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.
Last edited by Chasing the Dragon; 6th September 2010 at 02:24 AM.
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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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