Yesterday I had the pleasure to smell the newest fragrance from Hermès, Brin de Réglisse, created by their in-house “nose” Jean-Claude Ellena for the Hermessence Collection. It’s like a delicious visit to a field of lavender, mostly inspired by Ellena’s youth in the South of France.
There are some people you meet whom you will always remember with that little spark of joy. I met Jean-Claude Ellena a few years ago, and he is incredibly charismatic and charming, always with a glint in his eye, and a wink for a pretty girl. What really interests me about his work is that he is known as quite a minimalist in fragrance circles. An average parfum might have up to, and over, 200 ingredients in it’s composition; yet a scent by Jean-Claude Ellena is alive and individual with around 50! A real fragrance genius!