The full name is Hermann a Mes Cotes Me Paraissait Une Ombre, and it's a line from a Victor Hugo poem: "By my side, Hermann seemed to me like a shadow." The scent is an expression of the perfumer's idea that we all have an alter ego or a conscience that is our constant companion, leading us to question and challenge ourselves. So how did Etat Libre d'Orange translate that idea into fragrance? Hermann is peppery and ozonic, which creates a sense of anticipation -- much like the scent of electrified air just before a thunderstorm explodes overhead. Earthy, modern, refreshing. Notes include blackcurrant buds, black pepper, galbanum, calypsone, geosmin, frankincense, pepperwood, petalia, rose, patchouli, and ambroxan.
État Libre d'Orange, or Orange Free State, was created by Etienne de Swardt to be a provocative, intelligent line, each perfume with a point of view. In the Free Orange State, there are no constraints and nothing is off limits. As the company declares in its manifesto, "Perfume is dead. Long live perfume!"