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    Default Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford - a review

    A BIG THANK YOU to cairomerta, for the opportunity to sample this scent!

    '...Itís barbershop-oriented top notes will make it easy for men to love this on first sniff (my hunch is, this will be a big hit for Tom Ford Beauty), but the modern salty vetiver and spiced woods should appeal to those who like to mix it up a bit (think KenzoAir, minus the anise-headspace radiance). Even though Ford is releasing this as a masculine fragrance, it has a delightful fresh-as-a-summer-breeze manner which defies being categorized as only for men...'

    Read my full review on Helg's Perfume Shrine blog here.
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    Default Re: Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford - a review

    Thanks for the review Mike. I am definitely looking forward to trying Grey Vetiver!
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    When is this one due in stores??

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    Default Re: Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford - a review

    Quote Originally Posted by Riverwide View Post
    When is this one due in stores??
    Tentatively September 2009
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    Great piece Mike, Grey Vetiver sounds really good.

    Any trace of Ford's infamous "mushroom" note though?

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    Default Re: Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford - a review

    Sounds great! How was the longevity when you tested it?

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    Default Re: Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford - a review

    I am really looking forward to this one. Great review Mike!
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    Default Re: Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford - a review

    Nice review. It doesn't sound very grey to me!
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    Nice one Mike! Thanks for the heads up! Not sure about the Kenzo Air parallel, but will definitely give it a go!

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    Default Re: Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford - a review

    Sounds good to me! I don't really have a true vetiver scent (I don't count Mugler Cologne) in my wardrobe and this sounds like it would be right up my alley. Thanks for the review!
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    Default Re: Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford - a review

    Quote Originally Posted by Le critique de parfum View Post
    Any trace of Ford's infamous "mushroom" note though?
    Huh? The TF only scent that has a mushroom note as far as I know is Velvet Gardenia

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    Default Re: Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford - a review

    A barbershop vetiver? Might be interesting. Good writeup mp23, although I sensed you weren't much excited by this new TF.

    BTW, when will see a full mp23 review on the community boards here? This may be my inner competitive web analyst coming out, but you are driving traffic from Basenotes.com to blogs such as perfumeshrine with such good writing! And before anyone pounces, no I don't see Basenotes cross listed at that blog.
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    Thanks Mike! I have been extremely dissapointed by all Tom Ford releases to this point, but I will certainly give this one a try since it has Vetiver!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    Thanks Mike! I have been extremely dissapointed by all Tom Ford releases to this point, but I will certainly give this one a try since it has Vetiver!
    Maybe you will feel differently next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Maybe you will feel differently next week.
    Yes maybe...but I would have it for sale on the board in a month. Fickle me you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Thanks for the review Mike. I am definitely looking forward to trying Grey Vetiver!
    Well Joe, your help to me in researching the specs of GV with Tom Ford Beauty is greatly appreciated. Thanks a bunch. I think you like GIvenchy Vetiver, don't you ? I could see a fan of the Givenchy style easily liking the TF, although perhaps the TF isn't as complex or tenacious as the Givenchy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Le critique de parfum View Post
    Great piece Mike, Grey Vetiver sounds really good.

    Any trace of Ford's infamous "mushroom" note though?
    Nothing dirty, earthy or fermented at all in GV. As evidenced by the sheerness of White Patchouli and Italian Cypress Tom Ford is in full on 'clean mode' with his newer releases. What's up with that?


    Quote Originally Posted by KMF View Post
    Sounds great! How was the longevity when you tested it?
    Longevity is very low.

    I know, I know - many here on BN want that insane longevity from your masculines. If that's the case, look elsewhere. GV lasted for about 5-6 hours. After that I could only smell it faintly.

    Speaking of longevity, yesterday I tested side-by-side Turtle Vetiver by Les Nez next to Grey Vetiver. OMG - the TV ate the GV for lunch and kept on going and going...surviving a shower in the evening also. Crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    I am really looking forward to this one. Great review Mike!
    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    Nice review. It doesn't sound very grey to me!
    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri View Post
    Nice one Mike! Thanks for the heads up! Not sure about the Kenzo Air parallel, but will definitely give it a go!
    Thanks guys.

    The fougere-ish top notes do smell grey scentsitivity, but this effect is very short lived and perhaps a little more olfactory association than anything. For instance, I think Narciso Rodriguez for Him smells very grey to my nose - but the bottle is grey. So is that why my nose makes this association? If the bottle were blue, for instance, would NRFH still smell grey to my nose? Not sure. That's why I didn't mention the grey association in my review.

