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Sometimes It Is Not A Gushing Love Fest, Part One

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Sometimes it is about bitter disappointment, bewilderment, and betrayal.

I was driven to write this because of a thread about Guerlain Vetiver. Since I was so in love with Guerlain and I was looking for a great scent for my hubby, I thought, "Why not Guerlain Vetiver?" It had a great bottle and look. I snagged a sample at Sephora. I tried it on and immediately said to myself, "Oh, no, no, no." It seemed too sharp to me. In men's cologne I like Eau Sauvage (it has vetiver in it, interesting), Egoiste, and Egoiste Platinum. Maybe I wasn't ready for that note. it is in a few fumes I like or even love like Arpege, Fracas, No. 5, and No. 22.
It is also in a perfume I do not like: Coco Mademoiselle.

Am I crazy or is it possible that I am just not into vetiver?

Updated 11th January 2010 at 02:30 AM by DeniDithyrambia

Guerlain , Perfumes


  1. Redneck Perfumisto's Avatar
    Deni - don't be afraid to not be a lover of fragrances centered on vetiver. Or at least, not yet. And I have never liked Guerlain Vetiver, even though I don't think it's a strong one. It's like a vetiver version of tanning oil to me. Meh. Give me Guerlain Homme any day.

    For people with vetiver issues, a great path into vetiver is Sel de Vétiver by Céline Ellena of The Different Company. It draws raves. Compliments like crazy, wonderful on men or women. Yes, my buddies who love hard vetiver are going to say "what vetiver?", but it's there, and it's been handled nicely. Then maybe move up to Grey Vetiver. I admit thatVetiver Extraordinaire is a good one, but I predict that its occasional nasty edge will be detectable to you. It has literally smelled - at times - like a dog that just dug a dirt-hole, or dug through the trashcan. BTW, my wife loves Grey Vetiver on me - not Vetiver Extraordinaire.

    To me, vetiver is almost like civet. Some people are just going to hate it, and there's no shame whatsoever in that.

    Sel de Vétiver. You'll both love it.
  2. DeniDithyrambia's Avatar
    The thing is Eau Sauvage has vetiver in it supposedly and I adore it so I could swim in it. I adore Fracas and like No. 22. So, I can tolerate vetiver as an ingredient, vetiver needs to be balanced out. I won't reject a fragrance if it has vetiver in it, but I will approach with hesitation to a fume with Vetiver in its name. Bois de Iles supposedly has vetiver and it is on my list to try.

    Thank you. I think the course you suggest is reasonable. I will have to sneak up on vetiver until I feel comfort with it, but I will be zen about it if it turns out that vetiver isn't my cup of tea. I have been gifted with a chemistry that handles a wide variety of fumes, so I am happy.

    Yet, it should be telling that the vast majority of perfumes in my decently sized collection do not feature vetiver at all.
  3. tsuzumi's Avatar
    One other thing about vetiver: many people like to use it in hot, humid weather--the astringent quality is more attractive then. So, you may want to give it another try in hot weather. But I am fine with Guerlain Vetiver!


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