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    Default Terre d'Hermès: A Jolting Reassessment

    So here's the deal (now where have we heard that?):

    I purchased TdH at its inauguration a little over a week ago and have worn it every day since. Though initially I had claimed to be somewhat lukewarm about it, I have had ample time to come to my senses.

    TdH is all about pepper, grapefruit and a good measure of cedar thrown in as a grounding agent for this elixir. TdH is totally understated yet present enough to be highly mysterious and enticingly woody (somewhat similar to Tam Dao?). Who smells so good? I heard today.

    TdH also boasts a touch of incense and a little mustiness in the backdrop. TdH literally hugs the skin at all times. The finish, after many hours, is candy sweet yet very bright, taking on a new dimension of airiness.

    What I really appreciate about TdH is that I can stand next to someone and not feel that I am drowning them in fragrance; it remains highly comforting and sophisticated yet easy-going enough to be an everyday wear.

    And never have I had so many compliments at the office (should I be spoiling them at the office?). Some of my (female) coworkers have literally careened into my space begging me to let them come closer. They claim it spills over into the hallway yet I smell nothing or next to nothing. Just a trace in my clothing.

    Granted, this critique is simplistic at best I know. But for those of you who haven't yet made the detour - wherever you live - please give this one a sincere try. I'm confident you will agree how refreshing it is. An equivalent to Eau des Merveilles, perhaps. Judge for yourselves.

    M7, Mémoire d'Homme, Body Kouros, Kenzo Air, L'Eau Bleue d'Issey, Anarchiste, Dior Homme, L'Instant are some of the others that have been overwhelmingly popular with me and my entourage in recent years, yet nothing has equaled Terre d'Hermès.

    A positive and totally unexpected reaction from strangers is the best testimony of a successful fragrance, wouldn't you say?

    Just picked up the Body Gel and Underarm Stick. Will report tomorrow.

    Mario

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    I agree with every word that you said, i'm one of the hardcore fans of this new gem. But there's no way we are going to convince Serpent, lol. I hope this thread does not get into another debating ground.
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    I can't wait to try this, but would anyone like to make a quick comparison of TdH with Equipage, Bel Ami, and Orange Verte in terms of subtlety, uniquenes, and which is better for summer wear or winter wear?

    In other words, what is the most subtle to the least subtle (cloying or more cloying than the others), what is the order of most unique to least unique, and what occasion do people where these three fragrances?

    Thanks

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    I love this stuff. It is so good I do not think any words are needed to describe.

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    I found the opening very pleasant, but then it gets a bit too fruity for me - not just grapefruit, but fig and perhaps mango. Interesting, better than many other new fragrances, but I wouldn't buy it.

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    i have bought a 50 ml bottle despite the bad reviews here i really like this new hermes creation sometimes i think that so many people sadly appreciate only popular and usual stuff imho the only two men fragrances lately launched are dior homme and this one and i forget lanvin harpege pour homme

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngscholar
    I can't wait to try this, but would anyone like to make a quick comparison of TdH with Equipage, Bel Ami, and Orange Verte in terms of subtlety, uniquenes, and which is better for summer wear or winter wear?

    In other words, what is the most subtle to the least subtle (cloying or more cloying than the others), what is the order of most unique to least unique, and what occasion do people where these three fragrances?

    Thanks
    TdH is wonderful and I don't think one can count the recent sour grapes ranting as a review. *I have worn the sample I picked up in Palm Beach a little over a week ago several times now and adore it.

    While none of the three scents you mention, Young Scholar, is shy or retiring, I would rank them from mildest to strongest in this order: *Eau d'Orange Verte, Equipage, Bel Ami.

    Both Equipage and Bel Ami smell somewhat dated to me, a bit geezerish. Equipage was a 1970 launch and is retro OK -- a spicy, mossy, aromatic floral. It is a dressy fragrance demanding some formality. Bel Ami and me [grammar intentional] do not get along. It's a typical "80's powerhouse," even though classier than most -- strong, loud, never fading; crisp citrus over a spicy, leather-tinged, aromtatic, almost oriental foundation. It's my least favorite of the three and the most urban.

