Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé (2010)

Hermessence Iris Ukiyoé by Hermès
Bottle Design: Alnoor Design
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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

7.6 (137 Ratings)

Longevity

6.5 (100 Ratings)

Sillage

5.5 (94 Ratings)

Bottle

7.9 (99 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 12.05.2019
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Helpful Review    5
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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