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The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne Day 4

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Day #4: Fragrance - Cartier Vetiver Bleu
My Ratings: Scent - 5/10. Overall - 2/10.

This was a crazy fragrance to review. I put it on in the morning after getting ready and my first reaction was it reminded me of mouthwash or toothpaste. Also after wearing it for a bit where I sprayed it and especially the top of my hand started to tingle and cool. After about 30 minutes I had the involuntary reaction of trying to wipe it off of the back of hand. It actually startled me so much that I had to read a description of this fragrance to figure out what was going on. When I read the description I realized what was going on. Apparently there is a strong mint note in it. This accounts for the mouthwash/toothpaste scent and the tingling/cooling I felt on my skin.

To be clear I don't actually hate the scent as much as my score might lead some to believe. Eventually the mint note does die down some and you do get a kinda green and powdery Vetiver. The problem is the Vetiver doesn't really stand out in any way to me. The entire fragrance really is like that to me. Projection, scent, sillage everything came off to me as average. Not necessarily bad, just average.

However, because of my experience with the mint freaking me out I had to give it a pretty low overall rating. While I don't think the scent is bad, and I did wear it for the entire day - even reapplying in the evening, I honestly cannot think of a time I will ever reach for the fragrance again - ever. If someone wants a minty fresh, clean smelling, slightly powdery fragrance, that might have just a hint of Vetiver in it then give this a try. As I said it is not a "bad" fragrance. It's just a bad fragrance for me. Unfortunately, I just couldn't shake the feeling that I was "taking one for the team" by wearing this one all day. This might be a case where having no idea what the fragrance is going to smell like actually did it a disservice because I just wasn't prepared to be hit with a mint blast on my skin.

Am I saying completely avoid it? Not necessarily. Just know what you are getting into.

My Wife's Rating: Scent - 5/10.

This was one that she felt was completely middle of the road. Not bad, not good. She felt it was ok. Like the others so far she felt this one didn't come off the skin enough to get her attention and her exact words when she smelt it were, "Yeah. I mean, I guess when you smell it, it smells. . .good." This just didn't excite her at all.

Next Fragrance Review: Geurlain - Vetiver Extreme.



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