This is for the future scentheads, who will be searching for the description of this fragrance on the net - like I was for a long time - and finding nothing, but the standard descriptions from the sellers that go like this:
Invigorating & exuberant. A stimulating pairing of Tonka and Vetiver highlighted with subtle hints of Patchouli inspires an aromatic backdrop from which to explore the depth from vastness of the masculine heart.
This product line is centered around three unique fragrances. Each has been meticulously crafted to underscore those positive attributes that are inherently male. Blended with natural essential oils, these subtle yet memorably appealing fragrances offer a pleasing relief from the daily pressures of contemporary living. We thought the male of our species deserved an aromatic escape he could claim as his own, so we developed these products to fulfill his need for a little manly self-indulgence that would define his domain.
Maroma Men has many applications to offer in Tonka Vetiver, Olibanum Citrus and Cedar Lavender.
First off, I don't remember, how Vetiver Tonka by Hermes smells like. I tried it several years ago, but cannot recall anything specific about it at this very moment. Second, we have +35C and 105% humidity here today. To the point:
Right off the bottle, this fragrance hits you with good old-fashioned vetiver, spiced up by aromatic herbs - classic and distinctly oriental in nature. Five minutes later, the smell becomes a cross between Guerlain's Vetiver sans citrus and tobacco, and stripped-down Habit Rouge. Then, enters the tonka: at this stage I suddently remembered my long-gone Body Kouros, if BK would have a heavy vetiver streak. The drydown I would describe as The Dreamer, BUT more cheerful, lighter, and brighter Dreamer, where all the tobacco and prunes are replaced with straight, no-nonsense Indian vetiver - the base is clean, vibrant, and zesty.
What's interesting is that, for its price, one would expect to have a simpler, more linear fragrance. But somehow it is not. One minute it just sits still, emanating the comforting vetiver vibe, then warms up to an amberish-golden glow of the Dreamer, then suddently becomes lazer-sharp green like your Malle's, then falls down again to the laziness of Body Kouros (tonka beans?). But again, it may be the humidity that we have today playing the tricks.
Couple of answers ahead of possible questions:
Is it heavy? - No
Is it sweet? - Not at all. Powdery yes, sweetish base yes, but not sweet.
Does it last or project? - 4 hours on, and still noticeable. Sits close to a skin, projection could be better.
Can it proudly call itself a good veriver fragrance? - Certainly so. It is better than many well-known vetivers - and, for one, stands head and shoulders above my latest acquisition, Vetyver by Roger & Gallet, which was a huge disappointment.
Here's what it looks like - try it sometimes!
Edited by Russlan - Yesterday at 11:33 pm