Reviews of Rouge Hermès by Hermès

The iris and the rose - a floral duo that opens the foray: a lovely iris that has a green touch as well as a slightly powdery character. A bright rose, like a May rose that is not too heavy but still quite intense.

A bit later there is an ylang-ylang joining in that is a bit creamy and smooth initially, but I also get a soft lipstick notion at that stage. Further into the drydown a raisinous undertone adds a darker and crisp element to the floral side, which is spun out further by the arrival of a wood phase, which mainly consists of cedarwood on me, with touches of sandal coming and going. The discreet sweetness evident so far is enhanced by a vanilla note, but the whole is never intrusive or cloying.

The base completes the descent into the darker zones, as is evidenced by an ambery labdanum that is surprisingly sweetish too, and whose gently spicy character is given added depth by a myrrh impression, which remains, however, a bit thin on me; this myrrh is not very ardente on me.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and an excellent nine hours of longevity on my skin.

This is a complex scent for cooler spring evenings, that exudes confidence and substance of a traditional style. In its complexity it might not do justice to all the ingredients, especially in the second half of its development, but overall it is a very respectable creation. 3.25/5.
4th December 2019
The Lady in Red...

Rouge by Hermès is an intriguing and complex scent. This is the old, "classic" Hermès, not the "current" Hermès of Jean-Claude Ellena and recent years. This is a perfume which is thirty years old. Having said that, I don't find it old at all... or even mature. To me, this perfume represents a beautiful young lady wearing a red dress.

I would call it beautiful and seductive, but in a very "grown-up" way, this isn't for any teenage girls, this is for a young, successful & attractive woman. Someone who is in control, but who still knows she is beautiful.

It's a complex fragrance to describe. Essentially it's a combination between Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang and powdery Orris, with a touch of spices and Aldehydes. It is almost "dusty" at first, but becomes very smooth later as the Sandalwood and Vanilla take over in the dry-down. I also detect a wonderful note which I love, Myrtle, a fresh, Jasmine-like powdery note which I enjoy smelling... and which gives the fragrance projection. To me, Rouge actually smells similar to Samsara by Guerlain, but this is slightly more formal in my opinion.

It's grown-up fragrance for sure, but not "old". The woman who wears this is in control. Beautiful and seductive, but in control of the situation around her. I call this "the lady in the red dress". Beautiful and intelligent, and a little dangerous (in a seductive kind of way). This also smells of luxury, elegance and class (after all, that is what Hermès is known for as a brand). So you would expect a woman who smells like this to have money... A lot of money.

Overall, I think Rouge is very in-control and seductive, and would be a great one to wear to formal events (men dressed in dark suits, the women with gold bracelets, pearl necklaces, in a party with caviar and champagne cocktails - remember this was originally created in the 1980's... where "style" was big and elegant)! Because of this, it can be loud and strong (people can notice you)... but if you spray a little, I think it can work in any situation, and it's warm enough to be worn casually, but in small quantities. A warm, spicy, almost aristocratic fragrance, but which also has some surprises (by also being slightly seductive). Maybe not something for a very young woman, but someone with enough experience and intelligence can definitely wear it. Ruby red elegance in a bottle!
14th May 2016

