Like the feeling you get when you escape from the darkness of the night and find the joy of the early morning summer sun. In comparison with the original it's calmer, simpler. Terre d'Hermès Eau Très Fraîche is extremely simple but something about it stands oud above many others that are similar. Bracingly clean, uncompromising, minimal yet beautiful.
The first burst is daringly sharp, nearly bitter, hedged around with beautiful aquatic notes. This all leads into a woody, green, and a bit spicy base with soft, citrusy and moderately bitter orange sneaking at the edges. Totally the citrus notes are bright and realistic but remain soft and warm while at the same time remaining fresh and sparkling. Not very aromatic. Perfect for work or weekends.
I thought this was better than the original. In some aspects, it still is. Feels more modern, probably due to the freshness. As time went on, I started wearing less of this. Perhaps my personal tastes have changed.
There is a slight cumin note that might make some people dislike it, but it's not that strong. It's blended in with the rest of the notes. Even though I have sold my bottle, I think this is a must try. Not necessarily blind-buy worthy, but you should be able to find this easily at Sephora or a department store. Always sample before you buy!
This one opens up with a strong orange peel note. If you love the smell of oranges, this one will grab you right of the bat. The fragrance then softens up with some geranium. You're finally led to a nice woody/cedar dry down. The fragrance is very linear. What you see is what you get. If you don't like the notes, I would definitely skip this one! Fortunately for me, this is right up my alley.
This is much easier to wear than the original. I do prefer this one even though it is less complex and challenging. It's classy, refined, and incredibly easy to like.
I use two sprays with this one. Both on the neck. The opening is quite strong but then it softens up after 30 minutes. Performance is solid on my skin.
Best Age Group- 20+
Best Season(s)- Fall/Spring
Occasions- Casual, Work, Formal
Longevity- 7 Hours
An extremely refined fresh fragrance using the structure of Terre d'Hermes. Eau Tres Fraiche opens with a blast of orange and grapefruit, sharp, uplifting, and invigorating. There's a vague spicy aspect in the background; the citrus notes last about an hour on skin, before transitioning to a very light base of woods, mostly some cedar and vetiver.
There's a definite link to Bigarade Concentree minus the more noticeable cumin in the Malle. Eau Tres Fraiche is less sharp in the base, and more 'hazy', whereas Bigarade Concentree is more angular.
Eau Tres Fraiche has a subdued sillage and moderate duration on skin. Note that this wears more like an eau de cologne - there's no obvious synthetic materials used to amp up performance.
Despite the name or the note listing, this is not at all an aquatic scent, but rather a very nice dry citrus for warmer weather. The dry down is pleasant, but absolutely top marks for the first one hour.
Terre d'Hermès Eau Très Fraîche (2014) is a bit of a mouthful for a fragrance which essentially is a simplified summery take on the original Terre d'Hermès (2006) from over a decade prior. This would be the final Terre d'Hermès outing for Jean-Claude Ellena, who would depart Hermès to retire at first, then create his own vanity label niche perfume line a la Francis Kurkdjian a bit later. The perfumer would still seem to take a brief here and there for other brands too, but he stopped being under regular employ like he was prior to leaving Hermès. A lot of people first reacted to this fragrance as redundant, as the original Terre d'Hermès seems fresh and transparent enough per Ellena's signature style to be worn all seasons and in hot weather anyway, but after enough time on the market (and significant quantities slipping into discounters), the online "FragComm" seemed to start singing the gospel of this underrated entry in the "TdH" line-up, much like they eventually did for the 2009 parfum variant. Perhaps it's a bit telling of the overly-cautious resistant-to-change nature of the average Terre d'Hermès signature wearer that these flankers get poo-pooed at first, then ballyhoo'd from the rafters once they warm up to them. In any case, this one is nice, and a bit redundant in some respects just like the parfum, but nonetheless a nice alternative for the original "TdH" in the hottest or muggiest of weather. Sizes seem to be a bit skewed bigger from the classic Terre d'Hermès too, implying like with other designer "sport cologne" style flankers that you're supposed to use a lot more per application.
The big switch-out here in the structure from the OG Terre d'Hermès is the citrus introduction, replacing the grapefruit that sat alongside the bitter orange with lemon and bits of a watery synthetic neroli note powered in part by the usual aquatic aromachemical suspects. Ellena does this deftly, and this is no blue fragrance to be sure, although a lot of the aromatic body from the pillar release in this line is gutted, taking some of it's "70's cologne love letter" swagger with it. The flinty mineralic notes and peppery touches are all but replaced by an increased focus on geranium and white florals, which may to some just feel like Ellena saw competing scents like JB by Jack Black (2010), Murdock Patchouli Cologne (2010) and Creed Vetiver Geranium (2014), then decided "I can do that too". Some of the rose claimed to be in the original is actually evident here in this fresh flanker (I couldn't smell it in regular Terre d'Hermès), while the atlas cedar note is joined by a salty ambroxan. Patchouli and vetiver takes a bit of a back seat here in Eau Très Fraîche, while smooth benzoin seems to be dosed a tad higher. Besides the increased florals and citruses, this still dries down to be something very recognizable as a flanker to Terre d'Hermès, so if you don't like green smells, the adjustments made here won't change your mind. Wear time is about the same as the OG too, although performance is consistently lower yet still detectable, unless worn in sweltereing heat where perspiration can play a factor, as likely intended. Best use is in spring through early fall in day time casual situations, and this is absolutely awesome fresh out of a shower.
As hinted, this is the Terre d'Hermès in "sport cologne" style like what Dior and Chanel have done with some of their lines. Terre d'Hermès Eau Très Fraîche is less of an orange patchouli slug to the face, and trades in such singularity for a more complex dry down, meaning that fans of classic perfumery (particularly classic eaux) may like this more than the original. With enough spraying, this one can hang around in winter too due to the patchouli and earthy bits; but like normal "TdH" can also make the wearer anosmic, plus that dry rose note becomes more noticeable with over-application than through normal use, running up against the patriarchal mindsets that rose is never to be worn by a proper manly-man. To partially quote Regular Car Reviews, if you're one of the "silver-goatee'd home-owning misogynists" that feels like they have to turn in their "man card" if they wear anything with even a hint of noticeable rose, stick to the original Terre d'Hermès and keep binge-watching your Delta Force movies while polishing your bowie knife collection. For everyone else, Terre d'Hermès Eau Très Fraîche may just be the mostly non-aquatic modern fresh fragrance they're looking for, whether or not they get behind the DNA of Terre d'Hermès (as it's dialed down so low here). Discontinued and replaced with a new "fresh" flanker called Terre d'Hermès Eau Givrée (2022) thanks to the banning of lyral, this may also no longer be a good value in the gray market like it once was. Still, this is or at least was a misunderstood flanker that saw appreciation too late, and did something truly different with the line. Thumbs up.
I am a big fan of the original and tend to love both citrus and vetiver scents. Terre Hermès Eau Très Fraîche delivers a masterful blend of both - it is citrusy fresh but has a has a nice earthy base. Seems to have pretty good projection for the first couple hours but it dissipates over time. I agree that this is a summery scent, but I tend to wear it on and off all year long.