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Eau de Narcisse Bleu

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Eau de Narcisse Bleu was created by Hermès’ in-house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena as part of the ‘Les Colognes Hermes’ collection in 2013 and, after all this time, it remains one of my favourite go-to spring scents.

The fragrance was inspired by the Greek myth of Narcissus, who was the son of Cephissus, the river god and a nymph, Liriope. He was a hunter, known for his beauty and vanity. He scorned those who loved him, causing some to take their own lives. Nemesis, the goddess of revenge, took notice and decided to punish Narcissus. One day, she lured him to a pool, and as he leaned down to drink from it, he fell in love with his reflection. Realizing that his love could never be returned, he killed himself. In time, is body disappeared and, in its place, was as a golden daffodil.

Eau de Narcisse Bleu opens with a bitter green burst of galbanum that leads to an opulent note of floral, animalic narcissus. The word ‘narcissus’ is derived from a Greek word for narcotic, and the narcissus used here is heady and intoxicating and complex. I smell its green facet, and its hay and tobacco aspects. A note of fresh, sweet orange blossom adds another floral dimension to the fragrance, rounding out the narcissus, its animalic facet boosting that of the narcissus. The flowers tame the bitterness so that the galbanum fades into the background, yet gently persists to the drydown. A soft, woody base smoothened by white musk, completes the scent.
Eau de Narcisse Bleu dries down to an elegant, fresh spring scent that is uplifting to wear. And, since narcissus flowers are hermaphroditic, Eau de Narcisse Bleu is a unisex fragrance.

Like all good colognes, Eau de Narcisse Bleu doesn’t have any real development and is more about the experience of spring, but what makes it unique is the way Ellena swapped out the tang of citrus for the green of galbanum in the standard cologne formula.

After the short, dark days of winter, colognes are one of the little things that can cheer us. Their easy-going nature is fresh and light and can brighten the grey skies of the heart or soul any time of year, so apply as needed.

Eau de Narcisse Bleu is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.

Notes: galbanum, narcissus, orange flower, woody accords and musk.

Type: EdC

Parfumeur: Jean-Claude Ellena


Price: $5.00