    The genderless Eau d'Orange Verte is quite sharp and bright but far less assertive. Smells like a total citrus melange -- flowers, fruit and leaves. The tropical mango and papaya notes are quite uplifting and tangy. The mint gives a tonic freshness and the moss and patchouli add character and mellow warmth. *It is my favorite of these three and it is one of the more interesting citrus scents available. Although it, too, was launched in the 70's, Eau d'Orange Verte has a fresh and zesty naturalness that makes it timelessly appealing and casually modern. *I think it is more masculine than feminine. Only drawback is that like most citrus scents, it is not terribly long lasting. One must almost treat it as a body splash and keep reapplying every hour or two. *Like all Hermès fragrances, it is elegant but this is the relaxed elegance of the Côte d'Azur. In fact, it can be worn in the sun without photsensitivity and it won't stain clothing either so you can douse your baithing suit cover-up enabling you to march confidently into town for a gelatto after a day of sunning aboard your Monogasque-moored yacht.

    notes below:

    Equipage --

    Top note : *Clary Sage, Rosewood, Orange, Mace *
    *
    Middle note : *Carnation, Cinnamom, Pine Needle, Lily of the valley *

    Base note : *Moss, Tonka, Patchouli, Vetiver *



    Bel Ami --

    Top note : *Lemon, Petitgrain, Mandarin, Clary Sage *
    *
    Middle note : *Basil, Orris, Carnation, Patchouli *

    Base note : *Vetiver, Castoreum, Styrax, Vanilla



    Eau d'Orange Vert --

    Top note : *Orange, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange Blossom *
    *
    Middle note : *Mint, Papaya, Mango *

    Base note : *Patchouli, Oakmoss *



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    Default Re: Terre d'Hermès: A Jolting Reassessment

    Quote Originally Posted by sanddrift
    I don't think one can count the recent sour grapes ranting as a review. *
    Why doesn't it suffice to say that you disagree with a previous review?
    That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustB
    [quote author=sanddrift link=1143174536/0#6 date=1143204740]I don't think one can count the recent sour grapes ranting as a review. *
    Why doesn't it suffice to say that you disagree with a previous review?[/quote]


    my scentiment exactly! although in my head it's much less polite. ;D

    i think serpent is a gifted reviewer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCure
    [quote author=DustB link=1143174536/0#7 date=1143218217][quote author=sanddrift link=1143174536/0#6 date=1143204740]I don't think one can count the recent sour grapes ranting as a review. *
    Why doesn't it suffice to say that you disagree with a previous review?[/quote]


    my scentiment exactly! although in my head it's much less polite. *;D

    i think serpent is a gifted reviewer![/quote]


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCure

    i think serpent is a gifted reviewer!
    Well, that's one opinion. He was right in some way about JC releasing the same citrus fragrances all the time, although ,a little less drama would have been sufficient to explain he didn't like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanddrift
    One can certainly be negative or judge something unworthy for a variety of reasons -- even a mixture of mostly highly subjective ones *-- but certain standards of propriety and intellectual honesty are a good thing to maintain.

    S may well be a gifted reviewer but disproportionate emotionality and hystrionics are distracting at best and only bring into question the real drivers behind it , such as having an ax to grind or a chip on one's shoulder or unacknowledged envy, for example.

    Further, the repeated quasi-cursing seemed uncalled for -- a weird admixture of *mean-sprited and cute, or kute. Just struck a wrong note all together in the context of a 'review.'

    A loss of all objectivity and too much ferocity (unrelated to passion) can easily render something more a rant than a review in many people's books -- and toxic and unpleasant, too.

    I am not the only one who found the earlier thread unhelpful in the sense of a review or even a discussion.
    What did you do, write a handbook on the proper style of review writing? He has a different style than you do and you don't like his style. So what? He didn't violate any rules, yet you, Sanddrift have violated several in your short time here. And you have turned the topic of this thread toward a Basenotes member. We don't do that here on Basenotes. You have been told before that if you have personal issues, then you take them behind the board for discussion. You do not bring them on the board.


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    This is like Alice down the Rabbit Hole.

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    I got compliments on wearing Terre d'Hermès too, but somehow I wish it was a little stronger and longer lasting. The problem could be my skin, as it absorbs spicy notes. :-/

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    any further discourse on any other member's posting tendencies and this thread will be locked.

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    I think this fragrance is strong enough and quite long lasting though subtle, but i think subtle is the key here, it is suppose to be a true skin scent. I also think that the pepper notes give it some firm grip but not overly strong. It's just right in my opinion, afterall i believe it's designed for summer use, it'll give people around you a pleasant experience and also yourself, very natural and very pure, good medicine for inhalation it seems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cedriceccentric
    I got compliments on wearing Terre d'Hermès too, but somehow I wish it was a little stronger and longer lasting. The problem could be my skin, as it absorbs spicy notes. :-/
    How much of it do you apply?

