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    I've given it many full wearings (official carded samples from Sephora) in different occasions and seasons and never liked it. I get the same bathroom cleaner / dish washing liquid soap vibe from it.

    Give Le Labo's Bergamote 22 a try. It's a much better, more complex citrus fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    This. One of my all-time favorites. Also I don't get the pine association...
    I like Terre D'Hermes. I don't get pine. To me it is more orange peel that is done very nice. It is an elegant scent.

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    Maybe it was just lucky skin chemistry in my case, but I enjoyed this scent quite a while before the TDH hype, same goes for the EDP version.

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    Trolling? I really don't enjoy reading reviews written so pseudo-objectively. TdH is not a bad scent at all, it's very popular and very highly acclaimed which, if anything, proves the OP is objectively wrong. Sure, you don't have to like it but to label those who do "pinheaded" is just puerile, if not plain insulting! There's no room for that on Basenotes as far as I'm concerned.

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    I'm ambivalent towards TdH.

    When I smell it on others, it sometimes smells fresh and groomed, other times thick and musty. I also experience this when wearing it myself - it kind of walks on a thin line between great and awful - and that's plain annoying. Another big negative with TdH is that it's so easily recognizable, I know immediately if someone is wearing TdH around me. I want to wear a scent, not a brand.

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    Agree with voodoodanny, well said sir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Barry View Post
    Agree with voodoodanny, well said sir.
    In that case I'll chime in and make it three posts in a row from the north of England agreeing that the OP is out of order.
    I've written some sarcastic things myself I'll admit, but this one seemed a bit gratuitous to me. (And wasn't funny enough)

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinijo View Post
    In that case I'll chime in and make it three posts in a row from the north of England agreeing that the OP is out of order.
    I've written some sarcastic things myself I'll admit, but this one seemed a bit gratuitous to me. (And wasn't funny enough)
    And this northerner in exile makes it four. TDH does nothing for me, but I acknowledge it's popularity and everyone else's right to enjoy it without ridicule.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarquisdeSod View Post
    Ahh Terre d'Hermes, what can one say that hasn't already been said. Well after wearing it for the past couple of weeks I've come to a conclusion; it sucks. Oh I wanted to like it, what with it's rockstar perfumier, great bottle and epic longevity, but sadly, I can't in good conscience enjoy this perfume.

    What does it smell like? Turpentine or some kind of pine scented cleaning product (Pine-Sol). It is surely a sign of conspicuous consumption and hopeless pinheadedness where people now waste copious amounts of money to smell this bad. It gives off the sense of a pathetically past his prime older man trying desperately to remain relevant with his loud tommy bahama shirts and bad combover. This is the olfactory equivalent of the Grecian formula, a nasty, pricey marketed to geriatric type product that attempts to convince them one can buy youth and style.

    Ive heard it smells "manly" which is true, if the man's been stripping paint using a pine or citrus based surfactant, just as Fahrenheit evokes motor oil and automobile associations, although Fahrenheit actually smells good.

    Terre d'Hermes also holds one of the rare distinctions of giving me a near-instant headache upon application, presumably since it probably shares the same olfactory provenance as many commercial floor cleaners. The longevity is excellent, then again, slash some Pine-Sol on your clothes, you'll find that similar scent equally durable.

    I can't say I hate Terre d'Hermes, that would be unfair and inaccurate, I loathe it. It is the embodiment of everything wrong in perfumery, it's expensive without smelling good, pretentious and superfluous. There is no need for this thing to exist and but for the Hermes association it would be quickly forgotten. It is the olfactory incarnation of everything wrong in the world. As readers of my previous reviews will note, I loathe hyperbole, but I steadfastly believe discontinuing Terre d'Hermes might simultaneously bring world peace and end global hunger...ok maybe not, but it'll surely make some of the planet smell better.
    You're wrong.


