So many vetiver scents on the market today it is easy to overlook this unassumingly straightforward iteration.
Unlike some, this is a true vetiver scent i.e. smells mainly of vetiver! While some 'true' vetiver scents are highly polished bright sunshine in a bottle scents al la Mugler cologne others are dark rooty, smokey renditions al la Encre Noire. Basically the perfumers have taken the raw ingredients and emphasised one aspect or the other. With Vettiveru its as if the perfumer has received the essential oil and thought "that's it, job done - no fine tuning needed" It has a unrefined quality: leaning toward the bright end of the spectrum (enhanced by neroli) but not without a raw rooty depth. The unrefined nature adds a nutty, almost nutmeg quality at times along with a refreshing grapefruit zest zing. Natural smelling. Cedar is there to keep it crisp overall - but this is a true EDC without any heavy or complex basenotes.
This unrefined vetiver consequently means it resembles at times nearly all other vetiver scents - not least the highly praised Mona di Orio (nuttyness) and recent Zegna. This is indeed a swiss-army vetiver, very easy to like but maybe not the personality to fall in love with. Being a Comme, we might expect something 'avant guard' or quirky and that unrefined quality may occasionally give a (not unpleasant) wet-white paint smell. A reference vetiver. Comparrison to those other brands makes the price point even more impressive. Available as a huge 500ml splash for about £75 applying liberally and often is advised. One of the best pound-for-pound vetivers even at full retail price.
If it all sounds too good to be true - we must say a word about performance. Totally respectable for an EDC. Totally refreshing (and not without depth) through its natural lifetime - but it burns off pretty quick (2.5hrs) thereafter offering surprising wafts throughout the day. Better performance and it may be a truly legendary fragrance. But, I take it as it comes - lack of base notes keeping it fresh, simple, addictive
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!