The Blue Hour on the Moon River
Dusk at the confluence of the Mekong River and the Moon (Mun) River.
This is the most eastern point of Thailand in Issan, near the Laos border. Viet Nam and Cambodia can be glimpsed in the distance.
Let’s have a look at another river at dusk.
In 1912 Jacques Guerlain created the perfume l’Heure Bleue to invoke dusk on the River Seine in Paris. One evening after strolling riverside he wrote in his notebook
I felt something so intense, I could only express it in a perfume.
Still in production today this ‘fume also has a more modern entry level interpretation called L’Heure de Nuit. Often described as incomprehensible l’Heure Bleue is really a ‘fume for fragrance aficionados to explore and admire rather than something for daily wear. Of course not everyone will agree with this statement; this is after all Catherine Deneuve’s signature scent.
l’Heure Bleue – Guerlain
Perfumer: Jacques Guerlain
Classification: Oriental Floral
Top aniseed, bergamot
Heart rose, carnation, neroli, tuberose, violet
Dry Down benzoin, iris, tonka bean, vanilla
L’Heure de Nuit – Guerlain
Perfumer: Thierry Wasser
Classification: Floral Woody Musk
Notes: heliotrope, iris, jasmine, orange blossom, rose, sandalwood, white musk