Hermessence Vanille Galante (2009)

Hermessence Vanille Galante by Hermès
Bottle Design: Alnoor Design
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Hermessence Vanille Galante is a perfume by Hermès for women and men and was released in 2009. The scent is floral-sweet. It is still in production.

Fragrance Notes

Spices, Green notes, Lily, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Ylang-ylang

Ratings

Scent

6.6 (144 Ratings)

Longevity

7.3 (102 Ratings)

Sillage

6.1 (98 Ratings)

Bottle

7.9 (98 Ratings)
Submitted by Sani, last update on 12.08.2019
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Reviews

7.5 4.0 5.0 8.0/10
WRoth

153 Reviews
WRoth
WRoth
1
Hermessence Vanille Galante
This fragrance opens with the exotic note of ylang ylang framed by indistinct green notes and a dash of spices. The head accord smells of water, green stems and flowers, it is salty and vanillic at the same time. As the fragrance progresses, the flower and vanilla notes dominate the accord, creating in my mind the idea of a large Vanilla orchid patch in various stages of bloom. The fragrance is elegant, exotic and feminine. It is perfect for spring and cool summer evening. Lasts for roughly 5 hours on my skin.
9.0/10
ScentedSalon

96 Reviews
ScentedSalon
ScentedSalon
2
Gallant Vanilla
This one is one of the best from the collection. It is better in the sillage/lasting power area. Creamy, soft, sweet, a bit boozy and still transparent. There is a tiny hint of greenness. I would recommend this for office wear and for other occasions because it is a vanilla perfume but it is different, unlike any other vanilla scent. I would rate this number 3 from the Hermessence collection (behind Ambre Narguile and Rose Ikebana).
MasterLi

367 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
2
Sheer, sweet and subtle.
I really like this one! Sheer, sweet and subtle.

I get a lot of ylang-ylang in here (along with that characteristic faint, yet creamy hint of a banana like note). But what I especially like here is Jean-Claude Ellena's transparent use of vanilla. Forget the heavy, boozy, almost animalic vanilla of Guerlain, etc. Here the Vanilla is wrapped in very light spices and cognac. It's still quite light, but by no means fleeting. I would best describe it as "transparent". Neither too light, nor too heavy and cloying.

His inspiration was the origin of Vanilla as a trading spice, being brought across oceans in long voyages on sailing ships; along with other spices such as cloves and cinnamon, all tightly packed next to wooden barrels of cognac etc. All these ingredients can be detected in this fragrance, and they are all balanced beautifully.

I think Vanille Gallante is actually a really beautiful one. I know other people get rotten banana out of this, and that's a shame. But to me it's smells like hints of spices, Indian chai tea, and a creamy vanilla extract. I find it quite intoxicating. I think this is my favourite use of vanilla outside of a Guerlain perfume. Very different though, but I appreciate his take on it. Not bad Ellena!

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