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    Default Journey into vetiver...

    Vetiver is such a large category that I'm going to try to pursue what I already know I like first.

    I'm looking for something that's rich, dark, possibly oriental, and has vetiver as the starring note. I can be dry or sweet, but prefer heavy and earthy like Fumidus rather than musty like Vetiverru. Nothing bright and citrussy, thanks.

    I already have Djedi on my to-try list, though it may be a while before I get the chance to.

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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    Purely from a value for money perspective, give L'Occitane's Vetyver a sniff. Earthy, slightly dark, very vetiver-y and very nice. Longevity is more on the cologne-side of things for me, but it could be different for you.

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    MPG Route Du Vetiver.

    This is almost straight vetiver oil, though tempered a bit with a deep black currant note and a hint of musk in the base.
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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    Doesn't everyone here praise encre noir? I like cdg2man as a smoky incense, vetiver. Worth a try at the very least... good luck G_B on your journey of exploration!

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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    I second MPG Route du Vetiver. I would also suggest Lorenzo Villoresi Vetiver and Chanel Sycomore.
    Last edited by petruccijc; 27th March 2009 at 10:07 AM.
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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    I'll second Lorenzo Villoresi Vetiver. Charred roots, crushed herbs, rich earth.
    And there has to be a Journey joke to be made here but for the life o' me...
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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    My favorite vetiver is the one by Etro. It's most just vetiver, just a very nice one. It's one fragrance I always keep on hand. The first expensive fragrance I bought was Creed's bay rum/vetiver. As I understand it, that fragrance is now discontinued, but I do often wear a bay rum and a vetiver at the same time.

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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I second MPG Route du Vetiver. I would also suggest Lorenzo Villoresi Vetiver and Chanel Sycomore.
    Exactly.

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    Well, this next suggestion isn't exactly heavy or dark but it is one of the more unique takes on vetiver, and is a pretty good representation of a lighter haitian vetiver after the topnotes wear off:

    Annick Goutal Vetiver

    The top notes are wonderfully salty and iodiney, and after that it's almost a straight vetiver (just slightly lighter and cleaner than the real stuff).

    It's just a really unique take on vetiver and is worth a sniff if you are going to venture into vetivers.
    Last edited by SculptureOfSoul; 27th March 2009 at 11:32 AM.
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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    I just got a sample swap package with a bunch of vetiver scents. I'll try and put my impressions into words, once I sniff them a bit more.

    PdN Vetyver
    MPG Route du Vetiver
    Floris Vetiver
    Villoresi Vetiver
    Miller Harris Vetiver Bourbon

    And I have Original Vetiver and samples of a few more vetivers, including Creed 48.

    I'm going to have a big vetiver party tonight. I'll let you know how it goes.
    Lately I've been wearing:
    Windsor, Bois de Santal, Original Santal, Elixir, Douro, Endymion, Reflection, Arcus, Marwah

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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    This thread helped me immensely: Vetiver Redux-Update (five new scents added!)
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    MPG's Route du Vetiver gets another vote from me

    CDG2 Man and Le Labo's Vetiver 46 are both dark smokey vetivers

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    Expensive but amazing

    edp Frederic Malle , Vetiver Extraordinaire.

    the best in my book

    Very nice as well, Diffferent company , Sel de Vetiver-.
    Current top 10 in no particular order : Malle - Carnal Flower (pre 2008) ; Montale - Black Aoud ; Bond #9 - Silver Factory ; Tauer - L'air du désert marocain ; C&Z - No 88 ; Francis K. - APOM ; Creed - Aventus ; Amouage - Epic ; Profumum - Dulcis In Fundo ; Amouage - Opus V

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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    My 3 favorite vetiver scents are Givenchy Vetyver, CDG - Vettiveru and Montale - Red Vetyver.

    When vetiver frags get too pure and earthy I lose interest. I like vetiver in concert with a few other notes.
    Hell, I can go to Whole Foods and get vetiver oil if I want a pure vetiver.

    I enjoy walking above the earth, smelling the grass in the wind, not laying in the dirt with my nose pressed on the vetiver roots.

