Eau de Vetyver opens with just a faint hint of bergamot citrus before quickly absorbing it into its woody spicy vetiver heart. The linear vetiver heart and subsequent dry-down is driven primarily by slightly sweet nutmeg-like herbal woody smelling cypress that couples with effervescent vetiver over a cedar spine. Projection is below average and longevity is very good at just over 10 hours on skin. Eau de Vetyver was quite the "under the radar" surprise that has eluded me for years. I ended up sampling it for the first time while at my local L'Occitane specifically to try another one of their fragrances that has gotten much more attention and visibility, Eau des Baux. After being highly impressed and purchasing that one, I sprayed the lesser known Eau de Vetyver on a card before leaving the store just to give it a quick sniff and nearly bought it on the spot having done so. Like Eau des Baux, Eau de Vetyver uses a key herbal cypress driven heart accord to power its development, only instead of turning tobacco-like, this time it melds with vetiver to create a slightly nutty, herbal woody composition that really has a completely different feel to it despite the cypress and herbal commonality between the two. The bottom line is if you are looking for an ever-changing, super-projector of a fragrance keep looking as Eau de Vetyver is neither; but despite its linear minimalist nature Eau de Vetyver smells incredible from start to finish and that is much more important to this reviewer, at least, earning it a well-deserved 4 star out of 5 overall rating. Those looking for an excellent smelling herb-laced woody vetiver composition that is extremely versatile should definitely consider sampling this outstanding $52 per 100ml bottle value as you may end up buying it as I did.
Vetyver by L'Occitane, 2001
Rated #150 in Fragrances
Now this is vetiver done original. When I sampled this one, I smelled Mother Earth in a bottle. This Vetiver is rooty and kind of soil like on the initial spray. If you like Vetiver, you will really like this one. Most vetiver frags smell like everthing except vetiver. I'm not a vetiver person, but I like the authenticity of this one to the scent of the actual root. Good Job on this one!
I would describe this as sweet vetiver. Opening is earthy and spicy, then dries down to a very sweet (but not cloying) vetiver. Smells more friendly than Guerlain's Vetiver Extreme, also brighter than Encre Noire. Undoubtely a must have for vetiver lovers.
Unlike any other "Vetiver" fragrance or subsidiary I own - or have tried. Honestly, I don't get the usual rooty and earthy...and soapy viibe that I enjoy from Guerlain and Tom Ford. I also don't get a dirty vetiver that Dirty English, Encre Noir and Zirh Ikon. This one is nice and smoky - and has that herbal/woody thing going on that can be commonplace in lines of lesser quality. It's work-safe, and date-safe. I wouldn't wear it in a situation that called for a statement...it's not that kind of EDT. For me, it's personal - and I wear it when I'm having beers with other couples - or in a situation where it's relaxed...like a winery or church function. It doesn't last all that long, and projection on me is limited...but that is fine by me. For $50 bucks, it gives me four solid hours of uniqueness. It's not a common scent in St. Louis - at least that is what the reps at the stores here have told me. Enjoy
I tried this together with Diptyque's Vetiverio - i must say this creation stood on its own being a budget/lifestyle blend - spices from the french provence is infused really nicely with vetiver, its not too overpowering - fresh with a light amber accord, probably my pick from the L'occitane line over Eau de Baux and L'occitane Homme.
This is not nice This is a dark, brooding, dangerous-- yet soothing vetyver-- --That is on the side of the angels. Not nice, but masculine and virtuous. A good one to reach for if Guerlian demands you to be too Alpha-Male "Isn't it great to be alive" happy, when you're in a rotten mood. Or when storm clouds literally cover the sky . . . Warm and comforting.
This was my first introduction to Vetiver and has become one of my fave ingredients in a fragrance. It has a woodsy, herbal smell with smoky overtones. It's clean and long lasting. L'Occitane has won me over with this cologne, definitely one of my favorite daily scents.
This fragrance reminds me of Kyoto, Jubilation XXV, Oud Wood and Encre Noire. At such a price, this is the best buy. My favorite Occitane. I can smell the same cypres note than in Eau des Baux, but without the nauseating vanilla. Masterpiece!
This is a dry, rooty vetiver that plays more of a supporting cast to the wood notes than the major player. A little bergamot in the opening, but then the vetiver is most prominent. Some wood notes join in (cypress?) and play the major rule throughout with the vetiver ever present. Plays pretty linear throughout after this and lasts for quite some time. Projects well on me in addition. Probably my favorite from the LOccitane line.
L'Occitane Vétyvers warmth is exceptional among the vetiver fragrances Ive tested. This warmth creates a very user friendly and comfortable fragrance. The opening provides a bergamot / rosemary / vetiver accord that is visited by a almost incense-like cypress and warm, clear, well-rounded but discreet nutmeg. This opening vetiver accord has a rather oily aromatic texture when smelled very close to the skin. As it progresses toward the heart, the vetiver shines through more and more in combination with the nutmeg and the cypress, bringing both smoothness and balance to the fragrance. The drydown has elements of vetiver, cypress, and nutmeg in its accord and does not seem to have much longevity on my skin. I wouldnt call L'Occitane Vétyver a complex scent, it is more intricate than complex, and it delivers a full package of quality and enjoyment from beginning to end. Too bad that end is so near the beginning. Im pretty close to a neutral on this one because of its longevity. Originally submitted 11 February 2007, Taiwan
Vetyver by L'Occitane, 2001
|Notes||vetiver wood, bergamot, rosemary, cypress, nutmeg|
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