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    TdH is a masterpiece. You don't have to like it any more than you have to like a Picasso or a Miro. Don't like it? Don't buy it. I don't like Tobacco Vanille much and see it as rather ordinary. Rather than slam the scent I simply ignore it and applaude those that like it and wear it. Thank god we all have different tastes or we would all smell the same. Wear what you like and ignore those you don't like. Name calling over a persons tastes and preferences is so 20th century.
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinijo View Post
    In that case I'll chime in and make it three posts in a row from the north of England agreeing that the OP is out of order.
    I've written some sarcastic things myself I'll admit, but this one seemed a bit gratuitous to me. (And wasn't funny enough)
    That's pretty much why I never use sarcasm in my posts any more, or hyperbole. I've personally found that they don't advance the discussion, and, truth be told, 99% of internet posts that try to be funny . . . aren't. And I'm including mine in there.
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    Perhaps your olfactory bulb has been damaged. I can't see any other reason for disliking this fragrance to the point of causing hallucinations and insulting others.

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    got a big bottle of edp, it's a masterpiece, really appreciated by ladies....
    ...Sailing the Oceans of Boredom....

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    Not really a 'takedown' if you're just stating a subjective point of view that carries no more weight than anyone else's on this forum. But thanks for your impressions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    Thank god we all have different tastes or we would all smell the same.
    Yeah we might all smell like Aventus

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    Northern lads stick together.
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    You've inspired me to wear this as my SOTD for the first time in months.

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    Like some others, there are days when I love it but also often wish I wore something else. I'd say it is the most finicky fragrance in my collection. Sometimes one spray puts me off, while 3-4 sprays feel just right in another setting. Literally every wearing is a gamble.

    It is also one of my only scents to have never received a single compliment. I do live in a place where people are rather restrained, but even a close lady friend who is often vocal about my fragrances didn't have anything to say. I also don't think it is as versatile as many claim it to be. It can get extremely hot and humid around these parts, and I didn't enjoy it on such days.

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    I really like this one, but have been told it wears too mature on me. Basically I have to wear it for myself, but the thing is I can't detect it a few hours after spraying (though longevity on this is really good and can fill out a room 8 hours after spraying)

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    I wore the TdH deodorant yesterday - it's a little sweeter and creamy - much nicer than TdH Edt or Edp, delicious and strong - I smelled it through the day over the Vetiver Tonks I was wearing - go figure.... To me it's what TdH could have been!

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    Oh I think it's just wretched stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timmy-j View Post
    I think it's one of those "bandwagon scents" like Aventus. All the cool people like it, I should too. Well this is one bridge I won't jump off.
    Actually, it seems more en vogue to criticize it or appear apathetic toward it.


    It's a great fragrance and I completely disagree with the OP.

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    Is it me or is the new EDP juice smell off?
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    An amusing post (minus the vitriol and judgement) . . . good for a couple of chuckles.

    I'm reminded of the main character, Clamence, in the Albert Camus (see OP's avatar) novel, La Chute . . . Camus referred to Clamence as follows . . .

    "He has a modern heart, which means he can't stand being judged. Thus he hastens to try himself but he does it so as better to judge others. The mirror into which he looks will finally be held out to others." "Is the man who speaks in this book putting himself on trial, or his era?"

    Oh, the pain.

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    It's a huge iso-e super bomb, the drydown is 95% iso-e.... Jean-Claude Ellena needs to put down the iso-e and come up with something original and halfway decent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post
    I grew to like Terre after a while, and wore it for a few months; but gradually grew to dislike it (not as much as the op, of course). I think I just came to the conclusion that, frankly, it smells vaguely of flinty sweet body odor (and don't even get me started on the Pure Parfum, which I do loathe). Pine? That's a new one to me. I'm not sure it's the Iso E Super in it, but it could be. I think TdH used to be over 50% Iso E Super.
    My experience with TdH is similar. I really liked it when I first tried it. I grew to not like it too much. Liked
    the flinty quality at first.


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    One thing about TdH though........even though I don't like it personally I don't think it's significance can be denied. In kind of the way I feel about Quenton Tarrentino.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarquisdeSod View Post
    Ahh Terre d'Hermes, what can one say that hasn't already been said. Well after wearing it for the past couple of weeks I've come to a conclusion; it sucks. Oh I wanted to like it, what with it's rockstar perfumier, great bottle and epic longevity, but sadly, I can't in good conscience enjoy this perfume.

    What does it smell like? Turpentine or some kind of pine scented cleaning product (Pine-Sol). It is surely a sign of conspicuous consumption and hopeless pinheadedness where people now waste copious amounts of money to smell this bad. It gives off the sense of a pathetically past his prime older man trying desperately to remain relevant with his loud tommy bahama shirts and bad combover. This is the olfactory equivalent of the Grecian formula, a nasty, pricey marketed to geriatric type product that attempts to convince them one can buy youth and style.