    I like my vetiver like I like my porn ...I am much more turned on by the suggestion and flirt of vetiver, than have it presented to me naked and stuck in my face with no flirtation.
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    Well, this may not be much help as it's now apparently discontinued, but Floris Vetiver fits your earthy descriptor quite well. Despite that, it's not as "dirty" as some, and it's not hard to wear at all. Indeed, it would be terrific with a jacket and tie if one were so inclined, but just as often I wear it with jeans.

    I can also second the thumbs-up for L'Occitane's take, which shares some similarities with Floris but is a bit less refined and has a heavier cedar emphasis. It was my first vetiver scent and remains one of my favorites.

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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    IMO these are superb on a guy:
    Mazzolari Lui, Mazzolari Vetiver, Le Malle Vetiver Extrordinaire, MPG Route de Vetiver

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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    Guys I know we went a little overboard with Encre Noir within the last few weeks, but for it to only be mentioned once so far in this thread is crazy. Galamb if you haven't already smelt EN please do add it to your list of must try vetivers. It holds its own with anything niche, and is truly a great, dark woody vetiver scent.
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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    My suggestion is Turtle Vetiver created by Isabelle Doyen for Les Nez. Amazing stuff.
    Fine fragrance is alive; it breathes, unfolds and unravels with each passing hour....

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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Well, this next suggestion isn't exactly heavy or dark but it is one of the more unique takes on vetiver, and is a pretty good representation of a lighter haitian vetiver after the topnotes wear off:

    Annick Goutal Vetiver

    The top notes are wonderfully salty and iodiney, and after that it's almost a straight vetiver (just slightly lighter and cleaner than the real stuff).

    It's just a really unique take on vetiver and is worth a sniff if you are going to venture into vetivers.
    I would heartily second Annick Goutal's Vetiver. It's 'earthy' but perhaps not exactly 'dark'. My first impressions of it (when I stumbled over it in the mid 90s in Paris) was that "this would compliment a young urban gentleman".

    I hope you will also be able to try:

    Frederic Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Givenchy Vetiver
    Lez Nez Turtle Vetiver
    Parfumerie Generale Querelle (this one is probably the 'darkest' IMO)
    MPG's Route du Vetiver
    CdG Vettiveru

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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    I tried Encre Noir and I have L'Occitane, Zara's, Guerlain's and Puig's: the first two are really eaux de colognes, both are superb but longevity is an issue. Puig's is hardly the kind of vetiver one is used to. Guerlain... you know it, there is no need to write about it (except for the fact base notes have been described by my daughter as being very close to tea).

    So, that leaves Encre Noir. I do not have an exact operational meaning for a vetiver being "black" but I could feel some very distinctive earthy notes in it.
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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    I'll add another plug for Chanel's Sycomore. It's dark, very smoky and a little bit salty.

    It is primarily a vetiver fragrance, but nothing whatsoever like the more popular, frequently mentioned vetivers (Guerlain, Malle, Givenchy, etc.)

    Edit: Also, Sycomore's sillage and longevity are first-rate.
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    I've tried Encre Noire and Guerlain's, but I ended up buying L'Occitane's. I like the addition of the cedar, which warms it up a bit, especially compared to EN. I don't have longevity issues with it at all. I wore it earlier this week (5 sprays in the morning), and I could still smell it the next morning when I got up. Best bang for your buck!
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    Default Re: Journey into vetiver...

    Quote Originally Posted by curtis.w View Post
    ... I ended up buying L'Occitane's. I like the addition of the cedar, which warms it up a bit, especially compared to EN. I don't have longevity issues with it at all. I wore it earlier this week (5 sprays in the morning), and I could still smell it the next morning when I got up. Best bang for your buck!
    Why the heck it does not last in me as much as it does in you??? I just wish it would, but it does not.

    BTW, yesterday I tried Tumulte, it closely reminded me Vetiver by L'Occitane. Your mention anout the cedar is quite appropiate, undoubtedly this adds lots of character to the blend.

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