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Thread: Sweet Vetiver?
I'm currently having a bit of a love in with Tom of Finland (the fragrance, not the person). I'm really taken with how the vetiver has been sweetened up here - previously struggled getting on with vetiver in general, found it a bit to raw and earthy for my tastes.
Are there any other sweeter vetivers out there?
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Sycomore by Chanel has a certain sweetness to it, softening the overall smokiness of the structure.
Vetiver Oriental by Serge Lutens
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Yep, Vetiver Oriental and Sycomore were the 1st to come to mind.
Yes, VO by SL is a sweet and powdery Vetiver fragrance. Sycomore is a tad sweeter than Ford's GV and Encre Noir but not really sweet.
^^ really? I find Sycomore very smoky & dry (which I LOVE and is my current favorate vetiver). But when I think 'sweet', I think Guerlain Vetiver, or Tom Ford GV...
I definitely agree with EldO's Fat Electrician as well as Chanel's Sycomore. Vetiver Oriental the least sweet of the three. Fat Electrician is sweet from the get-go while Sycomore doesn't sweeten up (to me) until later on in the drydown. Vetiver Oriental, to me, is a colder and more antiseptic vetiver, which isn't bad to me, I really love it, I just don't think of VO as a "sweet" vetiver. Hermessence' Vetiver Tonka is another vetiver which I absolutely adore and find incredibly sweet. Very similiar to Fat Electrician IMO.
Vetiver Tonka and Guerlain Vetiver and both rather sweet to me, but in completely different ways. I'm sure Vetiver Oriental fits your description, but I've never smelled it.
I do not find Sycomore sweet at all. Buttery-smooth, yes, but sweet, no.
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I agree that the Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental is a delightfully powder/sweet vetiver. Guerlain Vetiver dries down with a chewy sweetness on me. Another sweet vetiver which is very inexpensive is Azzaro Vetiver if you can find it.
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@II@ What is this Fat Electrician? Never heard of it before now. Hilarious name. I'll check it out.
Sycomore, Vetiver Oriental
Try Jo Malone's Black Vetyver Cafe.
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There is a lot more going on than just Vetiver, but I think Tauer's L'Air is primarily a vetiver/amber/incense fragrance.
Definitely a sweeter take on vetiver.
Vetiver Tonka is the first thing that comes to mind. A less popular one could be Vetiver Ambrato by Bois 1920. It starts off a little bit dryer, but sweetens significantly as it develops. I really like both of these fragrances.
Sweet! Shall look forward to digging into all the recommendations.
Strangely enough today I sampled Eau Fraiche by Monsillage (not on BN?) Started off a sweaty herbally lemon which was ok but dried down to a lovely sweet verbena-vetiver. Very nice, good sillage too.
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I see vetiver in the note pyramid for YSL L'homme.
Creed Original Vetiver, and + 1 on Bois 1920 vetiver Ambrato.
Vetiver Tonka is the sweetest vetiver I've found. Followed closely by Fat Electrician. In third and slightly less sweet is Givenchy Vetyver.
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Another one to consider is Sel de Vetiver, a smoky vetiver made ethereal and slightly sweet by iris.
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Two great sweet vetivers that I know are:
Serge Lutens Oriental Vetiver - Its name tells all.
ELDO Fat Electrician - Creamy vetiver.
I don't think Guerlain Vetiver and Givenchy Vetiver are sweet vetiver. Tom of Finland has stronger leather note than vetiver note.
There is a very nice and sensual Vetiver that is not very well Known , but quite excellent : It"s Vetiver de Carven
They relaunched it last year in its origianl formula from 1957 , a very nice mixture of vetiver and lavender with a drop of lime in it ...
My favourite ..less known than Guerlain but better imho