    Dimitri - the KenzoAir parallel kind of popped up when I was testing both GV and KA days apart. The vetiver in KA is also a clean vetiver. If you singled out this vetiver from KA, it's very close to the vetiver in GV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Longevity is very low.

    I know, I know - many here on BN want that insane longevity from your masculines. If that's the case, look elsewhere. GV lasted for about 5-6 hours. After that I could only smell it faintly.

    Speaking of longevity, yesterday I tested side-by-side Turtle Vetiver by Les Nez next to Grey Vetiver. OMG - the TV ate the GV for lunch and kept on going and going...surviving a shower in the evening also. Crazy.
    5-6 hours is fine by me... As long as it's more than two or three, then I'm ok with it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Zero View Post
    Sounds good to me! I don't really have a true vetiver scent (I don't count Mugler Cologne) in my wardrobe and this sounds like it would be right up my alley. Thanks for the review!
    Well, I wouldn't call GV a true vetiver - since vetiver oil smells 'dirty', but...I think I'd classify it as a Vetiver For People Who Don't Like Vetiver. If that makes sense.

    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp View Post
    A barbershop vetiver? Might be interesting. Good writeup mp23, although I sensed you weren't much excited by this new TF.

    BTW, when will see a full mp23 review on the community boards here? This may be my inner competitive web analyst coming out, but you are driving traffic from Basenotes.com to blogs such as perfumeshrine with such good writing! And before anyone pounces, no I don't see Basenotes cross listed at that blog.
    I used the barbershop term loosely zz - mainly because I swear this has some violet leaf in the top notes giving it that feel. I'm hoping when it comes out that someone will agree with me, so that I don't feel like my note detection skills are rusty.

    My 'good writing' is 'driving traffic away from Basenotes'? Really? Thanks for the compliment zz. I only share myself with Helg now - my heart belongs to Basenotes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    Thanks Mike! I have been extremely dissapointed by all Tom Ford releases to this point, but I will certainly give this one a try since it has Vetiver!
    I think you will like this when you smell it B. I could be wrong...but when I smelled it, you popped into my head. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think about Grey Vetiver since I know you like clean vetiver fragrances.
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    Thanks for the review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Well, I wouldn't call GV a true vetiver - since vetiver oil smells 'dirty', but...I think I'd classify it as a Vetiver For People Who Don't Like Vetiver. If that makes sense.
    Hrmmm, that could definitely be me. The only "true" vetiver scent I've enjoyed so far is Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire, but I don't enjoy it enough to pay the exorbitant price tag.

    I totally agree with you about Narciso Rodriguez For Him smelling grey though! To me it's a purplish grey, probably because of all the violet I get.
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    Default Re: Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford - a review

    Great review as always. Thanks! Hmmm, vetiver for people who don't like vetiver, if thats the case then count me in. Vetiver is a weird note for me but it's looking like I'll be getting a bottle of this one.

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    I'm not a huge fan of Ford's regular lineup of scents. Black Orchid was nice and my favorite amongst them, but I found it feminine and Noir de Noir (which shares some similarities) is far superior, and more enjoyable to wear.

    The For Men and Extreme were dull and White Orchid smells like half the crap women wear today.

    I'll look out for this, but I won't go out of my way to test it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nsamadi View Post
    The For Men and Extreme were dull and White Orchid smells like half the crap women wear today.
    Tom Ford - White Orchid ???? What, did I miss something here ??? I have never heard of a White Orchid ? Is this a recent release ? ... or perhaps just a miss type ? (Did you perhaps mean White Patchouli ???)
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    Thanx for the review M23 , that certainly sounds quite interesting. And I actually really like the sound of the frosted fluted bottle (makes total sense that that is what would follow - a vetiver frag and a frosted bottle, were both kinda inevatible).
    But I tend to agree with "do I really need another vetiver frag" ? My sentiments exactly ! Actually I tend to prefer my vetivers as dirty, rooty and earthy as possible. But, even after saying that, I actually really enjoyed Lalique's Encre Noir way more than I thought I would. So, who knows, I might just enjoy this one as well. ... But, if I do go for another vetiver frag, then I think Turtle Vetiver stands a probable better chance of being the one!
    Do you, by any chance, know if it's the vetiver root or the leaves that have been reprisented in Grey Vetiver ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Zero View Post
    Hrmmm, that could definitely be me. The only "true" vetiver scent I've enjoyed so far is Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire, but I don't enjoy it enough to pay the exorbitant price tag.

