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    Default Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Hi all,
    I think I'm going to get a new vetiver. So I've been looking.
    These are the ones I currently or in the past have owned, so out of the question.
    Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    Creed - Original Vetiver
    Jo Malone - Vetyver
    Christian Dior - Vetiver
    Hermes - Terre d'Hermes

    Have smelled Guerlain Vetiver (classic classic.)
    That is one of the ones I am considering, as is:
    Roja Dove Vetiver
    Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Carven Vetiver
    Annick Goutal Vetiver
    Heeley Vetiver Veritas - LAST place for sure!!
    (which I have NOT smelled any of.)

    Obviously Roja Dove is one of the more expensive ones. I like less synthetics, etc - therefore that is definitely the one I am leaning toward! Malle is second place. I got rid of Hermes Hermessence Vetiver Tonka because I want Vetiver and not coffee!
    I'm looking for something with good longevity & sillage. Not interested in a weak skin scent.
    I don't mind blind buying one bit. Thanks in advance for any opinions!
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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    I'd go with Vetiver Extraordinaire by Frederic Malle of the ones you're considering.
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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Think you should definitely consider French Lover (Bois d' Orage) by Frederic Malle as well. It's a no contest with Vetiver Extrodinaire IMHO. But do try them side-by-side if you can.

    As you don't want coffee, that rules out Dior's Privee Vetiver scent.
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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Itasca by Lubin is a nice one.

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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    All you ever wanted to know about vetiver, (almost)...

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/396...u-have-smelled
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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    I'd go for the Carven -- cheap as chips

    You could supplement this one with Le Vetiver by Lubin which I rate highly

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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    I would go with Vetiver Extraordinaire.

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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    I would recommend you read Mythrol's comprehensive blog reviewing over 30 vetiver fragrances including those you are considering: The Quest for THE Vetiver Cologne

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Based on your likes - Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire will be my suggestion too...The Goutal is a superb vetiver - but raw, dirty, rooty - if u like such ones, def go for it (get the older bottle)...
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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    While I thought Roja's Vetiver Extrait was nice, I found it to be so close to Haitian Vetiver - E. Zegna that I'd never fork out Roja Dove money for it.

    From your list, Vetiver Extraordinaire.

    Not from your list, the Zegna or Le Vetiver (EDP) - Carven

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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    My vote for Vetiver extraordinaire. Superfresh, zingy, and natural smelling.

    After that, I agree with checking Goutal (salty. Not talking about the recent edc, but the old standard vetiver) or Lubin (a touch incensy).

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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Thanks a bunch for the suggestions!!
    I had never heard of Lubin house, nor the vetiver by Zegna, nor French Lover. I will look into those.
    I also wasn't aware of those links! Gives me some nice reading material.
    I will pass on Roja Dove... It's quite pricey anyway! Thanks folks
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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Buy the old Goutal if you can find it.
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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Another vote here for the Zegna Haitian Vetiver.

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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Definitely Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire. It's amazing.
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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Quote Originally Posted by jpohl402 View Post
    Have smelled Guerlain Vetiver (classic classic.)
    That is one of the ones I am considering, as is:
    Roja Dove Vetiver
    Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Carven Vetiver
    Annick Goutal Vetiver
    Heeley Vetiver Veritas - LAST place for sure!!
    (which I have NOT smelled any of.)

    Obviously Roja Dove is one of the more expensive ones. I like less synthetics, etc - therefore that is definitely the one I am leaning toward! Malle is second place. I got rid of Hermes Hermessence Vetiver Tonka because I want Vetiver and not coffee!
    I'm looking for something with good longevity & sillage. Not interested in a weak skin scent.
    From your list, and given your specific criteria, I'd say Roja's Vetiver would be excellent choice - just keep in mind it is pretty similar to Grey Vetiver (it's a more refined version of GV, sort of if Roja Vetiver went to a prep school and is wearing custom tailored suits and GV went to a public school and is wearing khakis and polo shirts).

    Vetiver Extraordinaire is excellent as well - and highly recommended. It's long lasting, but in my experience, doesn't project much - at least in the very dry climate where I live. Very clinical in delivery, cool and squeeky clean. Despite low projection, I enjoy it a lot.

    Don't write off Heeley's Vetiver Veritas though!! I made that same mistake when I got a decant couple years ago - I felt it was a bit harsh at first, not terribly appealing right after you sprayed it on. HOWEVER, if you can just ignore that and not sniff your arms for 30-60 minutes, once that top wears off, it turns into a very nice, dry, grassy/woody aromatic, with spicy, earthy, rich vetiver - sort of like Jovoy's Private Label on a strict 800 calories a day diet. It doesn't project very strongly, but it lasts 24+ hours on skin and doesn't change much once the top notes wear off - it stays in that beautiful stage until you shower next day.