Spicy rose oriental fine spicy rose oriental I've been sampling many rose fragrances lately, searching for the Holy Grail of rose scents. This looked like a "must-try" because it contains many of the notes I love (amber, cedar, spices) as well as the predominant rose note I wanted.The rose is sultry and dark; the iris and ylang ylang add dimension to the opening notes. Even at this early stage, I can detect the incense notes.After a while, the woody notes of sandalwood and cedar appear, with the resinous and rich note of amber adding depth. Heavenly! The dark rose accord and incense notes continue.The drydown is an interesting combination of the sharp greeness of labdanum and the earthy spiciness of myrrh..The sillage and longevity are decent although not extraordinary. On warm, humid days, the longevity is good, 7-8 hours, but in different temps this fragrance seems to fade out quickly. Write Reply250 Characters leftPost ReplyCancel Pros: Warm, spicy roseCons: Longevity could be better"
21st October 2013
I'm still amazed with Rouge Hermés. I should hate it, as I used to hate in the past. I already had a bottle of this fragrance in the past, in the old bottle, and I couldn't wear it despite the posh aura that the fragrance had. Rouge hermés used to be a dry, sophisticade, powdery floral fragrance to me, that seemed perfect for an elegant old lady, but not for me. I tried several times to like it, but I couldn't stand the powdery, dry flowery accord that the fragrance had.But then, yesterday something happened. I tried it again on skin, in the new minimalist hermés bottle. At first, I hated it as usual. But then the fragrance started to grow on me. It was like discovering that you suddenly feel attracted for someone that you couldn't stand, and exactly by the same reasons that made you hate that person. It's what happened to me with Rouge Hermés. I should hate it, but why I cannot stop thinking of it? Rouge hermés has a difficult aura, a combination of dry spices, bitter resins and woods, but if you spray just a small amount of it on you, you'll see that the dryness of this strange creature it's cozy and enfolds you in a woody resinous spice scent that works like a protection against the cold weather. An amazing fragrance, hard to understand, but superb on the right amount used in the right days.
24th July 2010
This is the only Hermes fragrance I like apart from Caleche EDP. I'd love to know who the perfumer is. Its launch is here dated as the year 2000 but I have been wearing this scent since 1986, and my sister-in-law, who introduced me to it, purchased her bottle in 1984. 2000 might be the date of a re-launch. Certainly, the post-2000 bottle is different and the juice seems to be ever so slightly reformulated. The name has also slightly changed, from 'Hermes Rouge' to 'Rouge Hermes'. Whatever, this fragrance in both its former and current incarnation is simply wonderful. It lacks all manner of sweetness and fruitiness. Instead, it is dry and leathery with a hint of rose and ambergris. It is a fragrance for the officianado, which is probably why it is not sold in main stream department stores (in England, at least), but only in those stores considered to be exclusive (like Harrods, Selfridges, and Liberty of London). I'm looking forward to my next bottle, and I'd like to see an entire range of body products launched. This scent is pure class!!
11th July 2010
If you enjoy the complexity of Opium, you may also like and be interested in this deep warm and misterious scent named Rouge.This fragrance is very sophisticated and intense: Spices,Sandalwood and Ylang-Ylang are so well combined.In my personal opinion I find Rouge a beautiful red gem, cuz today's fragrances lacks of personality and complexity. I don't think it's overwhelming cuz is an Eau de Toilette. It's retro but definitely not the old lady tipe.Rouge is a Red Goddess to use in especial events, not an every-day fragrance.Try it!
20th May 2010
An intoxicating and rich scent, Rouge by Hermès. First you are summoned by the smell of huge exotic notes of Amber and Cedar, then you experience the wartmth of deep shades of Red Valentine Velvety Roses and mystifying aroma of Ylang-Ylang. Then you taste the sweetness of Iris, Vanilla and Sandalwood. The perfume smells like a deep shade of Red and reminds me of the movie Eyes Wide Shut where people are wearing masks in plush setting doing strange things. To some this perfume may smell too "Powdery" even "Old Lady Like" perfume probably due to the presense of Myrrh. Either one loves it or hates it. This perfume is a close cousin to Youth Dew but not as sweet and much under-rated. Very Passionate, Mysterious, Powerful, Prestegious and Defiant. Not recommended for the Shy.
6th February 2010
