This first time I tried Eau d'Herm¸s, is was pure cumin. I'm talking straight taco seasoning mix, the smell of bad gringo "Mexican" food. It was Eau de Taco Bell. Don't mistake me, I love cumin. Three of my favorite scents are Femme, Dolce Vita, and Kingdom, all of which have prominent cumin notes, but this was ridiculous.
The second time I tested Eau d'Herm¸s was in the summertime, a warm day when I was running errands and perspiring a bit. The cumin faded more quickly and melded with the citrus, and the effect was sweeter, fruitier. It took me little while to place it: Pez candies. It was so distinctive, faintly powdery and slightly sweet, but with a dry edge. I applied it too lightly and was perspiring a bit too much to get a good reading of the drydown, sadly. (Leathery scents don't tend to last on me, either.)
I'm wanting to try Eau d'Herm¸s a third time. If it doesn't go supercuminy and proves to be the one leather scent that clings to my skin longer than a half-hour, it may be the fourth Herm¸s scent I add to my arsenal (and my biggest about-face since Kingdom).