Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé (2010)

Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé by Hermès
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Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé is a popular perfume by Hermès for women and men and was released in 2010. The scent is floral-fresh. It is still in production.

Fragrance Notes

Iris, Mandarin, Orange blossom, Rose

Ratings

Scent

7.5 (143 Ratings)

Longevity

6.5 (104 Ratings)

Sillage

5.5 (98 Ratings)

Bottle

8.0 (104 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 27.04.2020.
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Pica
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Pica
Pica
Helpful Review    6  
Corpus Christi
... vs. ukiyoe - two different cultures, one fragrance ...
When testing (at first without looking at the scent pyramid) my spontaneous association was "Corpus Christi".
This catholic holiday, which follows Easter, usually falls in June - that is, in late spring/early summer. When I was a child, the church holidays had a different meaning than today - so also Corpus Christi, the procession with "sky" and flags was richly decorated with floral ornaments, children sprinkled petals along the way. These were flowers from their own gardens, busy women gathered what there was the night before and tied wreaths and bouquets. During the procession itself one passed by flowering lime trees, summer jasmine bushes etc.
Usually the iris also blooms at this time and is also used as a floral decoration.
Iris ukiyoe smells to me of this concentrated floralness and freshness, of the flowers of late spring and early summer; a little bit like iris blossom (iris flowers have a fragrance, not a strong one, but they do have a scent), but I smell many more flowers - including a restrained lily of the valley and a light lime blossom.
The fragrance is not heavy or too flowery, no - it smells natural and light, not only flowery, but also a little green.
Rose and orange blossom, which are indicated in the scent pyramid, I could not detect in the blind test, they were probably used very cautiously and together with the other ingredients give me this impression of the smell of late spring.
The fragrance is light, the Sillage also, durability with a few hours quite good.
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MasterLi

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MasterLi
MasterLi
Helpful Review    6  
Like a painting in watercolour
Jean-Claude Ellena is famous for creating "transparent" perfumes. This one is inspired by Japanese watercolour paintings. The smell of Iris as a flower is not really addressed in most perfumes, as most perfumes focus on the root (known as Orris) and not the flowers themselves, a good example being Chanel No. 19.

That being said, Iris Ukiyoé smells like fresh flowers still dripping wet with dew and water. I get a sparkling citrus, mostly grapefruit and mandarin, followed by orange blossom and fresh rose. This smells exactly like putting your nose into a bouquet of flowers still damp and dripping wet with cold rain. It's incredibly natural. It almost has a citrus-floral-aquatic like vibe. But it's masterfully made (and not at all powdery, more natural and transparent).

I would recommend anyone to try out this fragrance, if only to get a feel for what Jean-Claude Ellena does at his best. To me it's more of an expression of olfactive art than it is wearable. I find it very delicate and fragile. But if you want an authentic Iris flower (not Orris root) accord, then this is the best out there.

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