Vétiver by Christian Dior
Hello BN community!
I am needing your help once again in narrowing down a frag. This time its Vetiver(my new fav). Im looking for something sharp and polarizing and loud that lasts for more than just a few hours. Price isnt so much an issue but I would prefer to keep it under the 200$ range. So far my favorite is Encre Noir which I have a 100 ml bottle of. I have also tried the following:
Sycomore- Really great stuff and is in the lead for my next buy
Route du Vetiver(new form.)- A close second to Sycomore, I just wish it was a little "louder". Does the vintage formulation solve this problem? Are the samples watered down maybe?
Vintage Givenchy Eau de Vetyver- Probably my all time favorite, but sadly only lasted 3-4 hrs even on my clothes. Does the Mythiques version last any longer?
Any other suggestions would be very welcome, as I am going to be sampling a wide range before I make the buy. Thanks for your help in advance
Vétiver by Christian Dior
I am a huge Vetiver fan myself, and this is the best time of year for them.
My personal favorites at the moment are (in order):
Frederic Malle - Vetiver Extraordinaire (fav at the moment)
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Frederic Malle - Bois d'Orage
Serge Lutens - Oriental Vetiver
Tom Ford - Gray Vetiver
(I don't list Creed Original Vetiver, since to me it really isnt a vetiver fragrance - but very nice)
Current Summer Favorites:
1. Creed - Original Cologne
2. Xerjoff - Nio
3. Creed - Aventus
4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
6. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
7. Montale - Aoud Legacy
8. Dior - Homme Sport 2012
9. Tom Ford - Rive d'Ambre
10. Creed - Virgin Island Water
Sharp, polarizing, loud = Guerlain Vetiver. Quite cheap too.
Sycomore lasts a lot and project well on me. But the structure is similar to Encre Noire, vastly improved and more natural smelling.
If you want to go to the opposite extreme, Malle Vetiver extraordinaire is uncompromisingly fresh and pure. It lasts and projects well on me, but apparently not on others. This and Sycomore are my two favorite vetivers; in your case, my vote would go for this because of variety.
I don't think the mithique version of the Givenchy improves on the vintage. Two middle of the road (not in the sense of quality, but in the sense of being halfway between the smoky woodiness of Sycomore and the freshness of VE), excellent and long lasting vetivers are Lubin Vetiver and the above mentioned Dior Vetiver.
Please buy Vetiver Extraordinaire
I am also a huge vetiver fan, and you actually mention my two top favorites - Sycomore and Route du Vétiver. I'm surprised you found the MPG any less "loud" than the Chanel - I'd say it's the opposite. I own the current formulation and I find it quite loud (although vintage is supposed to be even better) - it's gorgeous!
Other vetivers in "sharp and polarizing and loud" territory could be Villoresi's Vetiver (earthy, rooty, dark), Profumum's very polarizing and controversial Fumidus and Honoré de Pres' camp fire Chaman's Party. All three are great smoky and sharp vetivers, IMO.
I will mention my favorite Mona di Orio's Vetyver. It isn't "sharp" quite the opposite, it is vetiver in a soft warm fragrance. Get a sample and try it!
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Molinard Vetyver if you like it clear and strong, Creed Vetiver 1948 if subtle, and the Givenchy as a balanced in-between.
The new Vetiver Fatal from Atelier is really good. For something different in the vetiver nation it is very green, with a subtle undercurrent of woods from oud and cedar. It vaguely smells similar to Dior Vetiver - I recommend this one.
For less new but tried and true unusual vetiver blends I would recommend one of these:
Annick Goutal Vetiver - dark, sultry with a hint of leather that makes it almost opulent, even decadent.
Kenzo Air - dry crisp vetiver with unusual anise blending note.
Les Nez Turtle Vetiver Front - by the same perfumer that created the Goutal Vetiver but this is a rooter very natural bitter vetiver.
Villoresi Vetiver - very earthy, dry and root vetiver.
TDC Sel d' Vetiver - the brightest most sparkling vetiver.
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I second the Villoresi and the Annick Goutal recommendations - although I have found AG Vetiver to be not-to-long lasting on my skin.
If you want sharp and loud the vintage Route du Vetiver is about as sharp and penetrating as you can get. Also, if you can find it, the discontinued Floris Vetiver would be a good one to try.
