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Armani Privé Vétiver Babylone (2008)
by Giorgio Armani

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Armani Privé Vétiver Babylone information

Year of Launch2008
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 64 votes)

People and companies

HouseGiorgio Armani
PerfumerAlberto Morillas
SupplierFirmenich
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > Prestige & Collections

About Armani Privé Vétiver Babylone

Armani Privé Vétiver Babylone is a shared / unisex perfume by Giorgio Armani. The scent was launched in 2008 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Alberto Morillas

Armani Privé Vétiver Babylone fragrance notes

Reviews of Armani Privé Vétiver Babylone

This smells of green citric vetiver. It is definitely the Haitian kind of vetiver due to its citric and light qualities. But the dominant note in this is not actually vetiver, but to my nose green bergamot with coriander and hints of pink pepper and cardamom. I kind of get a neroli-like note as well, maybe due to the mandarin. It is overall a greatly pleasing fragrance and actually very similar to Mugler Cologne or Creed's Original Vetiver but with a different sort of twist on the same theme. Sillage is moderate while longevity is quite good for a fresh fragrance on my skin at about 6 hours of strong projection, and many more hours as a skin scent.

4/5
16th June, 2018
Vetiver? I don't like vetiver...but there is none here that I can detect. Opens like any generic dept. store frag. Citrus. Linear Pink pepper and citrus. Boring.
15th July, 2017
I would have expected that all privé offerings were eau de parfum. But nope, Vétiver d' Hiver, as Vétiver Babylone is renamed, is an edt. Not that terrible, you will say. Well, let's move on the experience of VdH on my skin. It kicks off brilliantly with esperidic notes. These last for a couple of hours and are wonderfully green and yellow, and maybe the intensity I detect is due to some spiciness. Then VdH turns into an airy green citrus fragrance slowly fading away into a thin green accord. The overall development took on my skin maybe 4 hours, which is not bad. However, the dry down is a big let down. I can't overcome the thinness and commonplaceness of what is left of VdH. Now, I may be very wrong thinking that VdH would perform better if it was an edp, oilier and somehow deeper. In any case, for its retailing price VdH ought to perform much better. This is certainly not recommended for blind buying and even to frivolous perfume collectors I would suggest multiple testings. The neutral is because although the opening 2 hours of VdH are heaven, the dry down is truly uninspiring.
04th January, 2017
Hmmm. An appealing scent with a very nicely blended citrus vibe and some woodsy tones. There's just a hint of vetiver in here somewhere to ground it and make it a little "chewier," which makes it worth having, at least to me. But if a full vetiver experience is what you're after, this isn't the place to look.
17th November, 2016
Vetiver? What vetiver? Ah, the power of suggestion. There is probably as much vetiver in here as there is genuine aged oud in your average Montale.

Without a doubt the stars of the show are the scintillating hesperidic topnotes. They elevate the fragrance as much as they lift my spirits. But once they leave the stage within the first hour as citrus notes are wont to do, the extraordinary show becomes painfully ordinary, the melange of pale, lightly earthy base notes swiftly taking the composition from its giddy heights down to a grounded, more mundane existence.

"Houston, we have a problem. This rocket is out of fuel."

But it's not all doom and gloom for Giorgio Armani. There is still an element left behind in the stratosphere - its price tag.
23rd November, 2015
Vetiver Babylone is a great fresh fragrance on par with many of Creed's offerings. The opening citrus combination of mandarin, lemon, and bergamot is very pleasant and the vetiver that rings through the fragrance's life remains very strong against an earthy, patchouli undertone.

The overall mood is definitely masculine, leaning toward warm weather, but I imagine this has year-round potential as well since it has some depth with the patchouli. Probably not ideal for women, too, but fans of vetiver might want to try it out. Part of the less-expensive end of the Armani Prive line, VB is priced high ($165 for 100ml), but not as high as the heavier entries in the line (i.e. Cuir Noir, Rose D'Arabie, running closer to $300) that are a little more of reach. Very pleasant freshie, worth trying to see if it fits in to the greens that you like.

7 out of 10
24th June, 2015

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