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Vetiver (2012)
by Roja Dove


Vetiver information

Year of Launch2012
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 67 votes)

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HouseRoja Dove
PerfumerRoja Dove

About Vetiver

Vetiver is a shared / unisex perfume by Roja Dove. The scent was launched in 2012 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Roja Dove

Reviews of Vetiver

I bought a decant of this not realising there was a 'pour homme' version as well. Initially after some sniffing and marvelling at the wonderful and delicate purity of the vetiver , almost alpine fresh crystalline fragility, take that as if there is a hint of mint, I found myself thinking this would be really great to smell on a woman. Hey presto this is unisex. A sanitised through magical filters Tom Ford Grey Vetiver but that is a gross and unjust oversimplification as to the artistry involved here.
That said I am off to sample the 'Pour Homme' which is where I should have been in the first place.

Fragrance: 8.5/10
Projection: 7/10
Longevity: 6.5/10
31st August, 2019
Stardate 20190701:

Again a Guerlain homage. Execution is a bit modern and sits somewhere between Guerlain and Ford's Grey Vetiver.
Nothing special. There are better vetivers - Guerlain, Diptyque, Carven.
One thing though, this one has good longevity. Took a shower and still is potent. And that is just with one spray.
01st July, 2019
A tamed, basic interpretation of one of fragrance-dom's most common accord by Roja Dove.

Vetiver is really pleasant, though it doesn't appear to say anything remarkable; it's like having a famous singer show up at your high school auditorium, only to sing a bubble-gum tune in a pedestrian way.

Ultimately a chypre type scent, Vetiver presents an interesting set of notes to highlight vetiver proper's distinct qualities: Celery, galbanum, pepper, nutmeg, caraway seeds, aromatic litsea berries, to name the most interesting ones, offer elements to inject vegetal, earthy, and aromatic elements that try to paint an impressionistic sensation of refined vetiver. Has a lot of similarities to Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver EdT, with the expected smoothness of an Extrait strength fragrance.

Perhaps I have become biased to expect something more intense and deep than what Roja has created here. For decades, I have come across several scents with "vetiver" in their names, plus in my hobby of analyzing scents, vetiver is a note that I've become fairly familiar with as a (usually) base note element contributing a typical grassy-chocolate-earthy-smoky vibe.

I respect the evident high quality of the ingredients used here, but the results are a bit flat for me. Opinions definitely differ for this one, but IMO, it could have been constructed with more layers and have had an extra, distinctive Roja stamp placed on it to place it above other vetiver scents. Alas...
26th January, 2019
I'm a HUGE Vetiver fan. It's actually my favorite note. This is in my opinion the best Vetiver I have smelled. Granted Sycamore and Dior Vetiver I have not tried. But I have tried a lot. Including Creed's offering and TF GV EDP. This one destroys them all. A Vetiver masterpiece if you will.
08th March, 2017
A lot of freshness and fun in Roja Dove's Vetiver Extrait, it shares the same quality of Amber Extrait in not relying so heavily on its signature note and perhaps being a little surprising in that respect. It opens with more citrus, leads to a heart of some rose, and then devolves into an earthier base, admittedly anchored by the vetiver itself that is much less a part of its opening. I get some pepper and resin in the base, so it does become a little more complex, more interesting than just the freshness or just the vetiver itself. A nice composition.

Projection and longevity are more on par with Bergamot Extrait, which is strong, but not the beast mode that was Amber Extrait (which I tried only yesterday). Still debatable whether it's worth its now-discontinued price tag, which obviously depends on where it is being sold. Luckily, it's not as extremely popular as the Amber Extrait, so some Vetivers should actually be floating around the secondary market.

8 out of 10
25th March, 2016
bejahu Show all reviews
United States
This one of the best smelling, light vetivers that I have encountered. The blending and balance are wonderful. So, why the neutral rating? The projection and silage are practically nonexistent. This is a skin scent. If it lasted, then that would be fine and I would have given it a thumbs up, but at nearly $400 for 50ml, the miserable longevity is completely unacceptable. This stuff cannot be a true extrait. It behaves as if it were an EdC. The longevity is about an hour on my skin (when I'm lucky) and two on clothing. I cannot believe people are getting half a day out of this. I was worried that I got a fake, so I went to Sachs to confirm my findings. Sure enough, the longevity was terrible. Such a shame. This would have easily been my favorite vetiver fragrance. Actually, I guess it "is" my favorite, but it isn't worth anywhere near the asking price, given its miserably poor longevity. People compare this to Grey Vetiver, but Vetiver Exrait smells much better. Grey Vetiver is loaded with iso-e-super and has this synthetic vibe that doesn't exist with Vetiver Extrait. GV smells good, but VE smells much more sophisticated. The Roja Vetiver is closer to vintage Guerlain than Tom Ford's offering.

So overall, I regretfully have to give this a neutral. Such a pity.
11th March, 2016

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