Sel de Vetiver (2007)
by The Different Company


Sel de Vetiver information

Year of Launch2007
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 262 votes)

People and companies

HouseThe Different Company
PerfumerCéline Ellena
PackagingThierry de Baschmakoff

About Sel de Vetiver

Sel de Vetiver is a shared / unisex perfume by The Different Company. The scent was launched in 2007 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Céline Ellena. The bottle was designed by Thierry de Baschmakoff

Sel de Vetiver fragrance notes

Reviews of Sel de Vetiver

I join the small number of dissenters. Sel de Vetiver is often equated with Heeley’s Sel Marine as a welcomed, warm-weather-friendly, sea-related fragrance without dreaded calone. A strong salt-mineral note with vetiver should be a match made in heaven, but in this case I fear the match was made by a slightly schizophrenic angel.

First, as Colin notes in his review, the minerally salt note is mostly just an opening trick that is not well sustained. As he also observes, and which michailG amplifies, the vetiver in Sel de Vetiver is informed by Guerlain’s classic vetiver, which is to say that it is somewhat rooty, earthy, and overall autumnal in tone. drseid with characteristic incisiveness comments that, in a perhaps failed attempt to give it some needed fluidity and lift, this vetiver presentation has an added celery note. While celery would not seem to be a wildly incongruous match with vetiver, in this case it interacts in a weird way that fails to make the already mismatched and earthbound chorus any more harmonious.

I just don’t see how this mix delivers the refreshment that many seek from Sel de Vetiver. It seems to me that a brighter, more uplifting style of vetiver presentation (along the lines of Prada’s original Infusion de Vetiver, etc.) would have been more stylistically fitting and would not have overshadowed the salt note so completely. Is the end result really so terrible? No. Simply consider it a part of the well-established, darker, rooty vetiver style with a dash of somewhat misguided creative cookery. But from what I gather, this likely is a far cry from what most consumers expect when they ponder purchasing Sel de Vetiver.
27th July, 2017
Love this one! It is the perfect summer vetiver, and can be worn equally to the office or the beach. It vanishes pretty quickly unless you spray on hair or clothes. Stays close to the skin and is just perfect in the heat.
03rd July, 2017
Chandler had not lied.
There - in my seaside café.
She was a goddess.
13th June, 2017
I have tried SdV a few times now, last being yesterday. I persist doing so because of the overwelmingly positive reviews from revered basenoters. Right now I have the opportunity of purchacing it in a formidable price... however, I just don't like it enough. SdV is dry, it has a distinct mineral accord and indeed it is to me earthy more than anything else. It isn't giving me much pleasure wearing this fragrance. I am aware that vetiver is rooty but the combination with minerality here puts me off and I cannot discern other notes and enjoy SdV. So liking vetiver does not equal that one automatically likes even niche vetiver-centered fragrances. One think I can say confidently is that for vetiver lovers SdV is a must try.
07th February, 2017
Leafing through collections of Greek myths, over-and-over I encountered descriptions of grey-eyed Athena. Youngling I was, my mind found it difficult to interpret the epithet as anything but a signpost to material fact, praising the goddess' rare and lovely form.

Grey eyes are, of course, a physical feature, but I grew to appreciate the finer points of their vagaries. Athena blesses or curses: turning an orgulous weaver into a spider, granting her mirrored shield to Perseus, blessing Athens with the olive tree. Likewise grey eyes can gleam blue or green. Growing up, growing more comfortable with myths and their rich chains of association, I acknowledged grey as quiet glory. Not tired or old but ageless and fresh.

As with the goddess, so too with Sel de Vetiver.

Genre-bending (floral-herbal-marine)till it emerges sun-drenched and sea-tossed on uncharted shores. Vetiver with the gentlest bite of grapefruit, the fizz of a vegetal gin accord and the impossible evocation of salt. Earthy but lively, with the effervescence of sea spray and the mute fathoms of the open ocean.

Self-assured, winsome, serious.

18th January, 2017 (last edited: 21st January, 2017)
A very light, subtle interpretation. There are some types of vetiver products - special fractions or molecular distillates - which emphasise the 'clean' aspect and omit the more earthy components of this material. It wouldn't surprise me if Sel De Vetiver owed something to this type of vetiver used, as much as the surrounding notes.

Other reviewers have compared it with Guerlain's Vetiver but I think that is a much more pungent and spicy perfume. This one is more like Carven's classic Vetiver, but considerably milder.

Whether it is salty is a moot point: sodium chloride has no smell at all of course. Whether it has some seaweed or ozonic component to support the name is anyone's guess, probably not. Its main characteristic is unobtrusiveness; it is more a suggestion of a perfume than anything very definite, you can wear it without being aware of it at all and it's unlikely to clash with anything. It is refined and understated.

I mainly bought this product for the packaging, which is very good quality. A box with intricately folded double walls, a thick glass bottle with heavy polished cap fitting beautifully with a soft click. Real Rolls Royce standard.
21st June, 2016 (last edited: 11th October, 2016)

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