I have been enquiring into CdVS for some time now. The reviews have been ambivalent all over Internet (not only Basenotes). I hesitated to blind buy when the price was right. Yesterday, I got the opportunity to try it on my skin. Since most reviewers agree that the name of this perfume is misleading I won't bother to describe my impressions based on the listed notes. I will only speak of accords. And from the initial impression and for a couple of hours what I get is a strong "boozy" accord that at the opening is sharp with a rich tangy smell of ripe fruit, and as the time goes by it mellows down to first sweet "rum" and later to a dryer "rum". I know "rum" is not listed in the notes but that is what I get. I can't explain it and I will not even try. This seems to me to be an interesting fragrance with warmth (a lot of it) and an old-fashion feeling. At times it is comforting like the smell of the interior of the old handbag of your grand mother or an aunt. I can imagine people wearing and enjoying this but not me. CdVS lasted on my skin 4 to 4,5 hours but the last at least 2 hours it became a close to the skin scent. The final dry down was actually the most pleasant phase of CdVS. Realizing that 75 perfumes are listed being created by L'Artisan Perfumeur I can imagine that they must have tried to offer quite a few fragrances that appeal to very particular tastes (it's called marketing I guess). Anyway, this has got to be a neutral for me.
Coeur De Vétiver Sacré by L'Artisan Parfumeur, 2010
Rated #3755 in Fragrances
Wow---the opening of this fragrance is truly beautiful...effervescent, golden, sparkling, with the perfect amount of sweetness. It takes a little bit of time for this phase to blossom to its full beauty....I just wish it lasted much longer! It is truly intoxicating. On me, the drydown feels rather monochromatic compared to the pizzazz of the earlier notes. A darker, woodier mood takes over as the vetiver emerges...Not a bad phase, but it doesn't seem to live up to its potential and is eclipsed by the opening. The sillage and staying power are not too impressive on me, but I do get sudden flashes of earlier notes and interesting beauty even when I think the fragrance has completely left my body. It is a bit too elusive, however, and I am left wanting more. Despite this overall unevenness, I still think the fragrance is worth possessing for the addictive opening and the curious transformation of interesting notes.
Forget about the vetiver in the name, Coeur de Vétiver Sacré is all about dried fruits and black tea. Take one part from another L'artisan Parfumeur creation, Tea for Two and one part Amouage Jubilation XXV (sans incense) and you have Coeur de Vétiver Sacré.
Greeny and very much "Earthy" scent. Take Creed's Original Vetiver and blend it with Terre d' Hermes and a drop of Fresco by Victoret voilà. Not to my nose
Somehow a watery perfume, green and bitter. The smoky drydown reminds me of tea for two. Coeur du Vetiver Sacrè is a very original fragrance, one of the few of L'Artisan that I would definitely consider masculine. Perhaps it could benefit a stronger note of incense.
L'Artisan is a house that I have struck out with many times in the past with no hits, so I sampled Coeur de Vetiver Sacre with extremely low expectations. Despite my reservations on the house it came from, since Luckyscent recommended it after I filled out an extensive questionnaire as to my preferences, I felt I *had* to at least try it... and I am very glad I did. I love vetiver scents, but this one is quite different to the vetivers I have smelled in the past. It is extremely subtle, slightly sweet, and the vetiver is not the primary note to my nose (despite the title). I get a lot of bergamot and black tea up top similar to the beautiful smell of Earl Grey (and into the heart notes), with a nice vetiver supporting note that is of the non-smokey kind, mixing with a heavy dose of saffron that stays around throughout the scent's development. Other supporting notes that take even more of a background role to the bergamot, vetiver and saffron, are dates and hints of cedar in the heart, and later-on light musk, semi-sweet amber and castoreum forming the base notes. Projection is minimal to below average, and longevity is above average. Those looking for a raw vetiver dominant scent are bound to be disappointed, but if you want a subtle, classy skin scent that uses vetiver as a supporting note well, but features other notes like bergamot, black tea and saffron at the fore, then Coeur de Vetiver Sacre is bound to impress. This one has gotten no love on Basenotes, but *I* love it and it will be the first L'Artisan that is added to my collection. 4.5 stars out of 5... Superb, and highly recommended.
Unfortunately I have had to draw the conclusion that vetiver tends to give me a headache; Coeur De Vetiver Sacre certainly does. It's so dark, so heavy, so overwhelming. Having said that this is very true to vetiver oil so you might love it for that alone. There is a hint of greeness (from the tea?). Excellent sillage but poor staying power on my skin. I should think not for the faint of heart!
This one Opens up with a light peach aroma that disappears in a twinkling of an eye , giving space to pepper followed by an herbal tone counterbalanced by delicate aroma of roses and guaiac wood, thus giving the fragrance a semi-sweet aroma. Then, after 20 minutes, the tea kicks in followed by castoreum, giving this fragrance a complete different smell from the top notes. Interesting fragrance, but you might wanna sample it out before a blind buy.
Forget about vetiver, forget about the rest of the L'Artisan line, and ignore the notes. Coeur de Vétiver Sacré is a beautiful, sweet golden hay scent with a dash of smooth vetiver in the dry-down (4-5 hours later on my skin). If you've got a hankering for this sort of thing, CdVS is a beautiful choice! Since PG Bois Blond is already in my collection, I don't need this. However, if I didn't own the PG, it's likely I would buy CdVS (and will seriously consider it if/when I drain the BB).
Karine Vinchon dessicates the top notes of vetivert with a generous dose of cedar and pepper. She chills the middle section with a callous violet note. And only in the end does she allow the eponymous ingredient to emerge as a recognisable presence, by which time it's settled into woody, vaguely tea-like territory. The link between the floral heart and the vetivert may be clever, but its effect is pretty unengaging, not to mention thin. Still, if you liked Gucci Pour Homme II - which also centred around violet - you might want to give this a try.
Coeur De Vétiver Sacré by L'Artisan Parfumeur, 2010
|Notes||bergamot, black tea, date, dried fruits, saffron, ginger, pink berries, vanilla, incense, musks|
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