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Terre d'Hermès Parfum (2009)
by Hermès


Terre d'Hermès Parfum information

Year of Launch2009
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 484 votes)

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PerfumerJean-Claude Ellena

About Terre d'Hermès Parfum

Terre d'Hermès Parfum is a masculine fragrance by Hermès. The scent was launched in 2009 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena

Terre d'Hermès Parfum fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Terre d'Hermès Parfum

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This is a bright creation: the opening displays grapefruit and orange, not badly done, and a touch of ships that is a bit perfunctory on me. Light, but not the refreshing type.

The drydown is characterised by just a likltewhiff of aldehydes, benzoin - again a bit only - and another note results in a combined impression of a steely and flinty nature. Still bright.

The base developed a nonspecific woodsiness that remains rather bland.

I get moderate sillage, adequate projection and five hours of longevity on my skin.

A summer day scent with a nice start, but otherwise too generic and generic. The performance is not up to the expectations raised by the label ‘parfum’. 2.5/5
01st August, 2020
I prefer the original EdT, but this one isn't bad either. More pronounced, orangey neroli note, and woodiness instead of Vetiver. It's a little more conventional, less daring, and slightly less astringent and little more juicy than the original EdT.
13th May, 2020
Terre d'Hermès Parfum (2009) was released seemingly to address a few complaints people had about the original Terre d'Hermès (2006) eau de toilette, but they exist so closely in the olfactive space that I don't really think it does. Of course, I'm not implying Terre d'Hermès Parfum is bad, and definitely not the same fragrance note-for-note as the original, but if you find the original lacking, this one is probably not the answer. Terre d'Hermès was an anomaly of perfume design even in the experimental 2000's, where everything from radioactive citrus ozonics over tart candy musk and 1950's barbershop revivals to lipstick iris and chocolate gourmands or funky medicinal ouds were doled out for men to try in-between the continuing aquatics and fresh fougères from the previous decade. In a whirlwind of such experimentation - some of it an attempt to find a successor to oakmoss as a fixative and some of it to find the next "big thing" in men's style - trundles out the obtuse Terre d'Hermès by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena. The smell of Terre d'Hermès was an almost painful example of Ellena being Ellena, with transparent citrus notes, a bit of dirty funk just shy of animalic use thanks to his deftness with spice, and a base that amplifies rather than covers the composition in the dry down. Oakmoss would be restricted out of existence as a fixative by 2011 so stuff like Terre d'Hermès was one possible future. Terre d'Hermès Parfum tries to address the issue some people took with the funkiness of the earth and flint elements in the original, while also tackling the short life on skin some people got from becoming anosmic to the high quantities of Iso E Super that provides the "clearwood" base, consolidating the accord as a result. I think it only half succeeds at either of these tasks, but in so doing provides a warmer, more-resonant experience better for cold weather than the original fragrance.

The opening of Terre d'Hermès Parfum has the same orange and grapefruit introduction as the eau de toilette, with the slightly minty/herbal twist of Japanese green shiso added to give the parfum some oomph lacking in the generally more-summery original fragrance. The heart is liberated of the gunflint note but the earthiness from the pink peppercorns and spice is still present, the missing flint replaced with more geranium to bring the smell of the parfum closer to JB by Jack Black (2010) or Murdock Patchouli Cologne (2010), both of which are often compared to Terre d'Hermès. People stocked with all of these might find the parfum a little redundant at this point, but the base makes up for it by having a larger slug of benzoin and cedar, reducing the Iso E Super "slickness" of the original and making for a compact sillage that stays detectable longer on the wearer at the cost of projection. I find the camphorous patchouli and geranium linger much longer because of this shift in the parfum, making Terre d'Hermès Parfum much more of a dandy fragrance than the original eau de toilette. Is it better? Maybe not, because what you've gotten in exchange for better performance is a simpler fragrance that smells a lot like other stuff out there playing with citrus, geranium, and patchouli over wood notes. In a similar manner to various concentrations of Chanel fragrances, the aspects of Terre d'Hermès and Terre d'Hermès Parfum exist like outtakes of the same scene in a movie. Wear time is noticeably longer, but in reality how much longer if you discounted the anosmia from the Iso E overdose that is still present in the parfum is debatable. Let's peg it at 12 hours, possibly longer on clothing, and keep use of this parfum to office or formal situations. Like it's older brother, Terre d'Hermès Parfum is 100% devoid of sexiness or casual ease, so it may come across a little austere on a romantic night or day trip with friends.

