Racine Fragrance notes

    Citrus Notes, Oakmoss, White Musk

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    rogalal's avatar
    United States United States

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    After sampling my way through a ton of MPG's, this is definitely one of my favorites, but I'm a sucker for vetiver.

    From the very top, that chypre smell is evident, especially a slightly fusty old-fashioned bergamot. But the star is definitely the vetiver. There's a fusion of lemon and ginger that smells like sparkling 7Up at first, but after an hour or so, it's all about the vetiver, insistent and green and peppery and flanked with a toasted almond smell that I really enjoyed. A rather dark geranium slowly slipped in and grew in prominence until the base, which was a rather dark mix of patchouli and geranium over mossy chypre elements, with the vetiver still humming along in its new, darker surroundings.

    All in all, a very good traditional vetiver. It's weird - there are so many of these that even when I really like one, it's hard to get excited about it. Seriously, there are a lot of these and they're all really good - I could go broke buying all the vetivers that I like. Definitely a thumbs up, but without something to really set it apart (like Encre Noire's smoke or Le Labo's filthy animalics), I don't feel like I have much use for a whole bottle.

    13 October, 2012

    Marais's avatar
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    A sharp, citric vetiver, very dry and slightly powdery. A very appealing scent but longevity and sillage are below average so I'm giving it a neutral. It would probably benefit from a bit more vetiver. If you like Penhaligon's Racquets Formula or Creed's Vetiver 48 chances are you'll like this too; it shares some of their old school barbershop charm.

    16 May, 2012

    Dernier_Cri's avatar
    United States United States

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    Truly uplifting lightly smoked lemon opening. Those with hangups about polishing furniture should pass. The lemon dies down a bit. The smoke hangs around. As solid as this fragrance is, as nice as it smells, there is a serious lack of anything truly magical about it. No one is going to lose a moment of sleep in anticipation of wearing this fragrance to Mr. Darcy's ball and captivating all who come near.

    17 December, 2011 (Last Edited: 21st December, 2011)

    Reminiscent's avatar
    France France

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    A solid and relatively safe vetiver citrus scent.

    Longevity is really disappointing. It is sad because the top notes are nice and bracing with quality raw materials. I personally prefer vetivers with more substance and relief so Racine is not my first choice. Mona di Orio and Villoresi make vetivers that better fit the bill.

    06 October, 2011

    alfarom's avatar
    Italy Italy

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    A clean, citrusy vetiver that confirms the general high quality of the MPG's offering during the 80's but, at the same time, it doesn't completely satisfy me. Generally I prefer bolder and darker interpretations of the main theme but, if you're into fresher vetivers, you definitely have to try this. In this specific case It's really just a matter of personal taste as this is, objectively, high quality stuff.

    15 September, 2011

    TropiRock's avatar
    United States United States

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    Very nice, distinguished, different. Racine goes on “clean”, not a screaming fragrance, a bit citrusy and I smell a trace of peppery accords. The drydown is nice and vetiver helps to pin that faint citrus note longer than you might normally expect. Longevity isn’t as strong as many other high-quality colognes from MPG, I’d say about 5-6 hours. Sillage is also moderate.

    23 March, 2010

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