Thread: Best vetiver
Sycomore here, but limited in what I have tried.
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My favorite? That's easy: Vetiver (vintage EdC) by Guerlain
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Vetiver can be a difficult note for me. It's not something that I really actively seek out, so I haven't tried a ton of vetiver-dominant fragrances. So far, good old Guerlain Vetiver is my favorite. For me it's really the gold standard in vetivers for good reason - I think it represents the perfect way to accentuate the best characteristics of vetiver while smoothing away some of its sharper and more pungent aspects.
Chanel Sycomore and Givenchy Vetyver.
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Lalique Encre Noire, Hermes vetiver Tonka, also I am starting to like Creed original Vetiver
What a great thread.
I just have to bump it.
I love Vetiver. My favorite pure vetiver is bourbon vetiver by Miller Harris, followed closely by Etro's Vetiver. I like all other vetiver like spiced oriental vetiver by Serge Lutens, creamy gourmand vetiver tonka by Hermes, smoky encore noire, root like vetiver extraordinaire.
I love Vetiver!!
Mmm, mmm, mmmmmm. Delightful.
My favourites are Vetiver Extraordinaire, Grey Vetiver, Original Vetiver and Guerlain Vetiver. I really want to get my hands on Vetiver 1948 - if anyone has a source please hook me up.
I recently blind bought Encre Noire but I find it rather unpleasant. Must give it a few more tries before dismissing for good though.
It is really hard to say one vetiver fragrance is better than another. Vetiver lends itself to so many interpretations because vetiver blends so well with other things. Examples of this excellent blending in vetiver are:
DARK VETIVER BLENDS:
Annick Goutal Vetiver - this is a blend of vetiver and leather. Who would have guessed that the dry greenness of vetiver would blend so well with dry leather scent. A green leather vetiver. This is the same vetiver tone that enchants the basenotes of Bond's Harrods Ltd. Oud fragrance - minus oud and minus amber of course. Very nice!
Bois d' Orage - a peppery angelique and vetiver fragrance. This blend takes vetiver into the mossy greenery of a deep shaded forest.
Etro Vetiver - Chocolate Vetiver. If there was ever a successful attempt at making a chocolate + vetiver confection, this chocolatey version does it.
Villoresi Vetiver - cold damp roots and earth vetiver.
Miller Harris Bourbon Vetiver - dark, rooty, leathery with hints of tar. This is almost like a concentrate of dark vetiver. Very potent.
LIGHT NATURAL VETIVERS:
CdG Vetiveru - Is my favorite straight up vetiver fragrance - splashed on with abandon, because it is light but very natural vetiver with not much fussy additions or changes to the note.
Sel d' Vetiver - A lively natural salt air, sunshine infused vetiver. Best for spring and summer.
Mugler Cologne - Green, a little soapy, but possibly the best refreshing vetiver.
Last edited by Buzzlepuff; 21st March 2011 at 05:59 PM.
Another vote for Guerlain Vetiver and Vetiver Extraordinaire.
Here is an interesting listing for a bottle of Creed's Vetiver (1948) on Ebay.
The bottle is listed at $.99. But Shipping is going to cost you $260.00!
I'm sure sellers do this all the time, but it made me laugh.
Sorry to hijack the thread. And now back to more vetiver discussion.
I really need to try Goutal's Vetiver and Sel de Vetiver by The Different Company.
Also, Anyone know of a good vetiver/vanilla blend? I tried a local perfumer who had a nice one, but it was very roughly blended.
Its a great pairing. I know Hermes makes Vetiver Tonka...Never tried it.
Creed Vetiver 1948 is the best
Sycomore... Hooked from the first spray in the store. Got the 200ml half an hour later after I sniffed my wrist so hard it turned blue!
It's an amazing fragrance that's unisex and great for any season. Never liked any of the other vertivers I tried, but this one is awesome. Fresh and warm at the same time and it keeps evolving. Stunning!
This thread go on for ever. I believe vetiver is the most versatile note. If you consider that it can take the form of Paul Smith Story all the way to Lorenzo Viloresi's Vetiver. I own several and each one has its own purpose. Of course I believe that vintage Route du Vetiver is a masterpiece that stands way above all others.
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I liked Montale Red Vetyver, but only tried on paper.
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver is good too, but too much weak to my tastes.
Recently I placed a Perfume Court order for some samples vials of various fragrances. Since I am new to scents collecting, I ordered Vetiver by Guerlain because Luca Turin said that it was the best vetiver to use as a "reference vetiver".
Now that I have it in hand and have smelled it, I do not detect the characteristic vetiver scent. I have never smelled vetiver at all, but from the descriptions of the various kinds/brands, I don't associate the smell of Vetiver by Guerlain with that of the descriptions.
I am wondering if any of you have alternate suggestions of fragrances (by name and maker) that really do smell like typical vetiver, with the least amount of other added fragrances? I thought that was what I would be getting with the Guerlain...
Last edited by socalwoman; 10th April 2011 at 07:17 PM.
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Guerlain Vetiver (vintage)
Frederic Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire is my other favorite vetiver, other than Guerlain's.
If you got the current version of Guerlain Vetiver, I would not consider that the "reference". You should try to find a vintage bottle.
You should also look into Givenchy Vetyver.
Encre Noir is a great Vetiver scent that has two types of Vetiver in its makeup.
After the citrus opening, I do detect vetiver in Guerlain's vetiver - but I'll smell again next time I'm in a store. Perhaps you were thinking vetiver was something else? In any case, as you point out, I don't think LT meant reference as "the true smell of natural vetiver", but as the best, ideal, perfume in the vetiver genre. In fact, he does say that Malle's vetiver extraordinaire better approximates the smell of the dried root (which is apparently different from the extract-I've never smelled the dried root).
Everybody has his or her own favorite vetiver. Also, note that, as with all notes, there are differences, some are fresher, some rootier. But all share the basic notes. In addition to those mentioned, I'd also add Sycomore by Chanel, Vetiver by Lubin, and Vetiverio by dyptique.
I read that the newer installment in the overpriced molecule series (molecule 03, perhaps) is pure vetiveril acetate, which is the molecule responsible for most of the fresh part of vetiver, but I haven't smelled it yet.
Monotheme's Vetiver Bourbon - light-ish, linear, almost solo-note vetiver. Not as embellished with other notes as most vetivers i have smelt.
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I think somewhere between Vetiver Extraordinaire and vintage Guerlain Vetiver or Chanel Sycomore you'll find what you're looking for.
Last edited by Master-Classter; 10th April 2011 at 09:21 PM.
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My reference vetiver is Turtle Vetiver by Les Nez. All others just don't seem to hold a candle to this one.
There are many types of vetiver oil which can smell quite different. In addition, most vetiver fragrances extract and isolate the components they want from the vetiver oil in order to emphasise different aspects.
Guerlain veteiver in its current form starts with a big fresh citric note, when it dries it still has an excellent fresh, grassy vetiver note.
Try also Lubin's Le Vetiver, Vetiver Extrordinaire and some oils from an aromatherapy shop.
Read Ayala Moriel's article on different vetivers on her blog..
Actually the vintage Guerlain Vetiver is mostly just good quality Bourbon Vetiver oil with some oakmoss and top notes added. You can make something which smells quite close with just three or four ingredients....of course they add trickery and magic (i.e. ears of guerlain know-how) to make it project etc