Terre d'Hermès

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Terre d'Hermès
Terre d’Hermès.JPG
Fragrance by Jean-Claude Ellena
TypeWoody Spicy masculine fine fragrance
ReleasedMarch 2006[1]
WebsiteTerre d'Hermès - Hermès.com

Terre d'Hermès is an award-winning fragrance launched by French fashion house Hermès. The fragrance was released in March 2006, and was created by then Hermès' exclusive in-house perfumier Jean-Claude Ellena.[2]


Jean Claude Ellena, who was formally the master perfumier for Hermès, claims that his inspiration for Terre d'Hermès was French author Jean Giono, whom, Ellena claims "He is a man who loves the richness of nature".[3]

As a result of this, many of the scents found within the fragrance are vegetal and mineral based, including Cedar, Patchouli and Vetiver. Ellena would also state that he decided not to use any Musk notes within the fragrance, as "Musk creates a mask on the skin", stating that his reasoning for not including this mask was to create a fragrance which was unique to each wearer.[4]


Originally released as an Eau de Toilette, Terre d'Hermès was reinterpreted as a Pure Parfum which was released in 2009,[5] this was subsequently followed by a Tres Fraiche version 2014.[6] In 2018, a new variation called Eau Intense Vétiver, created by Christine Nagel was released, and was described as being fresher than the original[7]


Terre d'Hermès is a fruity-spicy-woody fragrance,[8] meaning it features fruity top notes, in this case Orange and Grapefruit, its middle or heart notes are of pepper and its woody base notes, include Cedar, patchouli and Vetiver.

Terre d'Hermès Note Pyramid[9]
Top Orange Grapefruit
Middle Pepper Pelargonium
Base Patchouli Cedar Vetiver Benzoin


Terre d'Hermès ratings
Basenotes 4/5 stars[1]
Fragrantica 4.25/5 stars[10]
John Lewis 4.5/5 stars[11]
Nordstrom 5/5 stars[12]

Terre d'Hermès garnered generally favorable reviews from critics and the general public alike. The eau de parfum has a rating of 4 out of 5 stars on the fragrance website Basenotes based on an average of 2228 votes,[13] whilst the pure parfum distillation has a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 across an average of 316 votes.[14] Luca Turin rated it three out of five stars.


In terms of awards, Terre d'Hermès won the Men's Fragrance of the Year - Luxe award at the 2007 FiFi Awards, and also won Best Classic (Men's) Fragrance for 2012 from Basenotes.[15] In addition Terre d'Hermès won a variety of awards from GQ magazine, including 'Launch of the decade' and the Readers Favourite fragrance in 2009, as well as Best Classic Fragrance from ShortList magazine.[16]


  1. ^ a b "Terre d'Hermès by Hermès (2006)". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Hermès perfume: scents of beauty". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Marc Jacobs Blush Intense, Summer Splash, more on Terre d'Hermes ~ new fragrances". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Marc Jacobs Blush Intense, Summer Splash, more on Terre d'Hermes ~ new fragrances". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Terre d'Hermes Parfum Hermes for men - Fragrantica". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  6. ^ Kynaston, Lee (2014-03-11). "The 5 best new men's fragrances for spring - Telegraph". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  7. ^ https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Herme_s/Terre-D-Hermes-Eau-Intense-Vetiver-50672.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Terre d'Hermes Hermes for men cologne". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Terre d'Hermes Hermes Cologne". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Terre d'Hermès Terre Hermès cologne". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  11. ^ "HERMÈS Terre d'Hermès Eau de Parfum, 75ml - John Lewis". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  12. ^ "HERMÈS Terre d'Hermès - Nordstrom". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Terre d'Hermès by Hermès (2006)". Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Terre d'Hermès by Hermès (2009)". Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Basenotes Reader Awards 2013 - WINNERS". Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Awards - Kenneth Green Associates)". Retrieved 27 June 2016.

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