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    Thumbs down Terre d'Hermes - Le Takedown

    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.

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    Pity you dont like it. for me its one of the best out there... but we all have different opinions

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    I don't care for this one either.

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    Ouch!

    Ive been looking forward to trying this one day.

    It gets rated highly here I think?

    This makes interesting reading.

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    Sorry you have had an unpleasant experience with it. I would never want to be without it personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Sorry you have had an unpleasant experience with it. I would never want to be without it personally.
    Likewise. Some of the greatest fragrances in the world are the most controversial. Look at Kouros, for example.

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    It's very nice. Are you sure you didn't try a fake bottle? Just wondering as I don't remember getting a lot of pine from it.

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    I respect your views. And for them to be more helpful I'll ask that you provide us some perspective. In other words: 1. Did you wear from a bottle, decant, sample?; 2. Do you know when it was manufactured?; 3. Did you wear under clothes, or exposed skin, both?; How much did you use?; Where'd you wear it, outdoors, office setting?; What's the climate like now where you're at?; What scents does it remind you of?; What scents do you similarly have such distaste?; What scent groups do you like? etc.

    Perspective is everything. For instance, if you're 20 something / work in a retail environment / enjoy le male, blue sugar, 1 million, etc. / used 2ml of tdh each application / and consider 35 old age, well your perspective and mine (as well as others, I'd bet) might be markedly different.

    There have been other threads re TdH that suggest some changes have occurred. I happen to have a bottle from '08 and, quite to the contrary, consider it among the best in my collection.
    "It gives off the sense of an pathetically past his prime old 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."
    Here's a little perspective, I'm 50, wear my hair tight, and have plenty of hawaiian shirts. Haha, I won't pretend to be offended by your comment. But really... are you being honest or wut?
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    Now tell us what you really think about it...LOL IMO, it's an ok frag. Don't own a bottle, and will probably sample to death unless the price lowers. A lot of basenoters like this stuff, but I personally think it's overated.
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    Currently my favorite scent and go to frag for basically every Friday at work to pick me up for the weekend. I believe that all the hype of the years have led others to try and pick it apart more. I also have a 1.7oz bottle from a few years back and haven't sampled any of it from newer bottles.
    I would suggest to keep trying. I HATED Black Aoud for a long time and it now is fighting with Terre for my top spot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Sorry you have had an unpleasant experience with it. I would never want to be without it personally.
    This. One of my all-time favorites. Also I don't get the pine association...
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    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
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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...
    This!!!!!

    1) I don't begrudge anyone their opinion because we all have different noses BUT

    2) There isn't a hint of pine anywhere in this scent. Not even close....not even very close

    3) There is nothing old man about this. I don't even find it overly mature. I find it classy, smooth and perfect for work and a young to middle aged professional or for casual wear. I'm an attorney, wear business casual and suits, have all my hair and am 43. Nothing pathetic and it is perfect.

    4) Drydown is one of the best I've ever smelled. Woods andvetiver with a hint of smooth orange I barely detect.
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    I respect TDH for what it is but never became a fan. I don't see the pine association either.
    I don't enjoy the burnt cedar/pepper accord in it (obviously related to Iso E Super) and although I don't consider it a vetiver scent as many do, IMO it would work better in very hot weather. The Parfum was even more peppery on my skin.
    And also, the fact that I can smell it on every other person doesn't help. I like more unique scents, not necessarily popular ones.

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    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.

    I also didn't receive a single compliment the entire time I wore it, and as soon as I switched back to GIT for daily wear, a coworker told me that she had hated what I had been wearing, but didn't have the heart to tell me. That was enough for me.

    For orange, I'm sticking with my orange/neroli trio: Neroli Portofino, Chanel Eau de Cologne, and Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte.

    I recognize a lot of people like TdH -- and just look at the number of its reviews! Not as polarizing as Kouros, perhaps, but close.
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    Im 29, I love it, and I get compliments on it all the time. No pine notes in here whatsoever. I like to check out the OP's wardrobe in hateful reviews like this, usually because their collection will be full of garbage, to bad the directory is down.

    I think this is one that people over spray without realizing it. I use one spray to the chest for work and two if Im going out, but never more than two. I think a lot of people over spray most of their collection with out knowing. I was guilty of that when I first really got into frags, I was spraying like 5-6 times and still not thinking it was enough. Now I never use more than 2-3 depending on the frag.

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    I get the pine too. I like TDH, but it sits with Bleu de Chanel as my two disappointments in my collection.

