Terre d'Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver, like some of my perfumes, was an (unwanted) gift.
I have to be honest: personally I would not have bought it, because although I have nothing against vetiver in principle, it is not my favourite ingredient and I prefer other fragrances and scents.
But now it had been bought and given to me as a present - the return period has unfortunately expired - and so I sprayed impartially, but not with the greatest expectations, on the very special (in a positive sense) bottle, but more about that later.
And what was waiting for me? Citrus, citrus and more citrus. The very strong and distinctive, yet round and not artificial-looking bergamot is the prelude to Terre d'Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver. For the first 15-20 minutes I perceive almost exclusively the "green-natural" looking bergamot, but to which I am increasingly added the vetiver, which for me is more earthy than woody. Also a certain sharpness is now perceptible thanks to the Szechuan pepper, which in my opinion is good for the fragrance and gives it that certain "pep".
After approx. 1.5-2 hours the bergamot has completely disappeared, leaving a woody, earthy vetiver, which gets a certain, but by no means biting, sharpness, perhaps also spiciness, from the Szechuan pepper.
I clearly do not perceive a real "top note-heart-note-base note composition". The persistent bergamot can perhaps be interpreted as a relatively long top note, but all in all Terre d'Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver is a very linear scent, a dryout or something similar you "search" in vain.
In my opinion, Terre d'Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver is a successful, citric-woody vetiver scent, in which strong vetiver has been super combined with bergamot and also gets a certain "pep" thanks to the Szechuan pepper.
Nevertheless, I give him - despite my probably positive description - only 7 points, one point I deduct because the scent is too linear and "too uncomplex", one because of the vector, which seems too earthy and not woody enough, and one because I personally miss something sweet. Whereby I would like to praise in particular the fact that all in all it is a very distinctive and masculine scent, which in my opinion not everyone can wear, since with it one is very likely to attract attention and radiate (male) authority.
For this reason, I recommend Terre d'Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver at this point, especially to those who are looking for a masculine and distinctive vetiver fragrance, to those who are looking for a fragrance that combines citrus with a certain degree of pungency and a large portion of vetiver, and to those who want to exude authority (and power) - be it private or business.
The durability gets 9 points from me and the Sillage 7 points, because the scent projects 1.5 on my skin and 3 hours over one meter on my clothes and lasts / is perceptible on my skin for more than 10 hours and on my clothes almost the whole day until late evening. In my eyes this is worthy of an eau de parfum.
The bottle receives 7 points from me! The glass has an intimated "H" shape, also at the bottom. A "metal plate" with integrated sprayer is attached to the top of the glass. On the sprayer is engraved "Hermes", the cap that encloses the sprayer has to be turned to make the sprayer visible and is held in a matching brown tone. Simply a great design. Why do I still deduct three points?
The lid or closure or its rotating mechanism broke after three uses with me, so that I could no longer cover the sprayer. The fragrance was purchased new from a perfumery and not (used) from any online retailer; in my opinion, such a production error should not occur with such a designer fragrance including its price.
In summary, a masculine, distinctive and authoritative vetiver scent that accompanies the present (and powerful) man throughout the day (through the office).
Terre d'Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver, because of its bergamot and peppery vetiver, I think it fits especially well in spring and autumn, for me it is too light for winter, too heavy for summer. It fits perfectly into everyday life and is well suited for school / university / work and leisure time, but for special occasions and / or going out you should count on other fragrances, because for something like this the Terre d'Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver is too - badly formulated - "boring" and too monotonous - it is not particularly aphrodisiacal either.
I received compliments from both sexes, but surprisingly I was increasingly approached by men who thought that I would appear "very masculine" and "more experienced" with the fragrance, women found it either pleasant or "too macho"
In this respect one should not overdo it with the dosage; 4 splashes are completely sufficient on the skin, on clothes already 2-3.
The price or the price-performance ratio is, I think, generally justified and for an average of 80€/100 ml also affordable for everyone, although it is "too uncomplex" for this price and I would expect a little more, but this is of course in the eye of the beholder.
And to briefly mention the many comparisons with Terre d'Hermès as eau de toilette and eau de parfum and the grey vetiver:
I can't make any comparisons in this respect, as I have not (yet) tested or owned any of the fragrances mentioned. Should this change, I will elaborate on this paragraph in an addendum.