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    I wore a sample of vetiver extraordinaire that easykiller was kind enough to give me today. It only my second foray into vetiver other than guerlain. It was very nice indeed. What are the better ones i should try?

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    I have tried a good handful of the classics and some of the the best rated, but the sheer simplicity and quality of CdG Vettiveru always brings me back to it. It is dirt cheap as well, and for some people (for example students like me ), that is an important factor. When I get a stable and large income, I might go try some of the expensive ones (Sycomore is already on my to buy list, and has been for a while), and I will invest in those as well.
    But for now, I am immensely happy with Vettiveru
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    Chanel Sycomore and its less refined cousin Lalique Encre Noire
    Cartier Roadster, vetiver and mint
    Guerlain Vetiver, with a little tobacco
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    To me it's Encre Noire. It has a very pronounced vetiver note, back by a dark cypress note in the dry down and a dark "inky" vibe. Dark, but not scary. One of my favorite scents ever, and certainly the best vetiver, great projection/longevity and very affordable. Sycomore which is similar to EN would be my 2nd choice, it's quite similar, without the dark vibe, but it's too expensive.
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    My favorite is Mona di Orio - Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver closely followed by Vetiver Extraordinaire. Third place is Givenchy's Vetiver.

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    Villoresi's Vetyver is a roller coaster but for sheer, smooth class I can't get enough of Sycomore.
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    Vetiver threads popping up left and right, I LOVE it. If you can, try Dior Vetiver. It's by far the best vetiver fragrance I've encountered. My second favorite vetiver fragrance is Les Nez Turtle Vetiver Back. If you're looking for something less expensive, Comme des Garcons Vettiveru.

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    There are so many excellent ones. Two of the many I enjoy are Haitian Vetiver by Zegna and Givenchy Vetyver
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    I enjoy the Dior Vetiver offered exclusively at the Neiman Marcus at San Francisco

    The Frederic Malle Bois D'Orage is extremely overpowering in Vetiver but it drys down nicely. Quite reminiscent of Christmas trees, just like Burberry Brit for Men.
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    My personal vetiver top five is probably Sycomore (smoky rooty), Route du Vétiver (earthy green), Sel de Vétiver (salty fresh), Vétiver Tonka (spicy sweet) and Villoresi's Vetiver (dark rooty).

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    My 10 favorite vetivers at the moment:

    1) Dior - Vetiver
    2) Frederic Malle - Vetiver Extraordinaire
    3) Les Nez - Turtle Vetiver Back
    4) Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    5) by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
    6) Frederic Malle - Bois d'Orage
    7) Armani Prive - Vetiver Babylone
    8) MPG - Route du Vetiver
    9) Lalique - Encre Noire
    10) Hermes - Vetiver Tonka
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    1. House of Matriarch - Blackbird
    2. Brückner - Aoud 1
    3. Creed - Royal Oud
    4. Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Generation Man
    5. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
    6. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    7. Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Mortal Skin
    8. Ormonde Jayne - Black Gold
    9. Creed - Royal English Leather
    10. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions

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    Nice list, dougczar. I'll go ahead with my list've inspired me.

    1 - Vetiver Extraordinaire
    2 - Dior Vetiver
    3 - Mona di Orio Vetyver
    4 - Sycomore
    5 - Encre Noire
    6 - Grey Vetiver
    7 - Vetiver Oriental
    8 - Original Vetiver
    9 - Terre d'Hermes
    10 - Bois d'Orage

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    1) Sel de Vétiver (TDC) - cool iris and marine notes - brightest vetiver of them all
    2) Vetiver Pour Elle (Guerlain) - perfumey in the Guerlain way - amazing stuff
    3) Dior Vetiver - sweet grassy coffee vetiver - awesome
    4) Vetiver Tonka (Hermès) - powdery tonka and vetiver - brilliant opposition
    5) Grey Vetiver (Tom Ford) - buttery citrus vetiver - perfect for office and summer
    6) Original Vetiver (Creed) - soapy soft vetiver - possibly the cleanest of them all
    7) Vetiver Babylone (Armani Privé) - amazingly clear vetiver with a unique signature

    Sel de Vétiver is by far my fave. I will admit - I like "girly" vetivers.
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    Guerlain Vetiver (vintage)

    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Encre Noire
    Givenchy Vetyver
    Bel Ami Vetiver

    Last edited by pluran; 29th October 2014 at 09:46 PM.

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    I second the dior and Fredrick mallee vetiver

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    Some great ones mentioned here, Dior Vetiver probably being my favorite... but no love for Creed Vetiver '48?!
    Currently wearing: Original Vetiver by Creed

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    Oh yes, Vetiver 1948 is awesome, I have but a small amount left, maybe 20ml, so I don't wear it often. But I have to say that as much as I enjoy it, I think Dior Vetiver is still my absolutely favorite vetiver of all times.

    EDIT: I should perhaps add - one big reason I don't think Vetiver 1948 is "all that" is because it lasts a whole 2 hours before completely disappearing. It's a good two hours, sure, but for that kind of money - I really expect something that lasts a lot longer. Even Chanel's ultra light Eau de Cologne lasts much longer than this.
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    Here are a bunch of favorites of mine (in no particular order)…

    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Vetiver Pour Elle
    Givenchy Vetyver
    Oliver & Co Vetiverus
    Etro Vetiver (vintage)
    Guerlain Vetiver (vintage)
    Fat Electrician
    Bel Ami Vetiver
    Dr Vranjes Vetiver

    Honorable mention to Route Du Vetiver and Athunis.

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    My favorites are:

    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver by Mona di Orio
    Supercillium by O'driù
    Turtle Vetiver Front by LesNez (near impossible to find if you don't own it already, as it was a limited edition that is sold out)
    Coeur de Vetiver Sacré by L'Artisan (though more of a spiced bergamot tea fragrance with a transparent Vetiver heart (think spiced Earl Grey)
    Vetiver Extraordinaire by EdP Frédéric Malle
    Sycomore by Chanel

    for a less expensive option, Encre Noire by Lalique is a great one that won't break the bank.
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    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)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    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) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Molinard V., Supercilium, Lanvin Vetyver (original), L'Artisan Parfumeur Coeur du Vetiver *Sacré, Creed 1948, Givenchy Vetyver, Eau de Verveine Penhaligons Anthology.

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    So many, think for instance to Athunis, Bois d'Ombrie, Supercilium, Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver, Vetiverus.....etc ...etc, anyway probably my number one is still the incomparable Vintage Vetiver by Etro.
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    Seconding especially Creed OV, Etro, Lanvin and Grey Vetiver.

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    Grey Vetiver by TF tops them all IMHO
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    Vetiver extraordinaire, Vetiver Tonka, Chanel Sycomore, Guerlain Vetiver.

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    I've tried many vetivers and no doubt Guerlain and Hermes were my favourites.

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    I like Villoresi Vetyver
    But I love Detaille Escrimeur -- a terrific unsung vetiver fragrance
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    I like Sycomore.
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    1. Vetiver tonka, Hermessence (nice warm, earthy, wearable, almost gourmand, true vetiver)

    2. Original Vetiver Creed (super clean smelling, elegantly masculine, soapy, modern)

    3. Grey vetiver (nice earthy, true vetiver, clean, masculine, budget oriented compared to previous 2)

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    Vetiverus, Timbuktu , Ormonde Man and Sycomore

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