The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews.


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Voyage d’Hermes by Hermes

I purchased Voyage d’Hermes a couple of years ago and somewhere along the line it ended up being a hand me down to my partner who found it more enticing than I did. I like it.  He loves it. Voyage d’Hermes is a wonderful summer scent.  It’s refreshing and light; masculine while still being soft and pretty.  This scent is green with hints of citrus, green tea, florals and light spice. And there’s just a hint of musk to warm it, keeping it close to the skin.  As you wear it, that warmth and musk come more to the surface, but it always maintains its freshness.  As nice as this scent is, the one outstanding item about this scent is the bottle.  The bottle is placed on a silver plated swivel carrier that when not in use, the sprayer is concealed on the bottom.  It’s a small masterpiece in bottle engineering.  This is considered unisex, but I see this as more of a man’s fragrance.

Voyage d’Hermes Notes:

Lemony Notes, Spicy Notes, Cardamom Note, Tea Note, Floral Notes, Hedione, Green Notes, Musky Notes, White Woods

  • Bone Rating:   4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent Type:  Woody – Floral Musk
  • Classification:  Unisex


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Terre d’Hermes by Hermes

Spring has definitely sprung this year.  But today, the day started off a bit chillier than it has been for the last couple of weeks.  This gave me opportunity to break out one of my favorites, Terre d’Hermes.  I’m not much for “this is a winter” or “this is a summer” scent classifications, but in this case this fragrance best suits my fall and winter moods.  On initial application, you get a rush or citrus and orange with a slight clove note (I don’t notice cloves as an ingredient, but to me it’s there).  The orange then takes background to a beautiful and warm cedar scent.  When you mention cedar, I typically think of hamster cages; but in this case, the hamster would be lounging on the most luxurious bedding imaginable.  Terre d’Hermes is a unique scent that has great longevity and sillage.  It’s a captivating scent without being intrusive.  Although marketed to men, a female co-worker of mine was wearing this once and it worked perfectly for her as well.  This is one of my favorites; so much so that I’m on my third bottle!

Terre d’Hermes Notes:

grapefruit, orange, shiso, flint accord, woody notes

  • Bone Rating:   5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Classification:  Masculine
  • Expense:   Varied; available in EDT and EDP


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Bel Ami by Hermes

Today we’re going old school.  I rarely find an Hermes scent that I don’t love, and this is not an exception to that rule.  Bel Ami is a man’s cologne.  There is nothing feminine about this scent.  And when I say that its old school, it conjures up images in my head of Cary Grant wearing a tux on the Riviera.  It is one of those scents that is distinctive, long lasting, powerful and one that I always get comments on when I wear it (all good).  So what’s so special about it?  I think it’s the wonderful combination of the patchouli and leather that really stick out.  Which is funny, because I am typically not a fan of either in most scents.  But add the cardamon and amber and something magically happens.  I highly recommend this for men who love real manly man men’s colognes.  Just remember, a little goes a long way with this scent.

From the Hermes website:

Irresistibly charming and masculine. An audacious mix of cardamom, amber, patchouli and leather.

  • Bone Rating:   5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  leather, patchouli, amber, cardamom
  • Classification:  Masculine
  • Expense:   Moderate – Approximately $110 for 3.3 oz.