Tell us what you know: Haitian vetiver

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  1. Trebor
    This is the place where you can discuss everything about Haitian vetiver impressions, best sources and suppliers, general tips, etc.
  2. Trebor
    Haitian vetiver essential oil, Eden Botanicals

    Bright and sheer, with an almost citrusy tinge (and nutty green nuances). Unfortunately, it tends to go unpleasantly sour on the skin after a while. Highly recommended for those who dislike the smoky-earthy openings of other vetiver varieties.
  3. Trebor
    Haitian vetiver essential oil, White Lotus Aromatics

    Although very similar to the Eden Botanicals essential oil, the sour effect on the skin still rears its ugly head, which is a great pity. As a result, it's not possible to evaluate it any further but the Eden Botanicals version is marginally preferable.

    Interestingly enough, compared to the other varieties of vetiver, the overall aroma of Haitian vetiver oil is comparable to the drydown of most of its siblings, several hours into their evolution.
  4. AlHamr
    This is seriously lovely. It's not branded but came from the duty free in Port-au-Prince airport, the only place I was able to track down vetiver oil in haiti, with a hand-written label.

    The colour is hard to discern as the plastic bottle is blue and quite tough, so it's difficult to squeeze out more than a drop of oil at a time. But I think it's much more brown than the indian khus, while still having a greeny tinge.

    The opening is powerfully earthy, medicinal and iodinic, with very little sweetness. After about 30 minutes the warmth and sweetness start to kick in. It's warm, a bit grassy, with a not overpowering biscuity sweetness sparked up by an almost effervescent shimmer. There are shades of flint - almost frankincence-like. The deep dry down is nothing short of etherial, a swirl of contrasts and very hard to place properties, with sweet and dry, green and brown, warm and cool, earthy and airy.

    This is very complex and multi-phased in its progression on skin - moreso than many perfumes. I would wear it on its own and my holy grail is to find a perfume which faithfully exhibits both the opening and the dry down of haitian vetiver oil with a bit more projection and longevity.

    Edit: now I'm comparing this Haitian and Trebor's Bourbon vetivers simultaneously. They're actually very similar, the bourbon being a little more smooth and, for me, the Haitian having perhaps a little more complexity, but also a slightly harsher furniture-polish facet which the Bourbon lacks.
  5. Trebor
    AlHamr, what a great experience and description! Congratulations on your acquisition.
  6. Trebor

    After re-reading your experiences with your Haitian vetiver oil, I decided to dig a little deeper (excuse the pun!), as my experiences of Haitian vetiver oil were somewhat different (if I recall correctly). There are actually at least two varieties of Haitian vetiver oil available, interestingly enough.

    The first variety (wild) is citrusy and green. This is the variety that I have experienced in the past. The second variety (cultivated) is supposed to be earthy, woody and less bright. Am I to assume that yours matches the second scent profile?
  7. AlHamr
    My experience would certainly better fit the second type. I'm surprised that wild would be different to cultivated as it's an introduced plant there and you'd think the "wild" would be just the naturalised cultivated variety.

    If you like, PM me and I'll send a sample - I'll even swap you for some bourbon.
  8. AlHamr
    Some notes on another sample of Haitian vetiver oil, very graciously sent me by Trebor.

    The opening here is not so much smoky as burned, and reminds me of blackstrap molasses, with the slightly off or sour note Trebor mentions in the sample above. After about an hour though, this moderates to a more toffee, even butter dry down with a bit of vanilla in the deep drydown. It's not very multidimensional, but pleasant nonetheless once you get past the opening, and has the flintiness of my own Haitian sample, which I really go for.
  9. Hthomas
    Does anyone have any experience with CamdonGrey vetivers. They offer two Haitian Vetivers.
    One is light that is 5-star rated by customers. The other is dark. The dark is new, no customer ratings . Dark is 2 1/2 times the cost of light.
    What's the dealyo?
  10. Trebor
    Hi Hthomas,

    I'm afraid I have no experience with this seller, or their oils, so I really can't say.

    What I can tell you is that Haitian vetiver essential oil is usually light in colour, similar to sandalwood essential oil (i.e. a light translucent yellow). I can only assume that the darker oil is the product of a different distillation method.

    If possible, try and politely request a sample, in order to compare and contrast. If that's not possible, I'm sure the lighter five-star rated one will suffice.

    I hope this helps.
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