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Reviews of Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

Total Reviews: 518
Its like sitting on a fresh cut Cedar log in a sawmill with a dirt floor while eating a juicy orange. This is masculine, mature, and classy. Longevity for an EDT is good at around 8 hours for me. I think this is a good year round scent though it maybe a bit challenging on warmer days in the summer.
04th February, 2021
In the Pacific Northwest Puget Sound area there are is no shortage of trees and a plethora of 'chainsaw carvers' that take wood and create just about anything(my folks had a life size Captain Ahab with lantern and a bear cub for some reason). Every September there is the Western Washington(Puyallup) Fair which is one of the largest and oldest in the United States. I remember many times going into the chainsaw carving area where there would be live demonstrations and of course many pieces for sale. Walking into the fresh sawdust and newly cut wood was simply intoxicating, fresh and aromatic. The best representation of that amazing scent...Terre D'Hermes! In fact I had forgotten all about that scent until I smelled TdH, and it was instant love and a guaranteed fave. My nose simply fixates on the wood without picking up much of the opening. One of the best fragrance discoveries I've had and worthy of all praise. Total thumbs up.
28th September, 2020
The world needs another review of Terre like it needs a hole in the ozone layer, so I'll keep it brief: citrus doesn't get much better than this. Immediate warmth and ongoing freshness. Yes, it does fulfil the "earth" brief. I don't think this will get old any time soon.
25th September, 2020
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Some may think this is just artificial orange. But if so, it’s like Tang shot out of the barrels of Josey Wales’ pistols. It’s so classy in an era where so much isn’t. Want to feel like a million bucks? You can’t go wrong with this. Pure gold and a modern classic.
13th August, 2020 (last edited: 29th November, 2020)
Just a harmless, boring, citrus fragrance. Light and simple. A nice little citrus thing. Nothing really special or unique and definitely not a masterpiece. No "terre" at all. It's pretty basic. I've never really understood the hype for this because it seems pretty basic and without a wowing factor. Still pretty nice though.
30th May, 2020 (last edited: 24th October, 2020)
Not much I can add that hasn't already been said. It's a truly fantastic classic.
A year ago, I never would've thought I'd find an orangey, flinty, Vetiver-based fragrance very appealing, but it's amazing. Funny thing is, I only finally got this more recently, after having both the Parfum, and the newer Fraiche version (which feels like an eau de cologne in terms of strength comparisons). Those flankers are alright, but not nearly as good as this original EDT. I like it a lot.
03rd May, 2020
Excellent. Modern classic for a reason. It’s masculine and mature, but not at all brutal or belligerent. Very much the grandson of Guerlain Vetiver.

Personally I prefer the TDH Parfum for it’s simpler, beefier take on the accord, less of an Orange pith smell (I could swear I get bigarade, but that could simply be grapefruit and geranium interacting) and amplified mineral flint, but the EDT is a more friendly choice for hot weather.

As expected the EDT also has more pronounced top notes and better projection. My recommendation is to just have both and compare them.
03rd February, 2020
A powdery and slightly musty orange peel that comes off very masculine. Smells pleasant enough for every day wear but it’s hard to get past how mature and masculine this feels. It doesn’t necessarily feel formal either, it just seems pretty casual to me.

Performance is above average (10 hours) for longevity and about right for projection. Pushes out nicely and really gets going if your skin heats up.

22nd January, 2020 (last edited: 22nd February, 2020)
This fragrance is only as good as the nose that takes it in. I couldn’t help but be drawn by the bitter temperament and guileless aspect, though I quickly repented investing in an endeavour that bore seemingly sour fruit. Every encounter with it led to disappointment and an unsavoury experience, and I wondered if I’d ever use up my bottle. I had to delve deeper into its character with help from an archetype, Guerlain’s Vétiver, before being able to more fully appreciate the suppleness of the vetiver note at its root. The honest beauty, as it turns out, was always there, calling out, even in the midst of cold winds blowing from cavernous despair. Unless the mind is attuned to it, the sweetness is wasted.
22nd September, 2019 (last edited: 01st October, 2019)
I notice there is a big hype and buzz built around this fragrance but to be honest, I don't get it. Too orangey for my liking.
28th August, 2019
Imagine a orange grove in Tuscany full of tilled earth and greenery. As you look up into the sky you notice a storm is gathering. The winds pick up and clouds roll in and the smell is a sweet, pungent zing in your nostrils. That's the sharp, fresh aroma of ozone.

