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    Default Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    It seems like that most threads that focus on Guerlain Vetiver are filled with comments suggesting that the scent is a classic, and must be experienced because of its part in scent history. In threads where someone is complaining about not liking it, people suggest to keep it around so it can be experienced and "grow".

    What I don't see, though, is many people responding as I did. I instantly thought after applying some GV and letting it settle that it was the best scent I'd ever smelled, and even now after trying several others, I can't really find anything better (and I'm not interested in getting into the niche stuff...). Its so good that I'm considering it making it my "signature" scent and not really using anything else.

    So, two questions:
    (1) How many of you loved GV the first time you tried it (and continue to love it?)
    (2) How many of you consider GV to be your favorite scent?

    Just curious.

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    I love it - it's crisp, dry, and masculine. I wear it all year, and it's especially appropriate for the office.

    The first time I wore it, I hated it for the first several minutes, but once it settled down, I was hooked.

    However, I wouldn't consider it my favorite scent, or even my favorite vetiver. That honor belongs to Chanel Sycomore.

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    I love it and wear it quite often. But it is not my favorite scent.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    I have great respect for this great vertiver classic but I don't love it. I have only worn it once since I bought it last year.

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    I love Guerlain - it's my favorite house, and I like vetiver - but I only 'like' GV, I don't love it. I agree that it is a classic that is well worth giving time. I didn't 'get it' at first, in fact it took me at least 10 skin tests to really appreciate it, and even after I did appreciate it I didn't fall madly in love with it. Regardless I own a bottle and now and then it's the right fragrance for the day. I'd encourage anyone to give it more than a single sampling, but if you don't like it, you don't like it.

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    It's OK but nothing special.

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    Quote Originally Posted by killer_deep View Post
    So, two questions:
    (1) How many of you loved GV the first time you tried it (and continue to love it?)
    (2) How many of you consider GV to be your favorite scent?
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    1: I loved it at first sniff 30 years ago, but it has changed since then and therefore, so has the depth of my love for it.
    2: No, it's not my favorite scent, or even my favorite Vetiver for that matter, that award goes to Annick Goutal Vetiver.
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    1) I thought "old man" the first time I smelled it. The second time, I thought, "hmmm this is great quality and reminds me of a garden of tabacco and vetiver.... but not for me." Third time I really wrapped my nose around it and fell in love with. It never striked me as "great" until I became fully acquainted with it. It's not a sex bomb fragrance released by Jean Paul Gaultier - whereas something like le male smells great for an hour before getting annoying, Vetiver by Guerlain stays cool, calm and collected.
    2) No, it's not my favorite scent, but it is definitely a classic, and for me, represents something timeless and beautiful. I wear it for myself and not for others.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    Coriander and I got in a fight... Vetiver stood on the sidelines watching... Coriander and I hate each other... Vetiver and I made up, and have forged a long lasting relationship... I wanted to love GV I really did, but the same bully that made me give up Live Jazz made an orphan out of GV.... I wish I could say that I missed you son, but I'm sure you've found a better family, a family that loves you for who you are and not all of those that just needed a child to raise
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    Yes, I love it. I love vetiver period but after trying many vetivers (and owning some good ones), to my nose, this is the gold standard.
    I smelled it around me as a child. The first time I smelled it after about 20 years later, I wasn't sure but the drydown on my clothes made me go back and get it. It's my go to scent for the summer in spite of reformulations. Vetiver is one of the most evocative scents to me (if not the most).

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    Wish I did, because I blind bought it. It reminds me of of the smell of dental cement.

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    Besides maybe Sel de Vetiver, I'd say it's my favorite vetiver.

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    See Somerville Metro Man's recent thread...apparenty the answer is "yes."

    GV is the most owned and most worn scent here.

    Quite an accomplishment when you consider the thousands of fragrances in the world. And this by some of the most knowledgable fragrance lovers that exist.

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    Do the accountants at Guerlain count?
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    my hand is raised for 1), and most probably for 2) also.

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    I tried Guerlain Vetiver after joining Basenotes. I didn't know a vetiver from a fougere. One whiff and I've been smiling driftily ever since. If I have a dozen vetivers, GV is in my top two or three. (Is there any explanation? I like "magic" and "serendipity.")

    But there are other "classics" that do not appeal. (There are fragrances with the finest ingredients that do not appeal. There are highly lauded fragrances that do not appeal.) I'm not at all sure that there is any real correlation among quality, praise, and preference.

    I concur that there is value in reference scents and understanding the evolution of fragrances and their elements. In the end, of course, it's down to That Which Pleases.

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    I've only smelled it on card... I need to give this one a wearing soon. Not instant love, but there's some interest here.

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    It was love at first sniff, and GV remains in my list of top 10 favorites of all time.

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    Recently, in bluesoul's 1st Annual Basenotes March Madness playoffs, Guerlain Vetiver made it into the final four. GV lost in the semi-final to the eventual champion, Habit Rouge.

    Also, Somerville Metro Man just finished tracking the community's SotD posts for a solid year to see if we actually wear what we talk about. As Butthead53 said, Guerlain Vetiver was by far the scent most worn by the Basenoters who post their SotD.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    I loved it from the first sniff and still do. It remains in my top 5. I know for sure that I could never get tired of this cologne.

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    When I first smelled it (1992, gosh I was so young then, on a friend's friend in Paris), it scared me slightly, actually the same way Mitsouko scared me when I first smelled it: I felt it was so strange and exotic, a bitter-dry scent I had never smelled before. Since then, I have worn it myself for a trillion times, and it never fails to make me think "mmmm ... oh yeah baby!". I LOVE it, and if someone forced me to own only one Guerlain, it would be Vetiver. I think ...

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    The only smells I've got of this one, lead me right back to David Beckham Instinct
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    I think I've always loved it - from the very first time I tried it and purchased it 20+ years ago when I was a stuggling university student. I still love it now because it's a great, great fragrance; has fabulous longevity; and is a relative bargain.

    All of that said, it's probably not my favourite scent (but then, I'm not sure what is).

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    I'm not really fond of perfumes based around one chord. I tried it, but for me, it's nothing special.
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    I had a real strange relationship with GV, I loved the opening but then about 8 hours later I started to find the soapy note a bit sickly. It is a very tenacious fragrance and I find it has one of the greatest longevities I've ever experienced. I.e. Put it on, 24 hours plus a shower and full change of clothes later, I could still smell some of the soapyness. I don't hate it but neither do I love it.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    Back in the mid-80s’ I fell in love with Guerlain Vétiver at first sniff.
    I always have it in my wardrobe. It’s one of my favorites along with Eau Sauvage.
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    It is definately a classic and a wonderfully made scent but I couldn't say that it can send raving about it. As Ruggles said it might have been exceptional 30 years ago but I don't think one can only blame the reformulation for tha change of feelings. A fragrance one loves is usually an exceptional fragrance not just a very well done one. And yes, we 've come a long way. More exciting are on the market now, a lot more diversification, and maybe what used to be a phenomenal scent 30 years ago has more of a historical value today than its power to sweep people off their feet. One thing going for it though, it's not expensive, so I can see myself buying it at some point as a casual morning scent.

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    1-. Took me a good amount of trials before deciding.
    2-. One of my fav's, indeed. A masterpiece? I am not an expert, so I can not give you reasons at all for saying it is so. Conservative? Yes, I am into these kind of scents.

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    Default Re: Does anyone actually *love* Guerlain Vetiver?

    I like the current version but I love the old one (the yellow juice).

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