L'Artisan Coeur de Vetiver Sacre
w/ notes (according to Now Smell This) of:
bergamot, orange, black tea, pepper, ginger, coriander, saffron, incense, birch, dates and dried apricot, rose, osmanthus, iris, vanilla, vetiver, tarragon, sandalwood, white cedar, gaiac wood, amber, tonka beans, labdanum, castoreum, and musk
8 hours after applying it I did the 90 minute P90X yoga video (a good and very sweaty workout!) and I can still smell it clearly. I don't understand Octavian's review of this at all. I think he is anosmic to fragrances or suffers olfactory fatigue sometimes. He also said Epic Man disappeared on him after an hour or two, and that's just unfathomable to me.
After a very nice bergamot tea opening, it picks up some dried fruit and cardamom alongside a strong black tea note. The white cedar and iris join the fray, along with a slightly wintergreen like birch note. The woody accord is similar to the cedar in the drydown of Windsor, and also calls to mind Six Scents #3, Spirit of Wood, which shares a number of notes. The vetiver here is abstract - cleaned of all dirt - it is hyper-real and almost three dimensional.
The scent also shares some structure with Gucci PH II but is brighter, more buoyant, and as mentioned more "three dimensional" than the comparatively flat Gucci PH II.
The late drydown is interesting as it takes on an almost eucalyptus feel and honestly smells quite similar to the opening of Windsor. Windsor fans need to check this scent out!