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Terre d'Hermès Parfum (2009)
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Terre d'Hermès Parfum information

Year of Launch2009
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 466 votes)

People and companies

HouseHermès
PerfumerJean-Claude Ellena

About Terre d'Hermès Parfum

Terre d'Hermès Parfum is a masculine fragrance by Hermès. The scent was launched in 2009 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena

Terre d'Hermès Parfum fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Terre d'Hermès Parfum

Very much worth the hype for the Parfum version and worth testing... this could have been a blind buy tragedy.

This was my first department store purchase in some time. Tried EDT and Parfum, both on strips and skin. The EDT was lovely on the strip, but gave off a hospital antiseptic note on my skin well into the dry down. A real shame, because I wouldn’t have minded alternating the two.

The Parfum is just a work of art. There’s harmony between citrus, wood, earthiness and spice that keeps me bringing my wrist back to my nose all day. Great projection and performance. Currently my favourite designer fragrance, hands down.
05th November, 2019
Fantastic - fresh but not in a fizzy, flighty summer fragrance way. There’s a solidity and depth that keeps this interesting and far from the usual kitchen spray scents sporting citrus and grapefruit. It’s not a sexy smell - no sweetness at all - but it’s got a subtle earthiness - a glimpse of something a little darker and dirtier.
27th September, 2019 (last edited: 28th September, 2019)
The original Terre d'Hermes was the closest you can get to a modern fragrance masterstroke, and in my opinion, the Parfum strength version of it is the best iteration of it. The profile of it is pretty much the same as the identical, but turned up. When it comes to men's fragrances, it seems difficult to check all the boxes, a non-linear fragrance where every stage is very nice and undeniably masculine, good for all seasons including the tricky summer, while still being unique and standing out among the crowd.

It does this by truly unlocking the potential of the mandarin orange, which is the hero of the first act, a very well balanced scent which isn't too overwhelming, not too tart or bitter, but also not to fresh or floral. As it wears down, the orange mixes with an earthy stone scent. If I could just bottle the mid-notes of this by itself with nothing else, I would be happy. The base note smells almost nothing like the opening note, but still feels connected, like a camera slowly panning down from the fruits and leaves of the tree down to its bark, woody without being peppery or spicy, and at no time does it ever lose a certain masculine edge.

My only problem with the original was a certain EdT wimpiness, with a fragrance with this much to say, you want to say it a bit louder. The Parfum strength projects and lasts all day with just a couple of sprays, each of its notes given plenty of time to transition into the next. The orange at the top might be a bit more crisp and tart than the EdT, but it never feels out of place. If I had to give it a criticism, it would be that the orange has a certain amount of natural freshness, and I wish there was still some kind of orange at the base. Even this can be nice, as starting the day with the crisp top note and ending it with the old woody note can signify the day's journey. Still, if you're looking for that freshness all day, it may not be the best option.
26th August, 2019
Far better than the EDT, while behaving like an EDT. The projection is pretty magnificent, even after 8 hours of running errands in the Texas swamp in the summer this still filled up our CUV. Much more than a skin scent after a full summer day, this is high quality performance from an EDP.

The Terre EDP does not have near the "earthy" (B.O.) drydown that the current EDT has. Very pleasant transition into the base, while keeping a citrusy quality far longer than any other citrus scent I've tried.

Teetering at the edge of "heavy", balancing the vetiver away from the "earthy" side, all the while staying clean, masculine, and dark in a scent that is summer and humidity friendly, with fabulous longevity and projection? Wow. Just wow. Hats off to TDH EDP for pulling this feat off!!
25th August, 2019
From November, 2016:

I have a bottle of the Terre d'Hermes EDT that I bought in 2010 before all the reformulations occurred and messed up what was one of the best men's fragrances of all time. This version is amazing--it's deep, rich, clean and citrusy, even bright at times with the oranges but also quite earthy, mineralic, and dark. Its performance is exceptional, lasting well over 10 hours with very good projection and presence. There are hundreds of reviews about it. Go ahead and read the reviews prior to 2013 or 2012 to see what's it's about. Mine is buried somewhere in there.

Anyway, the current EDT is a shell of this once amazing juice, however the Parfum very closely resembles it in smell, complexity and performance. In other words, the Parfum is great. In fact, it's the only version I can really recommend at this point. Pick up the Parfum and you'll have something similar to what everyone raved about between 2008 and 2013, before many of the negative reviews for TdH started pouring in. I only wish I had an old bottle of the Parfum, as mine is from 2015. I'd be very curious to see how it smelled. But that's neither here nor there. Overall, the current Terre d'Hermes Parfum gets a resounding thumbs up and is absolutely worth owning. I don't recommend blind buying it however as those with delicate noses are sometimes bothered by the amount of ISO-E Super that's used in it and those who are expecting something more generically "fresh" get thrown off by its earthy, vetiver and flint aspect. Either way, this is great juice and I recommend purchasing it now before the Parfum suffers another abhorrent reformulation.

One final note: I sometimes wonder why certain fragrances are such huge successes, besides the fact that they smell great. With Terre d'Hermes, my guess is because it touches upon many aspects that men (and women) want in their fragrances, rather than just ticking one or two boxes. First of all, it's undoubtedly masculine, slightly rugged with its earthiness and flint. You don't have to worry about coming across feminine or dandyish or even metrosexual. It has that certain effortless masculine appeal. Second of all, it's clean. Throw this on after a shower and it enhances the feeling of cleanliness rather than detracts from it. Declaration, Terre d'Hermes' "uncle" and predecessor, didn't do this. For many, it seemed too dirty, with an overdose of cumin. But, when it was Ellena's turn to create Terre, he nailed it, deftly balancing on that fine line between clean and unclean. Finally, it's unique. Despite the fact that several fragrances have since been made in its image (I could name at least 6), in the greater scope of things, Terre d'Hermes stands out as unique. Compare it to the majority of fragrances on the counter at Macy's or in Sephora and you'll see that it's quite different. It possesses none of the ubiquitous tonka and ambroxan notes that have become so common today, and it's also not your standard attempt at "clean;" a boringly white citrus and neroli fragrance that offers nothing to sink your teeth into. Add its stellar performance on top of that and its no wonder Terre d'Hermes has been the signature scent for many men across the globe.
13th August, 2019
Not sold on the dirt + oranges vibe, but it's unique and fairly inoffensive. Not something I'd seek out though. The sillage is also really weak. Became a skin scent after an hour.
03rd August, 2019

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