I've never found samples to be watered down.
Vetyver..Carlo Corinto..Vetiver with the most compelling accords.
Vetiver..Etro..Raw earthy,woody accords well blended with Vetiver.
Vetiver Hombre...Adolfo Dominguez..Soft,and a tad soapy. Wears well in hotter weather.
Vetiver..Annick Goutal..Salty sea like accord, I think blended a tad better than Sel de Vetiver.
Vetiver..Guerlain..2000 formulation..Less Tobacco, and a bit more Citrus than the Vintage.
Vetiver..L'Artisan Parfumeur..A more sheer Vetiver, supporting notes,do not detract from the Vetiver,woody notes present throughout whole progression.
Vetyver..Vintage L'Occitane..More in tune with Vetiver, than woody supporting notes.
Mazzolari Vetyver, Outstanding depth, damn near perfect accords from top to bottom.
Route Du Vetiver..Vintage MPG..Strong earthy Vetiver..
Racine..Vintage.. MPG..Nice balance between Citrus, and Vetiver..Light Vetiver scent..
Vetiver..SMN..The most brash Vetiver I have ever encountered.Bone dry, mixed with light woods.
Vetyver Lanvin (new)..Lanvin..Once again showing the lighter side of the Vetiver note.
Vettiveru..CdG..Wears just like it is, a cologne,but has a little more depth than lets say R&G,so spray away with this one.
These are a few of my favorites,and these I probably enjoy wearing the most of all the Vetivers I own, and wear.
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I'm thinking you might like Lorenzo Villoresi Vetiver.
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There are some many Vetivers to choose from.
My top are:
Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire
The Different Company Sel de Vetiver
Atelier Vetiver Fatal
And I do like Creed Original Vetiver.
Not a fan of most vetivers but I love the vetiver in Habanita.
Vetiver by Lorenzo Villoresi.
I've been hunting out vetiver's recently too. I'm not a huge fan of vetiver - mainly when it's translucent and fresh.
My favourite by a mile which I am desperate to buy is
Les Nez' Turtle Vetiver Front - a dry, smoky, earthy vetiver a rich coconut note throughout and an ambergris base - it's a stunning piece of work
If you want a true vetiver, then Guerlain Vetiver or Tom Ford Grey Vetiver. If you don't care if it actually smells like vetiver, then L'Occitane Eau de Vetyvr b/c it smells like Gucci Envy.
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Thanks to everyone for your replies, I re-sampled Route du Vetyver last night and Im really loving it. I didnt find it as soft as I did the first go around and so it is now in the lead for my next buy. I plan on trying Villoresi's, Malle's, Goutal's, and Atelier's interpretation on vetiver before I pull the trigger on Route du Vetyver though just to be sure. Just wish I new where to get the VINTAGE Route du Vetyver..... any thoughts?
It is so interesting. So many persons enjoy the scent of Vetiver Extraordinaire. I received a sample and found the vetiver note to be incredibly powerful. Overwhelming in act. For the life of me, I could not wear this scent. My 20 year old scent felt the exact same way. But, that is the magic of a fragrance. Some detest it, others love it. Extraordinary.
ohh... i sad that noone mentioned L.T. Piver Vetiver. It's great earty scent. So pure and natural. I realy like it. You should also check this out.
TF Grey Vetiver........or Zara Vetiver (Now Discontinued but very very good frag)
my picks in your specific case, would be Sycomore, Vetiver Extraordinaire (agree with Cacio here, it lasts and projects good on me as well but, appearantly not on everybody), Turtle Vetiver Front (if you can still find it) and Sel De Vetiver which is quite bombastic.
If you like extremely smoky vetivers, give a chance also to both Profumum Fumidus and Sigilli Athunis.
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There's a super niche company called Matthew Raimo. They make the best vetiver I've ever smelled. Check it out!
I've been wearing Vetiver Tonka quite a bit lately. A bit more than $200 for a full bottle, but for ~ $150 you could sample four from the Hermessence line including Vetiver Tonka. Definitely not as aggressive as the previously mentioned vetivers, this one is slightly creamy IMO and somewhat gourmand. As far as my favorite vetiver at the moment...definitely Vetiver Extraordinaire.