Remain rooted to the ground with the earthy Terre d’Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver.
Flankers are not uncommon in the world of perfumery. On the stocked aromatic shelves in the grooming area, one can spot these fragrances rubbing shoulders with their predecessors. Certain attributes such as ingredients, notes and key terms are retained to carry on the scent’s bloodline. They are anticipated sequels or spin-offs to a sensational debut fragrance, without veering away from its success formula.
Terre d’Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver is not the first expansion of Terre d’Hermès (the latter debuted in 2006). There are Terre d’Hermès Parfum (2009) and Terre d’Hermès Eau Très Fraîche (2014). Created by Hermès’s previous famed in-house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, Terre d’Hermès sets the bar high for the luxury brand’s male fragrance collection with earthy tones from mineral notes of grapefruit, flint, black pepper and Atlas cedar.
Ellena’s successor at Hermès, Christine Nagel, revisits the origins of Terre d’Hermès and ups the ante with an additional dose of vétiver to serve as an anchor ingredient. Building on the narrative of “a man who has his feet firmly on the ground, but his head is in the stars”, Terre d’Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver sees this man recalibrating and contemplating the whole of nature in its high and full majesty. While there’s a limit to our vision, imagination moves beyond physical boundaries. A new horizon is discovered with fresh eyes, assisted by an enhanced energy from the calming vétiver.
As a pioneer ingredient for both Terres, vétiver culminates in the new variant to become the lead note as if potentiated by the light of a burning sun—rounded and warm, yet sensual and vigorous. Black pepper is swapped with Sichuan pepper, giving a hint of oriental peppercorn spice that’ll reawaken your senses. Balancing the two prime stems is the bergamot orange, Queen of Hesperidia. Picked to special order and before maturity, the citrus fruit brings surprising radical and edgy qualities.
With this recomposition, the original equilibrium of the forebear, woody and mineral, becomes woody and vegetal from the bright and punchy properties of citruses and peppers. Cast your sights far and wide, Nagel’s fresher interpretation of the original signals an endless summer meridian that’s not a mirage.
Terre d’Hermès Eau Intense Vétiveris available at all Hermès retail stores.