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    Default The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    One Man. A lot of Vetiver Colognes. Which will come out on top?

    1 Year Later - UPDATE

    ++ All Reviews Starting With Most Recent can be found Here ++

    The Results Are In!!

    Individual Reviews Are Linked Below

    The premise -
    I. Love. Vetiver. Not only that but my wife loves Vetiver on me. I've tried some of the more popular ones but there is such a huge range of Vetiver colognes out there how am I suppose to know I have THE one? This is my quest for my signature scent. I purchased 20 decants of Vetiver colognes that I have never smelled before. Follow me over the next several weeks as I try a new Vetiver scent nearly every day until at the end I declare a winner. Which Vetiver will reign supreme? Let's find out together!

    Update: The response has been overwhelmingly positive so I've decided to add more samples to the game! Don't see your favorite listed? Post about it below and I will see about getting a decant, however, I can't make any promises since some are extremely hard to find and I've already spent quite a lot, but I will try my best.

    Update #2: While I am going through these fragrances I've realized just how close a lot of these are. If you are reading through these to find a Vetiver for yourself, please read the full review instead of just the rating. It could be something that I rated a 6/10 might be much better for you than something I rated a 7/10.

    The Contestants -
    Annick Goutal Vetiver [reviewed]
    Atelier Cologne Vetiver Fatal [reviewed]
    Bois 1920 Vetiver Ambrato [reviewed]
    Comme des Garçons Series 4 Cologne: Vettiveru [reviewed]
    Czech & Speake Vetiver Vert [reviewed]
    Dior La Collection Privée Vetiver [reviewed]
    Diptyque Vetyverio [reviewed]
    Frédéric Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire [reviewed]
    Givenchy Vetyver [reviewed]
    Guerlain Vetiver [reviewed]
    Guerlain Vetiver Extreme [reviewed]
    Jo Malone Vetyver [reviewed]
    L'Artisan Parfumeur Coeur de Vetiver Sacré [reviewed]
    L'Occitane Vetiver [reviewed]
    Les Exclusifs de Chanel Sycomore [reviewed]
    Lubin Le Vetiver [reviewed]
    Mona di Orio Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver [reviewed]
    Prada Infusion de Vetiver [reviewed]
    Provence Santé Vetiver [reviewed]
    The Different Company Sel de Vetiver [reviewed]

    +++ ADDED+++
    Hermes Vetiver Tonka [reviewed]
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EDT [reviewed]
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EDP [reviewed]
    Cartier Vetiver Bleu [reviewed]
    Armani Prive Vetyver Babylone [reviewed]
    Le Labo Vetyver 46 [reviewed]
    Dolce & Gabana Velvet Vetiver [reviewed]
    Hermēs Bel Ami Vetiver [reviewed]
    Roja Vetiver Extrait [reviewed]
    Huitieme Art Monsieur [reviewed]
    Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisse [reviewed]
    Lalique Encre Noire [reviewed]
    Lalique Encre Noire Sport [reviewed]
    Creed Original Vetiver [reviewed]

    The Rules -
    I will wear each fragrance once in no particular order (without having smelled it previous to wearing). I might give updates but I will give my overall opinion on the scent only after giving it an entire day. In some cases I will be comparing it to other Vetiver scents as well as my previous signature scent and current one (Original Vetiver and Encre Noire). I will choose a winner out of these 20 and give my verdict on if one of these has become my new signature scent or not.

    I'm also going to give my wife's BLIND opinion on each one too.

    Most importantly I'm doing this because I thought it would be fun. Please follow along and have fun with me.
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    Default Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    You sure have acquired an excellent group to judge from. I will be awaiting the result!
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    Very much looking forward to your impressions! I'm a huge fan of vetiver and will enjoy hearing how this contest plays out.

