Originally Posted by Ken_Russell
This might come as a surprise: Lanvin Vetiver
I'll second that. What I initially perceived to be a fresh generic, middle of the road sporty scent has in time become one of my real favorites. I love Lanvin Vetyver. Most of the fresh, modern "vetiver" scents are also composed with heavy amounts of synthetic cedar materials like Iso E Super-- I'n not knocking these at all-- I love Encre Noire and Terre D'Hermes. But it's reached a point where the market is starting to churn these types of vetiver scents out too much, IMO. It's great to have a few of these types in your drobe, but after that they become redundant. I'd probably have liked Tom Ford Grey Vetiver if I didn't already have that base more than covered.
Lanvin Vetyver starts out with a fresh clean almost "Lysol" note in the opening, but when it dries down, the vetiver starts coming to the fore and it's almost a dry, sweet cornlike texture (reminds me of those little corn cakes that come on the side of mexican dishes). It's a non vanillic sweetness, basically. OK, that's a weird way to describe it, but it's a really good drydown. Sure, the beginning seems a bit cologne-like, but it quickly becomes better with time. This is a fresh, sporty vetiver that is overlooked and can be had for cheap.