumn. It reminds me of being on a driftwood-filled secluded beach in cooler weather while being wrapped up in a light cashmere sweater. It's definitely unisex do to the lack of any floral notes. This is a great choice for women who want a classy, refined scent that could be worn daily, during the day or night time. It's such a refreshing alternative to the fruity-florals thatsaturate the fragrance market today. EdM is going to be used in heavy rotation by me this season. Even though it's long lasting, I plan to get the EdM body cream to layer. I highly recommend.
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
on 9/7/2012 5:01:00 PM
More reviews by Camchichi
Skin: Oily, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I am literally BLOWN AWAY by this perfume. Years ago I had an orange-scented shampoo, conditioner, and body wash set from Hermes and decided to revisit the delightful scent by purchasing Eau des Merveilles Elixir. It is a warm, comforting, sexy, yet tasteful scent, reminiscent of curling up in a freshly laundered warm blanket with your attractive significant other. Truly a wonderful perfume. Only con is that the bottle is very strange - rather than a flat bottom, it is like the tip of an obtuse triangle - so it lays flat on either the right or left side. I am cautious every time I set it down. Best part is, it stays ALL DAY LONG. I have never in my life said this for any perfume (Lolita Lempicka perfumes have the longest lasting power that I know of, but not all day). I can put it on in the morning and when I'm showering in the evening after a long day, I can still smell the last of the lingering scent. Worth every. single. penny.
5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 6/6/2012 12:59:00 PM
More reviews by metje
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
To some people, if you have nothing nice to say, don't write a review!I'm getting a little sick off all that "old-lady" and "cleaner" stuff. I don't know were you're noses have been, but this does not smell like "old-lady" (whatever that might smell like!) or "cleaner". If you don't like it, ok that's a person's taste, but leave the nasty comments. Now on to the smell. At first i wasn't blown away by it, it was just nice. But after a few samples, i really love it!! It's soft and warm, it reminds me a little of Molecule 01. Just a lighter and softer smell with a hint of orange. I wear M01 in the winter, this is more summery. On me EdM has decent lasting power, it get's close to the skin, but i can smell it on myself hours later.This is a perfume that i wear for ME. It feels like a soft, clean blanket that comes just out of the dryer. After a long day at the beach, you wrap yourself in it, and mmmmmmm.
15 out of 26 people found this review helpful.
on 3/26/2012 11:26:00 PM
More reviews by achtungbaby80
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
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.
on 1/8/2012 9:26:00 PM
More reviews by tecumsum
Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm
Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse
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.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 1/7/2012 12:21:00 AM
More reviews by iodine
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm
Hair: Red, Straight, Fine
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.
on 11/1/2011 3:47:00 PM
More reviews by ZenArcade
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure
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!
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 10/28/2011 10:39:00 PM
More reviews by pxcrunnercat
Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium
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.
on 10/25/2011 3:35:00 PM
More reviews by catcoastal
Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure
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.
on 10/23/2011 6:25:00 PM
More reviews by awesomeness2
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, 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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