    Ive heard it smells "manly" which is true, if the man's been stripping paint using a pine or citrus based surfactant, just as Fahrenheit evokes motor oil and automobile associations, although Fahrenheit actually smells good.

    Terre d'Hermes also holds one of the rare distinctions of giving me a near-instant headache upon application, presumably since it probably shares the same olfactory provenance as many commercial floor cleaners. The longevity is excellent, then again, slash some Pine-Sol on your clothes, you'll find that similar scent equally durable.

    I can't say I hate Terre d'Hermes, that would be unfair and inaccurate, I loathe it. It is the embodiment of everything wrong in perfumery, it's expensive without smelling good, pretentious and superfluous. There is no need for this thing to exist and but for the Hermes association it would be quickly forgotten. It is the olfactory incarnation of everything wrong in the world. As readers of my previous reviews will note, I loathe hyperbole, but I steadfastly believe discontinuing Terre d'Hermes might simultaneously bring world peace and end global hunger...ok maybe not, but it'll surely make some of the planet smell better.
    LOL i cant stand it either but darn! tell us how you really feel

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    I went from loving Terre on a coworker, to being appalled when I tried it on myself, to trying it again and liking it, buying a full bottle, then over the months, growing a bit ambivalent toward it. Thankfully, though, as others have mentioned, it led me to Cartier Declaration, its ancestor, which I think is a far more interesting fragrance and which I love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarquisdeSod View Post
    Ahh Terre d'Hermes, what can one say that hasn't already been said. Well after wearing it for the past couple of weeks I've come to a conclusion; it sucks. Oh I wanted to like it, what with it's rockstar perfumier, great bottle and epic longevity, but sadly, I can't in good conscience enjoy this perfume.

    What does it smell like? Turpentine or some kind of pine scented cleaning product (Pine-Sol). It is surely a sign of conspicuous consumption and hopeless pinheadedness where people now waste copious amounts of money to smell this bad. It gives off the sense of a pathetically past his prime older man trying desperately to remain relevant with his loud tommy bahama shirts and bad combover. This is the olfactory equivalent of the Grecian formula, a nasty, pricey marketed to geriatric type product that attempts to convince them one can buy youth and style.

    Ive heard it smells "manly" which is true, if the man's been stripping paint using a pine or citrus based surfactant, just as Fahrenheit evokes motor oil and automobile associations, although Fahrenheit actually smells good.

    Terre d'Hermes also holds one of the rare distinctions of giving me a near-instant headache upon application, presumably since it probably shares the same olfactory provenance as many commercial floor cleaners. The longevity is excellent, then again, slash some Pine-Sol on your clothes, you'll find that similar scent equally durable.

    I can't say I hate Terre d'Hermes, that would be unfair and inaccurate, I loathe it. It is the embodiment of everything wrong in perfumery, it's expensive without smelling good, pretentious and superfluous. There is no need for this thing to exist and but for the Hermes association it would be quickly forgotten. It is the olfactory incarnation of everything wrong in the world. As readers of my previous reviews will note, I loathe hyperbole, but I steadfastly believe discontinuing Terre d'Hermes might simultaneously bring world peace and end global hunger...ok maybe not, but it'll surely make some of the planet smell better.
    Boy, did Terre d'Hermes ever get your attention. And then some. Bare in mind, there are many fumeheads have a change in heart after a bruising initial encounter.

    All in all I think your last paragraph gave you away. The part about "bring peace and end world hunger" was either tongue in cheek , maybe like the rest of the post. or the overly ornate words of a restless disgruntled 20 somethings having a shot at perceived symbols of patriachial male authority.

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    I think TDH is too put together and too perfect. If you prefer the design of a Cadillac SRX/CTS over an Audi A#, you would probably really like Terre d' Hermes. It's just too shiny, too metallic for my taste. I like those notes and am a fan of JC Ellena's other perfumes with vetiver, woods and iso e super but this one doesn't do it for me either. It smells good in short brief exposure and mostly on other people, not me. Thank God for differences, otherwise we wouldn't know who we are! Would we?
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