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    Default Vetyver by L'Occitane

    I tried this today, for the 1st time.

    - Very light on the vetiver
    - Reminded me of a more herbal powerhouse masculine fougere (Cacharel Pour Homme, Equipage, Z-14, etc) in a dark-formal-serious sort of way - which was NOT what I expected
    - The final drydown leaves a trace of salty vetiver but not very strongly

    I know a bunch of you guys own and wear this one. As a vetiver fan myself, I guess I expected more from this one. What do you enjoy about it?

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    Default Re: Vetyver by L'Occitane

    For me it's how the bergamot and nutmeg notes interplay with the vetiver which reminds so much of Flibustier.

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    It's been a while since I tried it, but when I did it reminded my very strongly of Gucci Envy for Men.

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    I enjoy the bitter and herbal opening going to the warm and spicy drydown.
    While vetiver is a team player here rather than the soloist, it shows both the green and the woody aspects of the vetiver in this composition.

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    The new one (in the brown bottle) is a poor shadow of the original formulation (clear bottle). I was lucky enough to snag a vintage bottle off ebay a year or so ago and the longevity and depth are much greater than the newer one. It's almost like it's a completely different scent. One of the few vetivers I can wear.

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    Hey Mike! I recently finished a bottle of the original Vetyver, and currently wear the reformulated version. I posted on the Fragrances wanted board looking for a bottle of the original, and IT was brought to my attention by a fellow bn'er that there was a bottle on e-bay, which by the way was really priced right. The more I thought about it the only difference that I could find between the two were the fact that the original had a bit more vetiver on the bottom. Other than that they were basically the same, so I passed on it. It is more about woods, and a definite floral herbal accord than vetiver. All, and all in the world of vetivers it is not a heavy hitter, but none the less a pleasant scent to wear. Now I will say that their vetiver soap is by far the best I have ever used, and now they added a twist to that. The soap I'm referring to was an oval bar, and now as I look at their web site I see It's a square bar which I have yet to try, so I don't know if it has changed or not.
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    Default Re: Vetyver by L'Occitane

    I recently finished up an older bottle of the Vetyver shower gel - I really liked it a lot. I don't know if it is still the same as being sold today.
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    Though I'm not a big fan or this scent, objectively I do think it's a good wood fragrance.

    I don't find it to be a great vetiver fragrance though. I agree with MikePerez in that the vetiver plays a mere supporting role here. Also, there's an underlying sweetness (tonka? vanilla?) that I don't like.

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    I agree with all the posts on this thread. I'd quote them all to prove it, but no use to that.

    The scent is a good one, and a favorite of one of my cousins (at least the old formulation is, don't know the new one) but the vet is indeed low on this baby, and a team player as saripatates says above.

    Really nice stuff, but I don't get the darkness per se, that you do Mike.
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    Default Re: Vetyver by L'Occitane

    Thanks everyone.

    I think I am going to spring for the shower gel and see how I like that before I start venturing to find the vintage EdT.

    I'm not that fond of serious powerhouse fougeres, mostly because I can't wear them easily in Miami's hot weather and I am not a powerhouse kind-of-guy. I feel like I'm wearing a three-piece-suit every time I wear one of them. Sharp dressed, impressing, getting compliments from the ladies...but just not my style.

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    mike: I don't think of it as a powerhouse fougere, but then I don't think of Cacharel PH as one either.

    I believe you're right on an an important point: How on earth do you wear this in Miami?

    I guess Vetiver Extrordinaire fits the bill in that kind of weather, but this one?

    Like DustB, I also agree with all the other posters; and I also enjoy this frag--at times. It's pensive, introspective and brooding.

    In that respect I'd compare it to Hermes Rocabar, which smells nothing like it, but has the same vibes for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamu1 View Post
    Also, there's an underlying sweetness (tonka? vanilla?) that I don't like.
    I agree completely with this...I LOVE the opening, as others have said bitter, herbal, smokey, with some floral notes as well...all the qualities I love, but after about a half hour on my skin it starts going sweeter and I'm reminded strongly of Carven Homme, which I already own but find I rarely reach for because I find its sweetness cloying. If L'Occitane Vetyver could just keep the feeling of the opening into the drydown, it would be a must-own for me.
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    I never got to know the original. It is said to be a lot better. It was discontinued along with Patchouli. Neroli was discontinued sometime back. I't's annoying how they produce and discontinue stuff at L'Occitane. Back to your subject, I was the first client when L'Occitane opened their first boutique in Ibn Battuta Mall (Dubai) in June 2005. I bought Vetyer that day and loved its simplicity. To me, it belonged in a space somewhere between Carven and L'Artisan's Vetiver (also discontinued). It's a bit static but quite raw and earthy. Something like the stuff they use in Thai spas in this part of the world. I smell vetiver in it more than you do, I guess. And I can detect a tiny little hist of patchouli, but yes, it's not like the vetiver amount one finds in Guerlain's vetiver. I bought another bottle last year because I wore the first in good days--in days I was happier and with almost no stress in life. It reminds me of those serene days.

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    Default Re: Vetyver by L'Occitane

    I loved it at first, but having smelt so many blends after becoming a member of BN, I came to the conclusion that, simply put, it is a nice vetiver. IMHO, there are others that are much better.

    For example, I do find a relationship between Encre Noire and L'Occitane's, the first one being stronger than the former. Guerlain's and vintage Carven's are much better than these two, IMHO. I even find R&G's Vetiver much more enjoyable.

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    Default Re: Vetyver by L'Occitane

    If someone has a picture of a vintage bottle, can you post it please?
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    I hate this rubbish. Smells like dirty old tonka and vanilla beans are drowning any hint of earthy vetiver goodness. Meh.
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    Default Re: Vetyver by L'Occitane

    Since I started this thread a couple years ago I thought I'd post an update: I now have been using the Shower Gel of this scent for a couple months now. I really enjoy vetiver scented soap and shower gels - there is something about that particular accord in a hot shower that just smells fantastic. I would call Guerlain's the very best vetiver shower gel I've ever smelled, but the L'Occitane is a nice fougere-ish, very masculine alternative. It doesn't have anything synthetic about it, it's naturally pleasing to the nose. One small thing: It doesn't really suds up that much. Overall, it leaves me lightly scented with the scent but not disturbingly so. I'm not sure that I'm ready to buy a bottle of the scent yet (I have so many vetiver scents already) but if you are on the fence about the scent, give the shower gel a try. I found mine on Amazon.
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    I own and enjoy this one but I dont get any longevity on my skin. Not tried the shower gel.

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    The shower gel is great. I believe it's discontinued but is still available from resellers.

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    I bought the shower gel early this week at the local L'Occitane shop to complement the EdT I bought the week before... Great stuff!

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    In the US, at least. the shower gel has been discontinued. It's also no longer on the US website.

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    Default Re: Vetyver by L'Occitane

    I like it a lot myself. I never got a chance to smell the original formulation...

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