Many fragrance maisons have its own Vetyver frag. Some are as classic and old school as Guerlain's Vetyver whereas other try and give it a modern touch, like Lanvin's Vetyver. I decided to post the threat to ask you what is your favorite Vetyver and why (sillage, freshness, high pure vetyver concentration, right base notes combination etc). Looking forward to hearing to your opinios.
1948 vetiver by creed, it is not offensive to the nose like guerlain vetiver, it is fresh and masculine too bad they do not make it anymore.
Vetiver Pour Elle by Guerlain (lighter than the men's version, which makes it a lot more wearable IMO)
Not saying they're the best, but ones to try might be Creed Original Vetiver, or Annick Goutal Vetiver.
I like Azzaro's Pure Vetiver for it's clean, soapy grassiness, and Vetiver de Puig for it's bold, dirtied-up machismo. And by "dirtied-up", I mean that I smell cumin, as in Puig's Quorum.
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Vetiver can be treated woody or grassy. The grassy variant is represented by the Guerlain, accompanied by citrus and tobacco, the woody by Givenchy with a aromatic nutty aspect. The Etro comes close to the smoky take of the Malle.
My own first misstake was to expect from any veiver something "green". Btw, if it were available I would recommend the old version of Carven. It is fresh and dries down to the right amount of manly roughness without becoming strange or otherwise overwhelming. Elegance.
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My two favorites are Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, which updates this classic material with some very modern and sophisticated aroma chemicals making it both retro and modern and Annick Goutal Vetiver, which adds a salty, iodine note, making it more than yet another vetiver fragrance.
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Guerlain's Vetiver. It is excellent!
Lalique - Encre Noir
No expert on vetiver here, but I know what I like. Corinto Vetyver is the most likable I have purchased.
Cannot judge which Vetyver is the best, but, apart from the Guerlain classic, Creed OV (conservative, high-end vetyver), Lanvin Vetyver (modern, yet non-generic and very light vetyver) and even some sparse vetyver notes in Mugler Cologne (very casual vetyver) are serious contenders for this title
IMO, the best vetiver fragrance is Guerlain Vetiver Pour Elle, though admittedly the vetiver may not be the star note in this composition.
For pure vetivers, my favorites are:
TDC Sel d'Vetiver
ELDO Fat Electrician
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The Vetiver can be difficult.. It can often be hars, sour, and bitter. The only Vetiver I like so far is Creed Original Vetiver, becaus it`s soft, modern, and delicious for casual wear.
Eau de Vetyver by Le Jardin Retrouvé
My favourite blend of quality, and value for money.
For a fresh, light vetiver:
Creed Original Vetiver.
For a dark, earthy vetiver:
Etat Libre d'Orange Fat Electrician,
Lalique Encre Noire.
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hmmm let me see
I just bought a vial of pure Vetiver from the islandof reunion which has an incredibly creamy nutty and woody note in it unlike say Indian vetiver which is earthy but very green. I can see how encre noir is a mixture of different tpyes of vetiver. Anyway, the type i enjoy best is the agressive sharp type as in MPG's RdV of Malle's VE. I REALLY enjoyed original vetiver by creed although i have no clue what type of vetiver it is. it is certainly the shortest lived variety of all but also the most refreshing blend.
In any case, vetiver is so versatile that i am always amazed at the different interpretations, hence for me there is no BEST vetiverjust good and bad representations (for the latter see mazzolari's vetiver)
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I tend to prefer the "green" vetivers, and tend not to like the rooty "brown" vetivers. So it's no surpirce my favorites have very little vetiver root oil in them, as these either use sytnehtic vetiver notes, or synthetic vetiver notes paired with infusions of the aerial parts (leaf/blade) of the vetiver plant, and in some cases, very low concentrations of vetiver root oil paired with synthetic "greener" notes:
1. Creed Original Vetiver
2. Guerlain Vetiver Sport
3. Adolfo Dominguez Vetiver Hombre
4. Creed Vetiver '48
5. Paul Smith Story
6. Mugler Cologne
7. Tauer Vetiver Dance
8. Cereus #6 or #11, i forget which.
9. Frank Los Angeles
10. Guerlain Vetiver Extreme
those are my ten favorite vetivers in order, all of the more "green" than "brown"
I consider MPG's RdV and Etro's Vetiver perfect examples of "brown" vetivers, both of which seemingly use large quantities of natural vetiver root oil.
