Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan (2005)

Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan by Hermès
Bottle Design: Alnoor Design
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Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan is a popular perfume by Hermès for women and men and was released in 2005. The scent is fresh-floral. It is still in production.

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesOrange, Tea
Heart Notes Heart NotesFreesia, Osmanthus
Base Notes Base NotesApricot, Leather

Ratings

Scent

7.8 (188 Ratings)

Longevity

5.8 (131 Ratings)

Sillage

4.7 (129 Ratings)

Bottle

7.8 (122 Ratings)
Submitted by Sani, last update on 05.09.2019
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Augusto

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Augusto
Augusto
Greatly helpful Review    14
Just dreaming? A hint of a hint of tea-leather flower!
a hint of sweetness, a hint of freshness, a hint of flower, a hint of apricot, a hint of tea.
Generously applied, a dream of a breath that surrounds the wearer. Soon something slightly bitter is added, a hint of leather, the black tea attracts minimally in perceptibility.

After about an hour and a half, the scent warms up on the skin and it becomes more material, gets a little more body. One has the impression that teain and tannic acid combine the ethereal olfactorily to an almost fruity, still lovely but not quite so translucent scent. Nevertheless, it is of course still completely transparent and pastel. But you notice more clearly a teen note and leather. That's relatively close here. The transitions are very fluid, the scent is watercoloured with a light brush, fluttering in the wind like a scarf. Approx. 4 hours it keeps like this at AugustA.

And then a slight but decisive change in the texture of the fragrance for my nose.
With a surprisingly soft transition, it becomes a sensually warm leather fragrance, light apricot, cuddly, with a leather and skin note that now fades away particularly beautifully. Delicately fruity, flowery, leathery, for painting over. If only he'd stayed that way!
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Thatsmr2usir

61 Reviews
Thatsmr2usir
Thatsmr2usir
Nice but.......
Osmanthe Yunnan is a nice subtle scent that will not offend anyone. It starts with a nice fruit smell of sorts, apricots & oranges pave the way with a lingering note of tea. Leather??? HA! This is a very nice aroma that conjures up memories of sitting in my great granny's backyard looking at the garden where she grew fruits & things as such.

The problem that I have with this fragrance is that it does not project much at all, nor is the lasting power good. It is almost average... I can say that this is one of the fragrances I do not care for from this line, while being nice & inoffensive, it lacks the POWER I would like & appreciate with a fragrance. Natural smell, great ingredients all creates a piss poor longevity concoction. Not full bottle worthy, I'll pass.
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Duftsucht

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Duftsucht
Greatly helpful Review    15
Why????????
...I wonder almost desperately: Why are the fragrances that I like the most, often the ones that don't want to stay with me? Which I'd like to enjoy for hours to determine after two or three hours: Where'd you go, you lovely breeze? Has it blown you away yet? That's exactly how I feel about Osmanthe Yunnnan. And yet I don't regret buying it for a second. Because the lightness, freshness, balance, elegance and swing of "Osmanthe Yunnan" inspire me every time I apply the fragrance.
Osmanthe begins with a fresh but delicate orange. There's nothing bitter, nothing intrusive, no components to distract. One smells a wonderful, freshly cut orange ripened on the tree. It is also not sweet, but has only a noble fruity warmth. At the same time you smell the tea - for me it smells like a very mild black tea. Also here: nothing bitter, no component pushes itself forward. The Osmanthus and the wonderful fragrance-free flowers, which unfortunately disappear more and more from the flower shops and which - also because of their fragrance - belonged to my favourite flowers in my childhood and youth and which absolutely had to be in my bridal bouquet!
Now I reach the limits of my olfactory perception, because neither the apricot nor the leather that others perceive, I can sniff. For me, leather is the leather in "Bottega Veneta" that is unmistakable and unambiguous. At Osmanthe Yunnan I only smell a little bit bitter, but I would have thought that the tea would become clearer now.
And then comes the moment that makes me despair a little every time: Where did it disappear to, this beautiful, clear scent work of art. Osmanthe Yunnan left me much too early - even if I scented my scarf additionally. Normally I would say heretical, but there is the 15 ml version, because you can put it so well in your handbag to re-foam yourself about six or seven times a day. But honestly, that's a real wasteful luxury!
Osmanthe Yunnan creates something unique for me: it is a very simple, minimalist fragrance - and yet it doesn't seem simple or even clumsy. It is perfectly built and harmonious down to the last detail.
An anecdote at the end: The saleswoman in the Hermès boutique winked conspiratorially at me and whispered: "Actually, I'm not supposed to do this at all" - and then sprayed "Osmanthe Yunnan" together with "Rose Ikebana" on a ribbon of fragrance. I had to gasp for air: I lay out with enthusiasm, but with these two perfect fragrances I would never have thought of even considering it! And behold: The newly created fragrance has actually become a new little work of art in its own right......
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ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
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Ephemeral majesty
Osmanthe Yunnan opens with a really vibrant, yet gentle watercolour blend of thin, lively, slightly sour and quite realistic green notes with a subtle fruity flavour and a juicy sweeter heart (tea), fruity-sugary accents (apricot) and a light, but drier base accord mostly comprising suede and something earthy. A minimalistic “haiku”, expressing Ellena’s talent at his best: a graceful, perfectly harmonic, terribly refined miniature painting with a really few notes and a palpable feel of calm, a rarefied, bright, icy transparency reminding you of a cold, but sunny winter morning. A subtle powdery-sweet accord provide some sense of colorful warmth. Not much else to describe, as Osmanthe Yunnan is really more a silent, intimate and cozy harmony of green-to-white nuances on a darker shade of suede (and perhaps something woody). Really delicate - perhaps too much, and more than ephemeral; but fantastic until it lasts.

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MasterLi

367 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
Helpful Review    3
A lovely, warm, natural floral...
A really lovely fragrance which captures the nuances of the osmanthus plant, and gives the impression of hot tea. It's a very warm fragrance, and I think this comes from the apricot mixed with the osmanthus itself (osmanthus flower is purported to smell like apricots and Ellena often uses similar note pairings to enhance the effect of a single note). He has paired the apricot with the osmanthus in the same way that he paired liquorice with lavender and other similar combinations.

The tea and freesia make the fragrance light and airy, with a tang of orange and hint of leather which blends really well with the skin. Overall I like it, and do get the impression of China with this. For example drinking tea in a Chinese garden in Yunnan surrounded by osmanthus bushes. Or equally a cup of osmanthus tea. I think that is the impression I get from this. A floral fragrance of unmistakable quality, yet as with all Hermessence creations, this one stays close to the skin. Worth trying for sure!

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