September 21, 2017
Robert’s bottle of Twilly d’ Hermès ©
Twilly d’ Hermès is the latest offering from Maison Hermés, a longtime favorite house of mine and for many others. For me, there is something about Hermés products that feel so luxe and always connote quality. From the very first time I experienced Eau D’Orange Verte as a “Gel Douche Pour Le Bain” in the late 70s, to the current releases, I find that anything Hermés always makes me feel that all is right with the world. Everything they touch and create just whispers quiet elegance, class, and très très Français, n’est-ce pas? Following on the heels of last year’s stunning Galop d’Hermés, in-house perfumer Christine Nagel, (who joined the Company in 2014) has once again created a solid, beautiful and unisex fragrance with Twilly d’Hermés.
still from Twilly d’ Hermès video ©
The perfume is an homage to the now iconic Hermés Twilly scarf that graces the necks, heads, wrists, and handbags of women (and some men) worldwide. The Twilly debuted in or around the early 2000s and was a way to introduce Hermés Scarves to a younger audience, who found the traditional 90 cm carres to skew on the mature side.
Hermès “Les Flacons” Bandana Twilly was inspired by Qu’importe le Flacon, first issued in 1988 (yes those are perfume bottles)
The Hermès Twilly was thinner (32 x2 cm), more versatile, fresher, often original designs or riffs on existing 90 cm scarf patterns in new colorways. They were an instant hit with Millenials. Twilly, the perfume, although being marketed to women in their 20s as a “gateway” perfume to the world of Hermés fragrances, will delight women (and men) of all ages with its sheer, floral, and light-as-a- mousseline (silk-chiffon) scarf scent.
Christine Nagel photo 2013
“It is with young women in mind, by observing their lives, that I created Twilly d’Hermès. Free, bold, connected, mischievous and irreverent, they turn expectation on its head, swim against the tide, impose their own rhythm, invent a brand new tempo.” -Christine Nagel
still from Twilly d’ Hermès video ©
Twilly d’Hermes is quite frankly a wonder. Using only three listed notes; Tuberose, Ginger, and Sandalwood, Christine Nagel has managed to create something surprisingly new and fresh. If Tuberose is a scent that scares you, fear not. This is a completely non-indolic Tuberose that has been mostly neutered but manages to maintain its’ tropical creamy beauty. The Ginger supports the floral notes exceedingly well, supplying a spicy and slightly citrus-vibe to the scent. The sandalwood in the base combines with both the tuberose and ginger notes to create a smooth-as-silk and gorgeous drydown that will have your nose glued to your wrist.
And of course there’s that bottle. A squat and funny little thing that is surprisingly comfortable and hefty in hand, is topped with a cheeky, ironic, and quite humorous “Chapeau Melon“ or derby hat, and tied around the neck with a multi-colored ribbon reminiscent of the eponymous Twilly scarf. The bottle is akin to a portrait of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot reinterpreted in glass, and filled with a fragrance that is as proper and correct as the perfect boutonnière in a tweed coat. I, for one, fell immediately in love with it.
Notes: Tuberose, ginger, and sandalwood.
Disclosure: The bottle of Twilly d’Hermes and opinions are my own.
-Robert Herrmann, Senior Editor
-Art Direction and historical contributions: Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief– Images courtesy of Hermes© unless otherwise noted. The box is a variation of the Hérmes scarf Astrologie first released in 1963. Available in multi sizes and price points including 30ml which retails at $89.00
We have a 5 ml sample of Twilly d’Hermes for a registered reader in the USA. To be eligible please leave a comment with what you enjoyed about Robert’s review and your favorite Hermès perfume by 9/25/2017.