Hi Oscroft -
Thank you. Iso E Super is very notable synthetic molecule that is prevalent in a lot of popular designer fragrances (sometimes in very high quantity). It is an 'intensifier' - here is a great link here on Basenotes: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/217...81#post1383781
Terre d'Hermes' composition is 55% Iso E Super - which is rather high for any one ingredient is a composition. Ellena, the designer uses it in several of his fragrances (including his earlier release, Cartier Declaration was 40%). Encre Noire, a dark and brooding woody vetiver of note has a high content as well, 45%. That is worth mentioning.
Personally, I try not to judge fragrances based upon the use of a compound that has changed the face of modern fragrance. It's part of where things have gone, but it has a strong reaction to some people (headache-inducing). I, personally, do not have a negative reaction to it, but realize I prefer how it wears in a moderate application - I am careful not to be too liberal. Touching up a wearing works better versus more at once for me.
So, my point to put forward was when bringing modern Woody Citrus scents (Terre d'Hermes) into your search...it's relevant to know how fragrances are being created today. The spectrum, as Oscroft mentions is from being very sensitive not liking it to loving it. The key is to sample first...
Originally Posted by Oscroft
It's a potent synthetic smell - some people (like me) are very sensitive to it and really don't like it, while some people love it.