Ma­te­rial Mat­ters

DA MAN - - Scents -

When Her­mès’ Terre d’Her­mès—mean­ing the Earth of Her­mes—fra­grance launched in 2006, it quickly gained a strong fol­low­ing for its veg­e­tal and min­eral el­e­ments. In other words, it had no an­i­mal byprod­ucts what­so­ever, in­clud­ing musk. It is a fra­grance that es­sen­tially cap­tures the essence of na­ture: mat­ter, earth and roots, which, on the nose, pre­sents a har­mo­niously fresh and warm aroma, owing to its re­fresh­ing cit­rusy notes and rich resinous char­ac­ter. In 2018, Terre d’Her­mès is rein­ter­preted with heav­ier ve­tiver notes, thus the name of the fra­grance: Terre d’Her­mès Eau In­tense Ve­tiver. The ve­tiver can be felt as soon as the bot­tle is opened, where it soon min­gles with Sichuan pep­per—not black pep­per as in the orig­i­nal. The for­mer has hints of cit­rus that in­vig­o­rates the open­ing notes. Fi­nally, the notes of berg­amot or­ange and queen of hes­peridia were added us­ing plant ma­te­rial picked be­fore they ma­tured, thus giv­ing the fra­grance an ex­tra edge.

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