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Hermann à Mes Côtés Me Paraissait une Ombre (2015)
by Etat Libre d'Orange

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Hermann à Mes Côtés Me Paraissait une Ombre information

Year of Launch2015
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 22 votes)

People and companies

HouseEtat Libre d'Orange
PerfumerQuentin Bisch

About Hermann à Mes Côtés Me Paraissait une Ombre

Hermann à Mes Côtés Me Paraissait une Ombre is a shared / unisex perfume by Etat Libre d'Orange. The scent was launched in 2015 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Quentin Bisch

Hermann à Mes Côtés Me Paraissait une Ombre fragrance notes

Reviews of Hermann à Mes Côtés Me Paraissait une Ombre

Of late EldO has been trading in gentle weirdness – and this Quentin Bisch creation slots right in. Playing with synthetics that have a mineral, ‘purified nature’ aspect – the ozonic melon of calypsone and the salty abstraction of ambroxan – as well as the fruity-peony petalia, it teases the wearer with an almost pvc-like shimmer. But breaking up the synth-pop melody played here are some ‘real’ instrumental jabs (or are they?): blackcurrant bud tartness, paint-box red roses and the old familiar fog-piercer pairing of pepper and incense. It’s a fun real/fake mash-up, which would definitely be much more interesting had it been given a bit more body – it wears like a cool eau de toilette of the kind that threatens a disappearing act within minutes.
It hangs around longer of course, but the drydown is a grey mess – dry soil, pepper and resins ground and served up in an ozonic haze. And *that* makes it sound much more interesting than what the nose actually encounters.
23rd August, 2019
Clean and clear and peppery at first. A green, resembling stems or leaves follows. Something here seems vaguely aquatic. There is a coolness... Vague, light floral notes. This frag is very tame, on me. I find it dull, boring.

I get a little incense and a little wood later. Neither of which are strong. Ambroxan and patchouli seem to amp up later on... I get a little minty scent or an astringent accord hours later. Yawn.
20th April, 2019
(Le Capitaine) in The Wild Boys by Bertrand Mandico 2017
08th February, 2019
Hermann is an overpowering, synthetic aquatic that settles, but never enough. Calypsone reigns here—it could be a hypersensitivity, as I frequently am overwhelmed by this element of such fragrances, but the earthy patchouli and floral incense remain all but hidden under this cloying exterior. I wish I were getting the dirty soil, but the best I can extract is a slightly camphorous note that rises just above the surface. It's not compelling to me in the least—a hard pass. [3/10]
27th November, 2018
Hermann is a popular guy. Everyone seems to like him. He has lots of friends, he gets around. He’s super likeable. There’s something about his personality, though, that most people find hard to figure out, something oddly troubling or mysterious. Does he have a checkered past? Is there a monkey on his back? Is he keeping a secret? What is he hiding? There’s a depth to him that he tries to keep to himself, yet it seeps around the edges of his personality, sets you on edge sometimes.

One of the things I love about a lot of ELDO fragrances is how they play on dichotomy, how they harmonize opposites. Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Parrasait Un Ombre plays on easy likeabliity (black currant, calypsone, ambroxan), complexity (frankincense, patchouli), and perplexing mystery (geosmin, the smell of muddy beets, ozone, camphor). Somehow they all work together here for me. Over the hours of a day, the notes quiet down but shift around a bit. The ambroxan is always there, but the other accords keep peeking up and hiding away.

ELDO’s offerings are often like this: clean but dirty, pretty but muddy, fresh but musty. ELDO is always polarizing. People either love or despise their scents, and I love that about them, too. My husband had to ponder for quite sometime how he felt about Hermann. He finally decided that he really didn’t like him at all for one troubling note he couldn’t decipher. It also turns out that he detests beets, and can smell them from a distance and finds them revolting!

Hermann, however, is my friend... not despite his quirks and his complexities, but because of them.

A most versatile fragrance that can be worn for any occasion at any time of year... as long as you’re not looking for something easy. Challenging, a bit off-putting, but ultimately a good friend.
05th June, 2018
First impression - blurred petals under running water. Clearly, the flower in question is not entirely of this world. Peppery, stony mineral smells frame and sustain this first impression. A delicate creamy-lemony incense note pervades. Do I detect a hint of perfumed melon, Crenshaw perhaps? I find little rapport between the olfactory experience and the notes in the perfumer's manifest. There is a directness about the presentation that makes it smell contemporary. The composer avoided the musky veils and aldehydic fizz so often used to chaperone abstractions. No hologram, Hermann is rather a learned recreation of something--a magnolia?--once encountered, now reprised for the mind's eye. This is my favorite of the ELOs I've sampled.
30th August, 2016

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