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    Hi guys and girls! I've just read the thread about ELDO Fat Electrician and am curious. I am on a "green" quest lately and would like to get some suggestions for a vetiver prominent fragrance. Not that it's part of the genre, but I tested Quorum for the first time (!) the other day...and it was greenness deluxe - I can't think why I've never tried this price-friendly fragrance before!

    But back to my question - I see vetiver as being "green" and would like to get some suggestions on a readily available vetiver scent. The ones I've seen here are Guerlain, Givenchy, Fat Electrician, Encre Noir, Sycomore and the Dior one. Also CDG Amazingreen is available here, but not sure if it's vetiver?

    Which would be your pick out of the ones listed? As usual, "subtlety" is not in my fragrance vocabulary

    Thanks!

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    Sycomore is THE vetiver imo. But, I also find fresh vetiver fragrances to be more wearable. Like Mugler Cologne, Grey Vetiver, or Paul Smith Story. Bois Blonds is also a very good underrated one. So if versatility is important, these are great. As for accessible.. Sycomore if you can get it.
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    Lanvin Vetiver- affordable, casual, unpretentious yet elegant in a simple way, modern, easily tolerable
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    If subtlety is not an issue, then Encre Noir. I am not a big fan of this fragrance, but I am a big fan of Vetiver.

    Of the ones you listed, my picks would be Sycamore, Dior and Guerlain.

    One of the best for non-subtlety is LesNez Turtle Vetiver Front. You can order directly from them.

    http://www.lesnez.com/shop/pi/en/TUR...-Exercise.html

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    I would try both Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire and Creed's Original Vetiver.

    These are at opposite ends of "green". VE is rooty, making it a "darker" green. OV, because it utilizes the vetiver grass itself and not the roots is fresher. The end result is a "lighter" green.
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    Givenchy Vetiver

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    Guerlain Vetiver. It's cheap, accessible, and it's a masterpiece.

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    encre noir. look no further

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    I guess I should have paid more attention to the last two lines of the original post.

    I would go with Fat Electrician.
    It's unique and being an EDP, I wouldn't call it subtle.
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    Why don't you try Adolfo Dominguez Vetiver Hombre. http://www.basenotes.net/ID26121671.html

    It's fantastic, best vetiver i know.
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    My holy grail vetiver is Eau Sauvage Parfum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Guerlain Vetiver. It's cheap, accessible, and it's a masterpiece.
    Agree with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Guerlain Vetiver. It's cheap, accessible, and it's a masterpiece.
    +1 on this.

    Also try Tom Ford Vetiver.

    Both easy to find and enjoyable to wear.

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    Encre Noire is definitely worth a try.

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    Thanks for all the replies! Good grief...never expected so many replies in such a short space of time Will try the ones available here.

    For now it's Guerlain and Lalique (my mistake with the spelling of Noire) Tom Ford is quite expensive here...the Black Orchid in my wardrobe will have to suffice for other needs

    The more exclusive niche ones I'll have to source when the lottery money arrives

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    I think I might have started that thread about Fat Electrician, and I actually just received my full bottle yesterday and gave it a full wearing today! What a coincidence! Now that I got to experience more than just a sample I am even more in love with it. I LOVE the salty smokiness added to the idea of vetiver. Longevity and sillage out of the bottle are even better than the sample vial I was using. I applied two sprays to the chest under my t-shirt and one to my wrist this morning around 7 am and I am still getting these amazingly strong wafts of this scent even as I am typing now. I am a huge vetiver fan and here are my favorites in order:

    Route du Vetyver by MPG
    Fat Electrician by ELDO
    Encre Noire by Lalique
    Vintage Givenchy Vetyver(would be # 1 if it lasted a lot longer)
    Vintage Guerlain Vetiver
    Sycomore by Chanel(dont care for the opening and the drydown is very similar to Encre Noire for almost 3 times the price!)

    Im sure some of the Niche offerings are great, but I havent had the need to try them with this list!

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    I don't think you can go far wrong with any vetiver fragrance IMO... from the ones I own or have tried. Vetiver is pretty accessible and versatile anyway. I have Encre Noire, Grey Vetiver Givenchy Vetyver and Eau Sauvage. All great in their own right.
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    Encre Noire is similar in style to Sycomore, and it's a good substitute, just a little more synthetic in the drydown.

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    For the money, Guerlain Vetiver in the ribbed, frosted bottle. Then Encre Noire, then if price is no object, Creed OV.
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    I am partial to Guerlain vetiver and Guerlain Vetiver Extreme.
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    I am not a true fan of vetiver fragrances but I do have and actually like, a sample of Dior's Eau Sauvage Parfum. Also a colleague was wearing Guerlain Vetiver a couple of weeks back and it actually smelled pretty good to me. A refreshing, clean scent. I may have to look into this further.

