Green oranges? They're immature. Didn't I? While in Europe only bright orange oranges are perceived as ripe, oranges in tropical countries remain green all year round without being immature. Do oranges that have remained green emit other scents than our orange-red ones? I don't know, but maybe I'll find out with a test from Eau d'Orange Verte.
Last summer, when I was looking for a fresh citrus scent, the beautiful dark green bottle of Hermès Eau d'Orange Verte fell into my hands, along with others. If it had only been for the bottle, the green orange would certainly have emerged victorious from this perfume casting. The spray lies heavy and smooth in the hand - and flatters the skin with its thick, compact, green glass. However, the bottle is not only a hand-catcher, it also pleases the eye. The design, inspired by the lamps on the Parisian Fiakern, has a noble appearance and is typical of Hermès, where people still proudly look back on its success story from saddle maker to luxury brand in haute couture, perfume and cosmetics.
The fragrance is considered to be unisex, although something like this happened more than forty years ago, yes yes yes, our green orange already has it on its back, it probably didn't exist yet - at least as far as the current hype about the unisex fragrances that Hermès has been so fond of is concerned.
I expect from my summer fragrance first and foremost a citric freshness, something sparkling, light, light-hearted. Eau d'Orange Verte also offers this fragrance experience. But only very shortly after spraying on. Much too short for my taste. Unfortunately! Only too soon the fragrance becomes "nerolig" sweet, as it seems to me, and heavy and gets a solid, yet pompous depth. The lovable charm of youthfulness in the early moments turns into a mature elegance that you like - or don't like.
Mint? I'd have looked forward to them. Honestly. Also to a really juicy, ripe, refreshing orange. But also here: Nothing.
To me, it's clearly a gentleman's scent. Not quite young gentlemen who prefer a classic style - and are situated. Lebemänner, who glide along the Riviera with tanned arms at the flounce of their sports cars - and deliberately do not race. Because they are connoisseurs who no longer have to prove anything to themselves or others. Eau d'Orange Verte has something old-fashioned for me, I admit it. It could even be from the 50's.
Hermès offers its target group the appropriate olfactory support. Hardly ever have I felt it more strongly with a smell that it needs a personality group which can be determined so scarcely as carrier.
They say cats choose the people they want to live with themselves. I'm sure about my hangover, by the way. There were several applicants for the Ragdoll Beauty. And this fragrance is aimed at a fairly definable group of men.
Whoever expects a lively sorbet here, which promises cooling on hot summer days and nights, will be disappointed.
The fragrance is neither trendy nor innovative. If he has reached his heavy flower sweetness (orange blossoms, jasmine & Co., although even honeysuckle can hardly be sniffed), he doesn't really change anymore according to my feeling. Sensations do not take place, although mint, honeysuckle, tropical fruits, precious woods and patchouli could have created such a sensation.
If you take a closer look at the components of the fragrance pyramid, you imagine, at least I imagine, a lively, varied fragrance that only becomes darker and oriental in the finish. My real impression of this fragrance contradicts this notion. It's like meeting an old acquaintance - even if you're sniffing this perfume for the first time.
Even if orange blossoms and other fragrances are not explicitly mentioned here - other suppliers mention them explicitly. I'm reassured. My nose didn't fool me about the heavy neroli cloud as yet. Even jasmine is called. Yes, of course, this is the sweet heaviness or heavy sweetness that hit me so unexpectedly after this brief green initial flash of floral grassy notes with bergamot, which I always welcome because of its citric lightness. Even Shalimar, one of my classics, lifts relatively harmlessly with this fresh note and then turns into a frenzy of oriental flowers and woods. Whoa!
As far as I know, the Eau d'Orange Verte is available as Concentré, EdT and Cologne. The perfumes differ in composition. I didn't test and compare them all at the perfumery. My comment refers to the EdT.
Of course, you notice that you're dealing with an expensive brand fragrance. It seems to me, however, that he has become a bit old in this composition. That means, Eau d'Orange Verte is too heavy and too sweet for me - even if the sweetness seems quite noble. The "green orange" is too much men's scent for me. However, I would also prefer a more fashionable fragrance for men around me that is lighter and fresher. The fragrance is light-footed only as far as the low shelf life and weak sillage are concerned ...
The Concentré is supposed to be fresher and more citric. Right to the end. I'd like to test that. My decision for the summer fragrance 2019 has of course long been made. Interestingly, also on a Hermès unisex scent. And the Oscar goes to Eau de Pamplemousse Rose Concentré - a trendy fragrance that I liked to wear a lot last summer. But that's another story.