You've said that before about your Djedi sample Mike - and I really think something is wrong with that sample of yours. From Luca Turin's NZZ Folio from 2005: "Guerlain, the great virtual konditorei who started it all with Jicky in 1889, only ever did two totally unsweetened perfumes: Djedi and Sous le Vent. The former was reissued a few years ago and was a tremendous animalic vetiver, correctly described by Guerlain’s Roja Dove as 'the driest perfume of all time'."
I have a bottle of pure vetiver oil, and when I do a side-by-side comparison of pure vetiver oil and Djedi, it's evident to me that Djedi mainly contains vetiver, in a state of almost rawness, and after that some oakmoss, patchouli and I guess some civet - plus just a dash of rose (the latter not very evident). There is absolutely no heliotrope, no almond, no powder. What you describe, Mike, really must be something else. I'm quite sure that your nose is alright!
Here's a note chart of the stuff I smell in Djedi:
PS: I doubt that Djedi will ever be reissued again. I doubt also that it would sell well if it was, even for a "normal" extrait price. The vetiver is just too raw to be interesting enough for enough of people I think...
PPS: Loved your pics on your review site, Sorcery! I will now read the text, mmm...
Originally Posted by mikeperez23
...this is what I experienced: lot's of Guerlainade, bits of a heliotrope-almond accord, powder, a whiff of leather and some sort of musk. I personally smelled very little
vetiver, and I think I know what Guerlain Vetiver
smells like, as I wear it all of the time. I wanted it to smell dirty, leathery, vetiver, green, etc...but it didn't.
So either my nose is off, or the sample I tested is. I think I need to retest this again, later, to see if my impressions change. Perhaps this time, a sample from another source.