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    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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    ELdO Fat Electrician
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    Sycomore by Chanel has a certain sweetness to it, softening the overall smokiness of the structure.

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    Vetiver Oriental by Serge Lutens


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    Yep, Vetiver Oriental and Sycomore were the 1st to come to mind.

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    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.

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    ^^ 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...

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    To me Encre Noire is sweet.

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    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.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Columbo View Post
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Columbo View Post
    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?
    You must try Fat Electrician and Grey Vetiver. I felt the same way about Vetiver being too raw and earthy and rooty for my tastes. I bought so many samples only to have to admit I did not like them. I even bought a full bottle Vetiver Extraordinaire and Encre Noir and tried to force myself to like them. To no avail. I love Grey Vetiver, Vetiver 1948, Original Vetiver and Fat Electrician.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Columbo View Post
    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?
    In this proposed sweet/semi-sweet scent, do you prefer the vetiver note be of the brown/earthy variety, or of the grassy/green variety ?

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    @II@ What is this Fat Electrician? Never heard of it before now. Hilarious name. I'll check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killer_Vavoom View Post
    @II@ What is this Fat Electrician? Never heard of it before now. Hilarious name. I'll check it out.
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    Sycomore, Vetiver Oriental

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    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.

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    Sycomore

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    Vetiver Tonka does it for me.

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    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.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    In this proposed sweet/semi-sweet scent, do you prefer the vetiver note be of the brown/earthy variety, or of the grassy/green variety ?
    I don't mind really, just something that takes the edge off and mingles with the raw vetiver. Though I think I'd probably lean towards green.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Columbo View Post
    Though I think I'd probably lean towards green.
    C'mon, a green sweet vetiver? My offer would have been - besides the Fat Electrician, which is a really pleasent fragrance by all means - Piver Vetiver. Anise plus such a raw, dirty something that it doesn't even: smell. A sweatless digger drinking his pastis. A sweet take on earthy vertiver, georgeous. Perhaps You shift to patchouli, Angel the like oder Nombrile Immense of too Etat Libre D'Orange? But I would be interested if someone ever did that green sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    In this proposed sweet/semi-sweet scent, do you prefer the vetiver note be of the brown/earthy variety, or of the grassy/green variety ?
    Dullah, which sweet green vetivers are there? Of the ones I've tried, the green ones seem to be consistently fresh/soapy with no sweetness.

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    I see vetiver in the note pyramid for YSL L'homme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildThingy View Post
    C'mon, a green sweet vetiver? My offer would have been - besides the Fat Electrician, which is a really pleasent fragrance by all means - Piver Vetiver. Anise plus such a raw, dirty something that it doesn't even: smell. A sweatless digger drinking his pastis. A sweet take on earthy vertiver, georgeous. Perhaps You shift to patchouli, Angel the like oder Nombrile Immense of too Etat Libre D'Orange? But I would be interested if someone ever did that green sweet!
    Haha, point taken.

    Piver Vetiver sounds like great stuff.

    Nombrile Immense sounds weird. Gonna have to give that a try too.

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    L'Occitane Vetyver, woody, spicy vetiver, sweetened with nutmeg.


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    Creed Original Vetiver, and + 1 on Bois 1920 vetiver Ambrato.

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    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.

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    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

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