Twilly d’Hermès was the first mainstream pillar created by Hermès in-house perfumer Christine Nagel after she took the reins from Jean-Claude Ellena. With its striking interplay between tuberose and ginger, Twilly was, as Nagel’s work is, less cerebral than anything Ellena created for the brand as well as being much more punchy, and immediate. Eau Poivrée seeks to continue Twilly’s playful tuberose theme however, the twist this time is the crackling, fruity warmth of pink pepper enveloped by a ruby red rose, all served over Twilly’s signature smooth base of musk and sandalwood. The result is a much more vibrant fragrance that feels as if it has been presented in 4k high definition. It’s less odd, yes (Twilly was distinct and individual), and less white floral fleshy, but it feels more seamless and well rounded, and that initial burst of zippy pink pepper, with its strange cooling-effect, is ever so joyful and juicy. Twilly d’Hermès Eau Poivrée is as fun as the scarves from which it takes its name and perhaps even more of a pleasure than Twilly, just by a little bit.
Twilly d’Hermès Eau Poivrée is available in 30ml (£49), 50ml (£77) and 85ml (£108) Eau de Parfum
Sample gifted by brand. Images are my own. I was not paid to produce this review.