Vétiver Extraordinaire (2002)
    by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

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    Vétiver Extraordinaire Fragrance notes

    Vetiver, Woody notes

    Vétiver Extraordinaire information

    Vétiver Extraordinaire is a men's fragrance by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle. The scent was launched in 2002 and the bottle was designed by Frederic Malle

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    Unifex's avatar

    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    Every time I read reviews, no matter how many are negative or ambivalent, I order samples hoping to experience the positive.

    Not this time.

    I get a vicious blast of clove, so much so my throat goes numb. This takes an hour to disappear, finally allowing the neutral green vetiver to come through. This smells quite similar to Guerlain's Vetiver, but slightly less soapy. No bitter green herbal goodness here. This fades to become a sad, dumpy musk over the next few hours. I can still smell the musk after 12 hours but only when I bring my wrist up to my nose.

    Unless I am hot, the sillage is minimal, i.e. right next to the skin.

    If I had paid even a quarter of the 50ml price, I would be annoyed at this timid, one dimensional bottle of chicanery.

    Vetiver. Ordinaire.

    21st September, 2014

    Way Off Scenter's avatar

    United States United States

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    Genre: Woods

    Ropion's not pulling any punches here! Vétiver Extraordinaire arrives all wickedly harsh and green, like a big, herbaceous uppercut to the jaw. Then, just as it starts looking too aggressively bitter to wear, the fragrance begins to transform. A bit of incense starts to peek through, along with some woods and a very subtle sweet note that I can't quite pin down. It's arresting and raw, and you have to LOVE vetiver to wear it, but Vétiver Extraordinaire is a very serious, remarkably deep, and beautifully composed fragrance. This s tands with Maître Parfumeur et Gantier's Route du Vétiver, Chanel’s Sycomore, and Givenchy Vetyver as one of the finest vetiver scents I know.

    07 July, 2014

    blackheart2925's avatar

    India India

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    Ok, first my reference Vetiver is Guerlain Vetiver, which makes it evident that i like more of the light, airy type Vetiver frags rather than the dark, heavy and rooty ones.

    Malle's Vetiver tends more towards Guerlain Vetiver with some amount of citrusy, peppery opening but not as strong the Guerlain, leads to a woody, dry middle which then fades to a comfortable resinous and powery vertiverish dry down.

    The vetiver is certainly the leading man of the show and can be detected and the whole composition is quite discreet and long lasting (10+hours). Just when one thinks it's gone, a little body heat or a whiff of breeze will bring it alive and remind one that its still there.

    Certainly a very interesting take on vetiver and very soothing and comforting...certainly a FB worthy for those who like airier and lighter treatments of vetiver.

    01st July, 2014

    Longwei's avatar

    Poland Poland

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    Female 1: 2/5, Impression: light, fresh, clean
    Female 2: 4/5, Impression: fresh, sweet petals
    Female 3: 0/5, Impression: horrible car fragrance
    Male 1: 4/5, Impression: nice and subtle
    Male 2: 3.5/5, Didn't care to describe
    Male 3: 3/5, Impression: sharp

    Projection: very reasonable (detectable without hugging)
    Longevity: will do fine for a day at work (dies down around 9th hour)

    My opinion: very good for the office, the pepper note is great. Fresh but warm and slightly sweet. A bit too smooth and stable perhaps, would probably suit someone 40+ better. Quite linear, but that's not such a bad thing in my opinion (no need for meticulous timing of encounters and waiting for your favourite phase). Has a distinct barber shop vibe.

    06 June, 2014

    Colin Maillard's avatar

    Italy Italy

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    The least extraordinary thing you may think of. Iso E, hediones and ionones, a synthetic inflatable costume in which Ropion dropped a microscopic drop of that "vetiver oil" they ridicolously claim having used "large amounts" of. And basically here's again that same nauseating plastic smell of wet paint of all these grotesque "new vetivers". If you like vetiver do yourself a favour and grab a Guerlain's. Outrageously priced.

    P.S.: I am not sure about that, but chances are I smelled a recent reformulation.


    08 April, 2014 (Last Edited: 14 June, 2014)

    Dane77's avatar

    Denmark Denmark

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    A smooth semi-floral vetiver scent with balanced notes of pepper, citrus, and woods, Vétiver Extraordinaire is undeniably a piece of high-quality craftsmanship. Nevertheless, it unfortunately fails to excite me very much. Moving from a pleasant citrus-dominated opening, it soon reaches middle and final stages primarily featuring vetiver and pepper supported by sandalwood, some musk and a discrete assortment of various resins. The over-all impression is balanced, old-school, and, frankly, quite unengaging.

    According to the Malle house, Vétiver Extraordinaire contains an extremely large amount of vetiver oil, and, certainly, the vetiver comes through clearly enough, especially in the mid-stage. However and quite importantly, it is a stylized and prettified vetiver, tamed and stripped of its beautiful characteristic rooty-earthy qualities, which means that the scent – to my nose – never quite achieves the raw edge and distinctive character that one could reasonably expect from a scent purportedly sporting vast quantities of vetiver oil. The combination of vetiver, citrus, and aromatic woods places Vétiver Extraordinaire securely in the very large group of traditional-style fresh vetivers including scents like Guerlain’s Vétiver, Vettiveru, Original Vetiver, Grey Vetiver and Lubin’s Le Vétyver. I personally much prefer smokier and earthier interpretations of the note, and I somehow find it difficult to truly enjoy these fresh citrusy ones. However, no matter how indifferent I happen to feel about Vétiver Extraordinaire, lots of people clearly love it, and it is by no means a bad or uninteresting vetiver fragrance. It just doesn’t move me.

    08 March, 2014

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