A fragrance is like a state secret. Apart from the “nose” at Hermès, nobody knows its complete formula. Production is barely less mysterious. Dozens of raw materials for perfumery converge at the Vaudreuil site. Blends and transfers from one vat to another, follow on from one another, interspersed with pauses for maceration. Finally the formula is chilled to 0°C before filtering.
Once bottled, with the pump in place and the cap closed, the fragrance will travel in a leather sheath in the case of Hermessence, or be girdled in a stirrup for Galop d’Hermès. Nestling in its box, it is at last ready for its task of seduction.