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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    ClassicFan's avatar

    Canada Canada

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    The refreshing opening is realistic orange with vetiver. Very nice. As the pepper and cloves enter into the picture the overall effect makes the fragrance greener. The sandalwood, cedar, oakmoss, incense and musk seem to apportion themselves without taking over completely making the wood more tangy than heavy. This is easily one of the best vetivers. For the price Guerlain vetiver is a better overall deal but if you can afford it then I recommend this vetiver.

    23rd November, 2014

    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.

    07th 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.

    06th 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.


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

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