H24 Eau de Parfum by Hermès

Hi posse. The other week I was sniffing in our premier department store David Jones city with my mate Michael. We stopped by the Hermès concession and the SA was so lovely we stayed for about 30 minutes just chatting and sniffing random things like the L’Ombre Des Merveilles, a new Twilly, H24 and reminding ourselves of the Jardins.

As we were about to move off she became quite insistent that we take some samples each. It was a lovely surprise and reminiscent of perfume shopping last century. I’d smelled H24 before. It wasn’t something I was interested in owning. The SA gave me a sample and said to try it out of the perfumery section and in the wild. Honestly, I was a little internally eye rolly but I dutifully took the carded sample. It made her really happy. So inside I felt like my good deed had been done for the day.

H24 Eau de Parfum by Hermès

H24 Eau de Parfum Hermès

Hermès gives these featured notes:
Clary sage, Oak moss, Sclarene (a metallic wood with camphor’s undertones)

Christine Nagel has been lauded and loathed since stepping into JCEs shoes. They were always going to be hard to fill. Also she arrives at a time when many of the perfumistas who can still afford to shop at Hermès are jaded and blasé. What JCE did was astounding and as he grew, we did too. So it was like a journey towards oily citrus minimalism. My view is that Ms Nagel is also doing lovely work. Part of me wishes I could smell them as a perfume newby. Imagine coming across Violette Volynka, H24 or Eau de Citron Noir with a fresh nose?

You can smell the JCE Hermès history from the very first waft. The opening is like an homage. It very quickly veers cleaner and less petroleum. That the citrus is so fleeting and moves effortlessly but noticeably into herbaceousness is all Nagel. My nose is telling me there are florals, peony, narcissus and maybe lily of the valley. Plus a whiff of fresh cut fruit, melon-ish but maybe unsweet strawberry. I’m also getting gentle reminders of old Eau Sauvage, maybe…

The H24 woods are in a log pile and been there for a month or so. They’re cold and don’t really smell of much until you move them. The oak moss is not the fuzzy green of walking through damp bracken filled woods but a much more crystallised and spacey offering. This could very easily be a by product of the Sclarene, a note I’ve never smelled solo. Dry down is a metallic leafy, torn twig wash that smells fantastic to the very last gasp.

H24 Eau de Parfum by Hermès

Projection and longevity are above moderate. Made for men but hardly macho masculine. Wearable by anyone.

The question I have been asking myself both wears is “Do I want to smell like this?” The answer is yes. I can easily imagine H24 becoming an easy spritz. It fills much the same niche as CHANEL Boy while not smelling anything like each other. They both smell thoughtfully produced, under the radar beautiful and go with any mood or activity. A pair of jeans or suit, gym or dinner. Perfect fit every time.

Sound like a win for you?
Portia xx



  • Darryl says:

    Honestly, outside of Terre d’Hermès and Cartier Déclaration, I can’t think of a JCE creation that I’ve unequivocally loved, and I got a little tired of all the circle-jerking every time his name came up. Christine Nagel has gotten way too much flak from his worshippers. I think her stuff for Hermès has been creative, fresh, and charmingly quirky. They’re not all bulls-eyes, but they’re generally not boring, either. And Eau de Citron Noir makes my mouth water every time I smell it…which is often. I’ve gone through an entire 100ml bottle, which is so unlike me I question my sanity.

    Oh right, H24. I liked the orignal eau de toilette, but the EdP has a damp, almost sweet greenness that I find evocative and soothing. It gives me the same feeling that CK Eternity for Men used to (before it got reformulated into elevated hand sanitizer). It’s become one of my go-to “dumb reaches”. Versatile, wearable, relaxed.

  • Maggiecat says:

    I usually enjoy scents with clary sage, but I’m not sure this would be up my alley. But your story reminds me of a long ago department store experience: I had returned to purchase a scent I’d been debating, end of a long day at work, and was waiting for two SAs to finish with the fussy and difficult customer before me. She was a handful, and the SAs kept eyeing me apologetically. I assured them I didn’t mind waiting as the previous customer began demanding various samples. She was upset when she heard there were no samples to be had, fresh out, etc. She finally left, and the exhausted employees turned to me. As they were completing my purchase, lo and behold handfuls of samples appeared. “I thought you were out?” I said, watching my bag fill with goodies. “We always have samples for nice people,” one replied.
    So you and your friend must be very nice indeed!