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    I think expectations ruined it for me. After all the great reviews and love for it, I was expecting something amazing. I was very dissapointed. All I got was dirt, b.o. and a slight orange feel. 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.

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    I love it and so does my wife. It's a winner at my house and has been since the day it came out. Same for Bleu de Chanel.
    Currently wearing: Aventus by Creed

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    I don't get pine from it at all, and it's one I couldn't do without. But we all have our likes and dislikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmy-j View Post
    I think expectations ruined it for me. After all the great reviews and love for it, I was expecting something amazing. I was very dissapointed. All I got was dirt, b.o. and a slight orange feel. 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.
    Couldn't disagree more. When I got here 5 years back it got some mention here but I really didn't ever get pushed to try it or read a ton on it. The first time I tried it I disliked it. About 6 months later when it was cold and I was craving woods I went back and tried it again and loved it. Many people either loved/hated it but there wasn't threads every day talking about it and its Hermes. I think its the opposite at times. People really enjoy it but if someone doesn't they feel the need to go fire and brimstone and trash the scent and the people who like it too. I almost exclusively buy designer and love stuff people hate and hate stuff that people love on here. It just happens to be a scent that is easy to wear to work and many places without being offensive. It isn't something so random that you are afraid to wear it out.
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    MarquisdeSod, I have a feeling there's a specific note - or maybe a specific combination of notes - that people like you and I don't like. Terre D'Hermes is so very well regarded that I find myself shocked by how much I dislike it. I assume it's a great scent that just happens to have something in it my nose can't handle.

    Quote Originally Posted by timmy-j View Post
    I think expectations ruined it for me. After all the great reviews and love for it, I was expecting something amazing. I was very dissapointed. All I got was dirt, b.o. and a slight orange feel. 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.
    The expectations game is always a loser. It tricks people into liking something they'd otherwise be indifferent to if judged on smell alone, or it tricks them into disliking something their nose enjoys very much.
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    I think it's ok, but mainly I appreciate that it led me to a couple of it's cousins that are fantastic - Cartier Declaration Essence and Malle's Bigarade Concentree.

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    I really wanted to love this one but I just don't see the huge appeal. Maybe I'll have to go back and retry it.

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    Loved it at first. Then after a few wearings it hurt my head and made me nauseous. It's just too much. Will never go back to it. I much prefer Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisee which is a lime/vetiver combo that is fresh and not-headache inducing. I only draw the comparison as they are both citrus/vetiver combos perfect for Spring. Definitely prefer the Guerlain. I even prefer Kenzo Homme Woody! (sorry all the Terre lovers - I do get it, it's just too strong and migraine inducing for my nose).

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    From a very uneducated and inexperienced perspective, the last time I sampled the PP, it had some kind of organic, nasty, waste-like thing going on before drydown. That was followed by nothing but a very un-interesting orange citrus cleaner smell. All I could smell was orange. Nothing else. It could have just been a bad day.

    My sampling of the EDT before that was much more favourable -- it smelled much more complex and was not unduly dominated by orange, let alone an orange citrus cleaner smell. I didn't disfavour the organic nastiness at the front end either. It was there in one form or another but for whatever reason, I liked it. A lot. In fact I really liked the EDT start to finish.

    I need to spend a lot more time with TDH but at this point, I wonder whether to me, there is a big difference between the EDT and PP. Perhaps though it was just my mood, skin, or something else that was not consistent during my very limited samplings.

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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.
    I'm not a huge fan of TdH, just happen to like it somewhat but its nothing like what you say, sure I do get some rubberish vibe but pine ?? no way, I've be around pine trees alot and also around turpentine (shifted alot and got furniture repainted and polished much) so I don't pick up either notes in it or get that vibe. Though it did scare me of citrus notes as it was my first frag with citrus, I'm scared of leaning towards citrussy frags due to it, but still I don't feel bad about it much. I do like the dry down somewhat. So it just depends on personal tastes.

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    I have it and really like it but there are days when I can't stand the smell of it. I think it's a quality frag but probably won't buy it again.

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    PS. I can't smell pine in it. I hate pine smells.

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    I love it as well but the new bottles lost something in reformulation to my nose. Not as fresh and bright. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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    I wanted to like this one, but I dislike orange as a note and couldn't get past it. Smells nice on others, but I don't prefer it on myself. I find the Pure Parfum the more tolerable of the two concentrations. I do think the drydown is quite pleasant however. Not enough to keep the bottle I bought. If anyone wants mine, check my sig.

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    I agree with leading to other great frags too. Cartier Declaration is another good frag and has surprisingly good sillage and longevity with me.

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