Originally Posted by viktorov
Dominguez vetiver is really weak on the vetiver. If Guerlain's Vetiver struck you as a scent with too many other ingredients, I think you don't even have to try the Dominguez one, if it is pure vetiver you're desiring. Adolfo Dominguez Vetiver Hombre is much smoother than both Villoresi and Malle. In my opinion you should go for the Vetiver extraordinaire! Good luck!
Well, indeed, I had a chance to directly compare Adolfo Dominquez Vetiver Hombre
(VH) and Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire
(VE) the night before last, and I think that viktorov pretty much captures the primary difference. These are two distinctly different scents, with Vetiver Hombre being the outlier. VE smells similar to many other "raw", "earthy" vetiver scents (LV, L'Artisan, Etro, and Floris spring immediately to mind), while Vetiver Hombre doesn't really smell very similar to any other vetiver scent I have ever experienced. VH is notably smooth and I perceive it as "juicy" and "fruity/floral" if that makes sense. There is a large synthetic floral component to VH that I'm guessing is the "tecnofloral" note that is listed on the rare Spanish-language olfactory pyramid for VH that can be found on the web. One source cites the notes in VH thusly:
Topnotes: Fresh (fresca), neroli, aromatica
Midnotes: Especiado, tecnofloral, amaderado
Basenotes: Vetiver, leather (cuero), root (raiz), humid earth (tierra humeda), musk (almizcle)
The dominant theme to my nose is the synthetic floral component. VH also starts off quite sweet, but becomes drier throughout its evolution.
VE, by contrast, opens with a strong focus on a pretty pure, natural vetiver note, tempered only minimally by some spices. VE pursues a somewhat linear development to my nose, the vetiver unchanging and quite constant. After two or so hours the basenotes of oakmoss, sandalwood, and synthetic musks join the fray and accompany the vetiver to its natural end after about 7 hours.
I much prefer the VE in this comparison. VH has about as much to do with vetiver as Mark Birley for Men does, which is to say not very much at all. I would be very interested to find out what "tecnofloral", "Especiado", and "amaderado" are in VH.