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  1. Posh fragrance tests: Creed Original Vetiver, Tom Ford Noir

    Creed Original Vetiver

    Euch, euch, EUCH. Everything I hate about mens' fragrances, all rolled into one tidy green-gradiented package. To me it said fougere, or rather screamed it constantly while trying to prise the lid off my skull with a rusty knife. Washed it off. I tried it in the attempt to find out what vetiver actually smells of, but I'm inclined to think it may not have been a good example fragrance for that. Ah well; chalk this one up to an educational failed experiment... ...
  2. Brooks Brothers New York Gentleman Review

    Brooks Brothers was generous enough to accommodate me with a small bottle of New York Gentleman, the masculine counterpart to New York for Ladies. NYG has the peppery opening of a 40 watt light bulb (powered by true to life verbena and bergamot), which gradually dims down to a comforting green glow stick, emitting a trace of warmth from spice and vetiver. At one point, it feels like it almost wants to turn aquatic, but veers away just in time. Whew...

    The citrus is front and center ...
  3. Love Affair with Vetiver

    Today I'm going to write about Vetiver. I've written about Vetiver before, it my regular magazine column on herbs and on my perfume website, but I thought it would be nice to look at it a bit more from a perfumers perspective.

    It's an amazingly useful plant, as well as a delightful oil, used for it's deep roots and incredible hardiness in all kinds of envirmments to preserve our precious topsoil, as well as clean ...
  4. SotD Tuesday 18 May

    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post

    Jim Dine

    Mazzolari - Vetiver

    Sensuous floral and vetiver that calls to mind traditional perfumery.
    The notes are elusive. Citrus, bergamot, sandalwood and nutmeg are certain.
    Possible florals are; jasmine, rose, geranium, broom, marigold and violet.
    The effect is mesmerizing.

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  5. SotD Wednesday 7 April

    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post

    Edward Hopper, 1940

    Mazzolari - Vetiver
    Complex, dry, tangy and green, the notes are appealing to either sex.
    Fresh throughout the day and into the night; when anything can happen.
    Notes: vetiver, citrus orange, lemon, bergamot, soft floral notes,
    nutmeg, light tobacco, sandalwood
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