Eau Des Merveilles is good scent that starts out very promising. The orange salty vibe that it exudes is very refreshing and invigorating; the orange in particular is light and not overpowering. It seems to effervescence off your skin like a gentle sea breeze. Basenotes lists the notes as
Top: cedar, vetiver, oak
Bottom: orange, elemi, lemon, pink pepper
The pepper, vetiver, and cedar all work together, to give Eau Des Merveilles some structure without compromising its delicate nature and to my surprise, it works amazingly well. The wood notes are blended so well you can barely tell they are even there and are not overpowering. The ambergris imparts a slightly salty quality which is likeable and counterbalances the orange in the base. I consider this scent to be completely unisex; as a guy or woman can easily pull it off and can also be worn all year with no problem.
Longevity is very good, lasting about 8 hours on my skin; Projection, on the other hand, was moderate for about 2 hours and then became close to the skin.
Longevity: 6-8 hours
Projection/ Sillage: 2 hours
The only problem is the dry down, which can come across as “cheap orange shampoo”, which can be a problem for some. To solve this minor issue, I would recommend layering this scent with another slightly stronger scent. One in particular, Terre D’Hermes ( edt), is one that would work perfectly with this one. The strong mineral-like, woodsy, and grapefruit accords would be great with the airy orange ambergris accords. Because of this I can only give this one an average rating, but overall, its not too bad.
Eau des Merveilles comes in sizes ranging from 30 ml to 100ml and can be purchased from a number of locations including exclusive Hermes boutiques, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Nordstroms, Sears, and various online retailers. Prices range is $80.00 USD to $133.00USD.
Rating: 3 stars/5 stars
Eau des Merveilles was launched in 2004 and created by Ralf Schwieger and Nathalie Feisthauer