l’Heure Bleue sur la Rivière Lune

The Blue Hour on the Moon River

l'Heure Bleue on The Mekong River. Photo: Jordan River

l’Heure Bleue sur la Rivière Lune. Photo: Jordan 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.


Le Moon, a restaurant on The Moon River



Let’s have a look at another river at dusk.

River Seine blue hour L'Heure bleue

River Seine, Paris. Photo: Kadellar

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.

River Seine blue hour

River Seine, Paris. Photo: Savani1987

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.

Photo: Parfumanechka from shineycreations/livejournal.com

Photo: via Parfumanechka

l’Heure Bleue – Guerlain
Perfumer: Jacques Guerlain
Released: 1912
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
Released: 2012
Classification: Floral Woody Musk
Notes: heliotrope, iris, jasmine, orange blossom, rose, sandalwood, white musk

Further Reading
l’Heure de Bleue at Olfactoria’s Travels
l’Heure de Bleue at The Chemist in The Bottle
l’Heure de Nuit at The Non-Blonde

14 responses to “l’Heure Bleue sur la Rivière Lune

  1. One of the most mysterious and poetic perfume names. It is one of those scents though that no matter how pleasant they smell from the bottle, they are hard to imagine on a person (for me at least). I think it would be a great candle or room scent.

  2. I wish I could love this perfume… Strike “love” – I’d go even for “like”. Nope. We don’t like each other – no matter how I tried. L’Heure de Nuit behaves much better on my skin but it’s not interesting enough for me to want to wear it.
    I’ll keep trying once in a while.

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