Rubric remixed

Re­main rooted to the ground with the earthy Terre d’Her­mès Eau In­tense Vé­tiver.

Esquire (Singapore) - - GROOMING -

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.

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