Originally Posted by scentemental
[quote author=Joel_Cairo link=1143550838/15#19 date=1143670618]Paradieserl & scentemental-
I was surprised to see Lanvin among both you elite collectors' lists, considering that in the directory, it seems to be considered about the weakest, cheapest vetiver out there. But then I thought again, and said "Aaaaah, they must mean the original Lanvin, rather than the rerelease" am I correct in this?
My good friend, I'll begin by refusing the mantle of elite collector. I will simply say that my goal is to try as many fragrances as I can and to purchase the ones I like regardless of whether its Vétiver Tonka*, which is what I am wearing today, or "the cheapest vetiver out there" like Lanvin Vetyver, which I also wore very recently.
Let me explain myself this way: If Lanvin Vetyver is the weakest Vetyver available, then is there a vetiver strength which is ideal so that any fragrance that doesn't contain that strength or even a particular rendition of vetiver automatically becomes a pariah to vetiver lovers.
Most vetiver fragrances have, despite their name, used vetiver as a component. In some, it's center stage, in other it's waiting in the wings, sometimes sticking its head out occassionally to look at what's going on on stage, like Lanvin Vetyver.
Some like their Vetiver loud, some like it in a whisper. Lanvin Vetyver is the latter, and it is one of the many loud or whisper-quite vetivers I like.
I think it's a very elegant, accomplished fragrance, with all due respect to the reviewers.
scentemental- I just wanted to add a note that my dubbing you "elite collectors" was not intended to suggest "snobby" or "elitist", as anybody who reads these boards know, you are famous for railing against the pomposity and posturing of Creed et al. By "elite", I meant simply to say that you two know your frags, and have breadth, depth and many rare prizes in your wardrobes, so I figured that if anybody had bottles of the original Vetyver, you'd be likely candidates. I find your attitude really refreshing scentemental- be it an exclusive, rarefied delicacy or discount drugstore junk, you'll give it a go. The mindset of one who is mental about scent indeed.
And since you like your vetivers light, have you tried the new Guerlain Vetiver Sport? Mike from Manhattan, inspired by a thread in which everyone was clamoring for a first-hand review, went out and got it last week, but found it too light for his taste. I think its in hsi swap list