As for vetiver-based scents, there are many types of them: the complex ones, a la Guerlain, or straightforward ones like Carvin. Or soft, ones, like R&G. Or rooty ones, like Encre Noire. Or the new kind of, like Adolfo Dominguez' and Thierry Mugler's. Or the complex, rooty and genlte ones, like Chanel's Sycomore.
Lanvin's belongs to the first ones, however, without much complexity: citrics with vetiver in the base note, as simple as that. In that sense, it resembles many of the decade: I have in mind Dior's Eau Sauvage, Givenchy's Monsieur de Givenchy or Myrurgia's Alcurnia - they all open with strong hesperidic notes morphing into animalc undertones, which, by the way, were not that notorious. Of course, nuances play a role in these blends, like Hedione in Dior's and oakmoss in Monsieru de Givenchy but in all these cases their proposal have in common a family air with traditional Eaux, which is quite logical of the times when they were released and the role of masculinity at that time.
Somoene with a deep knolewdge the history of scents can shed some light on this, but Aramis and Givenchy's Gentleman seem to be radical proposal at the time they were launched.
No surprises here – Lanvin Vetyver is the fuzzy, boozey, heavy and aromatic Lanvin Monsieur, only a bit (but just a bit) more dynamic and less calm owing to a vetiver note that starts off cheerfully but soon takes a somewhat (but only somewhat) darker, deeper turn, vaguely reminiscent of the vintage Guerlain Vetiver. Alas, little happens besides that as the scent progresses, or rather, hangs there like a thick cloud.
Unique,unrivaled and unforgettable are it's impact of a citric-green-aldehydic complex followed by sheaves of flowery notes like clove, jasmine, orris, ylang, melt into one another,continued by an impressive, heart-moving,warm complex of bay and cinnamon, gliding into the depth of dry-warm woody and powdery layers of vetyver,cedar,mossy and resinous notes,exceptionally rounded with tonka, leather and vanilla, ending smooth, lasting for hours, spending breezes of a greenish, spicy warmth. The original Lanvin Vetyver has personality, it's not simply a refreshing vetyver-eau-de-cologne like the ultra-refined Guerlain Vetyver is. The original Lanvin Vetyver gives us the "living" proof, that no unbridgebable opposite exists between the colour "green" on the one and eroticism on the other hand. The idea of the original Lanvin Vetyver was born long time before Lauder launched Aramais Devin as a country style perfume. The difference is: Lanvin has "chic". My last flacon is around 17 years old and the fragrance is like on the first day I opened it. While I'am writing my review, the fragrance is on the skin of my hand ...
When it comes to vertivers this is definately my favorite.It is the first fragance I can remember as my father, your typical 60's French dandy used lots and lots of it.It is clean,and not spoilt be to many added top and middle notes.Great for the summer, but all in all perhaps not for everyone.
Why resist it? Guerlain is the master of Vetyver.