Hermes Rouge is a very ladylike perfume that belongs to the floral-oriental family. The most identifiable notes are powder, rose, sandalwood and myrrh. Hermes Rouge is not an immediately accessible floral in the way that Serge Lutens' Lys Med is, for example. Rather, Hermes Rouge is a fragrance for someone who enjoys a touch of formality and glamor, and who has the self-confidence to wear a perfume that is not necessarily the latest thing. It is also a fragrance better suited for the evening, most likely in the colder months. I would imagine that someone who likes Caron's Parfum Sacre (or that old discontinued Ralph Lauren favorite "Tuxedo") would appreciate and enjoy Hermes Rouge. Overall, the best way that I can describe Hermes Rouge is to ask you to imagine burying your nose in the most luxurious scented old-school powder puff. That sensation of delicate softness is what this perfume imparts to my nose.
30th April 2008
Rouge Hermes is somewhat related to Chamade. Both fragrances have a green start and the mix of iris, sandalwood and vanilla accentuates the Guerlain-like effect. But where Guerlain can be bolder, Rouge has has that typical Hermès restrain. Rouge is all about basenotes, the more it evolves to more sublime its oriental softness becomes. Rouge is chic yet sensual. I would call it a "parfum de fourure".Hermès just rereleased Rouge's first incarnation, namely: Le Parfum d'Hermès. I own just a tiny sample of the vintage scent and compaired to my Rouge edt, there isn't that a great difference. Maybe Parfum d'Hermès is somewhat leathery.Really my kind of fragrance, yet if I had to choose I would go for Chamade (but only in pure parfum) at night and keep the Rouge edt for daywear.
21st July 2007
Hmmmmmmmn. It starts off nice soft powdery, but evolves to something pungent has this funny after scent-- Which is not very pleasent. I like the eau des merveilles much better....
11th January 2007
First of all. I must say I've tried four different Hermès scents and I am most struck by the high level of quality from all of them, this in the edt versions. I cannot say the same from most names of the same stature (sad, but true).This is almost exactely what I want, except I'm a bit sensitive to a rose element, which lingers here. It reminds me of Nahema-which I also love, it's just,but for the roses, again.Still, highly recommended. Rouge is a bit heavy, but of real class and quality. Super.
19th September 2006
Do I like it? Oh yes I do! But what is it about this fragrance? There is just something that is off, a little weird, in a good way but at the same time just a little weird... And like this explanation of the fragrance I am lost when trying to explain the feel you get when you wear it... I liked it when I first sprayed it on, a little strong but I personally don't mind that. Then there is the transformation which happens pretty fast on me and then I am told that it smells like soap. Now I wonder where that came from, especially since after having read all these posts I see no one at all mention that this could ever possibly smell like soap whatsoever... Once again, I do like it but now I'm not sure if I really want to buy this... Maybe for the winter this will make a prefect companion on the way to work and in the office, on the drive home on those wintery cold days... but I'm not so sure that my fiance really liked it on me that much :) He simply just prefers lighter scents, and I love the more sensuous slightly heavier ones :)
21st October 2005
Upon first sniff, this is extremely potent stuff, almost perversely so; when it first hit the market, I was simultanously repulsed and fascinated and coudn't stop thinking about it until I finally had it in my possession. It's an incredibly intensive rose-myrrh blend embellished with ylang ylang, cedar, cistus and Bourbon vanilla. My first impression of it, each and every time I apply, is "holy bug spray!" because that myrrh is just so hugely commanding. From there, it travels along a journey that traverses velvety rose, powdery, ambery cistus and spicy-smoky cedar and vanilla. The drydown, which retains and balances elements of all the notes involved, is considerably softer than the other stages of the scent and becomes, after perhaps three or four hours, like a warm pulse. But beware that everything before that is like wearing a scarlet slash, almost vibrating in its power. Comparison-wise, I do see thsi compared fairly often to the stunning triumph that is Guerlain Chamade and I concur somewhat, though the Rouge is sweeter and has a much more frank, bowl-you-over rose note. One fairly small bottle of this particualr Hermes scent could easily last five years, as this is a tiny-spray-at-a-time fragrance.
24th September 2005
One of the most elegant and sophisticated Chypre perfume.Made of Ylang Ylang,rose,sandalwood,cedarwood,myrrhe,ciste labdanum and some sweet spices.A very strong perfume,only wear a few,but beautiful.A less "selfifh" perfume than Mitsouko,more seductive.Like always,my words are:Try it!:)
22nd July 2005