    • Portia says:

      That is an excellent story Maggiecat. Almost a parable.
      Michael is extremely good looking and knows his fragrances. It’s always fun to go sniffing with him because the straight girls and gay boys always make a huge fuss. It’s fun to be a part of.
      Portia xx

  • alityke says:

    This sounds interesting. I’m struck by Galop but it’s disappeared from UK shelves & I own & love the Rhubarb cologne.
    I thought getting samples from SAs had gone the way of handwritten thank you notes & other polite 20th century behaviour. Your charm is famous though x

    • Portia says:

      Hiya Alityke,
      Thanks for the reminder about the Rhubarb cologne. I must remember to give it a good dousing next visit to the store.
      HA! Honestly I think it was Michael who did all the charming that day. I was just a not so innocent bystander.
      Portia xx

  • March says:

    What a wonderful description! I have a special fondness for those … under the radar scents that grow on you over time and seem so wearable? Off the top of my head, mine is Cristalle Eau Verte. I thought it was kind of ehhhhh but there are times it is exactly what I want.

  • Dina C. says:

    Sounds like something I’d like to sniff…maybe something I’d like my husband to wear. Those notes sound good. I think clary sage was in something else I really liked. Thanks Portia.

    • Portia says:

      Welcome DinaC,
      Fingers crossed he gets a good wear from H2O. Hopefully you can get him a spritz at a department store to see if he likes it.
      Portia xx

  • carole says:

    I was given a sample of this-the version with herbs, I think-and I loved it. I love it so much I’m giving it to my younger brother who completely loves green scents. I like what CN has to say, as a perfumer-I was so worried Galop was no more I bought a refill from a discounter.

    Portia I love that you helped make that counter person’s day lol. She wanted to give away samples and you let her. Glad you had a good day out with your friend.

    • Portia says:

      Hey Carole,
      Yeah, I heard Galop might be on the outs too. While the fragrance wasn’t one I put money down for it was beautiful. Let’s not forget that bottle too, amazing.
      Portia xx

  • cinnamon says:

    “crystallised, spacey, metallic”. I would certainly smell this if I were some place that stocked it. But, I don’t feel it’s a fragrance I’d go out of my way to look for.

    Giving out samples today is rare — the SA gets kudos for service.

    • Portia says:

      I do hope you get the chance Cinnamon. I’d love to hear how it went for you.
      I know! Though we did quite well on our shopping/sniffing excursion in London last year.
      Portia xx

  • Tara C says:

    This one was screechy and synthetic on me, so bad that I threw the decant away and vowed never to smell it again. I much prefer the original Terre d’Hermès.

    • Portia says:

      OH NO TaraC,
      Isn’t it interesting how differently we all experience scent?
      Oh yes, Terre d’Hermès is excellent.
      Portia xx

  • That’s a very pleasant surprise with the samples. They’re usually pretty good in DJ’s when I ask for samples. I can’t recall ever being given one without a prompt, though. As for the scent I enjoy the mossy dry down of the parfum. But, I prefer the original EDT over the parfum. I think Christine Nagel is doing a pretty good job at Hermes. The likes of this H24 series along with Galop, the rhubarb and basil from the cologne line are excellent compositions.

  • Tom says:

    Yes. Very much so. Don’t know how I’ve never run across it, but Hermès isn’t a big frag house for me..

    • Portia says:

      If you don’t love the usual Hermès aesthetic Tom then you will probably not love this. It would be interesting to read your thoughts if you did happen to get your sniff on it though.
      Portia xx

      • Tom says:

        I don’t dislike them. I’ve worn the one in the green bottle (orange vert? I’ve been using it so long I don’t think it even had a name) and the Eau d’Hermes when it was still a cumin monster. I like Terre d’Hermes but never loved it (even though one of my BFF is named Terre) Just one of those lines that for some reason never grabbed me. And I have not cruised Rodeo since before the pandemic..

        • Portia says:

          I remember us flirting with the Hermès rep at a department store in LA and she gave us some samples and soaps! Remember?