Before I try and describe Un Jardin Sur Le Toit, let me share a nagging feeling I’m having. If perfume is a form of art, then Ellena is one of the top artists. And what I’m starting to feel is the same discomfort that a non-expert in art feels in front of a work of an important painter, and asks himself: that’s really beautiful, but… what’s so great in here?
And believe me, that is not meant as a derogatory nor a dismissive question, but a real one: there must be something great, I’m just too ignorant to see it. Or maybe it’s just that Hermes Perfume Jardin Sur Le Toit is a beautiful thing, that’s it, no quibble needed. And maybe it’s also the intentional minimalism of Ellena’s latest creations will then do its part to leave the non-perfumista wondering what’s wrong with him.
Anyway, in few lines, Un Jardin Sur Le Toit is fruity, floral and green. It’s fresh and bright, and with a good similarity to Un Jardin Sur Le Nil. Indeed, it feels like Nil, but without the repulsing ripeness of mango (sorry, Jean Claude, and thank you for not using it in this one). It is delicate but not flimsy. It will pad around the nose, present if need be, but without disturbing. Flowers, fruits, apples, pears, sun-rays filtering through: all together, just like a painting taking all the space at the same time and filling your eyes.
This garden on the roof actually exists: it’s on top of Hermes headquarter in Paris. Take a look here with Ellena himself. If that won’t give you an idea of what the perfume is about I don’t know what will. If you decide to try it, don’t waste time with the blotter, almost nothing will come out of it.