    And speaking of which - Private Label - GLORIOUS - it's strong, earthy, aromatic, dark vetiver!! Can't recommend this one enough - it's top notch, unfortunately often overlooked. Not sure if it's because the brand isn't one of the top 10 heavy hitters people always talk about so not many people know about it, or because it's darker than most vetivers, but it's just über masculine and so damn good, you at least have to try it.

    Going back to the roots - I made a 180 turn on Guerlain Vetiver. I used to consider it very old fashioned, dated even, sort of something you'd find in your grandpa's arsenal, but... the more I've worn it, the more I learned to appreciate its classic beauty. It's a bit soapy, but I think it's a clean, classic, straightforward, to the point vetiver, with just a whisper of coffee. And considering its price today, I consider it one of the greatest inexpensive fragrances you can find these days - even if you have 30 other vetivers in your collection, it's still worth getting a bottle of this one, I think.

    Have not tried the Carven or Annick Goutal versions, so no comments on those.

    UPDATE: Forgot to ask... have you tried Chanel's Sycomore (EDT)? It's a fantastic vetiver fragrance - a must-have for anyone who enjoys this particular note.

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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    From the list of fragrances considered: especially Vetiver Carven

    Perhaps also, among the additional possibilities: Adolfo Dominguez Vetiver Hombre, Yves Rocher Cuir Vetiver, Yardley Citrus&Wood
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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Another for Itasca by Lubin, as well as the other from the Lubin Le Vetiver line.
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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Thanks guys!
    @remik Thanks for the detailed and informative reply!
    I think I'll try to get a sample of Roja Dove then.
    And no I have not tried Sycomore yet! Apparently I need to do so!

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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Couple of others:

    Etro Vetiver
    Lampblack

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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    The one that got me started on the whole fragrance obsession was Miller Harris Vetiver Bourbon. After going thru many vetiver samples I went with Sycomore, Encre Noir and Timbuktu then more recently Jovoy's L'Art De La Guerre. Somehow I have yet to try 2 that are frequently recommended in Vetiver Extraordinaire and Les Nez Turtle though.

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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Other suggestions: Sel de Vetiver - The Different Company and Eau de Vétyver - L`Occitane

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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    + 1 on the Carven Le Vetiver. It is so well priced, it is a must have for vetiver lovers. As a bonus, it's formula is certified by Firmenich to be the same one used in the original 1957 issue (that started the vetiver craze). Carven's Vetiver (notice the omission of "Le" in the title) is a bit darker and heavier version of the same scent. I prefer the Le Vetiver, have several bottles of it...

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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Noone recommended the brilliant Givenchy Vetyver yet?
    Try this one as well if you can!
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    - Ferrari: Essence Oud Edp
    - Dior: Fahrenheit (vtg)
    - YSL: Kouros (Fraîcheur)
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    - MPG: Santal Noble
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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Have you tried Encre Noir? It's a totally different kind of Vetiver but I really like it.

    I'll give Carven Le Vetiver a +1 as well.

    These two couldn't be less alike, but I own and enjoy them both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slayerized View Post
    Noone recommended the brilliant Givenchy Vetyver yet?
    Try this one as well if you can!
    Agreed. One of the best vetivers money can buy.
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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    UPDATE: Forgot to ask... have you tried Chanel's Sycomore (EDT)? It's a fantastic vetiver fragrance - a must-have for anyone who enjoys this particular note.
    ^^^^^ What he said. My very favorite of vetiver scents. A green note in it that's something like a crushed fig leaf. Ethereally beautiful.
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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Mona di Orio's Vetyver. It's a huge spicy, mossy, masculine vetiver which the world forgot. Have fun finding a used bottle, no one who tried it will sell you one.

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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Mona di Orio's Vetyver.
    Another excellent one IMO.
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    Default Re: Vetiver: Time for a new one. Narrowed down to a few specifics

    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post

    And speaking of which - Private Label - GLORIOUS - it's strong, earthy, aromatic, dark vetiver!! Can't recommend this one enough - it's top notch, unfortunately often overlooked. Not sure if it's because the brand isn't one of the top 10 heavy hitters people always talk about so not many people know about it, or because it's darker than most vetivers, but it's just über masculine and so damn good, you at least have to try it.
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