Recommendations for clean, green vetiver?

    Recommendations for clean, green vetiver?

    post #1 of 50
    Thread Starter 

    Hey guys,

     

    I started seriously exploring fragrances about 3 months ago and have found it quite expensive.  Instead of trying a wide range of sample decants, I was hoping to rely on your expertise in selecting a clean, "green" vetiver reminiscent of Guerlain's Vetiver Extreme.  I prefer the Vetiver Extreme to the original Vetiver by Guerlain, but something about Vetiver Extreme is too shrill and bright.  I want a vetiver that smells fresh and clean, but still balanced and subdued. I don't want a laundry-smelling fragrance or a "sport" fragrance from the mall. I wear Terre D'Hermes and Musc Ravageur, so preferably not much overlap with those either. Also like to keep it $150 or less for 50 mL. Recommend away! Thanks!

     

    P.S. First post!

    post #2 of 50

    Creed Original Vetiver perhaps? I also hear good things about dior's vetiver.

    post #3 of 50
    Givenchy Vetiver
    L'Artisan Vetiver
    Carlo Corinto Vetyver
    Dior Vetiver
    post #4 of 50

    Guerlain Veviter

    post #5 of 50

    Other possibilities for testing: 

     

    Mugler Cologne 

    Givenchy PH Blue Label 

    Lanvin Vetyver 

    post #6 of 50

    Creed's Original Vetiver is pretty fresh and easily wearable.

     

    I'll also throw out an oddball suggestion - Dior's Eau Sauvage Parfum. To me, this is a smooth, somewhat creamy citrus with a vetiver base. It's probably not classified as a true vetiver by most BN'ers, though. 

    post #7 of 50

    Clean and not dirty: Dior, Jo Malone Vetyver.   Darker Creed V. 1948 (not very dominant V.), Molinard Vetyver.

    post #8 of 50
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post

    Other possibilities for testing: 


    Lanvin Vetyver 
    Another good one.
    post #9 of 50

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    Here is one to try and easy enough to find a store to sample 

    post #10 of 50
    Diptyque Vetyverio
    Bond no.9 Eau de New York
    post #11 of 50

    I know you'd like to avoid it (I sure would, most of the time) but it'd be way better if you could get a sniff ahead of time before buying.  Because every one of these (excellent!) suggestions has the chance of missing on one of your criteria.  Examples:

     

    Creed Original Vetiver -- great, fresh, clean, balanced.  And $130 for only 30 ml.

    Dior Vetiver -- also amazing, invigorating, modern and classic at the same time.  And $200 a bottle.  (Which they don't even sell on their own website anymore, so good luck.)

    Mugler Cologne -- I love this, I own this, I wear it more than anything else.  But the people who don't like it usually think it's got that shrill, loud thing you say you don't like.  I don't get this -- at all -- but many do.

    L'Occitan Vetyver -- Smells great, is inexpensive, is easy to find.  But if it hits you wrong (like it did me) it's just too much rosemary and thyme.  It's a great smell, just not what I'm looking for in a vetiver fragrance.

    Diptyque Vetyverio -- Another beautiful, fresh, green, balanced vetiver.  But I find it a tiny bit too feminine for me.  And that's just me.  I wear other fragrances plenty of people think are feminine.  There's just something about Vetyverio that doesn't work on me.

     

    And so on.  It's hard being patient.  And you might not be in a big city, where trying everything on this list is possible.  But if you're anywhere relatively near a modern mall, you should be able to get a try of Mugler Cologne, L'Occitan Vetyver, Givenchy Blue Label, Eau Sauvage, and maybe even Diptyque Vetyverio and Jo Malone.  It's definitely worth the wait, and the avoidance of spending your money something you don't like. 

     

    Sorry to get all lecture-y.  Good luck.  =:o)

    post #12 of 50
    Lubin's Le Vetiver. Fresh, and then a bit peppery. No funk, at least as I recall it. Lovely bottle as well.
    post #13 of 50

    Many great options to suit your budget. I'll add one more: Story by Paul Smith. Welcome to Basenotes!

    post #14 of 50

    Agree with the prior posters about Mugler Cologne.  I love Mugler Cologne as a clean vetiver, and it has a really nice green streak in it.  Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver is another favorite, but it's more sunny and bright than green.

