Terre d'Hermès 
Hermès (2006)

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Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

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About Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

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Philippe Mouquet
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Terre d'Hermès – meaning 'Earth of Hermès' – was launched in March 2006. Perfumer, Jean-Claude Ellena was inspired in the creation of the fragrance by the works of author, Jean Giono.

The fragrance features notes of orange, gunflint, flint, vetiver and benzoin. The bottle was designed by Hermès designer, Philippe Mouquet, and features an 'H' cut into the base of the bottle.

The fragrance was joined by a Parfum version in 2009, and more recently Terre d'Hermès Eau Très Fraîche in 2014.

Hermès say:

The history of an alchemic journey through the elements: earth, air and water. A woody, vegetal and mineral eau de toilette

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There are 527 reviews of Terre d'Hermès by Hermès.

"Terre" literally means earth, yes earth as in dirt. Terre is a blast of damp soil and bitter orange peel. I give kudos to the perfumer for making these two work together, but nowadays.... Maybe COVID ruined my nose for something in this forever.

I used to spray this fragrance on proudly every day for 4 years as my signature scent, but I don't love it anymore. I don't hate it, but when I have pleasant scents to reach for and now that I'm at the age where it's time to put in a modest amount of effort on myself for any hopes at attracting a woman. How do I say this... I don't have time to "tolerate" fragrances anymore - it has to be good all the way though, and this is giving me rich old european man vibes. A perfumery student on youtube said she used to smell this everywhere in Paris when it was new and hot, but then it suddenly disappeared and never came back.

Since I bought this bottle in November 2017 after love at first sniff in Sephora, my bottle has macerated quite a bit and my tastes may have changed, but not by much. Terre has been a massive hypebeast in times gone by in fragcomm. I think it's time to retire this fragrance for a decade or two. Eau Givree is a modern reincarnation and actually restored my love for this DNA, but alas the Terre line sits at the bottom of the shelves in Sephora in the far corner in EVERY store - clearly bottles people have bough or received as gifts only to be returned.

Nostalgia compels me to at least give this a neutral.

In 2017, my colleague Henry suggested me this perfume. I had a bit of doubt about this perfume because that was the first time I had heard of this brand name. However, I took the risk and purchased this. Now I can say that I made my best decision by purchasing this perfume, Never regretted buying this. It has a nice, masculine and long-lasting aroma. The scent is neither too strong nor too subtle.

Sun. Slowly creeping over the horizon as he trekked the last quarter mile.

Dust and dirt stinging his nostrils as millions of years passed through his memory.

Higher now. Illumination is near. What is smog anyway?

Terre d’Hermes.

1/5 stars

Soft bitter orange and smoky woods tied together by a mineralic pepper accord.

Enjoyable to wear, and safe to wear anywhere. Longevity is good and projection is moderate.

If you want more bitter orange, then where Declaration by Cartier.

If you want vivid spice to tie the orange and woody notes together instead of a mineralic pepper note, then wear Declaration by Cartier.

If you want less citrus and more smoky woods and incense, then wear Encre Noire à l'Extrême by Lalique.

I wear TdH when I can’t decide between Declaration and Encre Noire à l'Extrême. If you have these two fragrances, then you don’t need TdH, but you might enjoy it on days when you want something between the two.


I guess I can see what Ellena was going for here - that combination of 'earth, air and water.' The flint note is interesting, and overall it's a pleasant scent combining notes of citrus, pepper and woods that all come together into something a bit ineffable but pleasant. It's sweet, but not cloying, rich without being nauseating, and that mineral something-or-other (presumably the flint) helps round it all out somehow. But I didn't get a 'wow' factor from this, and sadly, it underperformed on my skin, lasting only an hour or so before becoming a skin scent and then dissipating completely.

Citrus, pepper and vetiver combined to result in a minimalist masterpiece. So dry, incredibly dry to my nose, as if you were in an african savannah in the middle of the summer, but you are a victim of fata morgana, only seeing water in the distance, when there really is none.

Comparing it to Declaration, it has some similarities, but it retains its own character with it being more woody, and spinning the spices in a different direction than Declaration does.

Basically, i see why this is a classic. It still doesn't fully resonate with me, but this is growing with each time i smell it. Really good stuff. Fragrance and art in fragrance does not get much better than this.

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