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Vetiver Veritas (2014)
by Heeley


Vetiver Veritas information

Year of Launch2014
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 26 votes)

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About Vetiver Veritas

Vetiver Veritas is the first scent of a new Heeley collection of 100% Natural Eau de Parfums. Perfumer, James Heeley has used Haitian vetiver at the heart of the composition and accounts for over 90% of the formula. 

The vetiver is joined by notes of lavender, mint and grapefruit.

The company say:

For perfume connoisseurs, pleasantly but unsurprisingly, Haitian vetiver is present right from the start with an overture of characteristic notes of dry grass and clean earth. As the perfume develops, subtle notes of mint sparkle with life and vitality, the real surprise is yet to come. Over distant metallic tones, a distinct note of fresh grapefruit appears as if from nowhere. In this composition, the established olfactory pyramid has been inverted: opening base notes fade to top notes in a finale of lasting freshness.

The Haitian vetiver used in this formula has been extracted from traceable, ecologically responsible sources according to fair trade principles. Formulated using a base of organic alcohol made from rye and lavender, Vetiver Veritas contains 100 % natural ingredients of which over 92% are of organic origin. 

Vetiver Veritas fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Vetiver Veritas

This is the real vetiver extraordinaire or the vetiver veritas as it has been aptly named by James Heeley. I own different vetiver essential oils and the quality of this vetiver is as good or even better than most of them. Compared to some of the other vetiver fragrances I own the quality of the vetiver in this fragrance easily beats them all.
Longevity is outstanding and leads us the whole day through all the wonderful facets of vetiver nutty, wet, earthy to dry down after a long day to some smoky dark skin scent.
As a fragrance I am a little bit less enthusiastic about it. I find that the opening is a little bit spoiled by the minty notes, which to my nose don't match the vetiver.
Between half a hour and a hour later some grapefruit shows up which is funny because usually the hesperidic notes tend to open the show. That grapefruit is a better match for the vetiver than those minty notes.
As a conclusion I think every one who is into vetiver or thinks he is should have smelled this just to have a reference for real natural Haitian vetiver without iso e, as a vetiver centered fragrance I think there are probably better choices, but not a lot. When my bottle is finished I surely will buy another because it is so unique in qualty vetiver. So a fragrance for true vetiver lovers from whom there are not too many when I read the reviews. Certainly worth between 8 and 9 on 10.
16th July, 2018 (last edited: 17th July, 2018)
A burst of grapefruit for about 10 seconds and then it jumps back and hides behind the vetiver and just sneaks a peek once in a while...The mint is also just barely there...what we have is vetiver in all its rooty/dirty/soily glory...i like vetiver, but this ones just so so...smelled a lot of other vetivers that i enjoyed a lot more than this...
20th February, 2018
Herbal and minty in the beginning, natural-smelling damp and rooty Haitian vetiver the rest of the way. It's like one of those songs with a promisingly catchy opening hook but falls into a repetitive loop as it moves along. If mentholated vetiver scent is your thing, be sure to check this Heeley out. Personally I found it crude and a little dull.
13th January, 2017
So I grabbed a sample of this while picking up some other samples from Heeley, even though I hate vetiver, mainly because of the description on their site.

It's described as a 100% natural perfume made mostly of organic ingredients. And the notes of mint, lavender, and grapefruit accompanying the Haitian vetiver sounded intriguing.

This is pretty much a straight up extract of vetiver. Dark, dry, rooty, a bit of dirt thrown in. Where's the other notes?

If you're one who likes wearing vetiver oil, this one's for you.

20th April, 2016
This is a very natural Vetiver fragrance. Magnificent root,clean soil. A solid study of the plant and will be interesting for Vetiver aficionados.
A little to minimal and literal for my taste.I prefer the light airiness of Roger & Gallet and like a few others, the smoky conifer perfumed complexity of Sycomore.
09th February, 2016 (last edited: 05th January, 2017)
smoky and woody, raw vetiver...robust sillage, enthralling scent!
31st January, 2016

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