Hermessence Cardamusc Essence de Parfum - “The desert is a bare land, untouched and open to all possibilities,” explains perfumer Christine Nagel. That isolated expanse supplied more than just the inspiration for her newest scents, it also suggested the medium, resulting in the house’s first foray into fragrance oils as part of their Hermessence collection. The collection was started six years ago by Jean-Claude Ellena.
“I love cardamom, but I had always used just a trace because I thought it [veered] masculine,” says Christine Nagel as she explains of the spicy yet fresh bouquet. “But pairing it with the animal notes of musk, I discovered its character really has no gender.”
A pure perfume oil, a texture that highlights cardamom in the most captivating of duos, dancing on the skin. Spicy cardamom reveals its sensuality through contact with comforting musks. Assertive, unexpected. An essence to wear alone, or under a Hermessence to intensify and personalize its sillage.
Reveiws of Hermessence Cardamusc Essence de Parfum from other noses that may or may not sniff like your nose does.
An excerpt from a review by The Candy Perfume Boy
Cardamusc does exactly what it says on the tin – it provides a rich and sensual blend of musk and cardamom, but in reality it is so much more complex than that may sound. Both of these materials are incredibly bold and multi-faceted so when paired, the result is a masterful mosaic of nuance. Cardamusc is filled to the brim with hot, dry spice, red roses, a cool menthol facet, and the supple warmth of musk. It’s linear but it’s gorgeous and it brings to mind the idea of hot desert sands glistening under the sun.
An excerpt from a review by Colognoisseur
Cardamusc is what the name portends cardamom combined with not one musk but a few. Mme Nagel uses cardamom in overdose. This has to be the single loudest ingredient in any Hermessence, ever. As is typical when a high-quality ingredient is used in overdose there are unexpected nuances not usually noticed. Cardamom at typical concentration adds a woody-tinged citrus effect. Cardamom in Cardamusc provides a multi-faceted single ingredient accord. The lemony citrus effect is enhanced as is the woody underpinning. What also becomes more evident is a set of nuanced green facets which hide underneath. There is a mint-like aspect, a leafy herbal one, and a slightly grassy vein. This is cardamom like I have never experienced previously and since it is one of my favorite notes I was hypnotized. It gets better as tendrils of a warming musk accord start to intersperse itself throughout. The cardamom is never cool as it can be in other perfumes. It starts warm but the musks provide a heat mirage style effect. I felt like this rose off my skin in waves.