My two favourites:
Poivre Samarcande! Very woody with pepper and spice (cumin?)
Vetiver Tonka. Unusual sweet vetiver. Addictive!
Hi. I own Bel Ami and Equipage, and they are among my top-favourite fragrances. Among the unisex`, I have only tested Voyage d`hermes and it was ok. Which one of the unisex fragrances from Hermes do you think is the best, and which one is best suited for men?
I like Spice, wood, chypre, oriental stuff. Not citrus aqua stuff...
My favourite would be Jardin sur le Nil, however you might want to try it first, given your restrictions.
It's definetely no aquatic but has -some- citrus.
A green, fruity floral that is maybe my favourite creation by JCE overall.
Elixir de Merveilles
Not officially unisex, but I like to wear Caleche, which is one of my favorites, and Hiris.
Cumin.. Does it has some similarities with Declaration and Frapin Caravelle Epicee? (I love Caravelle Epicee).
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I have not tried all of them but some does is a bit too fleeting to me. Not so VT though. I don´t think it is similar at all to OV - it is much sweeter but not cloying, and I detect no citrus. It is not very smoky and not very grassy either, it is more of a fresh vetiver accord combined with some candy-like sweetness...
I recently acquired some samples from the Hermessence line, and gotta admit I absolutely love Vetiver Tonka, it's mostly a tonka bean fragrance and can definitley be worn by a chick. Still has that great Hermes touch though.
Paprika Brasil smells more feminine in the opening, but the dry down may be a bit more masculine, another really good one. I had this on the other day and was out swimming in chlorine water for several hours and I could still smell it on my arms after I came out.. I then took a shower and it was still on me. In fact it lasted about 24 extra hours after my shower, but in a very flat note phase. Still very nice, some sort of very natural woodsy smell.. a mix of different woods I presume; I was quite astonished by this guys longevity.
Actually, all of them from the Hermessence line are versatile and unisex, I'm actually wearing Vanille Galante for my sotd today, trying it out for the first time. Definitley a strange take on a vanilla, kind of herbal and medicinal. I'm liking it thus far though. The only ones that I don't think are uni are the older orange ones and TdH, possibly VdH too, but a woman may be able to pull it off.
BTW Vetiver Tonka also has excellent sillage and longevity, the entire lineup projects quite well as only Hermes can do, but some are iffy. Longevity is always 10+ hours for me on any Hermessence frag. I have never tried Creed Original Vetiver though so can't help ya there. I can't really compare Vetiver Tonka to anything, it does smell familiar at first, but I get this with a lot of fragrances. It's actually pretty original, but because it's so calm and pretty linear, it may seem boring to some. I find it to be amazing, rich, luxurious.
I've only tried two Hermessences, Ambre Narguile and Vetiver Tonka, and they have both been powerful and long-lasting. I'd recommend both to someone exploring Hermes' unisex offerings, though definitely try-before-you-buy on both.
-Do you think some of the fragrances in the Hermessence-line outstrip the refinement of Bel Ami and Equipage?
Personally, I've not been terribly impressed by the Hermessence line. I like Vetiver Tonka, Ambre Narguille, Osmanthe Yunan, Parika Brasil and Rose Ikebana but for the price, I can get better Amber, Tea and Rose fragrances. Only Vetiver Tonka is somewhat unique as a vetiver scent, but it's not that 'challenging' a scent and a little too sweet.
If we're already browsing the girls side I want to strongly second Caleche. AMAZING scent!
Poivre Samarcande - this is also good but doesn't last very long. =(
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Paprika Brasil and Ambre Narguilé but neither are must haves IMHO.
The travel packs (4 scents) are a better investment for things which you've tested and found to be at least GOOD. I love Vetiver Tonka and Poivre Samarcande, and got Rose Ikebana and Ambre Narguilé in the deal (the latter two being interesting to me, but nothing more).
Not good blind buys, IMO. If you can get samples and/or sniff them in the store, and find at least two that you really like, then I would go from there. The sample vials are pretty healthy-sized, and may be enough for you, unless you're wearing one all the time.
one more vote for Vetiver Tonka
Mellow vetiver and hazelnut without other unnecessary accords jamming in. Didn’t get the Tonka sweetness from the first couple times though.
and here’s what i think about the others..
Brin de Reglisse
Initial blast of lavender essence on top of slightly salty licorice then settle to a dry and hay-like scent. Neutral, understated and quite stylish i think. It makes me want to wear something black to go with it. Although the lavender fades out in matter of couple minutes, the rest of the scent would stay very close to skin for quite a while.
(before making the purchase, I read a lot of things that about Hermessence and understand the made-to-measure lavender in this fragrance is from LMR, that been treated with a complicated process. To me, a big fan of lavender, that is a big plus.)
Ground pepper then follow with handful of spices. Somehow it turns to a sweaty man on my skin.
Smoking waterpipe tobacco with cinnamon apple-pie on the side this is what I got and haven’t detected any amber yet.
Faint vanilla and white floral. Very pale and linger. And…somehow..it reminds me of banana flavored cone dip.
Umm…apricot, tea and floral plus Voyage d’Hermes. Although it leans toward to the feminine side more than the others from this line, the tea in this one is still quite lovely though.
You may like Eau d'Hermes, but you'll have to go to an Hermes boutique or blind buy it online.
They don't have a unisex of the type/classification you seem to want.
Vetiver Tonka is the closest so far.
Hermes is due for 2 mainstream scents imo, the first perfect for the OP:
1. A L'Instant type contemporary reserved quasi-gourmand EDT
2. Fleur D'Orange Verte EDT (unrelated to thread yes :])
Set your sights on another house for this current need, and wait for Hermes to expand their range.
Oh ya, I almost forgot about the caramel note/accord in VT, brings out this great sweetness but doesn't make it gourmand. A very real non synthetic smelling caramel imo as well.
After wearing Vanille Galante today though, I retract my previous statement, it's not good at all. It's actually pretty horrible. Ir reminds me of a hospital and rubber gloves, I can't explain it..
I'm going to recommend Eau d'Hermes. Very old-school, very unique, and unisex bordering on masculine...you can definitely see the Hermes lineage that was passed down to their other classics.
I don't think any of the modern Hermes unisex scents have the old-school type of refinement found in Bel Ami and Equipage. They all seem very modern and very Ellena. As others have said, Vetiver Tonka is probably the closest thing you'll find to the aesthetic you're after.
"It's not what you look like when you're doing what you're doing; it's what you're doing when you're doing what you look like you're doing."
Bel Ami and Equipage are unisex, as is Terre d'Hermes. I would also recommend Kelly Caleche EDT (rose and leather) and Caleche Eau Delicate with its subtle cedar note.
"...her fragrance all in my keeping; softly she comes in the night." Lyrics, Gordon Lightfoot, "Softly."