Aah, after so many years a completely new Terre d'Hermès fragrance or Flanker appeared this year. In recent years, the EDT or EDP fragrance has only been available as special editions in various bottle designs, but in which the well-known EDT or EDP fragrance was filled. And also the first real Flanker (Eau Très Fraîche) has already four years on the hump, so that was surely times again time for a new smell from this row.
Sure, some may still roll their eyes, because Terre d'Hermès once seemed to be on everyone's lips like Mugler's Alien scents and were worn by many accordingly (even though I have now taken a women's scent as an example with Alien, but you know what I mean :)
I have to say, however, that I have hardly met Terre d'Hermès in recent years, especially after fragrances like Dior Sauvage, which have become much more popular. So I guess you'll get to wear the Terre again, won't you? I mean, now that it's getting cooler again and autumn is perfect for this scent? No? Oh, you don't know anything about scents, he he he :DD
Anyway, I am very happy to be able to test a new fragrance, because I really liked these fragrances and therefore I am very curious how this one will smell like that!
The fragrance begins like the familiar Terre d'Hermès with citric notes that smell like oranges (even if bergamot is indicated here), this flint like fragrance that makes these Terre fragrances so distinctive, and the pepper that seems a little bit too strong here.
With time, the intensity of the fragrance becomes stronger and from the heart note you notice a clear difference to EDT and EDP: You smell a quite strong, resinous note, which at first reminds quite strongly of Oud. Only gradually, especially at the base, does this supposedly spicy oud note turn out to be a combination of earthy patchouli and, of course, vetiver.
From the base on, the scent of the vetiver becomes clearer and clearer, so that the patchouli note (or the scent that seems like patchouli to me at any rate) moves further into the background and the scent no longer smells like an odour. The pepper is still quite present, but not as strong as at the beginning. As usual from Terre d'Hermès, one smells a nice orange note in the whole course of the fragrance, even if this should be quite weak in the base meanwhile. Oh and in the background the scent seems to have an unexpectedly soft, almost creamy note,... unexpected because the scent can seem quite violent in the head and heart note and suddenly becomes softer again in the base.
The Sillage and the shelf life:
Okay, Sillage hasn't changed much. Because also this scent here is quite strong and therefore also from a distance very well smellable, presumably it is even in the beginning a bit stronger. The shelf life is also super with more than twelve to fourteen hours, depending on the dosage halt.
Nothing seems to have changed on the bottle. It is rectangular and because it seems to have "feet" at the bottom, the bottle appears a little bit like an "H"... for Hermès. The fragrance liquid is yellow, there is no label, the name is written directly on the bottle. The lid is cylindrical and black. Everything is of high quality, looks good, but as so often, is a little unwieldy when spraying.
Soo,... at first glance (especially if you look at the scents here) you might think that the scent has been slimmed down and is now simpler. It may seem a little less complex than the EDT/EDP, but in my opinion it's not simple, because it has a lot of the original Terre d'Hermès DNA, only this time with a soft creamy note in the background (later in the base), but above all with a strong vetiver note, which makes the fragrance smell quite different from the EDT and EDP especially in the middle part
Personally this vetiver note disturbs me a little bit, where it seems to me like spicy resinous oud and this makes the scent quite intense, almost pungent, but of course this is firstly a matter of taste and secondly I find the scent nevertheless quite successful for the most part (even if I should be disappointed nevertheless), but I find the original EDT and EDP scents much better and also more striking.
Nevertheless, interested fans of the Terre d'Hermès fragrances can also have a look at this one. Who likes anyway oudige, spicy and/or heavy smells, could find perhaps even this smell better. The scent is by the way for me an absolute autumn and winter scent, since it could seem absolutely deadly in midsummer :D