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    Thank you, moderators.
    I'd just like to make an observation and that is I don't think I've seen this much disagreement and argument over any scent on Basenotes except for YSL Kouros. It would be curious to see how Td'H is viewed in ten years and how it will compare to other classics like YSL K--an absolute favorite of mine.
    I'm looking forward to trying Td'H soon myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renaissance Man
    Thank you, moderators.
    I'd just like to make an observation and that is I don't think I've seen this much disagreement and argument over any scent on Basenotes except for YSL Kouros. It would be curious to see how Td'H is viewed in ten years and how it will compare to other classics like YSL K--an absolute favorite of mine.
    I'm looking forward to trying Td'H soon myself.
    Yes, TdH is definately the most controversial scent that's come out in a while.

    Controversy is usually bad, but if we're talking about fragrances, it's good publicity. It makes people curious!!!

    I think I'm gonna like TdH!

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    FINALLY, someone with a working nose,
    I too have fallen in love with this scent, and I too have been getting complements, left and right,
    This is a new CLASSIC.

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    Ok, we have the good and bad reviews so now I am curious. Dam human behavior! ;D

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    Does anyone know if it will be available at any retail stores like Nordstrom's or Neiman Marcus? Or is it just exclusive to Hermes boutiques?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziffy321
    Does anyone know if it will be available at any retail stores like Nordstrom's or Neiman Marcus? Or is it just exclusive to Hermes boutiques?
    Along those lines, when will it be available at online stores like scentedmonkey or scentiments?

    :

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariodefior
    So here's the deal (now where have we heard that?):

    Just picked up the Body Gel and Underarm Stick. Will report tomorrow.

    Mario

    can't wait for the shower gel & deodrant review Mario :

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAZ
    [quote author=mariodefior link=1143174536/0#0 date=1143174535]..................

    Just picked up the Body Gel and Underarm Stick. Will report tomorrow.

    Mario

    can't wait for the shower gel & deodrant review Mario :[/quote]

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    I am so looking forward to trying this one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngscholar
    [quote author=ziffy321 link=1143174536/15#21 date=1143329473]Does anyone know if it will be available at any retail stores like Nordstrom's or Neiman Marcus? Or is it just exclusive to Hermes boutiques?
    Along those lines, when will it be available at online stores like scentedmonkey or scentiments?

    :[/quote]
    does anyone know the answer to these questions?

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    The Nordstrom's here in Tampa does not carry it but I did find it at Neiman's. They only had the tester available as of last Thursday and the SA informed me that it would be arriving sometime this coming week. I'm going to have to break my budget to get this one as I found it very pleasant and surprisingly longlasting on my skin. This is going to be a great one for me during the scorching summer months!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladylonestar
    [quote author=sanddrift link=1143174536/0#9 date=1143221712]One can certainly be negative or judge something unworthy for a variety of reasons -- even a mixture of mostly highly subjective ones *-- but certain standards of propriety and intellectual honesty are a good thing to maintain.

    S may well be a gifted reviewer but disproportionate emotionality and hystrionics are distracting at best and only bring into question the real drivers behind it , such as having an ax to grind or a chip on one's shoulder or unacknowledged envy, for example.

    Further, the repeated quasi-cursing seemed uncalled for -- a weird admixture of *mean-sprited and cute, or kute. Just struck a wrong note all together in the context of a 'review.'

    A loss of all objectivity and too much ferocity (unrelated to passion) can easily render something more a rant than a review in many people's books -- and toxic and unpleasant, too.

    I am not the only one who found the earlier thread unhelpful in the sense of a review or even a discussion.
    What did you do, write a handbook on the proper style of review writing? *He has a different style than you do and you don't like his style. *So what? *He didn't violate any rules, yet you, Sanddrift have violated several in your short time here. *And you have turned the topic of this thread toward a Basenotes member. *We don't do that here on Basenotes. *You have been told before that if you have personal issues, then you take them behind the board for discussion. *You do not bring them on the board.

    [/quote]

    Are you kidding me?! Will someone please moderate this moderator! It sounds more like you are the one with a personal issue with sanddrift. Why didn't you PM this post? YOU turned this thread toward a Basenotes member. Had you simply deleted the post, many of us would never have seen it and all would be as it should be. Instead, you deleted it, then you used it to scold sanddrift publicly. I'm disgusted.

    I apologize to the rest of the members if this post gets this thread locked.

    ~mad

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadScientist
    Instead, you deleted it, then you used it to scold sanddrift publicly. I'm disgusted.
    I never deleted anything. Sorry to disappoint you.

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