     

    My favorite clean green (even the color) vetiver would be Guerlain Vetiver Pour Elle.  Hard to find and expensive, but wonderful stuff, and extremely guy-friendly.

     

    Lubin vetivers are all great.  Bluff is amazing stuff, and has a clean outdoorsy smell, but the CokeŽ note may not be what you want.

     

    :wink:

     

    PS - Echoing Diamondflame!  Welcome to Basenotes! :beer:

    post #15 of 50

    Creed Original Vetiver.....Hands down.

    post #16 of 50

    Vetiver Extraordinaire

    post #17 of 50
    Thread Starter 

    Wow, you guys really came through! Thanks for the warm welcome and all the great directions.  Re: Dave's post - I was trying to find direction for further sampling, I don't really have the cash to blind buy any bottle.  I've been 100% on board with descriptions and reviews for a fragrance and been sorely disappointed by the sample I received, so I try to hedge my bets.  I just figured some direct replies from BN'ers would be more helpful than hours combing through Basenotes reviews and Fragrantica trying to determine which fragrances would actually smell "Clean and green." And you guys gave me a lot to try!

     

    Re: Mugler cologne - Love how clean and green it smells to me, but I don't get the smell of vetiver, it smells a little more fruity and soapy. 

     

    I currently get samples from Surrender to Chance and my local Saks (sometimes - they aren't handing much out) and I have been fairly pleased with them, but is there some other place that may be a little cheaper? Perfumed court charges similar prices, but their shipping is quite delayed.  Thanks again for all the help.  Look forward to rubbing elbows with fellow fragrance fanatics!

     

    Also, I have looked in the online shopping section of the forum, but haven't found everyone agreeing on an online discounter that is reliable.  Any tips there?  If I need to save $$, should I just get splits on here?

     

    Thanks again!

    post #18 of 50
    Might trend a bit too expensive, but OV is nice stuff. Mugler Cologne for the cheap version.

    9/6/13 at 1:29pm

    jleeworley said:



    Hey guys,

     

    I started seriously exploring fragrances about 3 months ago and have found it quite expensive.  Instead of trying a wide range of sample decants, I was hoping to rely on your expertise in selecting a clean, "green" vetiver reminiscent of Guerlain's Vetiver Extreme.  I prefer the Vetiver Extreme to the original Vetiver by Guerlain, but something about Vetiver Extreme is too shrill and bright.  I want a vetiver that smells fresh and clean, but still balanced and subdued. I don't want a laundry-smelling fragrance or a "sport" fragrance from the mall. I wear Terre D'Hermes and Musc Ravageur, so preferably not much overlap with those either. Also like to keep it $150 or less for 50 mL. Recommend away! Thanks!

     

    P.S. First post!

    9/6/13 at 1:49pm

    euge said:



    Creed Original Vetiver perhaps? I also hear good things about dior's vetiver.

    9/6/13 at 3:16pm

    hednic said:



    Givenchy Vetiver
    L'Artisan Vetiver
    Carlo Corinto Vetyver
    Dior Vetiver

    9/6/13 at 3:45pm

    Tony T said:



    Guerlain Veviter

    9/6/13 at 3:48pm

    Ken_Russell said:



    Other possibilities for testing: 

     

    Mugler Cologne 

    Givenchy PH Blue Label 

    Lanvin Vetyver 

    9/6/13 at 6:57pm

    1adam12 said:



    Creed's Original Vetiver is pretty fresh and easily wearable.

     

    I'll also throw out an oddball suggestion - Dior's Eau Sauvage Parfum. To me, this is a smooth, somewhat creamy citrus with a vetiver base. It's probably not classified as a true vetiver by most BN'ers, though. 

    9/6/13 at 7:15pm

    rbaker said:



    Clean and not dirty: Dior, Jo Malone Vetyver.   Darker Creed V. 1948 (not very dominant V.), Molinard Vetyver.

    9/6/13 at 7:22pm

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post

    Other possibilities for testing: 


    Lanvin Vetyver 
    Another good one.

