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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
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Dior - Vetiver
    4. by Kilian - Incense Oud
    5. Puredistance - Black
    6. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
    7. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
    8. Brückner - Aoud 1
    9. Creed - Royal English Leather
    10. House of Matriarch - Blackbird

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    Nice list, dougczar. I'll go ahead with my list currently...you'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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    Sycomore
    Guerlain Vetiver (vintage)

    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Encre Noire
    Givenchy Vetyver
    Bel Ami Vetiver





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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?!

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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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    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
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    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - 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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    Sycomore

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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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    It all comes down to taste because there are plenty of excellent Vetiver fragrances.
    Some of my favorites are...

    Grey Vetiver
    Sycomore
    Vetiver Tonka
    Sel de Vetiver
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    Creed OV, Roja Dove Vetiver Extrait, Dior Vetiver, vintage Guerlain Vetiver edt

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    Grey Vetiver

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    There are several I swap between when getting my vetiver fix: Turtle Vetiver Back, Turtle Vetiver Front, Vetiverius, Vetiver Incenso, Annick Goutal Vetiver, Yosh Sombre Negra (vintage), Sel d' Vetiver, Fueguia Horneo - but my favorite recently has been Turtle Vetiver Back. This stuff is great and has a little of all aspects I like in vetiver - green, dirty enough, but with style.

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    For me it's Guerlain Derby.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    So many great vetiver scents already mentioned.

    My favourites are:

    Givenchy Vetyver - a great fresh vetiver
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver - strong and long lasting
    Sycomore - smoky and extraordinary
    Hermes Vetiver Tonka - lovely vetiver with a great hazelnut almost gourmand note
    Frederick Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire - great earthy vetiver

    Not as keen on:

    Guerlain vetiver - a bit too soapy and not fond of the tobacco note
    CdG Vettiveru - great smell but weak and short lasting
    Encre Noir - ok but Sycomore blows it away
    Creed Original Vetiver - reasonable smoky scent, but not much vetiver

    I need to try:

    Dior Vetiver
    Roja Dove vetiver extrait

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    Lalique Encre Noire
    Adolfo Dominguez Vetiver Hombre
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
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    Givenchy Vetyver if you can find it.

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    I love vetiver. Each one brings out different facets of this complex material. I recently picked up Etro Vetiver, and though a bit short in longevity, really pushes the rubber note in vetiver. Chantecaille is another new one that's actually quite good. Of course Sycomore and Encre Noire. Sycomore is more opulent, shimmery, luxurious, with a touch of caramel in its resinous vetiver. Encre Noire plays up the rubber again, with a nod to India ink and latex paint. It's more perfumey, perhaps less sophisticated than Sycomore, but similar. Vetiver Extraordinaire is great. A stark portrait of vetiver's cedar-lemon axis. Must get that one. Whatever vetiver is in Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver is lost to my nose. I find it generic. Carven is good, sweet and fresh. Guerlain pushes the grassy facet, I always get a horse piss note (not unpleasant) from it. The middle and drydown very sweet. And despite all recommendations, I've yet to try Givenchy Vetyver. I should just buy it online as a birthday present for myself and be done with it.

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    I'm not really into vetivers. I have tried a lot of vetivers, somehow I can't enjoy them.

    Montale Red Vetyver is the only one I enjoy wearing it. I wish I know what should I try next. Maybe something that present the vetiver note (almost) the same way as Red Vetyver. I just know what has vetiver in it, But I can't find which one uses the same presentation as Red Vetyver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by professor goggles View Post
    I love vetiver. Each one brings out different facets of this complex material. I recently picked up Etro Vetiver, and though a bit short in longevity, really pushes the rubber note in vetiver. Chantecaille is another new one that's actually quite good. Of course Sycomore and Encre Noire. Sycomore is more opulent, shimmery, luxurious, with a touch of caramel in its resinous vetiver. Encre Noire plays up the rubber again, with a nod to India ink and latex paint. It's more perfumey, perhaps less sophisticated than Sycomore, but similar. Vetiver Extraordinaire is great. A stark portrait of vetiver's cedar-lemon axis. Must get that one. Whatever vetiver is in Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver is lost to my nose. I find it generic. Carven is good, sweet and fresh. Guerlain pushes the grassy facet, I always get a horse piss note (not unpleasant) from it. The middle and drydown very sweet. And despite all recommendations, I've yet to try Givenchy Vetyver. I should just buy it online as a birthday present for myself and be done with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpentaZ View Post
    ....But I can't find which one uses the same presentation as Red Vetyver.
    To my nose, Vetiver Incenso by Pharmacia SS Annunziata is a drier presentation of the RV and Terre d'Hermes theme.
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    Givenchy Eau de Vetyver (vintage) has the best scent of any I've tried. If only it lasted a bit longer and was easier to find.

    I haven't yet tried the re-release in the tall bottle...

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    Quote Originally Posted by perfaddict View Post
    To my nose, Vetiver Incenso by Pharmacia SS Annunziata is a drier presentation of the RV and Terre d'Hermes theme.
    Thank you! I'll try to get a sample of it in the next haul =)

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    I don't know if someone will ever find thes (ultra-rare) , but:

    the one on the left
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    Quote Originally Posted by magnus611 View Post
    Grey Vetiver by TF tops them all IMHO
    Pretty much agree with this.

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    My top two are Tom Ford Grey Vetiver & Dior: La Collection Vetiver
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    Quote Originally Posted by OPomone View Post
    L'Artisan Parfumeur - Timbuktu
    Chanel - Sycomore
    Profumi del Forte - Versilia Platinum
    Frédéric Malle - Vétiver Extraordinaire
    Maître Parfumeur et Gantier - Route du Vétiver
    Mona di Orio - Vétyver

    ... and a stunning new release: Parfums 137 - Vétyver. Well worth a sniff.
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    Black Vetiver by Phaedon hasn't garnered much attention but is a lovely, lemony, slightly smoky new one worth trying.

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    My three clear favourites are...

    Bois de Vetiver - Jacques Bogart
    Eau de Vetyver - Le Galion
    Eau de Vetyver - Lanvin, (I refer to the vintage release in the octagonal flacon, not the dreadful newer stuff from 2003)
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    Sycomore

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    L'Occitane Vetiver is amongst the good ones, imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciprian View Post
    L'Occitane Vetiver is amongst the good ones, imo.
    A good one often overlooked.
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    Guerlain Vet.
    TDC Sel de Vetiver
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    The Guerlain vintage V. is sublime indeed.

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    ....and not to forget the Givenchy vintage V.: gorgeous.

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    I like Vetiver Tonka the most. Then Vetiver Extraordinaire.

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    I really love both Roja Dove's Vetiver and Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver. And now, according to some reports, the latter may be enjoyed in EDT concentration.

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    Zegna Haitian Vetiver
    Roja Parfums Vetiver

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