You look around and take a deep breath and you can smell the orange citrus and peppery earth mixing in with the mineral like ozone. A storm is coming....

This is what I get from Terre d' hermes as it develops more complexity on the skin. It's very classy, sophisticated and lasts several hours on my skin.

Every time I wear this I just cannot help thinking of earthy orange grooves as a storm gathers. That tension in the air is captured beautifully in this scent.
09th July, 2019
Too heavy and earthy for me, not sure why this gets so many recommendations for summer. I live in the swamps of SE Texas and this is far too heavy for this area.

Dries down to a very earthy "B.O." type vetiver, definitely not for me. Maybe my chemistry just doesn't jive with this, I'll take the EDP any time over this mess.
04th July, 2019
Citrus juice - good, citrus juice! A bit sour. Citrus lingers a long time.

Metallic, stoney note - it must be the flint. I smell green bell pepper. Fresh, crushed leaves are next. A vague floral mixed in... Rose and patchouli merge; move in with the other, previously mentioned observations to create a smooth elixir. TDH reminds me of old-style cologne. Terra firma, indeed.

The base is greener. Dark green vetiver. Fresh cut cedarwood. Greenish, tree sap resin. This, is a good, solid masculine scent. Polite, unassuming. appropriate for business or casual wear.
30th April, 2019
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This fragrance has a very strong citrus note that I can definitely see why women may enjoy. Personally, I did not enjoy it due to the tart presence that never seemed to simmer on the dry down and made my mouth water. It lasted for a good eight hours. I could see a man in his late 20s to mid 30s appreciating it. Overall I give it 4 out of stars.
19th March, 2019
it's always hard to add a review and come up with something when there are already over 300 reviews...oh well...yes , i smell prominent overripe orange with a little bit of grapefruit flavoring...then cedar accented with pepper and a little vetiver...great scent...when i tested this at the store i immediately bought a, just finished the bottle , and I think I'm going to get Montale's Red Vetyver to replace this it just a little time, when i was wearing this , my wife commented " you smell like my grandmothers cedar closet "....LOL
06th March, 2019
The overall impression is dirty orange/grapefruit. It's filled out with cedar and pepper. Drys down to a dry cedar vetiver. I assume this one has been reformulated from its heavier early days. I get moderate longevity, and low/moderate projection. More of a summer scent to me. Better than average, but I'm grading this against others that are batting in it's league. Neutral.
15th February, 2019
Woody, dry, fresh, citrus.

A well crafted cedar fragrance that smells natural. A little bit of orange/lemon is present in the background. There is an odd mineral note that does suit the vibe of this, but does take away from the versatility and adds a bit of maturity. Probably best suited for formal wear in cooler weather.
12th December, 2018
A fresh but elegant « masculine » fragrance that’s got a bit of sweetness (or softness) and is different enough from the others. Soap and lemon.
29th November, 2018 (last edited: 12th April, 2020)
Are you sad because Fendi discontinued Life Essence? Are you a few decades too young to wear Paco Rabanne? Lucky for you, Hermes has crafted Terre D'Hermes, a versatile and utilitarian ode to everything that is "good enough."

All citrus, cedar, and pepper...all day long. The opening is wet and the dry down is VERY dry. This isn't a particularly revolutionary combination - in fact one could argue it's almost derivative - though Hermes's execution is uncharacteristically impeccable. Subjectively, it evokes the feeling of chopping wood with my grandfather, antique cedar chests, and sunny November mornings.

