Tobacco and booze: a fine combination
The opening is boozy with a touch of citrus and a herbal undertone. After the first hour a very nice, deep note of mildly sweet pipe tobacco takes over, and dominates until the end. There is a transient admixture of a gentle amber, and towards the end a touch of oakmoss appears temporarily. Overall this is quite linear but well done, a confident strong scent with good silage and projection. Longevity is decent on my skin - over five hours.
Tobacco On The Cheap That Doesn't Smell It...
Vermeil for Men opens with nose burning alcohol before turning to an herbal lemon citrus tandem with just a touch of underlying oakmoss in support. Progression from this point on is very linear with the fragrance first displaying a slightly synthetic smelling rose that soon joins an herbal booze-laced authentic smelling sweet smoky pipe tobacco with hints of underlying cinnamon, patchouli and oakmoss. Projection is deceptively excellent and longevity is outstanding at over 15 hours on skin.
Vermeil for Men is not going to set the world afire with its complexity or subtlety. Its bottle is in the shape of a lighter (with some mistaking it on first glance for a hip flask) and it delivers exactly what it promises. You get tobacco and to a lesser degree, booze. If you are looking for interesting progression or super-high quality components look elsewhere. That said, sometimes you just want a simplistic fragrance that delivers the goods and in Vermeil for Men you get just that. No distractions to draw attention away from the tobacco, just minor supporting booze, spice and oakmoss. I can't see many occasions to wear this (except maybe on the smoky casino floor) but when you are looking for a straight slightly sweet smoky pipe tobacco fragrance one would be hard-pressed to find a closer approximation. The bottom line is the relatively inexpensive under $20 a 100ml bottle Vermeil for Men is linear, simplistic and sometimes even synthetic smelling, but it gets the primary tobacco note down just right and has performance metrics that can compete with the best of them earning a "very good" 3.5 stars out of 5 rating. Now that I have a bottle of Vermeil for Men in hand, Las Vegas here I come!
Pros: Outstanding Performance metrics; very authentic pipe tobacco smell and super-inexpensive.
Cons: Smells synthetic at times; quite linear and simplistic.
25th August, 2013 (last edited: 13th December, 2013)
The perfect masculine tobacco
OVERALL RATING: * * * * *
Every once in awhile, a fragrance will cut through all of the nonsense, the phoniness, and the conceit of the industry and deliver a scent that is simply breathtakingly beautiful. So it is with Vermeil for Men.
This is the ultimate masculine tobacco. Forget about Havana, Pure Havane, Tabarome, Back to Black, Tobacco Vanille and other high end niche fragrances. This $20 powerhouse from the 1980's is as good as it gets. Period.
This is moist pipe tobacco at its best. It lacks the astringency that occasionally rears its head in some of the cigar-oriented fragrances (Havana, for example). It omits the unnecessary and distracting notes of rum or vanilla. Instead, it a tobacco solifore--with perhaps just a *hint* of patchouli lurking in the bacground to keep things interesting.
Vermeil also has one of the coolest bottles every created--a faux burl cigarette lighter! Heck, I was ready to buy it just for display purposes, but the scent has won my heart.
Pros: Incredibly authentic, rich tobacco note
Cons: hard to find"
This is a true heavyweight powerhouse right here folks. It comes raging out of the bottle with those great macho smelling notes that I honestly couldn't tell you what they all are, but I for sure know tobacco and moss. It eventually settles down a bit, but it still projects strongly for a long time. After about 12 hours it becomes a skin scent.
If you could imagine a giant old school stereo system with all the little levers that move up and down, but instead of bass, mid, balance, ect, you have the notes of fragrances. Then say you are smelling Quorum well turn the tobacco lever way up, the leather lever down a bit, the power, and longevity levers up about 2 notches you will kind of get the idea of what Vermeil smells like. Excuse my French but it's bull shit that this has been discontinued.
This is a wonderful fragrance.
At first you think it's going to be a standard macho fragrance, but noooo, it's not. The dry down is absolutely fantastic. A terrific tobacco note mixed with what I am sure is some rose.
Absolutely an under-rated classic. Love it to bits and will always have this in my wardrobe.