The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

New Release: Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre by Etat Libre d’Orange


Hermann1-500x500WHAT I SMELL:  Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre or Hermann, as it will be known from this point forward, opens up quite musky with a tingling pepper and a rather aqua-esque green.  But soon enough, the perfume moves to a dusty and brown vetiver.  The perfume feels artificially clean, but at the same time artificially earthy.  After a bit more, a light incense covers the perfume with shards of a sweetened floral patchouli which provides the perfume’s central core.  Overall, the perfume feels like it was manufactured in a factory next to the industrial detergents.  Need I go on?…OK…if I must.  Moving forward, the moisture is completely sucked out of the perfume and there’s a steely gray and metallic sharp edge that makes Hermann feel like it sits on a linear plane, like a flattened laser beam that crosses the horizon.  Of course, as soon as I start writing that, the perfume begins to soften and lightly powder.  At the same time, Hermann becomes incredibly dry; so much so, that breathing it in makes you feel as if your sinuses are about to cave in.  As the perfume is a play on shadows, I have to say that it leaves you with an aura and an “alternative self” because it does feel as if the perfume follows one as a shadow.  I gave Hermann several wearings and each time it made me head to the sink to look for my heavy-duty medical soap and scrubber.  Unfortunately, it left me with a shadow that I just couldn’t shake.

From the Etat Libre d’Orange website:

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

13 thoughts on “New Release: Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre by Etat Libre d’Orange

  1. Your review made me laugh out loud, Scented Hound. I love the picture of the guy with the soap on a rope. A very apt comparison.

    Etat Libre D’Orange is known for making odd scents. I also find some of the unwearable. Yet, they have somewhat of a cult following.


    • I’m so glad that I could provide some levity in your day my friend. I really like the Eld’O playful concept, but unfortunately, for the most part they don’t work on my skin. But they do for many and I’m glad because they make wearing perfume fun and accessible and not so stodgy!


  2. Yikes! This perfume reminds me of a place in East Texas that is a bar-b-que/red draw drive in with a pool hall and small dance area. It’s very dark and dirty, but at the same time there’s a pungent smell of $2.00 bathroom “drakar noir”. Very nauseating.


  3. Ugh. No, ELdO, I don’t think I will test the boundaries of my attitude this time around. I am not overwhelmed with Uncertainties. My alternative self has departed, declaring that at least it will purpose-have an interesting conversation elsewhere.


  4. I had no intention to test any of ELdO’s perfumes anyway, so I’m glad to see those 2 bones (and the review itself was probably more enjoyable to your readers than wearing that perfume would – thank you 🙂 ).


  5. Love your description of this one. I don’t like dry or dry vetiver so I will pass on this one but I will be re-reading your review cuz it is so great
    Love the descriptions you used!


    • I hate writing bad reviews because I know how personal an experience can be. But just like actors who relish a bad or evil role, it sometimes is fun to write to a more comical level…I just never want to offend anyone!


  6. Pingback: Hermann A Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre by Quentin Bisch for Etat Libre d`Orange 2015 + GIVEAWAY « AustralianPerfumeJunkies

  7. Very nice review indeed. Your words make sens to me. The funny thing is that I like this parfum but your description of it is even better. Hope I’m not confusing you. It will not be intentional. Best regards


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s