Un Jardin en Méditerranée (2003)

Un Jardin en Méditerranée by Hermès
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Un Jardin en Méditerranée is a perfume by Hermès for women and men and was released in 2003. The scent is fresh-green. It is still in production.

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Orange, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesOrange blossom, White oleander
Base Notes Base NotesFig leaf, Musk, Pistachio, Red cedar, Juniper, Cypress



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Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 29.11.2018
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Bottle 6.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 4.0/10 Scent 8.5/10
The scent of green figs...
Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of the Un Jardin series of fragrances. I love the work of Jean-Claude Ellena and find that his work is nothing short of superb in every aspect. I had been wanting to try this perfume for a long time.

Finally, I've been wearing it recently and have enjoyed it. My initial preconception was that it would be a sweet, juicy fig type of scent, much like Acqua di Parma - Blu Mediterraneo: Fico di Amalfi, however here is a green figgy scent which is more in keeping with the same style as Un Jardin Sur le Nil, another green fragrance. I must say that as a fig perfume, I do prefer the Acqua di Parma version. However this one does make me feel that if you didn't like Sur le Nil (i.e. you found it "too green") then you would like this instead.

Overall, this is well worth a try in my opinion, if you like fresh, spring & summer fragrances with substance. A masterful effort from Jean-Claude Ellena.
Helpful Review    2
Summer weather, leisure, resorts, and cocktails
Un Jardin En Mediterranée is a soft aromatic fragrance around fig and conifer with insisting floral base. A little odd, but so nice. A bit gourmand (or let me say gastronomic) with tomato paste smell.
Lemony orange blossom fades fast!
My first impression of Un Jardin en Mediterranee was light, floral, feminine. But after wearing awhile, there is a light touch of fresh vegetables straight from the ground, probably from the “fig woods” note(s). I wish they were stronger because I prefer something heavier. And maybe a little patchouli in the base would bring out that vegetal pungency, making it last longer than an hour. Overall, a lemony orange blossom that fades fast.
Scent 5.0/10
Handbag Spray Needed to Sustain
What I adore most about this scent is how easily it rounds out my perfume wardrobe; it's different from anything I've ever smelled. It's the distinct wooden open, so unique. Beneath the wood is green, almost Bvlgari Green Tea green. My only hesitation in keeping this scent is that it doesn't keep on the skin. It's too close to the skin, and whatever unique wood notes pull me in, leave me hanging, wishing they stuck around longer.
Scent 7.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    10
10-15 minutes of bliss
Un Jardin en Méditerranée has everything I could possibly want in a fragrance: an abundance of conifer notes, a blended citrus accord of lemon and orange rather than straight up lemon, unisex florals, fig and fig leaf and best of all it’s a Jean Claude Ellena creation. After wearing Un Jardin en Méditerranée the first time I also found it has a strong experiential connection.

A few years ago my family was lucky enough to visit the beautiful gardens of Villa Monastero Varenna on Lago di Como (see a picture of the gardens in my photo album). To capture the experience of being in the gardens all you have to do is apply Un Jardin en Méditerranée and immediately you will be transported to the grounds of the monastery. In the photo you can actually see most of the fragrant notes. You’re surrounded by shady, aromatic cypress, juniper and cedar. The floral notes are in full bloom yet their fragrance is as balanced as being in the garden itself. Low growing figs line the mossy stone walls and as you lift your gaze to view the chilly peaks of the Alps you see lemons hanging directly over head. The counterpoint of notes in Un Jardin en Méditerranée is perfectly balanced and has a three dimentional quality. At this point, it may very well be one of my favorite fragrances of all time. Unfortunately, this perfectly constructed intersection of memory and scent lasts only 10-15 minutes before the illusion slowly dissolves. It's as though Un Jardin en Méditerranée heaves a melancholy sigh signaling the arrival of autumn and the dry, drab browns and grays of that season.

In the perfume blog “Olfactoria’s Travels”, Olfactoria describes her favorite fig fragrances:
“One of them is Un Jardin en Méditerranée by Hermes, but it has a sadness to it, that is not always what I want.”

Unfortunately Olfactoria describes what Un Jardin en Méditerranée becomes in the final stage of its development. What was once the scent of a beautiful summer garden, becomes an autumn day that has lost all of its sweet, floral and aromatic qualities. This October day is overcast and melancholy. Fig becomes the predominant accord but lacking all the green lightness we associate with its fresh fruit and leaves. Now it has the dark molassesy aroma of dry, leathery, wind fallen fruit. The bergamot looses all it's connection to citrus and takes on more of its dry tea fragrance. The conifers lose their green piney airiness becoming more herbal than aromatic. Even the citrus and florals meld together in a tired sort of way losing their spunk and sweetness.

I still wear Un Jardin en Méditerranée on occasion but the experience can be a little sad and, as Olfactoria said, “...that is not always what I want.”
3 Replies


Lillibet 9 months ago
A light citrus burst opens into lush fruity green fig on a woody base. Enjoyable to wear & the most versatile of the Hermes Jardin series.+2
Bottle 9.0
Sillage 4.0
Longevity 7.0
Scent 8.0
Hermesh 2 years ago
Sweetish and tart grassy notes in playful rotation. Above all is a nice touch of Mediterranean freshness. The theme skillfully implemented.+1
Bottle 8.0
Sillage 6.0
Longevity 7.0
Scent 8.0

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