Product Review: Hermes Voyage D’Hermes Fragrance

Name: Voyage D’Hermes
Brand: Hermes
Size: 1.2 fl oz
Price: $90.00

What I liked:
– fresh woody musky fragrance
– unisex
– good staying power
– the packaging

What I didn’t like:
– not original
– the price

Voyage D’Hermes promises to take you on a journey into the unknown. An unisex, musky woody fragrance, it is said to “not smell of a kind of wood, a flower, a particular raw material, but of the unknown in all its glory”. I usually love this kind of fragrances, and the theme is quite intriguing too, yet, when I spritzed it on, I was left disappointed. I was expecting something unique, instead I was taken on a trip I had already been on before, only with a very bad beginning.

The fragrance opens with a sparkling citrusy note that is soon overpowered by the pungent smell of black pepper, which is present in a very generous dose. This is a note I really dislike, mainly because it always seems to smell horribly on me, and so it prevented me from enjoying this scent. There is also a hint green note in the opening minutes, but I couldn’t detect what it is. Still, I couldn’t wait for the first part of the fragrance to be over. After a while, the black pepper finally disappears.

The musky-woody accord, with a burst of cardamom, takes center stage. The fragrance is at this stage quite strong and dry, yet fresh. Finally, the drydown is a blend of delicate and green violet and softer woody, cashmere notes. This is the part of the fragrance I enjoyed the most. It’s lighter, fresher and more feminine. Altough Vojage D’Hermes is a truly unisex fragrance that can be worn by everyone, I think the first two stages will appeal to and suit mostly men.

The staying power is good. It lasts almost all day and I was already home by the time it began to fade so I didn’t have to reapply it. Overall, it’s a nice fragrance, just not original. What’s innovative, though, is the bottle. It’s a retractable glass bottle that opens out at the touch of a finger and is designed to turn on itself without going around. And it is refillable too!

Available at: amazon.com and cheapsmells.com

Summary
Hermes Voyage D’Hermes is a nice but unoriginal woody musky fragrance with a very generous note of black pepper at the very beginning. Until the drydown, this fresh scent is quite strong and dry, which I think will appeal more to men, but will suit women too. Staying power is good and the bottle is innovative. However, it is very expensive.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Comments

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Makeup Morsels, I hate that too, it’s very disappointing. I hope my reviews don’t give you guys the wrong impression. I try to be as objective as possible, but with fragrances, because they’re such a personal thing, it’s not always easy. :)

      The drydown is beautiful indeed! Shame the rest of the fragrance wasn’t as good..

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