Simple, fresh, "dazzling", stunning, southern. Fresco di Vetiver (appointed by Giovanni Di Massimo for I Profumi di Firenze) is a quite irresistible fresh floral-aromatic vetiver/labdanum which inebriates your senses by its bright whiff of joyful spring. It seems yourself to run "dreamingly" for bloomy/flowery fields in a fresh sunny morning, fully breathing (at the top of your lungs), enveloped by botanic scents (dancing in the air), feeling the grass and kissed by the light. The first blast is literally fizzy; lime, sharp florals (violet and neroli in primis), aromatic ingredients ( basil, petitgrain, juniper?) and grapefruit provide a quite tart/fizzy/intense mediterranean spark. I'm sure spices (cardamom, nutmeg??) enhance the intensity of citric and floral elements. A couple of scents jump immediately on mind since the top, namely Ferrari Red Men (1996) and Scuderia Ferrari Red (2010), really close to Fresco di Vetiver in structure and evolving aroma. I pick up by soon labdanum, soft woods and something resinous which smells almost edible and carnal. The orangy-lemony presence is heady (grapefruit and petitgrain as well) but floral notes bring colour and a variegate botanic congeries of multicoloured nuances. Vetiver is just part of the orchestra, so intense, salty, exotic and breezy but at same time is actually something else (smooth, resinous and musky) that makes the heaven. The aroma tends finally to restrain towards a sharper, smoother and more refined status (still citric/floral but less intensely, more spicy/ambery, dry and earthy), even "circulating" around a backbone made by florals, grapefruit, soft woods, resins and musks. Overall the aroma waves quite natural, inebriating and realistic (unlike what I've felt testing on skin Legno Amaro for instance). Fresco di Vetiver is "fragrant", the perfect spring/summer fragrance of the souther lands.
This is the driest vetiver I have ever smelt in a very masculine version of this note.
Great composition of citrus, vetiver and woods with decent longevity!
06th December, 2013 (last edited: 07th December, 2013)
More "fresco" than "vetiver", and quite poor longevity on my skin.
Otherwise, a nice light feel-good citrus/vetiver, quite similar IMO to Fragonard's take on vetiver.
In a blind test, the first thing I thought was "this smells like the middle of Cool Water". The vetiver is toned down in this by the GIT/Cool Water accords and it's not as grassy as other vetivers I've tried. It's not as citrus as Guerlain's or as angular as Malle's, it's just there. A fresh vetiver, I'd say. I already have Mugler Cologne for a "fresh vetiver" (which smells steamy). Anyways, not a bad scent.
Evidently inspired by Creed's Green Irish Tweed, though it has neither the ingredient quality, complexity of composition or longevity. The Lord of the Mansion's illegitimate brother forced to grow up as simple-minded shepherder.
The citrus opening (lemon and lime?) is good, but a bit household-cleanerish. Very quickly FdV donns its GIT cloak, though it is more muted and herbal (tarragon?) than the sparkling clean green original. The lasting power ranges around two hours for me. For 20 Euros (Creed is 3.5 times as expensive) this is certainly a nice enough fragrance, but superfluous if you already own GIT and/or a nice green vetiver such as Dominguez Vetiver hombre or Creed's Original Vetiver.
The packaging is a bit gaudy, featuring the colorful 1570 painting The Alchemist's Workshop by Jan van der Straet (fittingly located at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence), but I kind of like it. A nice contrast to the "designer cool" of so many niche lines.
Fresco di Vetiver is very nice. As others have noted, it's an especially well-done blend of citrus and vetiver. The citrus hangs around for about an hour before blending into a really nice, bright vetiver that really smells fresh green to me. There's a hint of earthiness to it that keeps it stable and substantial (without being heavy or cloying).
It brings to mind being in a huge field of grass on a warm day in early spring: the sun's shining, the dew is gone, there's a nice breeze, blue skies, and a stand of oaks off in the distance (just to the right, up that way).
Sillage on FdiV is very good. Projection is decent. It's not a power frag, but it holds its own. Longevity is great: 8+ hours. iPdiF has done a nice job with this fragrance.