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Because it's probably the richest, roundest, plushest, most handsome, most balanced and natural smelling woods fragrance ever created.
It might not have quite the scope, but Sycomore stands right alongside Patou pour Homme in overall quality.
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Vetivers I enjoy:
Guerlain - still the "reference" vetiver - a must try
Lubin - a bit similar to guerlain but with a little incense and ice
Villoresi - raw, earthy, bourbon vetivr oil with his signature rosewood/herbal/bergamot. Very nice.
Carlo Corinto - my favorite of the "soapy" vetiver style, musky and good.
Goutal's vetiver is very well made with an interesting "iodine" or seaweed note. I don't really like it but understand why others do.
I don't really like the creeds - original vetiver is a very appealing grassy scent with a little vetiver and a lot of musk. Vetiver '48 is not really very vetivery at all, in my opinion.
Rose 31 (Vetiver note comes off strong on me)
SL Vetiver Oriental
ENCRE NOIRE and VETIVER EXTRAORDINAIRE are magnificent but i also like Lorenzo Villoresi, Etro, Mazzolari, Guerlain and Floris
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I wouldn't take it as an eponymous vetiver.
For anyone who is man enough to own up to wearing floral fragrances, he has
to try Guerlain Vetiver Pour Elle.
I find it abundantly uplifting and satisfying. To my nose, it's a fantastic blend of florals & vetiver.
Sillage & longevity are top notch. It's got Guerlain's legacy behind it and the packaging is beautiful too.
Overall, a winner.
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Givenchy Vetyver. Period.
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It has been a long and twisted road through the land of vetiver. My favorites that I have stayed with through darkness and light are:
Sel d' Vetiver - sunshine, the sea, elevating
Encre Noire - ink darkness, ominous,
Villoresi Vetiver - earth and roots
Vetiver 46 - incense, cedar effervescent
With vetiver fragrances it is hard to name clearly what's best there are just so many that smell really good.
Nobody mentioned Kenzo Air Intense. It's crap, "kitsch", though. First it may be taken as a typical-vetiver-true-to-the-real-stuff thing. Then it becomes boring and in the end develops a nauseous aspect of environmental pollution. Even vetiver can be rendered hideous.
The Tom Ford concoction Grey Vetiver is an other case. 2 be avoided in my book. It smells "as-if" it was vetiver. But it has some high gloss polished texture to it which renders it unbelievable. The juxtaposition is obviously an accident in trying to be at once modern and classic.
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I'll happily try any that come along even tho I don't wear vetiver very often. I'd like to try the Givenchy at some point, it seems to be a classic but it's sure not easy to find. My favourites are Vetiver Pour Elle, Sel de Vetiver, respect for Sycomore and Extrordinaire and I'll do my monthly lone voice in the widerness plug for Vetiver Tonka, which just seems to suit me more than the rest. I like Original Vetiver but I don't really think of it as a vetiver scent, frankly.
Encre Noire, followed closely by vetiver extraordinaire. Considering the price gap, Encre Noire wins.
1. Encre Noire, Grey Vetiver
2. Givenchy, Sycomore, Fresco di Vetiver, Aqva Nobilis
3. Original Vetiver, Vetiver Extraordinaire, Mazzolari Vetiver, Vetiver Oriental, Sel di Vetiver
This summer I have thoroughly enjoyed a few wearings of Annick Goutal's Vetyver. Love it very much.
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Vetiver Extraordinaire by Malle,
Grey Vetiver TF
Honorable mention to Sel de Vetiver by TPC
Current top 10 in no particular order : Malle - Carnal Flower (pre 2008) ; Montale - Black Aoud ; Bond #9 - Silver Factory ; Tauer - L'air du désert marocain ; C&Z - No 88 ; Francis K. - APOM ; Creed - Aventus ; Amouage - Epic ; Profumum - Dulcis In Fundo ; Amouage - Opus V
Well, I won't go as far as "best available" as I have not smelled nearly every vetiver scent on the market... To my nose, out of the ones I *have* smelled, Encre Noir reigns supreme. A relatively close second is the release this year from Mona di Orio... Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver.
Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie