Into the Blue, Hermes Eau de Citron Noir

As I was debating in my head about what perfume I should put up next on the blog. In my online musings I stumbled upon a weather forecast predicting a small heatwave in my area. Well, 29ºC is not a real ‘hot’ yet, but it is considering the fact that average temperature for this time of the year is 19ºC where I live. Those 10 degrees make a difference. Therefore I made a quick conclusion that it should be a perfume ideal for this type of weather. Something light, styled like a cologne but more interesting – with a twist. That lead me to grab my sample of new release from Hermes.

At the beginning Eau de Citron Noir is harsh and alcoholic, it takes a moment before fragrant molecules are released. Once they start to evaporate from your freshly sprayed skin the first thing you’ll notice is a citrus accord that packs a punch straight in your face. It’s a lively concoction with lemon being most prominent out there, but lime and mandaryn are present in considerable amount as well. The citrus part feels oily on my skin, as if you cut a fruit with just one move of a sharp knife & the rind would start oozing sticky juice. The citrus accord is quite warm and it doesn’t sparkle.

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After 15 minutes the scent is infused with a little bit of herbal aromas that bring the idea of rosemary or tarragon. It feels slightly sweet now, fresh as well (although I detect a talcum-like element in the back). Not many more minutes pass until tannins appear in Eau de Citron Noir and flavor this fragrance with black tea accord. It smells alright but quite flat and the smoky aspect is missing. In fact there’s nothing noir about this new Hermes cologne, which is a bit ironic knowing that black lime (loomi, a dried lime used as a spice in Middle eastern cuisine) was Nagel’s inspiration.

It should smell earthy, smoky, sour and sweet but there’s not even a hint of that. Final element of Eau de Citron Noir is Paraguayan wood (think agar wood) and it just doesn’t smell nice. It’s somewhat bland and ‘stale’ as Kevin accurately pointed in his review. All in all their latest cologne is far from being spectacular. It’s mediocre at best. I’d better stick to my Eau de Neroli Dore or Agar Ebene when I decide to reach for a lovable Hermes. Eau de Citron Noir is lauched in eau de toilette concentration in 50, 100 & 200 ml size. A deep blue glass bottle is the nicest thing about this scent.

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14 thoughts on “Into the Blue, Hermes Eau de Citron Noir

  1. Jillie says:

    Well, I didn’t know that black lime existed, although I have often used loomi in cooking – you have taught me something new!

    • lucasai says:

      It’s not a species actually but a normal lime that is boiled is salty water. Apparently when it dehydrates it becomes black

      • Jillie says:

        Aaaaaah – I see. Like “black” garlic – when dried it becomes black and very delicious, like a chewy caramel and without the garlic odour.

        • lucasai says:

          Probably the same way, although black garlic is something I’m hearing about for the first time too. Probably because I love garlic

          • Jillie says:

            I didn’t know you love garlic too. We do … no vampires will come near us. Garlic has lots of healthy attributes and of course makes food taste good. Black garlic is good to eat just the way it is (like a sweetie), but I developed a recipe for using it with pork: slice a pork fillet, sprinkle with lots of chopped black garlic, shallots and prunes, pour a little brandy and double cream over that, season, cover and cook in the oven for about 20- 25 minutes. Quick and easy. Could do it with chicken (breast).

            • lucasai says:

              My whole family loves garlic and onion, we use both a lot to season our dishes. Your recipe sounds like something I could do myself.
              Is black garlic easy to buy in UK? I would have to see in Poland, never looked for it

  2. Hi Lucas – I tried this yesterday and was not a fan. It has some woody synthetic that didn’t agree with me and smells quite sweaty as well. It wasn’t at all how I imagined it would be. ✨

  3. Undina says:

    Lucas, you definitely should do more negative reviews! 🙂 I enjoyed reading this one.
    While I’m not a Hermes fan, I’m trying all of their new perfumes whenever I see them at the store. So I will try this one as well but I do not have high hopes.

    • lucasai says:

      Haha! Why thank you! As you can see this one was really short & not sweet.
      I try to try Hermes stuff ever since I fell in love with Le Jardin de Monsieur Li. Since that time I got 2 more Hermes fragrances, so my hope for the brand was restored. But Eau de Citron Noir is a letdown

      • Undina says:

        I’ve just tried it and, boy, it is bad… I feel like I’ve smelled that tired “woody” base dozen of times, and there’s nothing (other than a cute bottle) that warrants releasing one more – I’m not sure I dare to say “variation on” – perfume that is mostly that aroma chemical.

  4. hajusuuri says:

    Eeek…now I may not even want to try this even though I have samples! Seems like a waste of a blue bottle, no?

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