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Vass ([personal profile] vass) wrote2014-02-09 10:43 pm
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Perfume review: Terre d'Hermes

First notes: grapefruit and cedar shouting WAKE UP, WAKE UP. Gah, that's strong. Suddenly I'm feeling sleepy and headachey. There is something in this perfume that does not agree with me.


After that I smell pepper and 'perfume'. Two very different notes that I would call 'perfume', actually. One's the perfume-counter chemically smell that I hate, the other is some sort of floral note.

Further into the drydown I can smell a dry, masculine lavender, which I like. I can also smell 'dizzy' and 'wrong' each time I sniff. I'm wondering if one of the notes that's fucking me up is Iso-Super-E or something.

I think the 'floral' note I'm picking up and disliking might actually be patchouli. I think I also smelled geranium, which I do like in small doses.

I read this review and wonder if the reviewer and I come from different planets. I like the smell of dirt. I really like the smell of dirt. I would bury my nose in the bag of potting mix if I didn't know that was a good way to get anthrax. This perfume does not smell like dirt. It smells like men's perfume counter at a department store.

In the middle, it smells 'fuzzy'. I don't know how to describe that better, but it's a thing I associate with mainstream perfumes. Indistinct, like all the notes blur together into one wall of scent, which hurts.

I can still smell grapefruit.

I can still smell cedar, but it's gone sort of powdery.

Later on, a hint of incense.

Okay, so I'll count this one as a success at identifying what I don't like.
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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2014-02-09 12:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Alas! But there had to be a dud or two, and at least it's information about what doesn't work for you.

I can also smell 'dizzy' and 'wrong' each time I sniff. I'm wondering if one of the notes that's fucking me up is Iso-Super-E or something.

This has a huge amount of Iso-E Super in it, so that could well be it.

http://perfumeshrine.blogspot.co.uk/2009/03/iso-e-super-its-merits-its-faults-geza.html
http://akafkaesquelife.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/perfumes-iso-e-super-antiseptic-horror-aphrodisiac-pheromone-or-nothingness/

Useful if you can identify the note that's fucking you up, so you can avoid it.