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Terre d’Hermes by Hermes (2006) Review

Terre d'Hermes by Hermes (2006)

Terre d'Hermes by Hermes (2006)

Overall Rating


Sex Appeal


Safe for work/school


How long does it last?


Critic Score



  • Safe for work environments
  • Well liked by MANY people
  • Popular
  • Great for gifts
  • Sophisticated


  • Doesn't live up to longevity
  • Should be worn by older guys

If you’re a fragrance “obsessionist” like I am, you do a ton of digging on the net on what fragrances are the highest and best reviewed. If you read a Terre d Hermes review, it is one of those that continue to show up in almost every top list perfume enthusiasts recommend.

Jean-Claude Ellena created this famous fragrance whom has an amazing reputation for creating perfumes that dominate.

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Thoughts on d’Hermes from a Self-Proclaimed CologneMaster

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Top notes: Grapefruit, Orange

Middle notes: Gunflint, Pepper, Pink Peppercorn, Geranium Leavbes, Patchouli, Baies Rose

Base notes: Atlas Cedarwood, Vetiver, Gum benzoin

Fragrantica rating – 4.25/5 – Very good

Basenotes – 65% positive rating

Just look at those numbers that hundreds of perfumes, amateurs, and average joe’s have rated it. If these ratings don’t give you confidence that Terre d’Hermes is a quality fragrance, I don’t know what will.

When I take a whiff of Terre d’Hermes, I understand what people say when the “haters” compare it to “bug spray”. This initial smell only lasts for about 30 seconds so it is not an issue for anyone that is considering wearing it.

After the initial opening, it takes on the light, citrus scent that is extremely popular among the best mens colognes. Most people get grapefruit and orange notes, and that is something I agree with. I do enjoy how they blend together and create a unique citrus scent that smells sophisticated and different from other similar scents.

What makes Terre d’Hermes special is how it’s a perfect fragrance for anyone that wants to smell important, classy, elegant, sophisticated, or like a boss. This is awesome for a fragrance to give out these types of vibes. It makes it perfect to wear to work without any issues, doing manly stuff around the house, or maybe you’re going to have a few guests over for dinner, this would be a perfect scent for entertaining.

The only problem I had with the Terre d Hermes review is the longevity. Because it’s an EdT, my expectation was about 4 hours of longevity. I was greatly surprised that after only 2-3 hours, I could no longer smell it on myself. Looking at other reports, people tell all kinds of stories of how long it lasts and that it has great longevity. I however, do not get that vibe. With this flaw, it prevents me from adding Terre d’Hermes EdT a spot with the other elite fragrances.

What Fragrances does this remind me of?

Because of it’s unique citrus blend, it does not remind me of any other fragrance as of this moment. I’ll get back to you on that.

Want to see a Terre D Hermes Review From Other Fragrance Wearers?

The Ladies,

This lady sums it up how I feel most women react to it. It’s a “like” not a “love” fragrance. One other thing I would like to mention is that I have yet to hear someone describe it as “sexy”.

“I got this as a present for my finacee and he just loved it.. when he finished it I had to buy him another one and he was over the moon , he doesn’t have time for shopping and he appreciates this elegant , manly scent so much .. I like it too but would rather have him wear it in outings than in “close encounters” as it is too overwhelming for me:)”

“THIS is possibly THE most mesmerising, life-force scent I have had the joy of experiencing.
It is catnip to my girl nose.
I truly cannot stop sniffing my wrist where I put a sample just so I won’t be without this scent!

It is otherworldly. Intoxicating. Magnetic.

I am filled with LIFE, a humming energy, of the earth’s very soul.
No other scent has affected me this deeply.
It’s in a realm beyond love…
** M ** A ** G ** I ** C **”


The Fellas,

I agree with this guy… This fragrance is a great one for older guys.

“Alright so, I gotta start this by fully disclosing the fact that, unlike 99% of people here, I know nothing about scents and notes and all that, so take my reviews as the review of an average Joe. And while this does not smell bad per se, all I’ll say is, when my wife smelled it, she said “it smells like an old guy…” I’m 31 yrs old and i feel I’m at least 20 years too young for this. Not trying to offend people who swear by this one, but take this for what it’s worth.”

I like the point this guy makes about it being safe for the office…

“Smelt this a while ago when I was relatively new to the fragrance game, and was a little put off by some of the more woody / earthy notes, so I didn’t think much of it.. Fast forward a year or two, and a dozen or so fragrances later, and I tested this out again in a store – it was love at first (well… second) sniff!

This has to be one of the best daytime / office scents I have come across thus far. Such a beautiful blend of those delightful citrus notes, orange peel and grapefruit, mixed with the woody and earthy accords which i presume largely come from the vetiver. I get a bit of black pepper, however compared to some of the fragrances that I usually wear (which are a lot more spice / pepper orientated) this seems a lot more subdued. This is refreshing, rejuvenating and revitalising, and it manages to simultaneously be something that is unoffensive and popular, and yet also an incredibly unique and classy scent.

Thankyou Jean-Claude Ellena, and i’m sorry for not getting onto this one sooner!”

Who Should Buy Terre d’Hermes?

Age Group: 40+

Terre d’Hermes is much too sophisticated for the youth of the world to wear it casually. I recommend it for guys that are a little more mature.

Season: All-Seasons

It’s one of the few fragrances that you can pull off any time of the year.

Time of Day: All-Day

A versatile fragrance indeed. Wear this bad boy all-day everyday if you prefer.

Gift?: Yes

If you’re looking for something to buy your dad or husband, this could be a great gift. This fragrance is well-liked by many people so odds are, you and who you’re buying it for, will enjoy it.

Longevity: Below Average

I like my EDT lasting for at least 4 hours before it starts to wear off. However, I have been getting only 2-3 hours of life out of it which is not cool to me.

Harmless? – Yes

The only part you have to worry about is the first 30 seconds. Yes it smells like bug spray, but it immediately goes away.

Popularity – Popular

With a search volume of about 6,600/ month, Terre d’Hermes is a popular fragrance.

Price – Pricy

For just a 1.7 ounce bottle, you might have to pay over $50 for it. For a normal size bottle, you’ll be around $75.

Awards – 0

CologneMasters have not given it any awards… yet

Sexy – Not

A word that I have never heard someone describe Terre d’Hermes is sexy.

Signature Cologne – Yes

Absolutely feel free to wear this as a signature scent. If you are looking for something on the lighter side that enhances your sophistication, feel free to give this one a shot!

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Jason is the first ever self-proclaimed “Cologne Master” that is dedicating his expertise and knowledge to helping people choose that special scent for the 1st or 50th time.

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  • Overall Rating


    Sex Appeal


    Safe for work/school


    How long does it last?


    Critic Score


    Great job Mr Jason. Terre d’hermes EDT is my “love at first sight” love:) I had bought it last year, after 2 months gave it back, because of very weak longevity.. but could not get out it from my heart. And finally decided to buy one more time. And I tell you 🙂 I found it so strong.. monster.. could I find an old formulation ? Indeed no.. all are same.
    Well after my amateur scent carier, I have started to use at least 2,3 fragrance at the same time. I mean one week one, next week the other. Give no chance my noise to get used 🙂 and they lived together forever with love :))

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