Tell us what you know: Haitian vetiver

    Tell us what you know: Haitian vetiver

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

    Bright and sheer, with an almost citrusy tinge (with subtle nutty green nuances). Unfortunately, it isn't particularly long-lasting and tends to go unpleasantly sour on the skin after a while. Highly recommended for those who deplore the smoky-earthy openings of other vetiver varieties.
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    Haitian Vetiver essential oil, White Lotus Aromatics

    Although very similar to the Eden Botanicals 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...
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    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.
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    AlHamr, what a great experience and description! Congratulations on your acquisition.
    post #6 of 9
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    AlHamr,

    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 (non-wild) is supposed to be earthy, woody and less bright. Am I to assume that yours matches the second scent profile?
    post #7 of 9
    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.
    post #8 of 9
    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.
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    Haitian Vetiver essential oil (double distilled), Eden Botanicals

    With a short-lived smoky wisp in the opening, this double distilled Haitian vetiver opens with a green doughiness initially coming through. Compared to other standard Haitian vetiver oils sampled, it's quieter, cleaner, a little less creamy but still recognisable. The term 'double distilled' says it all, as it comes across as a slightly diluted (or purer, depending on your own perspective). But the earthy grassiness that Haitian vetiver oil is renowned for eventually emerges with time.

    It's actually very pleasant in its own right, and is highly recommended to those looking for the cleanest specimen of vetiver essential oil possible.

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    7/6/12 at 6:45am

    Trebor said:



    This is the place where you can discuss everything about Haitian vetiver impressions, best sources and suppliers, general tips, etc.

    7/18/12 at 7:07am

    Trebor said:



    Haitian Vetiver essential oil, Eden Botanicals

    Bright and sheer, with an almost citrusy tinge (with subtle nutty green nuances). Unfortunately, it isn't particularly long-lasting and tends to go unpleasantly sour on the skin after a while. Highly recommended for those who deplore the smoky-earthy openings of other vetiver varieties.

    1/5/13 at 5:44pm

    Trebor said:



    Haitian Vetiver essential oil, White Lotus Aromatics

    Although very similar to the Eden Botanicals 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...

    1/28/13 at 2:01am

    AlHamr said:



    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.

    2/10/13 at 4:29pm

    Trebor said:



    AlHamr, what a great experience and description! Congratulations on your acquisition.

    3/4/13 at 4:24pm

    Trebor said:



    AlHamr,

    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 (non-wild) is supposed to be earthy, woody and less bright. Am I to assume that yours matches the second scent profile?

    3/14/13 at 8:55am

    AlHamr said:



    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.

    4/19/13 at 2:14pm

    AlHamr said:



    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.

    5/18/13 at 5:50am

    Trebor said:



    Haitian Vetiver essential oil (double distilled), Eden Botanicals

    With a short-lived smoky wisp in the opening, this double distilled Haitian vetiver opens with a green doughiness initially coming through. Compared to other standard Haitian vetiver oils sampled, it's quieter, cleaner, a little less creamy but still recognisable. The term 'double distilled' says it all, as it comes across as a slightly diluted (or purer, depending on your own perspective). But the earthy grassiness that Haitian vetiver oil is renowned for eventually emerges with time.

    It's actually very pleasant in its own right, and is highly recommended to those looking for the cleanest specimen of vetiver essential oil possible.





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