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    Default Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    Quote Originally Posted by Mythrol View Post
    I will wear each fragrance once in no particular order (without having smelled it previous to wearing).
    Awesome.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mythrol View Post
    I might give updates but I will give my overall opinion on the scent only after giving it an entire day.
    This sounds like a fun thread. I look forward to reading along. Have fun!
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    Looking forward to your impressions. Vetiver is probably my favorite note also - interestingly, only one on your list (Vetiver Extraordinaire) is even in my top 10 vetivers. I guess that just shows how broad of a spectrum vetiver is in.
    Current Summer Favorites:

    1. Xerjoff - Nio
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    4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    5. Armani - Code Sport Athlete
    6. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    7. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    8. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    9. Ermenegildo Zegna - Sicilian Mandarin
    10. Creed - Pure White Cologne

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Looking forward to your impressions. Vetiver is probably my favorite note also - interestingly, only one on your list (Vetiver Extraordinaire) is even in my top 10 vetivers. I guess that just shows how broad of a spectrum vetiver is in.
    Same! It's my favorite on the list, but my all time favorite is Roja Dove's Vetiver Extrait, which mirrors the style of Grey Vetiver (which I see is on your summer favorites list).

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    Good luck in your journey into vetiver heaven. Excellent scents listed above. You have your work cut out for you to find "THE VETIVER.

    Original Vetiver was overlooked sad to say.
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    Default Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    A few to add to your list:

    Sycomore (LOVE)
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver (like)
    Heeley Vetiver Veritas (don't like)
    Zegna Haitian Vetiver (don't like)

    But still, add those

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNBLUEMIKE View Post
    Good luck in your journey into vetiver heaven. Excellent scents listed above. You have your work cut out for you to find "THE VETIVER.

    Original Vetiver was overlooked sad to say.
    Oooo and Original Vetiver, I love that one. I'd also agree with Haitian Vetiver.

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    Default Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    Thanks for all the great responses everyone. I hope everyone has as much fun following the thread as I do trying them. I'm also going to try my best to not read any reviews or anything on the colognes to try and not taint my opinion on them. Some I have heard of already but a good number of them I know nothing or next to nothing about.


    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Looking forward to your impressions. Vetiver is probably my favorite note also - interestingly, only one on your list (Vetiver Extraordinaire) is even in my top 10 vetivers. I guess that just shows how broad of a spectrum vetiver is in.
    I was limited to what the decantshop had that was called Vetiver (used the link from here so basenotes got that kick back cash ). I tried to not look at any "best Vetiver" lists or anything of the sort so I'm sure I missed some but I thought 20 was a pretty good number. Also keep in mind I have tried some Vetivers already and so I didn't purchase any of them. Please feel free to share your top 10 list. I am always interested when it comes to Vetiver.

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    Default Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    I will eagerly watch to see the results as well, though the vast majority of my favorites aren't included like some other posters have mentioned. Still, you do have many good options on there including a couple favorites, so it should be interesting.
    Current Top Ten:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage (Giorgio Beverly Hills) - tie
    2) Giorgio V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills) - tie
    4) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    5)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
    6) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    7) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    7) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    7) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    7) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
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    Default Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    Quote Originally Posted by TNBLUEMIKE View Post
    Good luck in your journey into vetiver heaven. Excellent scents listed above. You have your work cut out for you to find "THE VETIVER.

    Original Vetiver was overlooked sad to say.
    Quote Originally Posted by tensor9 View Post
    A few to add to your list:

    Sycomore (LOVE)
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver (like)
    Heeley Vetiver Veritas (don't like)
    Zegna Haitian Vetiver (don't like)

    But still, add those
    Haha. Guys Original Vetiver was my signature scent for about 3 years! I'm very familiar with it and will be comparing these to it as we go along. Also I did order a sample of Sycomore . I have also tried Grey Vetiver previously which is why it is not on this list.

    Unfortunately I was limited to what the decant shop offered because I wanted to get all the decants from one place. As we go along if other people have ones they feel strongly I should try I might try to pick up decants of them. We shall see how this all goes.

