The Different Company Sel de Vétiver (2006) Céline Ellena Woods
Top Notes: Grapefruit, Cardamom Middle Notes: Bourbon Geranium, Haitian Vetiver, Ylang-Ylang, Lovage Base Notes: Patchouli, Iris, Bourbon Vetiver
A salty, slightly bitter scent, with overtones of spice, a sweet floral note, earthy root notes, and an underlying iris almost devoid of powdery effect. This is a tour-de-force of a fragrance, whose character is beautiful without a trace of prettiness. The beauty is in the audacity of it, and in its extreme rawness and earthiness. The geranium and one of the vetivers in it are called "Bourbon," after the pre-French-Revolution name of the Indian Ocean island of Réunion, an overseas region of France; this island is a perfumer's emporium of exotic white florals, aromatic grasses, vanilla, and geranium, among others. Anyway, wear Sel de Vétiver, and you're bound to attract attention!