    9/6/13 at 7:35pm

    Tucansam said:



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    Here is one to try and easy enough to find a store to sample 

    9/6/13 at 7:41pm

    chili_willi said:



    Diptyque Vetyverio
    Bond no.9 Eau de New York

    9/7/13 at 5:52am

    DaveStPaul said:



    I know you'd like to avoid it (I sure would, most of the time) but it'd be way better if you could get a sniff ahead of time before buying.  Because every one of these (excellent!) suggestions has the chance of missing on one of your criteria.  Examples:

     

    Creed Original Vetiver -- great, fresh, clean, balanced.  And $130 for only 30 ml.

    Dior Vetiver -- also amazing, invigorating, modern and classic at the same time.  And $200 a bottle.  (Which they don't even sell on their own website anymore, so good luck.)

    Mugler Cologne -- I love this, I own this, I wear it more than anything else.  But the people who don't like it usually think it's got that shrill, loud thing you say you don't like.  I don't get this -- at all -- but many do.

    L'Occitan Vetyver -- Smells great, is inexpensive, is easy to find.  But if it hits you wrong (like it did me) it's just too much rosemary and thyme.  It's a great smell, just not what I'm looking for in a vetiver fragrance.

    Diptyque Vetyverio -- Another beautiful, fresh, green, balanced vetiver.  But I find it a tiny bit too feminine for me.  And that's just me.  I wear other fragrances plenty of people think are feminine.  There's just something about Vetyverio that doesn't work on me.

     

    And so on.  It's hard being patient.  And you might not be in a big city, where trying everything on this list is possible.  But if you're anywhere relatively near a modern mall, you should be able to get a try of Mugler Cologne, L'Occitan Vetyver, Givenchy Blue Label, Eau Sauvage, and maybe even Diptyque Vetyverio and Jo Malone.  It's definitely worth the wait, and the avoidance of spending your money something you don't like. 

     

    Sorry to get all lecture-y.  Good luck.  =:o)

    9/7/13 at 7:01am

    jblanch1 said:



    Lubin's Le Vetiver. Fresh, and then a bit peppery. No funk, at least as I recall it. Lovely bottle as well.

    9/7/13 at 7:59am

    Diamondflame said:



    Many great options to suit your budget. I'll add one more: Story by Paul Smith. Welcome to Basenotes!

    9/7/13 at 8:07am

    Redneck Perfumisto said:



    Agree with the prior posters about Mugler Cologne.  I love Mugler Cologne as a clean vetiver, and it has a really nice green streak in it.  Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver is another favorite, but it's more sunny and bright than green.

     

    My favorite clean green (even the color) vetiver would be Guerlain Vetiver Pour Elle.  Hard to find and expensive, but wonderful stuff, and extremely guy-friendly.

     

    Lubin vetivers are all great.  Bluff is amazing stuff, and has a clean outdoorsy smell, but the CokeŽ note may not be what you want.

     

    :wink:

     

    PS - Echoing Diamondflame!  Welcome to Basenotes! :beer:

    9/7/13 at 9:31am

    sjg3839 said:



    Creed Original Vetiver.....Hands down.

    9/7/13 at 10:04am

    Luca said:



    Vetiver Extraordinaire

    9/7/13 at 6:32pm

    jleeworley said:



    Wow, you guys really came through! Thanks for the warm welcome and all the great directions.  Re: Dave's post - I was trying to find direction for further sampling, I don't really have the cash to blind buy any bottle.  I've been 100% on board with descriptions and reviews for a fragrance and been sorely disappointed by the sample I received, so I try to hedge my bets.  I just figured some direct replies from BN'ers would be more helpful than hours combing through Basenotes reviews and Fragrantica trying to determine which fragrances would actually smell "Clean and green." And you guys gave me a lot to try!

     

    Re: Mugler cologne - Love how clean and green it smells to me, but I don't get the smell of vetiver, it smells a little more fruity and soapy. 

     

    I currently get samples from Surrender to Chance and my local Saks (sometimes - they aren't handing much out) and I have been fairly pleased with them, but is there some other place that may be a little cheaper? Perfumed court charges similar prices, but their shipping is quite delayed.  Thanks again for all the help.  Look forward to rubbing elbows with fellow fragrance fanatics!

     

    Also, I have looked in the online shopping section of the forum, but haven't found everyone agreeing on an online discounter that is reliable.  Any tips there?  If I need to save $$, should I just get splits on here?

     

    Thanks again!

    9/7/13 at 7:01pm

    greekyogurt said:



    Might trend a bit too expensive, but OV is nice stuff. Mugler Cologne for the cheap version.