Terre D'Hermes owes a remarkable debt of gratitude to Fendi's Life Essence. Less-sophisticated noses could easily confuse the two. Both feature a citrusy opening, a bright and crisp cedar base, and a soft floral cameo to keep things from being unbearably dry: jasmine in Fendi; rose in Terre D'Hermes. The flint in Terre D'Hermes gives it a slightly "dirty" feel, though in a mostly dusty rather than animalistic sense.

An overall good performer re: sillage, projection, and longevity. Ultimately, a distinguished fragrance that is neither a must-own nor a masterpiece. Fendi wrote the blueprint with Life Essence: Hermes perfected it. A qualified thumbs up: manage your expectations. If you want perfection, seek it elsewhere.

PS: I've smelled my arm five times while typing this. It smells good, okay?

PPS: Yeah, it's definitely not roach spray. Maybe it's the work of a genius.

PPPS: I'll probably buy a full bottle, but it ain't Aventus.
12th October, 2018
I 've read a lot of reviews of TH, so I blind bought it (like I often do) without thinking twice about it.
The opening was lovely citrus, followed by a wonderful pepper smell. I do love pepper in a fragrance, so that's a big plus. Terre d'Hermes has got it all. However...

The dry-down comes rather quickly after an hour or so, and with my bottle (bought 2018) it is rough, very rough. The beautiful opening which was still lingering in my mind was replaced by an overly bright, almost acidic smell which was headache-inducing and turned me off altogether. It's not just on my skin, because I've tried my TH on a paper strip and it got the same smell on the dry-down. I've now tried it multiple times, but I can't get past the bad ending. Maybe it is my batch, or perhaps it's a fragrance that doesn't agree with me. I'd like to warn you that although this works great with almost everybody else (check the reviews here to get the gist of it), it might not be for everyone. I'm sad to say that this is, so far, the worst fragrance in my (limited) collection. Sacrilege. Shame on me, I know. I can't help it.

I'd love to like it and deem it a masterpiece but the unexpected sour ending that lingers for hours ruins my experience completely. Try before you buy, especially recent batches.

Terre d'Hermes EdT simply doesn't agree with me.
22nd September, 2018
Terre d'Hermès (2008) is one of those fragrances that makes me wonder how it became popular when it did, as it has very little modern going on with it outside some clever aromachemical usage in place of the typical oakmoss overdose, labadanum, tonka, or leather note that anchors a masculine of such aromatic green stride, but maybe that's just it. Jean-Claude Ellena cites inspiration from earth, air, and water for Terre d'Hermès, but if you peel the veneer of olfactory metaphor away, what you have here is a hesperidic patchouli scent with an interesting mineralic note in it's heart, and heaps of Iso E Super in the base to spit-shine what oakmoss is there. In fact, there is so much Iso E in the foundation of Terre d'Hermès that people always worry that it will be stripped out, thus weakening the scent. It's kind of funny to me because the same people who stridently hate on reformulations of anything made before 1990 share a common accord with more-modern designer fans that worry their favorite aromachemicals will be reduced to meet regulations, but I digress. However it happens, the reassuringly old-school vibe of the citrus, patchouli, and woods trifecta in Terre d'Hermès is married to a bag of rocks and some woody synthetic aeration via to make an accord perfect for the straight men who hate being told what to wear by the women who love them, and any other guy who wants to stand apart without diving into vintage or niche juices that cost copious amounts of cash and sorrow to find. I don't have a beef with it, although I admit Terre d'Hermès really just smells like a love child of Guerlain Vetiver (1961) and Givenchy Gentleman (1974) to me, at least until it was succeeded with the apologetic Gentleman Givenchy (2017), so while I enjoy it for being a surprisingly solid and genteel fragrance, Terre d'Hermès is much less original that it may seem. Almost paradoxically, this is more original than anything which competes against it, and the host of flankers that come in its wake attest to Terre d'Hermès being creative paydirt, pun intended.

