Coeur de Vétiver Sacré (2010)
    by L'Artisan Parfumeur




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    Coeur de Vétiver Sacré Fragrance notes

    Bergamot, Black tea, Date, Dried fruits, Saffron, Ginger, Pink berries, Vanilla, Incense, Musks

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    Coeur de Vétiver Sacré is a unisex fragrance by L'Artisan Parfumeur. The scent was launched in 2010

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    sjg3839's avatar

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    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

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    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.

    11th June, 2014

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    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.

    16 November, 2013

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    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.

    26 August, 2013

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    A vetiver worth getting to know

    A few months ago I acquired a sample of CdVS and thought of it as "not bad" and "nothing special". Boy, was I mistaken. I consider CdVS to be a vetiver and tea composition, but it’s mostly all about vetiver. Some reviewers have pointed out that CdVS has vetiver in it, but not as a central component. I disagree: CdVS is a vetiver-centered composition with other notes supporting and accentuating the multiple facets of vetiver. The opening has a fruit juice quality to it--mostly apple and apricot. The fruit juice immediately settles down and morphs into dried fruits; the dried fruits play up the (gasp) fruity side of vetiver and it is difficult to separate the vetiver from the fruit. The same is true for the black tea note; tannic earthiness and pepper blend effortlessly with the vetiver. There is also a beautiful smokiness permeating not only the vetiver, but also the tea and the fruit. Perhaps this seems unremarkable, but the 3D vetiver is supported by a quiet, yet persistent woody oriental base with woody notes, tonka, and musk. It's almost as though two compositions are layered together and it makes me think of bread supporting meat to make a sandwich. We could eat the bread or the meat alone, but why would we want to do that? Castoreum appears later as the condiment that ties the oriental part to the smoky vetiver/tea. The animalic component also serves to render the composition "wearable" without feeling overdone or vulgar.

    Sometimes the whole composition smells like leathery tobacco and sometimes it feels "green", but definitely not in a crushed leaves or fresh cut grass sort of way. I like to think of CdVS is as a "spiritual" retreat for vetiver, but not in a religious or hippy sense. In this case, vetiver packs a bag, travels to the mountains, stays in a log cabin (with a wood fire and maybe some incense), drinks tea, and eats simple dried food.

    Projection is average, but I prefer scents that stay close to the body. Longevity was a shock: I got at least 12 hours out of CdVS. This is definitely the longest lasting LAP fragrance I’ve ever tried. This composition is truly excellent and I consider it to be elegant and underrated. On the other hand, if you are not into vetiver and tea, then CdVS might not be for you.

    4.5/5

    30th May, 2013

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    a vetiver by any other name

    Coeur de Vetiver Sacre is a Vetiver fragrance the way an avocado is a fruit: technically. But not so much characteristically.

    I've seen other fumies compare Vetiver Sacre to other vetivers, from Maitre Parfumeur's Route du Vetiver to Chanel's Sycomore . If replication of a pure vetiver note is your standard, Vetiver Sacre bombs. But so would Guerlain Vetiver, the standard bearer of the genre. Let's open the windows a bit and air out our vetiver criteria.

    Vetiver Sacre lays a musky sheen over a dry, balanced fruity tone. I don't know shit about the nuts and bolts of composition, so I'll talk about notes rather than ingredients. This tone feels like the middle ground of musky sweetness and a fictional dry wood. The fruit is neither sweet nor tart, or better still, is equally sweet and tart and suggests the crispness of a green apple at the same time that it calls to mind a sweet honeydew melon. A black pepper notes acts just as it would in a fruit dish you would eat. It gives you a little bit of a slap and separates the woody and sweet notes that might otherwise form a monotonous tone. Smart move. This is the sort a linear fragrance that has a deliberate but diaphanous harmony that surrounds you. If the composition lacks a dynamic to offset the encompassing harmony, your sensory filters would eventually isolate it and turn it off like background noise. The peppery note is the thin line that provides just the separation needed to keep this fragrance from falling into the hypnotic fugue perfume producers love to call radiance. Perfumer Karin Vichon Spehner appears to have tamed the woody amber.

    An avocado doesn't spring readily to mind when I think "fruit". But you can't make guacamole with raspberries. Not only does Vetiver Sacre 'pass' for a Vetiver fragrance, it has its own particular place on my Vetiver shelf.

    from scenthurdle.com

    27 May, 2013

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