Black Vetiver (2013)
    by Phaedon




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    Black Vetiver Fragrance notes

    Java vetiver, Tar, Lemon tree leaves, Pimento, Jamaican vetiver

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    Black Vetiver is a men's fragrance by Phaedon. The scent was launched in 2013

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    BottleJunky's avatar

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    A wonderful smoky and tarry vetiver brightened up not by citrus but by green lemon leaf. The note breakdown for Black Vetiver is so simple: vetiver, tar, lemon tree leaf and pepper (which I would presume to be black pepper). The black pepper gives the vetiver a nice tickly texture. While this vetiver perfume (it is an EDP) comes off as a lovely dark and woody concoction, the lemon leaf brightens the composition up to render it wearable in any season although I feel autumn is when it would really shine. It is rather linear but in the base it's all about the vetiver. This would be a great choice for those who don't like the mothball and tobacco like accords of Guerlain's classic Vetiver. It comes off as far more modern as the previous reviewer states. My only negative for this heavenly but simple vetiver is that for an EDP it should perform better. At least on my skin. The sprayer is stingy so extra sprays are required for a good wearing and then the projection and longevity are average to below average. With that being said, for those who love their vetivers I do deem this full bottle worthy.

    Pros: A fantastic vetiver that I can't stop sniffing.
    Cons: A high price tag for average to sub-par performance

    27 August, 2014 (Last Edited: 07 October, 2014)

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    Sober but not sombre

    This is a lovely vetiver scent. There's a clear, non-sharp lemon top note, very much like that in CdG 2 Man, which lightens the scent for the first hour or two. The 'black' is provided by birch tar. It isn't dosed sufficiently highly to render this scent pseudo-leathery (see Knize 10). Instead it augments vetiver's natural smokiness, without overwhelming it.

    This citrus/vetiver/smoke conjunction does bear some similarity to Guerlain's classic, with birch tar in place of tobacco. This probably makes it smell less dated to modern noses.

    There is plenty of gassy, grassy, vetiver here, enough to remove it from the 'starter' vetiver echelons, such as Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver. I presume the name of that scent inspired this one. Well, this is heavier than that certainly, but not particularly 'dark' in absolute terms; I think Encre Noire's crown remains unslipped there. There is no hiding from the vetiver though, so I think this is one for the true believer.

    This is the first Phaedon scent I have liked. Pierre Guillaume is rather better known for gourmands but this is thankfully nothing like those.

    Described as a 'high concentration eau de parfum', it does not lack projection, nor longevity (8 hours).

    Pros: A novel twist on vetiver
    Cons: Price"

    03 September, 2013

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