The opening of Terre d'Hermès is grapefruit and mandarin orange, taking a play from the Kenneth Cole stable of masculines from right around this time period, but with an expert focus on hesperides that is Jean-Claude Ellena's specialty instead of sweet hedione like the KC often uses. The gun flint element rushes in pretty quickly, and it's gray steely personage gives this a link back to the "metallic" colognes using aldehydes in the early 70's, when soapy orris vibes hadn't yet come into vogue. The patchouli is camphoraceous patchouli is very natural, bound to metallic geranium, introducing the green aspects of the later drydown, while pink peppercorn gives the whole thing a bit of piquant dryness that keeps the citrus top from being too juicy. Terre d'Hermès isn't all time machine however, and the green base of benzoin is met with "atlas cedar" (usually a captive), that intensely bright "MSG for the nose" Iso E Super (that basically enhances the accords of whatever it's in), and a dihydromyrcenol aqueous/arid note making the scent breathe on skin or shirt. A lil' dab o' science and a lil' dab o' artistry, which is just what a scent sold in department stores needs to stand out from the overly-developed crowd of demographics-lead designers of the 21st century. I like the way citrus and patchouli play off each other anyway, hence why I own a bottle of Karma by Lush (1995), but with Terre d'Hermès, the mineralic and "vegetal" elements make it drier and more gentlemanly than bohemian, although there is zero sensuality to this whatsoever (like most Hermès masculines). The "vegetal" term I feel here is also just another nod to heritage, since the term really hasn't seen much mainstream application since Ed Pinaud began slapping it on bottles of Lilac Vegetal (1880) well over a century ago. Wear time is over eight hours, with really good projection, and almost year-round versatility for all but romantic situations. There is also a Parfum from 2009 if you want a warmer, closer-wearing experience for extreme cold climates.

Terre d'Hermès was groundbreaking in it's day, and a decade plus afterward, has become a barbershop trope that inspired dozens of similar citrus/geranium/patchouli fragrances, like JB by Jack Black (2010), Murdock Patchouli Cologne (2010), Creed Vetiver Geranium (2014), and others. Terre d'Hermès is also the first mainstream masculine scent from the house without a leather note or some tie-in to leather, like everything else since Equipage (1970). As eluded to above, most straight guys who love it wear it for themselves, since stories from them reveal that women in their lives from spouses to coworkers or date prospects seem to have negative feedback when worn around them, yet other guys seem to like it. Maybe we have the making of a sleeper homoerotic masculine to finally dethrone Jean-Paul Gaultier Le Mâle (1995), since this is a scent that subversively attracts men to each other but repels women from them? Hard to say. It's obviously not working for me as when I smell it on another guy, as the last thing I want to do is strike up a conversation with them, since it's literally on every Tom, Dick, and Harry that cruises through Pike Place Market on my way to work. Still, I give Jean-Claude Ellena props for avoiding the aquatic, gourmand, woody amber, or ambroxan freshie trap by making a modern mainstream patchouli scent that works, even if it inadvertently loses the usual body and heft of a classic patchouli due to all the crystalline and diffuse elements. I concede that this just wouldn't be a Jean-Claude Ellena scent if it didn't have this transparency to it, so pick your battles I suppose. Safe for the office or casual use, and a perfect beginner's introduction to green masculines, Terre d'Hermès is a gateway to hobbyist-level fragrance collecting, usually leading to vintage or niche brand exploration (and sometimes both), remaining a classy old favorite for many a collector. Thumbs up.
03rd September, 2018 (last edited: 21st February, 2020)
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Orange bitters, pepper and IsoE.
Liked it a lot when I was new but I find that I don't wear it anymore. It reminds me a the roach spray and that sort of killed it for me.
A nice fragrance otherwise and lasts long.
29th May, 2018
Let me in a chemistry lab and i'll do my best to produce a fragrance close to this one. I'll randomly mix some substances and then i'll add benzoin and some orange+lime juices on this cocktail.

On the top of my "masterpiece" i'll add some Raid spray foam against crawling insects.