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    I reckon you are on the money already - Guerlain, Givenchy, Fat Electrician, Encre Noir, Sycomore - all great and sound like what you want! Route de Vetiver and Malle's Vetiver extraordinaire I would add to your list

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    Guerlain Vetiver is the "benchmark". Current formulation in the Habit Rouge (rectangular bottle) is very well-done. More linear, but a nice incorporation of citrus on top and spices in the heart with some light tonka bean in the dry down - and a very light tobacco note. Vetiver is the focus of the composition and very attractive. This goes back to the more linear (but wonderfully rich and significantly deeper formulation in the same bottle - gold cap and slightly different label) of their incredible Vetiver from the mid-to-late 90's. Considered by many to be THE "benchmark among benchmarks".

    The ribbed bottle by Guerlain is the 2000 formulation and was around for an entire decade. It has more pronounced, fresh-squeezed citrus (bergamot and bright lemon) on top with coriander, black pepper, nutmeg in the heart showing more; along with a deeper and richer tobacco note and more tonka bean in the base. The vetiver is present the entire time, but the surrounding notes really effect the stages of development of the juice - it is not nearly as linear as the latest release.

    Givenchy Vetyver is from their Les Parfums Mythiques line (from 2007) and is a wonderful recreation of the classic Eau de Vetyver from 1959. Truly wonderful - it is the "life of the root" captured in a bottle. Fresh, high-quality bergamot is the fresh pulled plant, still wet roots of green vetiver show brilliantly, vibrant green. Coriander spices the heart, giving an earthy quality and drying out the vetiver to a nutty accord. The base incorporates sandalwood - which is the dried woodiness of the root as it has squeezed of its essential oil. It is purity. Near perfection, but more minimalist. A true vetiver lover's scent, but a wonderful place to start the journey to understanding the magical root.

    I could mention more - but recommend either current Guerlain (or 2000 in the ribbed bottle if you want something more expressive) or Givenchy Vetyver.

    A lot of other great suggestions here, but get to know and understand how vetivers strike your palette before venturing further out - that is my advice.

    I will say this, as I've told many people - once you open the door into the world of vetivers, your perspective of 'fragrance' and 'scent' will forever be changed. The glorious root will give you accords and nuances as notes in the composition harmonize with the deep green vein and backbone of each of these bottles...the vetiver, itself.

    Enjoy and good luck.

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    OP, you've received some good recommendations thus far. I'll recommend some others. Maliza Vetyver is a bright, grassy vetiver and is marvelous. As a bonus, it's quite inexpensive (<$20/50 ml).

    Also, you should try L'Occitane Vetiver. I find it somewhat comparable to Tom Ford in that it has a nutmeg-prominent opening and is somewhat nutty smelling. It's certainly among the sweetest vetivers that I have tried, but it is very good.

    Best wishes and have fun.
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    My favorite vetiver is Sycomore. However, I find that Tom Ford Grey Vetiver has a more universal appeal and is better suited for daily wear.
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    1. Spice and Wood
    2. Tonka Imperiale
    3. Dior Homme
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    5. Oud Wood
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    8. Noir de Noir
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    Thanks again for all the replies

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    No one else has suggested Comptoir Sud Pacifique's L'eau Du Gouverneur? It might be considered an oriental or fresh-spicey scent but Vetiver is the star player in its lineup. Comparisons to Guerlain's Vetiver Frozen and Extreme bear this out I believe.

    To my mind it is unquestionably the best CSP fragrance. As a vetiver it's great to wear and very comfortable, while the superbly balanced spices ensure - in my experience - it draws very favorable reports from others, and in particular those who are not really into vetiver.

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    Sycomore ofc. And Vetiver Tonka from Hermes.

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    If "accessible" means low price, then I recommend L' Occitane Vetyver for a natural green scent vetiver. Also Vetiver Hombre by Aldolfo Dominguez for a spicy vetiver. Encre Noir is that dark inkwell vetiver that some people like so much and it's price is so very reasonable. All these three can be had for well under $50 from online suppliers, which is very accessible. Encre Noir is as good as any of the $100+ vetivers that are also dark and earthy. Of those more expensive and less accessible vetiver fragrances if you are feeling like splurging try: Turtle Vetiver Front by LesNez, Annick Goutal Vetiver and also Armani Prive Vetiver Babylone.

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