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    Default Your favorite Vetiver and why?

    So I've tried several Vetiver scents, but I always come back to the realization that the first that made me fall in love with Vetiver, Encre Noire, is the best for me! And thus my favorite!

    Guerlain does some great ones, truly, but none have been as pleasing to me, nor as performing as EN. Tom Ford's "Grey" is a nice and perhaps needed mature version, probably the most, but what I think they were trying to achieve with what I'm guessing was an attempt at an earthy undertone, was a disgusting rubber and cheap tobacco overtone to me. Cannot express in words how disappointed I was with this one. Major hype with major let down. Then there's Chanel's awesome take on it with Sycomore, which truly smells just as amazing as EN, damn near identical to me, but at quintuple the price tag for the EDT and ten times it for the EDP why would I waste my money for a name? Well I can tell you for a fact that I wouldn't, and won't. Finally we have the EN flanker, "Extreme". I truly do like this fragrance a lot, but it's not the original and it's not as performing. Maybe a bit deeper and darker, which perhaps achieves, better, what Tom Ford was going for, but, still, it's not up to snuff for me.

    So there it is... Encre Noire is the reigning champ of Vetiver for me. Which is it for you?

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    Escentric 03 for me.
    Zesty, green and woody.
    Wonderful, long lasting stuff that does best in warm but not hot weather.
    Top marks.

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    Green, grassy vetiver meets classic EdC style. I’m not a fan of earthy vetivers.
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    Default Re: Your favorite Vetiver and why?

    Vetiver Extraordinaire by Frederic Malle for me as it just smells what I want to my vetiver scent to be.
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    Default Re: Your favorite Vetiver and why?

    Creed Vetiver 1948 will probably always be my favorite because I find it so classy and versatile. It can be worn in any situation, which cannot be said about many vetivers.

    I find many classic (earthy) smelling vetivers very challenging to wear, so challenging that I would find them hard to wear in close social situations. That's why a vetiver like Vetiver 1948 (which is no longer available, of course) is so appreciated, because even though the story of JFK wearing it is amusing and fun to think about, it actually DOES smell like something he would have worn. To me, it totally smells like the suave 60's. It just smells like something a gentleman would wear....even now.

    Other vetivers I favor are Creed Original Vetiver, Frederic Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire, and Floris Vetiver, which is another excellent and classy (but discontinued) vetiver....that reminds me very much of Vetiver '48.
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    My favorite currently is Roja's Vetiver pour homme. However, it's in the same vein as Grey Vetiver, which I know you loathe. It's a more luxurious version and lasts much longer.

    Another one to try would be Elie Saab No. 6 Vetiver. Much smoother, but will not have the same texture you find in EN, or Sycomore for that matter.
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    Default Re: Your favorite Vetiver and why?

    There is French Lover and then there are the rest. To me it’s one of the greatest fragrances of all time. A perfect fragrance.

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    Default Re: Your favorite Vetiver and why?

    Encre Noir is quite good and up there, but I think I would take Goutal Vetiver first due to the excellent smoke quality to it.....
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    Roja Dove Vetiver as it's everything I could want in a vetiver scent.

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    Default Re: Your favorite Vetiver and why?

    CREED VETIVER 1948 is my favorite, but it's not a very typical vetiver. Has a very 60s MAD MEN/barbershop vibe.

    Also love MALLE VETIVER EXTRAORDINAIRE and GUERLAIN VETIVER. Just solid, rooty vetiver.
    GUERLAIN's is hard to beat.

    PRIVATE LABEL is I guess technically a leather scent, but it has very dark, earthy, moody vetiver note.
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    I always gravitate to Guerlain/Tom Ford vetiver side of things. Never been able to really get past Guerlain Vetiver being THE vetiver fragrance. Encre Noire is a great smelling fragrance but it steps on the toes of my Terre d'Hermes.

    All I know is when I get into threads like this and people start listing all the different vetiver based frags I run and grab all my sample/decants.
    I'm plastered with;
    Roja Vetiver
    TF Grey Vetiver
    Creed Original Vetiver
    Dior Vetiver
    Encre Noire
    FM Vetiver Extraordinaire
    FM French Lover
    Terre d'Hermes
    TdH Eau Intense Vetiver

    They're all great fragrances and I'm vetiver'd out for the night.

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    Une nuit nomade - Mr Vetiver

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    For me, Encre Noire, Vetiver Extraordinaire and Creed 1948
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    Default Re: Your favorite Vetiver and why?

    Lorenzo Villoresi Vetiver
    Comme des Garcons Vettiveru
    Terre d'Hermes

    Because i like my vetiver to be soil-y, rich and smooth (doesn't mean it's weak) as opposed to being piercing and spicy.

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    Zegna’s Haitian Vetiver. Earthy and green without being too rooty. Love it. Backup to that would be Oliver & Co. Vetiverus.

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    I like Frederic Malle Bois d'Orage/French Lover
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    Frederic Malle - Vetiver Extraordinaire
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    Default Re: Your favorite Vetiver and why?

    Chanel Sycomore EDT and Guerlain Vetiver - both offer a nice dry take of vetiver.
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    For me its Sultan Vetiver by Nishane and Terre d hermes eau intense vetiver.

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    Default Re: Your favorite Vetiver and why?

    Guerlain's Vetiver Eau Glacée is fantastic. Also Hové Parfumeur's quite brutal Vetivert, which seems to contain actual vetiver and little else.
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    Another vote for malle VE.
    And creed OV for shorts and t shirt

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    Default Re: Your favorite Vetiver and why?

    Other than Sycomore, I would pick the Guerlain (ribbed bottle), Le Vetyver by Lubin and Creed's 1948

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    Guerlain Vetiver (ribbed/frosted bottle)

    Starts of really fresh first hour, is really masculine, has that nice tobacco note and turns into a dry grassy hay-like smell in the late drydown.
    Always enjoy this one and already on my 2nd 125ml bottle!
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    Default Re: Your favorite Vetiver and why?

    Armani Prive Vetiver Babylone / Vetiver d'Hiver is my favourite for its smoothness. It's very easy to love.

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    Default Re: Your favorite Vetiver and why?

    Another one for vetiver extraordinaire. Freshest, zingiest. That is in a different direction relative to EN, which is deeper and woodier.

    But I agree that for the price EN is hard to beat.


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    Even though there is a small amount of vetiver in this, but Original Vetiver by Creed is my favorite.

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    So far, nothing comes close to Guerlain Vetiver for me. It's so fresh and bright.

    Not to hijack the thread, but since many are talking about Encre Noire anyway... I have been wearing this one occasionally for a few years, but there is a strong metallic note in the dry down (probably 2 hours in) that keeps me from reaching for it. Is that present in the extreme version as well? I love the first hour or two of the original.

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    Default Re: Your favorite Vetiver and why?

    Dior Vetiver. I like the freshness of it, and it's so easy to wear.

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    Default Re: Your favorite Vetiver and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by ultravisitor View Post
    Dior Vetiver. I like the freshness of it, and it's so easy to wear.

    This is a great one. I regret selling my bottle. Roja Vetiver Pour Homme Parfum is my favorite from my current collection, but I do prefer the Dior and miss it.
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