Originally Posted by petruccijc
Givenchy Vetyver. Period.
A quite provocative statement. The Givenchy may develop bold facets on skin. And thus it is formal, layed back, settled, not always in a good way. I personally like the refreshing to adstringend quality of Carven Vetiver (old formula) and as a more nutritious variant the ELDO Fat Electrician. The former combines lavender, the latter vanilla with the material in question.
Nobody mentioned Kenzo Air Intense. It's crap, "kitsch", though. First it may be taken as a typical-vetiver-true-to-the-real-stuff thing. Then it becomes boring and in the end develops a nauseous aspect of environmental pollution. Even vetiver can be rendered hideous.
The Tom Ford concoction Grey Vetiver is an other case. 2 be avoided in my book. It smells "as-if" it was vetiver. But it has some high gloss polished texture to it which renders it unbelievable. The juxtaposition is obviously an accident in trying to be at once modern and classic.