Friday, November 13, 2009

Caleche Fleurs de Mediteranee: reissue by Hermes

Calèche Fleurs de Méditerranée, a variation on the classic Calèche is being re-issued by the house of Hermès for spring 2010. The till now discontinued fragrance, a limited edition in only 2500 bottles from 2003, is being brought back, as a line-up contestant alongside the many lovely variations on the classic Calèche (three of them being Kelly Calèche in all its concentrations of Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum and Parfum; all four versions were composed by Jean Claude Ellena, in-house perfumer)

Hermes presents it as "A voyage in a bottle. Perfume and wind know no barriers: they travel freely through air and over sea. In Calèche Fleurs de Méditerranée, a warm breeze glides over the Mediterranean basin, delicately grazing the fragile white stars of Egyptian jasmine, rustling the skirts of the Turkish damascena rose, stroking the sunbathed blooms of Moroccan mimosa. Calèche, so characteristically elegant, so undeniably classic, reaffirms its femininity with Egyptian jasmine and Turkish rose. The Soie de Parfum of Calèche Fleurs de Méditerranée plays with a daring hint of violet leaf, giving an invigorating tartness to its initially light, fruity scent. Joyously enlivened by a fresh breath of mimosa, it incarnates a youthful fragility, a distinctly contemporary clarity rounded to perfection by a gentle touch of heliotrope and beeswax – an echo of the powdery, honey-sweet note of mimosa absolute'.

Calèche Fleurs de Méditerranée is therefore centered around that early spring yellow wonder, mimosa, "a precious yellow oil imbued with an airy yet sensual scent of astonishing softness and presence. 'Golden puffs, the downy tufts of new-born chicks," wrote the poet Francis Ponge in Le Mimosa. "The minuscule golden chicks of mimosa...", "powdered like Pierrot the pantomime in his yellow polka-dots”, “fireworks”, “tiny torches alight"...' [quote Francis Ponge , “ LE MIMOSA ” In La Rage de l’expression © Édition Gallimard . Authorised translation by Hermes, courtesy of editions Gallimard ~Fragrantica]

Available in Soie (Eau) de Parfum from Hermès boutiques as a pre-release.

News via Michelyn Camen Pic via Fragrantica


  1. I don't remember seeing it here back then Helg.
    I shall keep my eyes out for it here - thats if Hermes thinks we are worthy!! :)

    Sounds interesting.

  2. This was a 'NM exclusive'- in celebration of some sort of NM anniversary [?], and I purchased it happily; a very sunny, full-bodied scent.

    It merits popularity in its beauty.

    Hugs, E.

  3. Rappleyea16:17

    I just received the Bergdorf's "exclusives" catalogue a few days ago, and it was listed in there, so they must be carrying it.

    I wore (and loved) the original Caleche back in the day. Waaaay back in the day. ;-)

  4. Fiordiligi16:26

    I too used to wear the original Caleche way back when, but I disliked Kelly Caleche so am a bit ambivalent about this one; you make it sound heavenly, though, as always. Thank you, dearest E!

  5. I don't know why they capitalize on the Caleche name when it smells nothing like it.

    I love this fragrance and bought it at NM when it was exclusive to them.

  6. I don't believe I've ever tried a mimosa perfume. I look forward to sampling some of this frothy goldenness!

  7. M,

    I believe it was a quite limited edition: only 2500 bottles. Mostly US-geared (what else is new....)
    I do hope it gets on your shores, anything mimosa SHOULD first hit your shores ;-)

  8. I,

    it's always great when I hear corroboration from the proverbial horse's mouth. Thanks!!
    So, a happy re-issue! Just peachy!

  9. D,

    so I guess they do carry it, thanks for the info!!
    Caleche seems to be a classic for a reason :-)

  10. D,

    re: classicism of Caleche see above.
    Re: Kelly Caleche, I feared you might. (I know you don't do well with vegetal irises)
    This one is something different from both.

  11. K,

    another fan! Thanks! (I see a huge lemming being born across readers)

    I believe the use of Caleche in the name is simply a matter of easing on the copyright issue: Caleche this, Caleche that and you're set! Much harder to come up with original names which have been already "held" by other companies.

  12. L,

    mimosa is a voluptuous and yet also deliriously happy scent: if you can do try Mimosaique by Patricia de Nicolai or Farnesiana by Caron (preferably an older bottle)


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