L'Eau des Hesperides

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Olivier Pescheux





Dominant note

Bitter orange

Fragrance description

Welcome to the Garden of the Hesperides, where the golden apples grow...

In Greek mythology, the Garden of the Hesperides was the sacred place belonging to Hera. The golden apples, as well as the rest of the life in the garden, were tended by the Hesperides, minor earth goddesses or nymphs and daughters of the Titan Atlas. It was said that the apples (a wedding gift from Gaia to Hera) were supposed to give the sunsets a golden glow. Did you know that it was actually an orange tree? That's why the Greek botanical name of citruses is "Hesperidoeidē". In English orange fruit was not named for its color. Instead, the term comes from a transliteration of the Sanskrit "naranga", which comes from the Tamil "naru", meaning "fragrant".

I'll be honest with you, this is not an easy pass freshie. This is a very flamboyant and also very demanding fresh scent, for me also very unique because I can not remember anything else like this. It opens with tangy bitter oranges and then... the oranges quickly disappear and fresh mint leaves, spiced with rosemary, cumin and black pepper, come to the fore. At this stage, it's very minty for me, it has an incredibly cooling effect like a cooling salve, especially in the areas where I applied the scent. The spices add a slight herbaceous vibe, but if you walk through this secret green garden, you can find other green elements there like lemongrass, but also floral or floral-citrus elements like petitgrain. Musk also makes itself strongly felt and that's one of the things I do not like here.

Just as Greek mythology often addresses the theme of immortality, which is the goal not only of the Greek gods, in L'eau des hesperides that symbol is immortelle, the note of which is clearly felt and is with us from beginning to end. According to common belief, immortality means the opposite of mortality, of death. But what could immortality also be? Perhaps it is about reawakening the divine intensity, the divine fire that ignites our enthusiasm for a good and fulfilling life, however short the period of time in which we physically live?

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