Lest I leave out my town's other department store, Fenwicks, I was excited today to discover that they are now stocking additional Hermes classics, including the hard-to-find Bel Ami, as well as Hiris and Amazone.
I am fairly certain that all of these have been reformulated a few times, but I haven't tried any of them before, so can only comment on how they smell now. Hiris took me by surprise. It is a lovely, elegant iris perfume, but more surprising to me is how musky the dry down is. It isn't a skanky musk, but smells lovely and sensual nevertheless. I kept on catching wafts of this musky-iris accord all afternoon, which was extremely pleasing.
Bel Ami reminded me a bit of Equipage, as it is also quite dry and spicy, yet at the same time it seems in a slightly different class with more leather and a smokiness that is very pleasing. It feels like an eighties perfume to be sure, but is classy and very rich and satisfying.
Again, I am so glad that Fenwicks is also stocking different perfumes. It certainly makes me very happy!