Photo by Hermes.
Originally published on http://www.australianperfumejunkies.com 28 August, 2016
Hey there Frag Friends, Robert H. here writing From the the Pacific Northwest. Lately I’ve been wearing the beautiful Equipage Geranium by JCE for Hermes. (2015)
The notes listed are: spicy accords, geranium, rose, mint and Sandalwood.
Imagine a summer’s day, warm and dry and perhaps you’ve been invited to a friends house in the countryside. Your first day there, you decide to go horseback riding, so you throw on a pair of jeans and a well-worn pair of boots. You cross the drive to the stables and immediately the smell of damp hay hits your nose.
You notice a wine barrel planter next to the stables, with bright red and spicy geraniums growing next to some errant mint plants. The geranium has that dusty/floral/spicy aroma, almost rose-like, as you lean in to sniff. You take a mint leaf and crush it between your fingers, the aromas mingling and melding to create an almost floral vibe but cooled and tempered by the mint.
From inside the stable you catch a whiff of freshly groomed horse and the leather tack hanging on the wall.
This is Equipage Geranium.
The first flanker to the now iconic Equipage, this gorgeous scent goes one better to me, the addition of the geranium spiciness and mint sitting on a base of creamy sandalwood amps it up to a new level. Yes it is masculine, but with a classic JCE soft-focus edge.
Jean-Claude Ellena has created a scent that is assertive, bold, and nothing like his lighter, spare scents of the past. And although marketed as a men’s cologne, I can see a woman easily wearing this, commanding attention and exuding confidence, like Joan Crawford’s first meeting with the board of directors of Pepsico… “Don’t F#*k with me boys, this ISN’T my first time at the rodeo!”
Have you tried this Geranium? Which JCE creations do you love?