“It’s irreverent, joyful and full of colour,” declares Christine Nagel, the revered in‐house perfumer at Hermès, of Tutti Twilly d’Hermès. As with all the creations in the Twilly d’Hermès perfume family—which was launched in 2017 as a way for her to capture the hearts of young women while still respecting the house’s style and sophistication—this newest addition evokes the exuberant designs of its namesake: the iconic 86cm‐long silk scarf that is one of the brand’s most versatile, playful pieces.
The new Tutti Twilly d’Hermès opens with a wonderfully lively, capricious intro of acidity and spiciness built around the ginger flower, a feistiness to the fragrance in an ode to the Twilly woman—who is by no means sullen. Meanwhile, a sensual breath of lychee and musk adds colour and a springtime‐like nuance.
Like a mille‐feuille, this robust bouquet should be slowly appreciated from first spritz to hours later, when it dries down on the skin with impressive sillage.
Ginger root, with its kick of pleasantly spicy scent, has always been a favourite of Nagel’s and you’ll find the note in most of the Hermès Twilly d’Hermès creations—Twilly d’Hermès Eau Ginger, in particular, puts the spotlight squarely on it. “It has always been used in very small quantities and more often in men’s fragrances, so I think it gave a special signature to the first Twilly [fragrance], and I wanted to continue exploring that with various Twillys [in the future],” she explains.
And that she does to great effect. In a break from her usual practice of using ginger root, her latest fragrance features the flower of the ginger plant—an idea she says was born from a serendipitous moment. “After the third Twilly, I wondered if I’d explored all the facets of ginger,” says Nagel. “Then one day, I was watching a film about a master pastry maker who makes desserts using ginger and ginger flowers. I was amazed, as it didn’t occur to me that ginger flower has a taste. So I ran out to the florist to find some.”
After cutting, tasting and smelling the flower, Nagel discovered there were more facets to it than just the taste and smell of ginger, describing the blossom as having a softer, more supple side in contrast to ginger root.
To tie up her bouquet, the ingenious perfumer used a luscious lychee note that gives the Tutti Twilly d’Hermès a joyful burst of sweetness. “I wanted to create the first truly fruity fragrance for the house and immediately thought of lychee,” she says. “Why? It’s got a rose‐like scent and is generous in flavour. When you open one, its juices get all over your fingers and I really love the generosity of this gesture.”
Lastly, to ground the fragrance and to add a sensual dimension, Nagel used an equally heavy dose of musk to make Tutti Twilly d’Hermès the most warm‐hearted member of the Twilly d’Hermès family.
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“It’s a Hermès fragrance that has top‐quality, precise attention [paid] to both detail and quality, and has radiance. You wear it either to express something or to make a statement for yourself. There’s
no doubt that Tutti Twilly d’Hermès has the ring of something very positive to it,” says Nagel with a smile on her face.
Classiness, cheer and a certain sense of naughty impertinence? We’re ready to get all wrapped up in it.
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