By SUE REID
The beauty of nature explodes in fall as do warm, comforting scents.
Find fall’s finest scents this season in hints of rose petal, deep sensuous vanilla or milky sandalwood.
These are just some of the beautiful elements found in the Hermessence Collection of Perfumes presented at Cuffs in Chagrin Falls for both men and women. These are fragrances that can’t be found in department stores and which boast the finest, most natural ingredients from around the world.
Raw materials, both scarce and special, are bottled in this sophisticated line, created by Jean-Claude Ellena, perfumer to the House of Hermes. Cuffs is one of the select stores in the world to house the collection, the display of which is a work of art in itself.
Hermessence fragrances, all considered unisex, are bursting with character and serve to define those who wear it. The essence of Hermes and the very soul of perfume make for this intense, beautiful line, which commits to touching the heart and speaking directly to the senses. It also features surprising combinations that make for the most amazing scents.
A top seller from this line is Rose Ikebana, delicate, airy and sparkling, and boasting a contrast of rose petal and crisp rhubarb. There is also Iris Ukiyoe, which is a lively and delicate interpretation of unsuspected iris flower scents; as well as Vanille Galante, a deep and sensuous vanilla with an unexpected lightness.
There is Poivre Samarcande, which interestingly combines fiery pepper softened by smooth wood, for a vibrant fragrance, while the honey of amber combined with oriental swirls is presented in Ambre Narguile. Another top seller is Cuire d’Ange, bewitching and hazy with a soft, leather scent.
These fragrances come at a higher price point due to the raw materials and fine ingredients, but there is also an ability to create a smaller four set (great for travel) of this line, priced at $156.
Cuffs will hold a special event Oct. 30-Nov. 1 to celebrate the launch of Hermessence. There will be an engraver on hand who will be able to personalize each perfume bottle. The weekend schedule is as follows: Thursday (Oct. 30), 2 to 8 p.m. with a champagne tasting that evening; Friday (Oct. 31) noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday (Nov. 1) 1 to 5 p.m.
Cuffs also features a wide array of beautiful candles, including a collection by Cire Tudon from France featuring scented pillar candles or larger sized four-wick candles that can be special ordered by request. Other fine scents can be found in the candle line of Aqua de Parma out of Italy.
Other alternatives to department stores can be found in fragrances offered at Indigo Perfumery, celebrating one year in business this fall in Lakewood.
These hard-to-find fragrances are focused on the artistic side of perfume, and presented in a gallery like setting.
All hand-blended and hand-distilled from small perfumers around the world, these fragrances have unusual ingredients like fresh mint, pepper, caramel and cucumber.
Top sellers are from Shay and Blue out of London and Papillon, among others.