Launched in 2017, Twilly d’Hermès was inspired by Hermès’ iconic skinny, silk, Twilly scarf. Named for the 'twill' weave pattern used to make the material drape. In fact, each bottle of the fragrance comes with a colourful strip of Twilly scarf wrapped around the bowler-hat black cap, which suggests the fragrance is jaunty, carefree and playful. And so it is.
Twilly d’Hermès is built around three notes: tuberose, ginger and sandalwood, and it’s the way these notes are manipulated and blended that makes it so gotta-have-it! It opens with a nose-tingling tartness from bergamot that gives Twilly a zesty excitement. As it blooms, tuberose moves in. This is not a big, dirty, animalic, sexy tuberose. This is a coquettish tuberose, cleaner, fresher, playful and flirty but still indolic, buttery and seductive. It’s an intriguing new expression of tuberose, which I find irresistible. At about this point in its development, I expect a fruity note to waft its way into the mix; ginger shows up instead. It’s spicy and sharp, adding warmth and vivacity to the tuberose. There’s a woodiness at the base from sandalwood, which is more creamy than milky, and it perfectly pairs with the tuberose. The beauty of Twilly, for me, is how it reveals different aspects over time – sometimes green, sometimes floral, sometimes camphorous. And sometimes, it smells old yet new, familiar yet unusual, but always enticing. Twilly is the scent of a light-hearted fling, not a deep seduction, which makes it ideal for carefree summer days and nights.
Twilly is aimed at young women, but that doesn’t mean any woman can’t or shouldn’t wear it. What woman reading this hasn’t been mischievous, cheeky or saucy at times - amiright? Twilly d’Hermès belongs to all of us.
Notes: tuberose, ginger and sandalwood.