I have to dissent with comments stating that Vettiveru is bright and zesty. Given the nature of the project, that is precisely what I expected. Instead, this scent is somewhat disappointingly pitched in the bland middle range with the vetiver making a more subdued appearance due to its blending with a particularly uninspiring cedar note that I am sadly realizing CdC is trotting out again and again. Its presence here is not a hamster-cage-shavings-ish as CdC's Artek Standard, but it does seem to slightly weigh down and mute Vettiveru. Whether that is the sole culprit, I cannot say. Some very mild florals help a little, but this juice wants for more lift.
No low marks for longevity and projection. It is what it is, and a product that goes almost immediately to a skin scent does have its place -- but it needs to the right scent. At the moment for me a large vintage bottle of vintage Monsieur Rochas EdC is stepping up to serve that purpose and Vettiveru can't compete.
14th May, 2015 (last edited: 26th May, 2015)
A very nice dry and arid vetiver contrasted with a freshness from neroli and bergamot. As time moves forward a little pepper and woods come into the fray.
A worthy vetiver fragrance!
I was referred to this fragrance for a green vetiver scent, which is not IMO. However I find that it has too many floral notes for me. It reminds me of a generic Avon womens perfume. This might be OK for a woman but it gets a thumbs down for men. I have heard people compare the light vetiver scent to Blvgari PH, but Blvgari is much more wearable for men and less sythetic smelling without the florals. The only similarity is within 5 minutes of application.
Another win from Comme des Garçons. Vettiveru is a great, irresistible contemporary vetiver scent, cleaner than clean, with zesty head notes and subtle warm notes below, almost "zen" in its perfect simplicity - as much simple as totally meaningful and substantial. The vetiver note here is perfectly sharp, natural, slightly floral but with a woody-earthy heart, slightly more peppery on the drydown but always keeping it radiant and bright. Elegant, refined, modern, versatile without smelling dull or generic – rather the kind of scent you'll love to splash in after a shower. Perfect for any moment you want to smell clean, classy, natural and elegantly understated. Persistence is quite long, almost like any average edt, so totally satisfying also considering the incredibly low price. The modern version of those "pillars of masculine class" like Signoricci or early Guerlain's Vetiver in its eau de cologne concentration. Fantastic!
Fresh-ish woody vetiver with a huge dose of iso e
The opening promises more than the drydown can deliver and is quite etherial. This starts off smelling like a fairly light, subtle, classic vetiver, with some skin, some salt and a hint of florality, but quickly reveals itself as a lighter, fresher version of Encre Noir, the commonality being provided by a similarly heavy dose of Iso E Super. But it's not a fresh as I'd like it to be and that freshness pretty much vanishes as the Iso E takes over, about half an hour after application. Not bad, but to me this strategy is like covering a fine woodcarving in polyurethane varnish. It gives it shine and smoothness (and longevity) but drowns out any of the interesting points in a flood of glossy satin. Another analogy would be like living life on particuarly strong sedatives. I have a strong suspicion this overdose is one of the reasons both EN and this are relatively inexpensive.
Pros: Interesting, intriguing opening; cheap but not as cheap as it should be
Cons: Long mogadon drydown.