A Scent for Spring (In the Orange Bag)


Aside from my rather minor obsession with Tom Ford’s Private Blends, I do most of my day-to-day cologne shopping at Sephora. (Mr. Ford’s Blends are only found at the hoity-toity spots like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.) So when seeking out a new spring fragrance, I perused the offerings of Hermés while at Sephora, and came upon their Eau de gentiane blanche. It was similar to Frederic Malle’s Angéliques Sous La Pluie, with slightly longer staying power, and though I thought long and hard over the Eau de pamplemousse rose, (I do love grapefruit), I decided this was a little more unique.

When Andy and I were making our anniversary stroll across the street at the Public Garden, I made sure to take the Boylston way home and stop in the Hermés store to see if they offered the gentiane blanche. They did, and for the same cost as the bottle at Sephora. We also saw a horse’s saddle for $6700, but without a horse it seemed a terrible waste. A lime green suit jacket would have been perfect, but when I saw that the accompanying sweater was going for a cool $1950, I didn’t bother asking about the jacket. I’d be lucky to wrangle the cologne off as an anniversary gift. And lucky I was. Thank you, Andy!

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