Encre Noir perhaps.
The closest vetiver frags I have are TDH and Gucci sport. I enjoy both but to me there is nothing special about either. Im looking for a vetiver frag under $70 that has a wow factor if thats at all possible. Ideas? I dont mind shopping online either
Encre Noir perhaps.
Not sure if you're a REAL vetiver fan, or just getting into it. Encre Noire, Guerlain Vetiver, and Tom Ford Grey Vetiver are all good entry frags, or suitable if you're just a "liker" of vetiver like me. For a true vetiver frag, for a true lover of vetiver, I'll leave those suggestions to the vetiver hardcores.
I second Encre Noir!
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+3 on Encre Noir for an erthy vetiver within the price range. I'll add Givenchy Vetiver as an honest / simple fragrance yet one of the best around. Obviously Guerlain's Vetiver is always an option if you want your vetiver to be "enriched" by a slight citrus note on top. Another suggestion is for Kenzoair / Kenzoair Extreme (a pepper and vetiver fragrance wich emphasizes the anisic aspect of the plant)
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I third Encre Noir
My two favorites are Guerlain Vetiver and Vetiver Extraordinaire.
My favorite is Corinto Vetyver.
Another one for the dark and smoky Encre Noir.
Another vote for Guerlain Vetiver.
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Others have already suggested many excellent ones. For a very smoky vetiver, you can also check the very inexpensive Breath of God at Lush. It also comes in $10 sticks, though they need a lot of body heat to come alive.
+5 Encre Noire
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2. Chanel Coromandel
3. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
4. Encre Noire
5. Dior Homme Intense
7. Dior Homme
Start with Guerlain Vetiver.
Also try the Bluff by Lubin, a very midly sweet vetiver.
"No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.
Don't listen to the noobs. Answer these questions and I'll give you the ideal vetiver for you.
On a 1 to 5 scale, where do you want to be in terms of
a. sweetness vs. sourness (5 being sweet, 1 being sour)
b. nuttiness (5 being nutty, 1 being not nutty at all)
c. soapiness vs. earthiness (5 being soapy, 1 being earthy)
EN and VE are solid recommendations and I will throw in Sycomore as a third.
There is such a broad range of vetiver scents, from rooty, musky Vetivers like Frederic Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire to sweeter ones such as Grey Vetiver to the classic fresh and crisp offering from Guerlain to the hundreds (thousands?) of other offerings out there. We are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to vetiver.
-1 for Encre Noir though. If that had been my first vetiver it probably would have put me off trying any more. I don't think it's a great introduction to the world of Vetiver personally.
Either way, back on topic.
For introduction to vetiver Grey Vetiver and Guerlain Vetiver are excellent choices, I personally prefer the former. Encore Noire is an excellent fragrance as well. Those are the 3 I'd recommend you try for under $70
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Rocky Mountain Wood or Encre Noire.
For that price I'd suggest:
Guerlain - Vetiver
Annick Goutal - Vetiver
Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
Within that price range and for an entry vetiver the Guerlain is probably the best option -- the latest reformulation is even a little lighter on the ashy note that puts some people off.
Wow... Vetiver much? Thanks for all the responses. I should have mentioned the importance of sillage and longevity. I know the sephora near me carries both TF grey vetiver and guerlains vetiver. I will definitely skin sample these two side by side. I remembered smelling guerlains vetiver on paper and didnt care for it at all. Encre noir might be a tough one to find. Im looking for a full bottle purchase and I cant find Vetiver extraordinare for under $70.
If I could sum up my liking in a nutshell, im looking for a more refined gucci sport minus the synthetic and fruity citrus notes
Cerel9- To answer your question
a. sweetness vs. sourness - 1
b. nuttiness - 4
c. soapiness vs. earthiness - 1
The answer is Annick Goutal Vetiver.
If you can't get that, a second option would be Escentric Molecules Molecule 03.
If you can't get either of those, get Creed Vetiver (not Original Vetiver, plain Vetiver. The one that came out in 1948)
What you want to avoid:
Creed Original Vetiver.
Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire.
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
I don't know anything about Encre Noir or Guerlain because I don't buy synthetics.
Last edited by Cerel9; 18th June 2011 at 09:47 PM.
Perhaps your title is confusing people... >$70 means GREATER than $70, but in your post, you say that you want to spend less than $70. Based on that, Vetiver Extraordinaire, Sycomore, Creed Original Vetiver, and others are beyond your price range.
Encore Noire is laden with Iso E Super, so if you don't like that molecule, it may not be for you. Givenchy Vetyver is a fine choice, but you may also want to consider its brother, Monsieur de Givenchy. Also, L'Occitaine's Vetyver is a good rendition, is readily available in the U.S., and is within your price point.
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Givenchy Vetyver would be the best choice.
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Givenchy Vetyver or Encre Noire (again).
For those who want a more balanced frag which nonetheless has a clear vetiver note (in other words, not like Encre Noire), I suggest getting a Bethco formulation of Fendi Uomo while you still can get them sometimes on ebay for a reasonable price (the label on the bottom of the bottle should say Bethco).
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