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Hermèssence Vétiver Tonka (2004)
by Hermès


Hermèssence Vétiver Tonka information

Year of Launch2004
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 352 votes)

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PerfumerJean-Claude Ellena

About Hermèssence Vétiver Tonka

Hermèssence Vétiver Tonka is a shared / unisex perfume by Hermès. The scent was launched in 2004 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena

Hermèssence Vétiver Tonka fragrance notes

Reviews of Hermèssence Vétiver Tonka

Le matin en Provence by Paul Cézanne 1900-06
15th December, 2017
For me, VT stands out slightly in a crowded field of creamy, modern vetivers that includes Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire, and Diptyque's Vetiveryo to name a few. In this vetiver genre the feature note's sharp or pungent edges are smoothed over by supporting notes. The perfumer's hand is what creates the fragrance's essence and Elena does a great work here. VT opens with a warm vetiver that is smoothed of it's bite by a pecan cream-tonka bean accord. From the start each note is present, but seem to be searching for their rightful balance with the sweetness at it's greatest height from the beginning. After about 30 minutes, the tone soon finds itself settling into a fantastically, smooth, creamy vetiver that has a touch of dry sweetness lingering beneath the heart. It's admittedly intoxicating, with light to average sillage, yet excellent longevity. Could easily be worn by either sex and would beautifully counter the more decisively masculine Bel Ami Vetiver in a Hermes wardrobe. A sure Thumbs Up for me, but I'm not certain if I prefer VT to one of the other similar fragrances in the field. Price is a bit beyond my typical budget, however it is one that I would wear often. I'll slowly work through my samples before buying.
25th November, 2017
Having smelled Viaggio d'Africa by Pal Zileri before smelling Vétiver Tonka, this is what it reminded me of with its sweet, nutty, coffee-like aroma and sharp, dry vetiver proving some freshness. The two do have some similarities in notes. However, looks like Vetiver Tonka came out 6 years before the Zileri, so Hermèssence gets the credit here.

Performance is good. Projects just enough for others to notice and lasts all work day.
03rd August, 2017
harper Show all reviews
United States
i love this. as i also do ellena's terre d'hermes. together with his much more generic voyage d'hermes these are all variations on a theme, from sweetish and dense (vetiver tonka) to very dry, almost metallic and herbal (terre d'hermes in my favorite concentration, the bone-dry apres rasage, which is not so harsh nor such a sillage monster as the regular edt or parfum of this scent), to (almost) generic and a bit cheap, particularly in the drydown: voyage d'hermes. if i had to choose only one, it would be vetiver tonka. but since i don't have to, i move between it and terre.
06th October, 2016
The start was promising. A nutty vetiver, as you'd expect from the description.

Gradually, this morphed into a screechy, synthetic woody vetiver a la Encre Noire, hints of turpentine kind of thing. I had to wash it off after a mere hour and a half. Shame, it was a good start.
03rd August, 2016
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
"Lift not the painted veil which those who live call life"

These words of Shelley's perfectly describe the Hermessence line and Vetiver Tonka in particular. It is a potentially great scent seen--or sniffed--through a veil. Unreal shapes are pictured there, mimicking life with colours idly spread. This is less about vetiver and more about a light, ephemeral nutty tonka with a little tobacco thrown in. I am not a big fan of Ellena's Hermes offerings although this one is not bad. That said, is it an improvement on any of the other vetiver or tonka focused scents out there? Not really. When you consider these two notes as used in the hands of a master (Guerlain), this does seem like a filtered, obscured offering. While there may be splendor among the shadows, is it worth the effort to look? And if so, will you find anything? I strove for truth, and like the Preacher found it not.
26th May, 2015

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