So my perfume is done and i can name it Terre d'Hermès Clone.

How in the world Terre d'Hermès is classified as a perfume?
23rd May, 2018
This is a really nice dirty orange fragrance with main notes of orange, black pepper and vetiver. Unfortunately it only lasts a memory on my skin due to the Iso-e-Super in it (a note which I'm anosmic to). But not everyone is anosmic to Iso-e so it may work better on you. I will try the EDP version and see if it fares better for me, or perhaps one of its clones like Yardley Citrus and Wood or D.R. Harris Windsor. Overall incredible scent, not so great performance on me.

06th May, 2018 (last edited: 08th May, 2018)
10is Show all reviews
United States
Without a doubt a modern classic! Terre opens with wet vetiver and citrus, before hitting you with pepper and drying down to a woody and ever-so-slightly sweet base. I cannot count the number of times I have smelt this walking down the street in a crowded city like New York (on other people), so I can only assume this is what it would project like on myself.

Rating: 10/10
02nd May, 2018
JohnL4 Show all reviews
United States
Somebody else called it "resin-y", I think, and I can see that. I myself think of (as the hours go by) as weirdly reminiscent of eucalyptus and maybe menthol, which sounds awful and doesn't match what others say. It's like an olfactory illusion.

It's rich and citrus-y and a little heavy and has kind of a "punch" compared to what I usually wear (Kenneth Cole Mankind, Guerlain Vetiver, if I can spell it right). It's also got a little sharp/bitter/musky smell as it dries down. Maybe that's where the eucalyptus is coming from? I know I'm not using the right language at all.

Still trying to decide whether I like it enough for the price. I just have a little spray sample vial right now.
24th February, 2018 (last edited: 21st July, 2018)
TeeEm Show all reviews
United Kingdom
For me this perfume is headturning and I simply love it
This is in my top 10 of all time
My rating 10/10
05th January, 2018
I'll echo what one reviewer said about this having a similar fragrance to the Colorado Rockies. I think that sums it up well. A lovely scent.

However, I'm not getting great performance from this either in sillage or longevity. I have the parfum. Its requiring about 4-6 sprays for minimum desired effect, and I hate over spraying. Lasts about 2-4 hours on my skin.

4/5 stars from me. Recommended with reservations.

30th November, 2017
Like seemingly many others who now love it I wasn't really a fan of Terre d'Hermes on first wearings. Or I should say: I respected it a lot but thought it wasn't for me. Times really change! But make no mistake about it, like basically anything that is different, it's not for everyone.

It has this very unique ability to blend both dirty and clean at the same time in a tremendous but unusual way. And it's the first part that can be too much or disliked by some people. It's a yes dirty, earthy even mineral, warm (and lightly smoky), peppery mix of zesty orange peels with a natural feel, like many Hermes' have, with some grapefruit to make it brighter and sharper. The prominent base is very woody and a bit resinous. Vetiver and some cedar share the main spotlight with the earthy citrus. The fragrance also has an aromatic facet, with geranium, which makes it really a 4 seasons one to me as a nice bonus. But the first one coming to my mind when I wear it is clearly Fall. And it has an outdoorsy vibe to it actually.

It is a mature, serious scent while not smelling dated to my nose. One for a classy, confident man with a strong character. So if you're looking for a playful, young fragrance, you are looking the wrong way here. It's a fantastic amalgam of classic, masculine and old school perfumery with the new age of contemporary clean citrus based fragrances. Put all that together and you have my all time favorite fragrance in the thousands I've tried.

Jean-Claude Ellena created a masterful liquid piece of art with Terre d'Hermes and an absolute classic. Brillant!
11th November, 2017
What kind of "terre" could this be? Perhaps a parched, uninhabited island: some dusty rocks, dry sandy soil, a few juiceless laurel shrubs blown by a hot wind. A stunted orange tree. A few spent gun cartridges lying in the dirt under a burning sun. No living creatures to be found -- at least nothing with blood in its veins. Pristine.
15th September, 2017