Rouge Hermès Eau Delicate 2002

7.6 / 10 49 Ratings
Rouge Hermès Eau Delicate is a popular perfume by Hermès for women and was released in 2002. The scent is oriental-floral. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation

Main accords

Oriental
Floral
Woody
Powdery
Resinous

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
AldehydesAldehydes Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang
Heart Notes Heart Notes
MatéMaté RoseRose VanillaVanilla
Base Notes Base Notes
LabdanumLabdanum AmberAmber CedarwoodCedarwood FrankincenseFrankincense

Perfumer

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7.649 Ratings
Longevity
7.935 Ratings
Sillage
6.437 Ratings
Bottle
7.547 Ratings
Submitted by Kittycat, last update on 09.03.2023.
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BrianBuchanan

355 Reviews
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Eau Deliberate
This was a strange venture for Hermès. They were straying away from leather scents and casting around for a new style, which Ellena would supply with his water colours.

This was 2002, a year before he was appointed, and Akiko Kamei was the creator, a perfumeuse with a typically Japanese signature; smelling this blind you could imagine it was done by Shiseido, not Hermès.

The odour is present but elusive, something like dried cherry blossom, and salt plums in oil that have sat in the tin for too long.

It has the same kind of watery penetration as l'Eau d'Issey (1992) but here it's much more restrained (thankfully) and the theme vaguely recalls the red pepper fruitiness of Xeryus Rouge (1995).

Stylistically unsuited to Hermès, I guess they were glad to drop this sword slash of a scent once Ellena got going with Méditerranée, and the Hermèssences.
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Rickbr

190 Reviews
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Warm powdery aura
I remember meeting Rouge Hermès in the early years of my journey as a perfume lover. The advertisement caught my attention with a model in a dance position on fire, as if the perfume did get metaphorically like that. To my surprise, the perfume itself was just nothing sexy or carnal, with a worthy composition of a lady of their 60-70 years with elegance, something powdery, floral and contained.

The Eau Delicate version, however, was a surprise and became what I personally call protective perfume, those who seem to form a serious, sober and compelling aura that help you face very cold days. It is interesting that a gentler version could do this, but the original was powerful enough to allow a change a little more delicate without losing its strength.

Rouge Eau Delicate still has a very prominent talc aura of a powder passing a warm, sweet impression. The rose seems more evident in this composition, a rose with a drier side, rough, slightly metallic, blended with ylang that helps give a more sweet floral side and strengthens the resinous powdery feel of the base. At the opening you can see, paying attention, a touch of berries that helps bring more lightness in the opening compared with the original version. The basis of Eau Delicate is similar to the traditional, an aroma of hot resins, a slight hint of iris that only becomes apparent at this moment and a hint of soft musks finish this hot powdery composition.

When the Eau delicate version was discontinued Hermès relaunched the first incarnation of Rouge Hermès, known as Parfum d'Hermès, and transformed the Eau Delicate version in the Rouge one. The Délicate one despite not being more modern is fashioned from a more affordable and yet elegant way. It is likely that the most current version is still close to Eau Delicate, which I still need to check as soon as possible.
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Drigsby

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Reminds me of China
My mother, a lady who grew up in China, can't handle eating a Krispy Kreme donut because to her the donut is too sweet. She's grown up on Chinese deserts that are typically more oily in flavor with just a touch of sugar. I suppose after a life of adjusting to the sense of sweetness, her tastebuds have been toggled to prefer a modest amount.

I only the other hand, will happily nom all of the Krispy Kreme donuts (ohh especially the ones with the creme filling) and have trouble believing that anything could stimulate my sweet tooth too much. I sort of apply this philosophy to the sweet fragrances on the modern market... with Pink Sugar and La Vie Est Belle being two of the the hottest sellers (both that I love), sweet is obviously in-fashion right? I've never seen a Chinese pastry (oiley with a touch of sweet) in an American supermarket and I doubt I'll see a fragrance like it as a top seller today.

But there is a certain attraction to oily flavors with a dab of sugar. Like a Chinese desert I think Hermes Rouge smells incredibly oily and just a little sweet. The oilyness of the sandalwood deepens the savoryness of the scent, and the spices add an undeniable warmth. Also, something about the spices (which are quite foody) reminds me of walking through the nightmarket on the streets of Beijing during the summer, with merchants selling sandalwood fans and the street food stands selling spicy lamb kabobs. Snag it up before it becomes too hard to get, as I don't see anything like it being in fashion in the near future.
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