The first time I smelled Galop d’Hermès, I was submerged in the very rich and distinct odor of leather. Traditionally, leather notes were used as based scents for men’s’ fragrances. I could not fathom a feminine fragrance with this concentration of leather would exist. We can thank the disruptive brilliance of Hermès. Galop d’Hermès is an innovative scent that explores the feminine side of leather.
Christine Nagel, first female perfumer at Hermès found the perfect balance of leather, cornerstone of Hermès’s success and roses, central piece of perfumery. Before joining the French House, Christine was the creator of many Jo Malone fragrances and recognizable scents like Miss Dior Cherie, Giorgio Armani Si and more. Christine was thrilled with a new role at Hermès because it offered extensive freedom. There are no budgets to dictate the raw materials nor there are timeline restrictions to launch a fragrance. Unlike other colognes, it can take up to four years to develop a perfume at Hermès. Christine developed Galop within a year. She drew from her chemist experience to balance the softness of Turkish rose and the power of the Doblis leather. The stirrup glass bottle fastened with an orange leather tie celebrates the equestrian heritage of the brand. Galop d’Hermès is only available in 50 ml and 125 ml bottles. Personally, Galop is not my favorite earthy fragrance by the luxury giant. I always find myself gravitating to Terre d’Hermès, a unisex fragrance that radiates woody, vegetal and mineral elements. Regardless, I celebrate Christine’s risks taking approach and I should recognize her achievements at the realm of Hermès fragrances. Galop d’Hermès is one chef-d'oeuvre!