Un Jardin Après la Mousson (Hermès)

Orange creatures invade South Jersey! No, it's not a new chapter of the famous War of the Worlds hoax-- and by "orange creatures", I don't mean Snooki & Company, smart aleck. That invasion's scheduled for the end of this month.

As chronicled by news sources up and down the East Coast, thousands of butterflies -- Red Admirals (Vanessa atalantis) and Painted Ladies (Vanessa carduii) – have descended upon us in a blizzard of color. Described variously as a migration (from Texas and more southerly parts) and an irruption (a cyclical bump in the butterfly population aided by uncommonly mild weather), the Vanessa phenomenon can be witnessed everywhere from front yards to state parks to parking lots. One can spot six butterflies jostling for primacy on a single garden flower, and flurries of tangelo-colored flutterbugs whip across every roadway like a living ticker-tape parade. (Check out Stockton University's wonderful B-Log for an up-to-date chronicle of current butterfly sightings!)

On a May day almost one year ago, I wore, loved, and reviewed La Chasse aux Papillons by L'Artisan. I toyed with the idea of wearing it today as a sort of tribute to all things nectar-seeking, but I figured I ought to knuckle down and wear something new. Silly me: I ended up wearing La Chasse aux Papillons anyway-- only it came in a Hermès bottle. How'd that happen?

I can hardly find any feature in which Un Jardin Après la Mousson differs from L'Artisan's earlier perfume; it presents the same scent of summer hedges burgeoning with tiny, milky-sweet white flowers and the same general concept of sleepy, warm-weather faineance. I like it plenty-- but soaring lightness is preferable to heavy humidity, and La Chasse has been soaring far longer. It simply contains more butterflies-- and Un Jardin, too much monsoon.

Scent Elements: Cardamom, coriander, pepper, ginger, ginger flower, vetiver