Beyond the grand balls in decaying over wrought salons.
Beyond the women in their layers of lurid silks and heads extended by feet of feathers.
Beyond the streets with their anguish and anger.
Beyond even her own home’s vast public chambers.
Beyond The World there is The White Room.
Here, in the privacy afforded by having only one maid present, she can be calm.
Be undressed and in her stays recline in reverie.
Her walls unadorned by the endless bright florals of the Court and belle Paris are jasmine, ivory and orange blossom blanc.
The only colours she has allowed are trims of aged gold tarnished to amber on candlesticks and clocks that show the time a little after the 24th hour.
The vivid almost orange of the gilt legs of the chaise on which she now rests and wonders at the immensity of her achievement.
To have lived and to have prevailed in persisting is enough for her.
She is passed a fine china cup of peach and orange tea, she does not care for coffee or liquor, and sips on it remembering those who were unable to retain their dignity, their fortunes, their lives.
Yes, to be alive, if unloved, is enough.
Enough for her and for here.
Her woman returns and places a vase of blue and purple flowers on the table.
The earthy aroma of iris and air borne sprite like scent of hyacinth pervades the room and invades her consciousness.
She yields to the flowers’ cold bluish warmth and then to sleep.
Tomorrow will be another day to be survived only by the comfort of solitude.
24 Faubourg by Hermes is a perfume that radiates a certain kind of hard won and worked out purity and self possession.
This a scent to protect the self from the rigours of the rough and ready world.
Place a cloud of this aroma between you and the everyday and scented self assuredness is yours.
Opening with a characteristically vivid Hermes orange underscored with other citrus and an enlivening somewhat green hyacinth the composition effortlessly evolves into white florals.
Indeed, it is between great walls of gardenia, jasmine and yet more orange blossom that the heart of the fragrance is played out.
This is a scent with an almost paradoxical, ornate simplicity.
There are ample enough notes for a symphony and yet the central theme being actually rather restrained and the range of instruments quite small the effect is more that of a chamber piece.
Whatever, this is music for the soul.
When earthy irises and honeyed amber, sandalwood and vanilla arrivea change begins.
The fragrance enters into a long dry down that exudes a stately satisfaction.
24 Faubourg, the headquarters of Hermes, was once an address in the suburbs of Paris.
Today it finds itself at the heart of the city’s luxurious shopping district.
Whatever changes there have been in the ever changing world outside, 24 Faubourg remains an oasis of calm.
Whilst there is a determined sense of the female stoic about this scent, it might be worn by men who hanker after such heights of splendid poise.
The Perfumed Dandy.