The opening (smells very feminine) comes out on the fruity side with prominent tea and bergamot. The apricot, saffron, ginger and coriander give it a sweet gourmand effect almost like a fruity candy vetiver with dates. This gives it a slightly potpourri effect. It smells very nice but it smells too feminine for me. It's lasting on my skin and sillage is very good. As it dries down the vetiver is sweetened by the fruit in a nice way. I definitely would like to smell it on a woman but YMMV since it's considered unisex.
Not bad at all. The first note I detected was the dried fruit. The saffron gives it an airy smell. Very hard to describe. If you are looking for a vetiver monster, this is not for you. The ginger is noticeable, but the black tea is a dominant note in this one. Non cloying, so it can be worn all year round without being offensive. 7/10
21st July, 2014 (last edited: 19th December, 2014)
Genre: Woody Oriental
Notes: Bergamot, black tea, date, dried fruit, saffron, ginger, pink berries, vanilla, incense, musk.
Short-lived cardamom and bergamot top notes introduce a heart of spiced dried fruit, chai, vanilla, and frankincense, in what I’ve come to think of as the standard issue niche oriental gemisch. Toss together equal parts of this house’s previous orientals Tea for Two, Saffran Toublant, and Vanilia, add a pinch of Passaage d’Enfer (frankincense), a dash of Timbuktu (pink berries), then dilute the resulting hodgepodge by 50%, and you might wind up with something much like Coeur de Vétiver Sacré.
You’ve no doubt noticed by now that neither the scent pyramid above nor I make any mention of vetiver. That’s probably because there isn’t much vetiver here to speak of. Oh yes, I can smell vetiver in the drydown, but putting “vetiver” on this scent’s label is a bit like calling Opium a rose scent. Sure, there’s vetiver in there, but it’s not the first (or even the fifth or sixth,) thing you notice. There’s a much greater role for vetiver in Habanita or Bandit, for example, than in Coeur de Vétiver Sacré.
Not that I hold the odd choice of name against the scent – I’ve enjoyed fragrances with far sillier or misleading labels. What leaves me disappointed here is a sense of tired routine about the composition. I feel I’ve smelled it all before, but in more interesting or stimulating contexts. If this fruit and frankincense woody oriental style strikes your fancy, you’ll find it better executed in the likes of Parfum d’Empire Wazamba, Amouage Jubilation XXV, or Comme des Garçons Jaisalmer; if the marriage of vanilla and vetiver sounds interesting, go get Habanita; and if it’s really vetiver you’re after, look elsewhere altogether.
In the opening notes I get vetiver all right, a fine, elegant and gentle vetiver that soon joined by mild bergamot, tea, saffron and a dried apricot component that has a boozy undertone. The result is delicious. Later a restrained incense and a vanilla with minimal sweetness are added, and at that stage the vetiver has gone. A distinct delightful cedar wood aroma arises in the base. The development of my skin is never boring, and the whole is beautifully blended. Good silage and projection for the first half, and on my skin he longevity is an impressive eight hours. A nice scent for spring, especially for those who like their vetiver light, remaining more in the background and refined. 4.5/5.
Crisp, juicy, fruit vetiver
This is not Encre Noire. This is not Sycomore.
This is a bright, happy, laid-back green-fresh-fruit smell wrapped around a peppered-wood core. This is a clean vetiver. This is very suitable for a young woman, too.
Lasts about 5 hours in ~30 degrees Celsius weather, so decent longevity.