    I'm loving the enthusiasm from everyone!

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    Shall be looking forward to your impressions. Perhaps you can never have enough vetivers.

    One I am liking quite a bit at the moment is Vetiver Tonka.
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    Would also recommend trying Zegna Haitian Vetiver & Vetiver Tonka if you get the opportunity & will add one not mentioned yet, Dolce & Gabanna Velvet Vetiver. Best of luck in your search...I'm slowly continuing my own with vetiver....thus far Tom Ford Grey Vetiver and Creed Original Vetiver (along with Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisee though not sure it qualifies as a true "Vetiver-centric" fragrance as much as the ones listed) are the ones I've been compelled to purchase bottles of. Will be looking forward to your thoughts as you work through the samples. Happy hunting!

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    I love vetiver too. I have tried most, though not all, of those in your list, which I think covers most bases. So I'm curious to see if your tastes match mine or not.

    cacio

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    Sounds fun, I root for Jo Malone Vetyver
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    Very interesting thread indeed! Many of my favourite vetivers are included. I will be rooting for Sycomore, Vetiver Extraordinaire and Sel de Vetiver.
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    Great selections.

    If the Goutal is in vintage form it will be the likely winner. Givenchy Vetiver is also great as are most on your list.

    Of course the winner should be compared against the first version of Carven Vetiver as this is to me the benchmark.
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    Default Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    I look forward to this!

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    Default Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    Molinard.
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    Sycomore
    Guerlain Vetiver vintage edc
    Carven Vetiver (original 1957 formulation)
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
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    Default Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    Interesting list, look forward to the results. So many styles of Vetiver/Vetyver.

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    Default Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    I wouldn't be able to choose just one from your list as there's too many good ones and some excellent diversity. I haven't tried everything on your list, but am curious about the outcome. Especially LeVetiver Itasca by Lubin, it's a fantastic and very different take on the style. I also love Original Vetiver and couldn't see replacing it with another, but have fun with it and good luck....
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    This party is never going to be a real party without inviting Etro Vetiver to the group. He doesn't pull his punches, has a raw personality but is really nice when you get to know him.
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    I've done my probe on the Vetiver note in the past and can honestly come to the conclusion that "Extrait de Vetiver" Roja is top choice to go with but believe it or not Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver is my favorite as its a beautiful modern rendition of Vetiver/grapefruit/woody mix all into wonderful concoction. Nevertheless, much success on your personal quest "Enjoy"!!!
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    Very nice list

    I would happily wear them all except maybe for Vetiver Vert and the Mona di Orio

    I found a nice little aromatic type one recently -- Mr Vetiver by Une Nuit a Bali

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    Default Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    Depends...do you like your vetiver fresh (Dior La Collection Privée Vetiver) or smokey (Les Exclusifs de Chanel Sycomore)...because these are the three best!

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    Default Re: The Quest For THE Vetiver Cologne

    Thanks for the comments. I really enjoy reading everyone's idea of Vetiver fragrances.

    I love fresh and earthy Vetiver both for what they do. The only ones on this list I even have an idea of what they smell like are Sycomore and Sel de Vetiver. I also heard Diptyque Vetyverio has something in it that makes it. . .unique. But other than that I've got no idea what any of these smell like or even if they are fresh or earthy.

    Needless to say some of these I expect to be really interesting to wear but I'm committed to giving each a full day. I'm also going to give my wife's opinion on each one since she loves Vetiver on me too.

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    Really good selection you got! But I still recommend trying to get some Roja Dove Extrait...

    And the mentioned Hermes Vetiver Tonka is in my definite top three, although not fresh or that earthy. Another (or two or three) are Onda from Vero Profumo, it comes in three concentrations where the EdP stands out with it´s added passion fruit accord. The Extrait and Voile d´Extrait are pretty similar and extremely animalic and earthy...

    Will follow the thread
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    Definitely going to be keeping an eye on this thread - hope you enjoy your project!




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