Poetry and calligraphy grace Hermès Hermessence Agar Ebene

Each scent from French Maison Hermès’ Hermessence Collection is an olfactory poem. On a quest to capture the balmy scent of agarwood which carries a warm and mysterious vibration at its heart, perfumer Christine Nagel dreamt up the Agar Ebene Eau de Toilette swirling with woody notes, fresh fir balsam. Warm and balmy, it’s a fragrance to spritz on throughout the year to whisk a reminder of nature into your everyday. A fragrance that marries the enveloping sensuality of two wood essences: a carnal agar wood softened by the sweetness of balsam fir, profound and mysterious.

Rashid Al Khadar’s verses, expressed in Mohammed Mandi Al Tamimi’s fluid strokes, echo the creative freedom of the Hermessence collection. The text by the celebrated Emirati writer, who died in 1980, invokes the emotion of fragrance in a declaration to his beloved. The poet sets the tone, the calligrapher applies his perspective, a line, a gesture.

Poetry and calligraphy grace Hermessence Agar Ebene. For an exceptional limited edition, the Agar Ebene flacon is adorned with the verse of Rashid Al Khadar, calligraphed in Diwani by the artist Mohammed Mandi Al Tamimi. The poem evokes the emotion of fragrance in a declaration to his beloved. Calligraphy unfurls on one side of the glass flacon of Agar Ebene. The interlaced script is engraved, then embellished with 24-carat gold leaf.

Hermès Hermessence Agar Ebene is available at Hermès boutiques worldwide and from the official Hermès website as 100ml Eau de Toilette $ 286, or as 200 ml Arabic Engraved Limited Edition (with the gilding) for $ 1475. There is also a set available of 4 x 15 ml travel flacons ($ 180); and a set of 8 x 15 ml ($ 360), however, you cannot add Agar Ebene to the set online).

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Hermès H24 decodes the modern man

The world of fragrance is synonymous with the concept of the ‘Modern Man’, as stereotypes of smelling good have been deconstructed and have transformed from a once vein action into something of a commonality. With the idea of the modern man in mind, French Maison Hermès has created its latest olfactory experience that’s captured in a scent titled ‘H24’.

H24, a fragrance beyond the lines

Hermès H24 is considered the first major launch for men in 15 years, after Terre d’Hermès, which was created by Jean-Claude Ellena in 2006. Created by perfumer Christine Nagel, H24 looks to combine nature and technology with a sequence of contrasting scents that deliver something contemporary yet traditional, expected but still unconventional as the scent develops on your skin.

Christine Nagel, who loves to give her creations volume or texture, wanted to recreate textures of fine materials such as cashmere, silk, and velvet. The perfumer collaborated with the creative director of the men’s department of the French Maison, Véronique Nichanian, to create H2, a perfume inspired by the ready-to-wear collections and Nichanian’s opus.

I like to go towards natural, very classic raw materials, and work them using technologies that give them other renderings, other textures.

Christine Nagel, Hermès in-house perfumer

With this in mind, top notes of clary sage act as the backbone for H24, making for a botanical experience throughout the scent journey. This is combined with narcissus, rosewood, and sclarene, with the latter’s green and earthy scent soon transforming to represent the ‘modern’ part of H24 as it develops into something reminiscent of hot, metallic iron.

H24 is bottled in a design by Philippe Mouquet, whose flacon is shaped by the idea of an invisible hand that has gripped and manipulated the structure. The flacon is made of recycled glass and can be refilled. It’s packaged in a 100-percent recycled and recyclable paper box, which nods to the ideas behind the scent itself.

Hermès H24 is available in spray flacons of 50 and 100ml, a refill flacon of 125ml, and a travel spray of 15ml. at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Hermès.