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Grey Vetiver (2009)
by Tom Ford

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Grey Vetiver information

Year of Launch2009
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 733 votes)

People and companies

HouseTom Ford
PerfumerHarry Fremont
SupplierFirmenich
Creative DirectorTom Ford
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Grey Vetiver

Grey Vetiver is a masculine fragrance by Tom Ford. The scent was launched in 2009 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Harry Fremont

Reviews of Grey Vetiver

Straightforward vetiver on opening-smooth citrus blast. In my mind, I picture a make-believe object: a green grapefuit! The scent screams modern and hyperstylized (as many Tom Ford scents are) but without much complexity, unfortunately: linear and inoffensive. As it dries down, hints of nutmeg and lemon appear and remain until the scent disappears. All of this might make it a moderately recommended purchase, but the longevity and sillage for me is particularly poor: maybe 2-3 hours (tops) and then it completely disappears.

A spring/summer scent in my estimation: and not one I can recommend. The best way I can define it is a scent without personality and isn't worth the semi-steep cost ($60 for 50 ML) for what you get.

5/10

23rd February, 2019 (last edited: 03rd March, 2019)
This is a light and fresh vetiver that would please people who dislike vetiver just like me. Well done, very pleasing, but I don’t get the « best fragrance ever » comments.
23rd November, 2018
Tom Ford followed up his eponymous masculine two years later with a scent that seemed at once drawn from even older inspirational sources but also less of an anachronism. Tom Ford for Men (2007) was just a suicide sundae of notes (in place of ice cream toppings), conjuring everything from early 70's barbershop to early 80's men's orientals with some gourmand twists tossed in and finished in an amber base borrowed from the best of vintage Avon. Grey Vetiver (2009) seems in name to be a remix of Geoffrey Beene's Grey Flannel (1975), and Guerlain Vetiver (1961), but is in fact closer to a mash-up of Guerlain's take on vetiver and the debut Dior masculine Eau Sauvage (1966), with the lemon/hedione combo of the Dior scent replaced with a modern grapefruit accord. Harry Freemont worked on this, and his track record is proven both in more classical-minded scents and more synthetic commercial fare, making him a good choice for a modern take on classic vetiver and dry citrus chypre theme. Grey Vetiver comes across as still quite office-safe just like Tom Ford for Men, but has better performance in hotter weather outdoors and just is overall more distict of a composition, and more memorable, making it a surefire future classic.

Grey Vetiver opens with grapefruit, orange blossom, and sage, which skims the line between classic and modern citrus styles with the presence of sage but the absence of bergamot or lemon. The grapefruit top is very dry, and not the juicy or shrill type one expects from a Kenneth Cole ozonic or a Calvin Klein scent where they are likely to be found. The vetiver note comes up quickly from the middle, and makes it's presence felt throughout the remainder of the wear, but it doesn't beat over the head with grassy green or smoky ambiance like older styles, but rather stays muted in it's more extreme facets to just be a dull rounded thud, letting the composition around it get more attention but acting like a mesh reinforcing the rest of the pyramid with it's sharpness like galbanum used to in years past. Soapy orris and a "browning" note of nutmeg are likely responsible for this muting, keeping the vetiver cuffed to a chair until the base of pimento, amber, miniscule allowable oakmoss, and norlimbanol/Iso E Super scratchy woods note bring it to a finish. Grey Vetiver is much fresher and somewhat dryer than most old mid-century chypres from which it draws inspiration, but with that vetiver dollop, is more convincing of the style than something like Kenneth Cole Signature (2005), being more wearable to the vintage lover looking for fresh digs or the more scrutinizing perfumisto that wants a bit more provenance than most modern designers are willing to give.

Grey Vetiver is the current best of Tom Ford's signature line for a good reason: it's a fresh and contemporary citrus scent for casual or office use, medium to warm weather, and plays very heavily into traditional grass roots design (pun intended) without feeling quite as dated as the previous self-titled masculine, nor as ambiguous. Grey Vetiver gets out there and lets itself be known, but still dresses sharp, uses an inside voice, and holds the door open for others in impeccable Tom Ford style. Folks unwilling to drop near to $200 for something from his much more-risque but personable Private Collection (for all intents the Tom Ford niche line), are best to start here with Grey Vetiver if they want a high-quality taste of Mr. Ford's "what's old is new again" aesthetic that he began with LVMH then took with him when they sent him packing. Sillage is moderate, and decent longevity considering the style make it worthy of a work day, but there isn't much use for this in winter or in the evening unless it's a work-related night time event or an extremely-structured activity (like a gala or ball). Two thumbs up for this modern vetiver for the masses.
20th June, 2018
One of the best scents ever. Epitome of class, sophistication, and youthful vigor. Great day-time scent perfect for work or play. One of my most used fragrances. Just perfect.
14th June, 2018 (last edited: 15th June, 2018)
Modern, professional-smelling grapefruit with plasticky fresh vetiver accord. This smells like great-smelling citric plastic, but oddly that smells pretty good. The vetiver here is also extremely muted and barely there; the whole thing gives me a vibe of a young modern professional; DEFINES 'workplace scent'. The plastic note makes it smell very modern and futuristic. Sillage and longevity are both excellent. I wouldn't say this is world-shattering, but it is nice. I would love this as a gift but wouldn't buy it myself.

4/5
06th May, 2018
This vetiver scent definitely smells "green" to me! Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver explores the wet, slightly tangy (almost neroli-like) aspect of vetiver. It is very clean and straightforward, with the sage and nutmeg coloring this scent strongly with spicy verve. Oak moss adds a nice smoothing effect to this otherwise bright creation.

The orange flower, grapefruit, and pimento add subtle punctuations of shiny fruitiness to an ultimately clean, vegetal effect reminiscent of a green field rolling in the spring or summer sunlight. Grey Vetiver doesn't come off as pretentious nor gimmicky; instead, it gives prospective users just what they want in a vetiver scent.


04th May, 2018

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