Saturday, January 1, 2011

Hermes: Un Jardin Aprés la Mousson ~ Review

Un Jardin Aprés la Mousson is my scent of New Year's Day! New Year, a new beginning, a great way to start the year with a great perfume. I chose to wear this fragrance because it is perfect for Australian summer. It also has a special meaning to me. And it signifies a new beginning, the Monsoon.

Monsoon in India is just magical. The rainy season begins at the end of summer, giving much needed relief from the heat. Indian monsoon has a charm of its own. It is one of the things that I miss. I have experienced the rain elsewhere in the world, it can be annoying, boring and even depressing (those SAD cloudy days in UK!) To me, nothing ever comes close to Indian monsoon. It is pure joy. The earth is freshly washed off from the summer heat and the dust. There is lush greenery everywhere, everything is vibrant and so full of life. It is revival.

Un Jardin Aprés la Mousson, a garden after monsoon, is a personification of Indian Monsoon. It is watery in the sense that it is transparent but not really aquatic or marine, which is just like the rain. It is so refreshing! It starts off with a burst of Musk Melon, which is more aromatic rock melon but as juicy and fresh. The melon is accompanied by a beautiful spicy cardamom note, it really adds 'flavour'. Ginger is like a zingy bite! All this fades to reveal something soft and green that is mixed with pepper, not sharp, just subtle. Vetiver is one of my favourite notes that most definitely says 'summer' is present in its cool and aromatic way. The base is slightly woody, with the muted spices still in the background. Very fresh, clean and enjoyable, perfect for a hot summer day!

The inspiration behind this fragrance is when Jean-Claude Ellena was enchanted by Kerala during the monsoon season. I totally get it why there are not-so-good reviews about this fragrance. With the mention of India, generally a perfume is expected to smell rich, oriental and strong. Un Jardin Aprés la Mousson is totally the opposite, it is serene, delicate and absolutely personifies the monsoon, in an abstract way.

Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom, Kerala
May 2006
Just add the sound of water drops,
the birds chirping and a breeze to the picture,
 you have
Un Jardin Aprés la Mousson!
When we got married, I had to stay in India, far away from my husband to complete an year long internship. We missed each other so much. The hour long phone calls only made the distance more. We were crazy about each other, we still are. It was the most romantic gesture by my husband to fly down to India and plan a wonderful journey through Kerala for our first wedding anniversary. It was after six months of separation and a hot summer. We got to see how beautiful the monsoon in Kerala is. The land was really filled with of water, we had to sail in boats across the backwaters. We spent our anniversary in Kumarakom, the very place where Un Jardin Apres la Mousson was born. It was here that we decided to move to Australia, to start fresh. This perfume reminds me of those crazy romantic times, the nostalgia, the heartache, the new beginning.....

My new year's day went well, I was smelling good! I hope everyone had a great start to 2011. I will be off for a while but promise to come back and write more about my much loved topic, perfumes, in a few weeks time.
Till then, ta-ta, cheerio!


  1. This scent sounds so lovely and refreshing, India is one of the countries I would really love to visit, have a great break Su :D

  2. India is great place to visit jade, you'll love it :)
    Thanks, I'll be back soon!

  3. Wow! What a lovely nostalgic review. So good to read this fragrance holds so many precious memories for you. Kerala is a magical place for sure. My cousin went there a few years back and had a great time on some backwaters cruise followed by dinner at a coffee plantation.
    I never expected cardamom to feel so refreshing in a fragrance. Maybe mixed in with watery kharbooza is the reason. Your reviews paint the prettiest pictures.