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Better is the enemy of good
When a brand like Hermes once such a successful fragrance like Terre (plus the successively launched in recent years Flanker) has launched, the expectations of a completely new work are naturally high.
The question I asked myself in the run-up to the test: Did the Swiss perfumer do herself a favor in accepting this commission, or is there nothing to lose compared to a work like Terre?
Sure, Terre and H24 have as little in common as apples and pears other than the fact that both are, well, perfumes for men. And of course it's not fair to compare the two in any way. But just, the bar and thus also the expectation - at least for me - was simply high.
To anticipate it, to filter out the individual components of the fragrance pyramid, I find enormously difficult. As it is difficult for me at all to describe the fragrance as objectively as possible. Which, in case of doubt, is not really to be seen as positive. But from the beginning.
The prelude I find quite fresh, with a woody-tart note, quite pleasing. The top note lasts with me so good 1 1/2 hours, before then a twist begins in the negative. At first harmless, I find the woody notes becoming more concise, but at the same time something synthetic mixes in, which I find rather unpleasant. Overall, a green also emerges, which further transforms the fragrance in an astringent direction.
After about five hours then only a slight hint of sage hangs on my skin, perceptible but only in direct nose-wrist contact. This chemical-synthetic something also remains still perceptible.
And so my conclusion ultimately turns out very ambivalent. On the one hand, you notice, the fragrance is not one of the bar, no mass-produced goods, of the ingredients at least partly quite high-quality and professionally arranged just as high quality. On the other hand, I dislike this synthetic addition (which reminded me in the very first moment of Ambroxan) and the drydown, which seems to me for a product of this class unharmonious and thus simply not suitable.
Interesting: With quite a few in the last few weeks of me tested fragrances I immediately received comments, in whatever direction, but thus a proof of a perceptible sillage. With H24: Completely missing. Not even at a distance of less than two meters anyone took notice, and these were the same people who usually immediately comment on everything that comes under my nose (and thus also theirs). Durability as described above, after five hours only a delicate hint remains on my skin, too little for my taste. Finally, the bottle is okay, but does not pull me out of the chair. Nicely made, visually and haptically okay, but without really shining.
Basically a perfume for the warmer season, from my point of view from all-day, occasion-independent and suitable for any age group, despite the sorting into the male corner I could even imagine ladies as carriers.
So H24 leaves me at the end of the day somewhat disappointed, which is certainly also due to my (obviously too high) expectation. To create a second Terre and thus a second monumental classic, does not succeed just like that and certainly not with each new attempt. A fragrance that, in sum, is too little green, too little fresh, too little woody for me to represent a top dog in its respective corner. Fairly, but also a fragrance that will find its supporters, especially among fans of the Hermes label, which naturally, influenced by the fundamentally positive attitude ggü. the brand, my comments will probably rather not be able to understand and / or want.
A special fragrance, which is definitely worth a test.
Thank you for reading and all still a wonderful summer 2021!