At the end of the day, if you're a lover of Terre d'Hermès, wish it lasted a bit longer, and don't mind or aren't conscious of the differences between versions this might be what you're looking for, but at the price difference present isn't a great value performance-for-dollar wise. Discounters and gray market sellers might mitigate this increased cost somewhat (and reveal rare larger sizes of the parfum that department stores almost never seem to have), but you take the risk of bootleg product because Terre d'Hermès is one of the more popular things to get duped by counterfeiters in China, Russia, and other areas that international property rights protection don't easily extend. I also feel like if stuff such as JB by Jack Black or Murdock Patchouli Cologne were attempts to riff off the Terre d'Hermès line, they're more or less aiming at putting a more-complex spin on this parfum than imitating the EdT, since the EdT is much more complex and different than them, whilst they feel like improved expansions of the ideas found in the Parfum in some ways. Ergo, if you like Terre d'Hermès Parfum, you really owe it to yourself to try JB or the Murdock. There's also the rumor that crops up about Terre d'Hermès Parfum smelling like the original 2006-2009 version of Terre d'Hermès eau de toilette, which was later reformulated to be weaker in the wake of the parfum's release. I sadly can't speak to that but I can say that the parfum is much denser, simpler, and safer wear than any version of the EdT I've smelled, but at previously-stated cost of some projection. In summary, the EdT is the Terre experience to share with everyone else, and the parfum is the Terre for you to enjoy more privately. Thumbs up.
08th March, 2020
Very much worth the hype for the Parfum version and worth testing... this could have been a blind buy tragedy.

This was my first department store purchase in some time. Tried EDT and Parfum, both on strips and skin. The EDT was lovely on the strip, but gave off a hospital antiseptic note on my skin well into the dry down. A real shame, because I wouldn’t have minded alternating the two.

The Parfum is just a work of art. There’s harmony between citrus, wood, earthiness and spice that keeps me bringing my wrist back to my nose all day. Great projection and performance. Currently my favourite designer fragrance, hands down.
05th November, 2019
Fantastic - fresh but not in a fizzy, flighty summer fragrance way. There’s a solidity and depth that keeps this interesting and far from the usual kitchen spray scents sporting citrus and grapefruit. It’s not a sexy smell - no sweetness at all - but it’s got a subtle earthiness - a glimpse of something a little darker and dirtier.
27th September, 2019 (last edited: 28th September, 2019)
The original Terre d'Hermes was the closest you can get to a modern fragrance masterstroke, and in my opinion, the Parfum strength version of it is the best iteration of it. The profile of it is pretty much the same as the identical, but turned up. When it comes to men's fragrances, it seems difficult to check all the boxes, a non-linear fragrance where every stage is very nice and undeniably masculine, good for all seasons including the tricky summer, while still being unique and standing out among the crowd.

It does this by truly unlocking the potential of the mandarin orange, which is the hero of the first act, a very well balanced scent which isn't too overwhelming, not too tart or bitter, but also not to fresh or floral. As it wears down, the orange mixes with an earthy stone scent. If I could just bottle the mid-notes of this by itself with nothing else, I would be happy. The base note smells almost nothing like the opening note, but still feels connected, like a camera slowly panning down from the fruits and leaves of the tree down to its bark, woody without being peppery or spicy, and at no time does it ever lose a certain masculine edge.

My only problem with the original was a certain EdT wimpiness, with a fragrance with this much to say, you want to say it a bit louder. The Parfum strength projects and lasts all day with just a couple of sprays, each of its notes given plenty of time to transition into the next. The orange at the top might be a bit more crisp and tart than the EdT, but it never feels out of place. If I had to give it a criticism, it would be that the orange has a certain amount of natural freshness, and I wish there was still some kind of orange at the base. Even this can be nice, as starting the day with the crisp top note and ending it with the old woody note can signify the day's journey. Still, if you're looking for that freshness all day, it may not be the best option.
26th August, 2019

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