So there it is! Jean-Claude Ellena's masterpiece! In other words, it's been a long time, one might say, and above all, it should not surprise anyone - who is a bit preoccupied with Mr. Ellena's life - that a fragrance like Terre d'Hermès was born in 2006. He had previously made a name for himself with men's fragrances such as "L'Eau du Navigateur (1982)", "Déclaration (1998)" and "Rocabar (1998)" - all fragrances that can be described as "spicy-woody" and are soaked with ingredients such as vetiver, cedar, cypress, benzoin and oakmoss.
So that a fragrance like Terre d'Hermès had to rise from the shadow of the master sooner or later was merely a question of time - not of "if"!
But I digress...
For although there are well over a hundred comments and just as many over 1,000 evaluations, I too would like to give vent to my scented heart, but in doing so I will refrain as far as possible from the vile stringing together of well-trodden paths such as: 1st fragrance, 2nd sillage, 3rd duration, 4th cost, 5th, 6th - others have and will formulate this better than yours truly. Instead, I would like to approach some keywords and try to justify them according to my taste, which in my humble estimation are used far too inflationary in the description of this fragrance, be it in tests, online reviews, YouTube comments or even in topic-related forums like this one.
Catchwords and keywords that would be: "rotting", "old men's fragrance", "Iso E Super", "bottle", "silage and top note"
* rotting**br />
Anyone who has ever read or seen tests on Terre d'Hermès will inevitably have heard (or seen eyes when reading) the words "rotting orange" or simply "red". Since the way we perceive scents for ourselves fortunately varies greatly, it cannot be completely ruled out that some people may find the ascending orange note actually rotten - as I said: "some people". To the rest I say, "This is bullshit"! Imagine a ripe, almost overripe fruit, whose skin is opened more or less gently and whose juice, which has been bound up to now, is sprayed over the surface of the fruit. This still slightly sweet, yet already slightly tickling in the nose, almost minimally pungent fragrance is what you have to face in the top note!
he old because it contains fragrances that went out of fashion decades ago? Or is he old, because you may have smelled him frequently or too frequently on older men from your personal environment?
Or else - and I think this is the real solution in the case of Terre d'Hermès - a fragrance can appear "old" as soon as it appears, just because it has made its way into
was allowed to find the shelves? For while the chypre and powerhouse fragrances of the past decades were produced only in exceptional cases, it was especially the sweet, aquatic and sometimes light
synthetic fragrances that dominated the first decade of the new millennium. What fragrance should a salesperson have recommended if a lady of legal age had given her husband a
"new" scent for Christmas or a birthday. A million? Armani code? Dior Homme? Chanel Allure Homme Sport? I think the fragrance world would be a strange (or at least different) place if this was the fragrances
that we would associate with older men over 50 these days! On the other hand, if the fragrance had appeared next to Chanel Antaeus, Dior Fahrenheit, Aramis or Polo Green: we would have had it for a
Fragrance for young bungs and adolescents kept.
Concentrations again. Molecule 01" should also be a 100 percent concentration of this fragrance molecule.
apart from that, there are probably only a few other containers which have such a thick and stable looking glass! One might almost - but only almost - think that the bottle could survive even the deepest falls onto the hardest tiles without any problems. The rotating cap also performs its task with flying colours - albeit sometimes appearing a little wobbly - throughout the life of the bottle. No, if I want to complain about something in the design of the bottle, it is the unpleasant handling of bottle sizes of 100ml and beyond! Rarely, if ever, has the elegance and usability of a bottle suffered so much from the fact that its depth has not been increased (instead, the bottles always grow in width and height). While 50ml can still be handled by the average consumer without any problems, everything above it seems like a clumsy dance to find the best hand position for spraying. Blessed is the person who is blessed with big hands!
*Silage and top note
I would like to close my comment about one of the best fragrances ever with a more detailed description of the special features in the sillage and top note, with which I would like to build a bridge to my - at least for now - strangely chosen title.
For even if the description of the fragrance often refers too much to the initial top note, with Terre d'Hermès it is in fact the wonderful sillage that makes the fragrance itself stand out from the mass of the
"spicy-woody" scents. Neither too obtrusive nor too restrained, it conveys an immensely pleasant spice!
And the top note! The top note first! It is thanks to her fragrance, which seems strange to untrained noses, that far too many people still leave this fragrance unnoticed, sniffing and sometimes even disgusted on the shelves of the boutiques! Because Terre d'Hermès is something very special! And special things should not be used every day and inflationary!