    I totally agree with you about Narciso Rodriguez For Him smelling grey though! To me it's a purplish grey, probably because of all the violet I get.
    Quote Originally Posted by Futami View Post
    Great review as always. Thanks! Hmmm, vetiver for people who don't like vetiver, if thats the case then count me in. Vetiver is a weird note for me but it's looking like I'll be getting a bottle of this one.
    I would never recommend Vetiver Extraordinaire to someone who is starting out or doesn't like vetiver. It's SO strong and pervasive.

    Have either of you two tried Vettiveru (Series 4: Cologne) by Comme des Garcons? It is, IMO, very close to the feel of GV.

    Quote Originally Posted by nsamadi View Post
    I'm not a huge fan of Ford's regular lineup of scents. Black Orchid was nice and my favorite amongst them, but I found it feminine and Noir de Noir (which shares some similarities) is far superior, and more enjoyable to wear.

    The For Men and Extreme were dull and White Orchid smells like half the crap women wear today.

    I'll look out for this, but I won't go out of my way to test it.
    I remember you not liking White Patchouli. I'm sure it will be easy to test GV once it's released in all stores.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sybarite View Post
    Thanx for the review M23 , that certainly sounds quite interesting. And I actually really like the sound of the frosted fluted bottle (makes total sense that that is what would follow - a vetiver frag and a frosted bottle, were both kinda inevatible).
    But I tend to agree with "do I really need another vetiver frag" ? My sentiments exactly ! Actually I tend to prefer my vetivers as dirty, rooty and earthy as possible. But, even after saying that, I actually really enjoyed Lalique's Encre Noir way more than I thought I would. So, who knows, I might just enjoy this one as well. ... But, if I do go for another vetiver frag, then I think Turtle Vetiver stands a probable better chance of being the one!
    Do you, by any chance, know if it's the vetiver root or the leaves that have been reprisented in Grey Vetiver ???
    I liked the idea of a frosted bottle too. But honestly, I would've like to have seen the bottle in grey. Maybe the glass will have a grey cast to it?

    I personally could be very happy with just Vetiver (EdC) by Guerlain in my wardrobe. I love it so much. But I am naturally drawn to vetiver scents - they really move me. All kinds too: dirty Route de Vetiver, rocky/watery Turtle Vetiver, opulent/smoky Sycomore, sweet Hermessence Vetiver Tonka, ozonic Vetiver Extraordinaire...etc. So needless to say, I don't need another vetiver scent. Will I buy GV? I'm not sure.

    Honestly, I wouldn't know the difference between vetiver root or leaves - to be able to say which one is used in GV...I haven't smelled any essential oils / aromachemicals to educate my nose.
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    Yeah, absolutely, I totally agree with you there ! I too feel the same way about vetiver scents. It's definitely one of my fave notes. I just cannot understand someone not being attracted to such a marvelous scent. ... I can immediately tell, someone who doesn't like vetiver and I, are just not going to to see eye to eye (nose to nose ? LOL)

    When I first heard that Sycomore only came in 200ml bottles, I wondered if I really needed such a huge bottle ??? Then sampling it that first time, I really was kinda disappointed in a way. I was like : where's the smoke ? where's the wood ? hell, where's the sycomore ? ... All I'm getting here is a light vetiver ? What is going on here ???
    Only then, did I understand the reason for the 200mls. It's pretty much equivalent to a "normal" 50ml bottle really. For I find that the only way to really enjoy Sycomore, and to get all the wonderful wood and smokiness. Is if you spray on very liberally, four times the amount you would otherwise. ... Only then does it's real "magic" emerge ! ... Or, that is really the only way that I can enjoy it, I found !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sybarite View Post
    Did you perhaps mean White Patchouli?
    Yes.

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    I had a chance to wear this today. I am really liking it (although I tend to like a lot of vetiver fragrances). It is definitely a clean vetiver. To me it is like Guerlain Vetiver without the tobacco notes. The sillage is decent and the longevity seems to be average - in line with what Mike reported.

    I definitely feel it is FBW. I think It will make a great office fragrance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I had a chance to wear this today. I am really liking it (although I tend to like a lot of vetiver fragrances). It is definitely a clean vetiver. To me it is like Guerlain Vetiver without the tobacco notes. The sillage is decent and the longevity seems to be average - in line with what Mike reported.

    I definitely feel it is FBW. I think It will make a great office fragrance.
    Glad you got a chance to smell it Joe.

    I think the Guerlain Vetiver is just a tad saltier than GV, but yes the citrus component of both links them in some way.
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