Terre d’Hermes by Jean Claude Ellena for Hermes 2006

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Post by Margeaux

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Hi Stinkies! My my how time flies and here we are in June already. As the days got a little cooler, I came to realise that most of my scents are geared towards summer. As I embark further on my fragrant explorations, I’m becoming more adventurous and so I recently purchased a box of samples from My Perfume Samples. A very big box. I can now safely call myself a junkie because that box contained no less than 36 vials of stink. Junkie = Yes!. Problem = No! I’ll be the best smelling boy on the block or I’ll die trying lol

Terre d’Hermes by Hermes 2006

So the first one out of the box in true lucky dip style is Terre d’Hermes by Hermes. Now this is a decant of the EDT, not the parfum, and was created in 2006 by the talented Jean-Claude Ellena.

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Fragrantica lists the following featured accords:
Top: Orange, Grapefruit
Heart: Pepper, Pelargonium
Base: Patchouli, Benzoin, Vetiver, Cedar

Looking at the ingredients above, this should be an absolute slam-dunk of a fragrance for me. I love woods, pepper, patchouli and vetiver and can’t wait to give this a go. Doing these reviews I’m practically bathing in the smell so that it invades the space and demands my attention. I can get a little distracted so I’ve found that this is the best way for me.

Spritz, spritz, spritz….. wait for the alcohol to go and then inhale. Mmmm, now that is delicious – full of the citrus fruits that smell clean and sweet but not so sweet as to be sickly. Terre d’Hermes is refreshing, delicious sweetness. I’m not usually a huge fan of orange in particular, or perhaps those fragrances from before that include it just weren’t well made. But here, orange and grapefruit work so well.

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My nose is still quite naïve and is slowly starting to work properly again after smoking for over 20 years, and these reviews force me to look closer at the ingredients. I had no idea about Pelargonium but read that it’s a type of geranium and commonly used in masculine fragrances to provide a flowery note. Now that I know this, it’s easy to spot it as the middle ingredients lift the curtain on the second act. The pepper doesn’t run wild and to my nose, it’s the pelargonium that does most of the heavy lifting here.

As we hit the final act of this Hermes production, I’m overwhelmed by just how good Terre d’Hermes is. These last notes swirl together like best friends, in a classy joyous embrace that is at once astounding and yet comfortable too. It’s not overtly masculine (one reviewer described this scent as what a lumberjack would likely wear!), and in fact I could see this easily being worn by women that love the notes offered.

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Sillage is fantastic, and many hours later I find that although I can easily smell the Terre d’Hermes that I sprayed onto the back of my hand hours earlier, while I type and as I pause for the next word, I can’t help but draw my hand to my nose for a deeper, full sniff. This is divine and what truly great fragrance should be like.

Further reading: Portia on AustralianPerfumeJunkies and BoisDeJasmin
My Perfume Samples has Terre d’Hermes from $2.50/ml to $7.50/5ml
FrangranceNet offers a 50ml from $67

See you next month.
M xx

15 comments on “Terre d’Hermes by Jean Claude Ellena for Hermes 2006

  1. Tara says:

    I like this one a lot – totally unisex. I love the hot dry flint note I get from this scent. Reminds me of the south of France, which would make sense, since that is where Ellena lives and works. I can picture him wandering the hills smelling those hot stones and dry herbs and making a perfume out of it all.

  2. cookie queen says:

    Divine and great? I need to try it then.
    Gorgeous review. Bussis. xxx

    • David Watson says:

      You so need to try this Val, it’s one of my first favourites in a long time. I could wear this all the time and still not get bored. Thanks for the comment and let me know if you do try it! – Margeaux

  3. Undina says:

    I absolutely love this one on my vSO: it smells divine!

    • David Watson says:

      Funny you should say that Undina, as after my initial test run on a hot date, he’s now started wearing it and I just want to smell him all day long lol 🙂 Appreciate the comment too. – Margeaux

  4. poodle says:

    I’m going to have to pull out my sample and try this again. I could barely smell a thing on me. I think most of Ellena’s scents are like that on me though. What I did smell I liked so maybe I should try it on hubby instead.

    • David Watson says:

      It’s a shame its not one for you Poodle but maybe its one you get to enjoy on your hubby instead. I suspect it will be the same for me – one I won’t own because the new boyf has already laid claim to it! – Margeaux

  5. One of my all time favorites!

  6. RuthF says:

    Something strange happened to me after reading this post yesterday! I was walking to the train station and there sitting on someone’s fence was a bottle of Terre d’hermes, empty, but how odd! I think this must be a sign that I should try this (your review made me want to try it anyway). Enjoy your 36 vials, that’s overwhelming but exciting!

    • David Watson says:

      OMG – that is so a sign from the perfume gods. Go find a sample from somewhere and let us know what you think of it Ruth – this might be amazing! I am slowly working my way through my vials, so many great frags and some disappointing ones too. More reviews to come 🙂 – Margeaux

  7. I got given a 100 ml bottle of Terre D’Hermes last week, I had a quick sniff on the weekend, it’s really nice.

    • Lucky you Stafford. I think you will smell devastatingly good in it, added to your natural attributes, gym toned physique and charming mien it will be a winner. I bet men start following you around the streets, just for a quick sniff.
      Portia xx

    • David Watson says:

      If you don’t end up in love with it, there’s a junkie here that would gladly take it off your hands lol
      I have a feeling though that you’ll love wearing it and men will love you wearing it too.

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