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    Default Hermessence Poivre Samarcande

    Has anyone tested Hermessence Poivre Samarcande? If so, what did you think.

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    I have one of the travel-size bottles. I like it, but it's very minimalist. You get a very realistic but light black pepper note and not much else. Subtle but interesting. I can't imagine it sells all that well, but that's just my personal opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbBD View Post
    I have one of the travel-size bottles. I like it, but it's very minimalist. You get a very realistic but light black pepper note and not much else. Subtle but interesting. I can't imagine it sells all that well, but that's just my personal opinion.
    I agree. I think that Terre d'Hermes smells like a "fleshed out" and more composed version of Poivre Samarcande. The Hermessence line is good, but I don't find much occasion to wear them. I bought the collection when they were selling all of the travel sizes together when they launched them.

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    Poivre Samarcande is one of my favorites. Wore it today as a matter of fact. I have two of the travel size bottles as well as one of the 100ml bottles. Poivre Samarcande's subtlety belies its complexity. I find it both relaxing and stimulating. Quiet and mysterious, I feel as if it's whispering different things to me as I wear it. If I could touch the sensation in my mind's eye, I would expect to feel freshly sanded cedar, dried peppers, and silky warm skin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sloan_8013 View Post
    Poivre Samarcande is one of my favorites. Wore it today as a matter of fact. I have two of the travel size bottles as well as one of the 100ml bottles. Poivre Samarcande's subtlety belies its complexity. I find it both relaxing and stimulating. Quiet and mysterious, I feel as if it's whispering different things to me as I wear it. If I could touch the sensation in my mind's eye, I would expect to feel freshly sanded cedar, dried peppers, and silky warm skin.
    Interesting... I'm going to have to give it another try one of these days. The problem I've found is that it requires a healthy application for it to last long enough to really analyze it.

    On my sale thread (link below) I believe I listed a 4ml 'factory' sample if anyone wants to trade.

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    One of the 'sleepers' in the Hermessence line, in my opinion. Really love it. The white pepper note has never been done more realistically (or comfortably). I find that it does require a strong application, to get it to stick, but once it sticks it lasts all day on my skin.
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    Resurrecting an old thread, just to share some thoughts.

    I tried this yesterday (was my SOTE). Same ballpark as Terre d'Hermes, the mineral / peppery accord is very similar. It has more pepper and none of the citrus of Terre (or, perhaps, vetiver either). By extension, it is also similar to Declaration.

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/190...vre-Samarcande

    mikeperez23 mentions Bang as a good replacement, but I haven't tried that one:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/294...vre-Samarcande


    Personally I find Terre d'Hermes and Declaration to have more character. Maybe this is status quo bias (Need to give Poivre Samarcande more time)?

    Dorje123 has an interesting post here commenting on the fragrance:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/280...cande-Question


    Overall, I found it rather underwhelming. If this came after Terre d'Hermes it would have been very disappointing, but I see it was launched in 2004. One also has to bear in mind that it is 3-6 times the price of Terre d'Hermes or Declaration.

    But it has a lot of positive reviews (would have expected to see more neutrals).

    Curious to hear from those who like it more than Terre d'Hermes.

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    Own a bottle of this and just love it.
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    Truth be told, I am not really a fan of Ellena's work. Game changing visionary--yes, I get that. The problem is, I don't really like many of his scents. He may have "revitalized" the house of Hermes, but I do not think that any of his fragrances for Hermes are as good as Bel Ami or Equipage--not to mention Eau d'Hermes. That said, Poivre Samarcande is the best of the lot. It is a bit of a shape shifter, drifting in and out of peppery, smokey, leathery sweat and mostly drifts in and out, period, thanks to the Iso E Super that is his signature. While it makes this scent ephemeral and elusive, I like something I can wrap my arms around and find that Penhaligon's Opus 1870 gives me all that and more--pepper done right. Poivre Samarcande does, however, not only smell manly, but it smells like a man, literally. Which is no bad thing. This man just can't be relied upon to show up on time or stick around when needed......
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    Default Re: Hermessence Poivre Samarcande

    Quote Originally Posted by Oviatt View Post
    Truth be told, I am not really a fan of Ellena's work. Game changing visionary--yes, I get that. The problem is, I don't really like many of his scents. He may have "revitalized" the house of Hermes, but I do not think that any of his fragrances for Hermes are as good as Bel Ami or Equipage--not to mention Eau d'Hermes. That said, Poivre Samarcande is the best of the lot. It is a bit of a shape shifter, drifting in and out of peppery, smokey, leathery sweat and mostly drifts in and out, period, thanks to the Iso E Super that is his signature. While it makes this scent ephemeral and elusive, I like something I can wrap my arms around and find that Penhaligon's Opus 1870 gives me all that and more--pepper done right. Poivre Samarcande does, however, not only smell manly, but it smells like a man, literally. Which is no bad thing. This man just can't be relied upon to show up on time or stick around when needed......
    Thanks for your post!

    I did read your review of Poivre Samarcande (and Declaration). I'm not a big fan either of Ellena, but I love a few (Declaration, Vetiver Tonka, Eau de Gentiane Blanche, and Terre d'Hermes to an extent).

    I have to overall agree on your point about Bel Ami, Equipage and Eau d'Hermes. There was a great discussion somewhere about how Ellena's style actually detracts from the aesthetics of Hermes, but I can't remember where.

    I just find Poivre Samarcande a little too bland, and somewhat redundant.

    Also, thanks for the tip on Opus 1870.

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    Default Re: Hermessence Poivre Samarcande

    I really like it, when sampling some hermanessence it was a favorite.
    For the record I hate Terre
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    I love it to pieces

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