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    Default Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    I've been on the fence with purchasing Vetiver Extreme for a while, but what are the differences between this and the original? I have not really seen a comparison of the 2 anywhere, and not in any recent topic at least. I am wondering about the current formulations only.
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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    For me it's worth owning both. Extreme is a brighter, woodier take on Vetiver. To my nose Extreme reminds me more of something like Chanel Sycamore than the Original Guerlain release.

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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    Quote Originally Posted by HFMIII View Post
    For me it's worth owning both.
    Agree with you.
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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    The round and warm tobacco-ish nutmeg is swapped for a green tarragon and a hint of incense. It's a bit dryer and colder, but still, close to the original.

    For me (and any vetiver collector): YES, it's worth owning both. That said, if you wanted to keep your collection small, it might not be, as these two have clearly a lot of overlap. Extreme is not a different fragrance, it's really a flanker, that is: a twist on the original.

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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    Quote Originally Posted by HFMIII View Post
    For me it's worth owning both. Extreme is a brighter, woodier take on Vetiver. To my nose Extreme reminds me more of something like Chanel Sycamore than the Original Guerlain release.
    Ohhh that sounds good. I love Sycomore!

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy the frenchy View Post
    The round and warm tobacco-ish nutmeg is swapped for a green tarragon and a hint of incense. It's a bit dryer and colder, but still, close to the original.

    For me (and any vetiver collector): YES, it's worth owning both. That said, if you wanted to keep your collection small, it might not be, as these two have clearly a lot of overlap. Extreme is not a different fragrance, it's really a flanker, that is: a twist on the original.
    Do you agree with HFM that it's similar to Sycomore? If so, I think I'm sold.
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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    It’s said to be discontinued (Extreme) I would get a bottle and see if you like and if you like it buy a few back up bottles it will soon skyrocket in price like they all do.
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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    Ohhh that sounds good. I love Sycomore!

    Do you agree with HFM that it's similar to Sycomore? If so, I think I'm sold.
    It is a bit dryer/darker than the original, with a hint of incense, thus leaning (a tiny bit) towards the Sycomore style, but overall no, to my nose it remains way closer to the original than close to Sycomore. If you are interested by a decent Sycomore EDP clone, I'd suggest you go for Lalique Encre Noire a' L'Extreme instead.

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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    I'm probably in the minority that I prefer Extreme over the original. It's brighter and unencumbered by that tobacco in the original, leaving it fresher and more green. If you already own the original, I would still pick up Extreme just because it's better imho and checks a different box than the original.
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    Own and love both versions but prefer the extreme. To me it‘s a deeper and more complex fragrance. The original is sometimes a little bit too austere for my taste.
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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    Extreme is darker and greener with a tad of frankincense, far less exotic, I prefer the great original.
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    For me I'd just stay with the original of the two.
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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    At the beginning of the year, I was struggling with the same question and decided to go ahead and get both, the "Extreme" being a blind buy. I'm very glad I did! I'm in the camp of those who find "Extreme" to be a misnomer for a perfume that is just a different take on vetiver. I find that I wear "Extreme" more often, but I would recommend anyone who is interested enough in them to be asking this question to definitely pick up both of them.

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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    I own both, and think it’s worth it (I’m on my second bottle of each). VE doesn’t have the soft, warm tobacco, and it’s more herbal and woody/incense. It's got a pretty strong tarragon type herbal note, and is much more single-mindedly dark green. VE was also recently discontinued, but still widely available (for now).

    I'd say if you just want a classic vetiver in your lineup, go with the OG, but if you like the original and want more, Extreme is definitely worth it.
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    On paper I thought the extreme would be my preference but once I received it, I preferred the original. I ended up giving the Extreme away because I never wore it.

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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    Thanks for all the feedback. I'll probably buy a bottle, especially if it's discontinued. I suppose even if it does smell too much like the original, that won't be a bad thing.

    I'll return to this topic with my feedback, once I get it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy the frenchy View Post
    It is a bit dryer/darker than the original, with a hint of incense, thus leaning (a tiny bit) towards the Sycomore style, but overall no, to my nose it remains way closer to the original than close to Sycomore. If you are interested by a decent Sycomore EDP clone, I'd suggest you go for Lalique Encre Noire a' L'Extreme instead.
    Not a fan of Encre Noire L'Extreme, the woods in this are too sharp. I even gave my bottle away. I didn't get much vetiver until the dry down, which wasn't worth it. This frag kinda reminded me of Dirty English in just being very dry sharp woods.
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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    Thanks for all the feedback. I'll probably buy a bottle, especially if it's discontinued. I suppose even if it does smell too much like the original, that won't be a bad thing.

    I'll return to this topic with my feedback, once I get it.
    Good idea, it's still available from a few discounters at very reasonable prices at the moment. Worst case you would be able to resell it and get your money back.

    I have a feeling you will want to keep it though.

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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    Especially if the price on the Extreme is good, little to risk without making both redundant if owned at the same time. Glad to hear about any feedback after your purchase.
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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    Quote Originally Posted by HFMIII View Post
    Good idea, it's still available from a few discounters at very reasonable prices at the moment. Worst case you would be able to resell it and get your money back.

    I have a feeling you will want to keep it though.
    I think so too

    I bought a bottle from an Ebay seller for $49. Could've gotten a capless tester for about 8 less, but I prefer a cap.
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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    Bought it blind years ago and it is a really good fragrance but I finally sold it as I did not like the tarragon that much and cause I could get another 125ml of the original frosted bottle which I love.
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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    I think so too

    I bought a bottle from an Ebay seller for $49. Could've gotten a capless tester for about 8 less, but I prefer a cap.
    Well, upon reading this thread yesterday, I ordered one, too. Sounds right up my alley.

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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    I suppose even if it does smell too much like the original, that won't be a bad thing.
    It's definitely not, imo.


    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    Not a fan of Encre Noire L'Extreme, the woods in this are too sharp. I even gave my bottle away. I didn't get much vetiver until the dry down, which wasn't worth it. This frag kinda reminded me of Dirty English in just being very dry sharp woods.
    I agree that cypress and incense are forward in ENE, more than vetiver. But so it is in Sycomore EDP imo, and found these 2 really close when I wore them side-by-side.

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    Default Re: Is Guerlain Vetiver Extreme a justifiable purchase if I own Guerlain Vetiver?

    Got Vetiver Extreme yesterday, and wore it to sleep. Pretty nice vetiver, but not unique at all. It's more green and earthy, and dry than the original which is more soapy and clean. It doesn't remind me of Encre Noire at all, EN is much more dark and gothic. It does remind me of the vetiver in Carven Le Vetiver, and Clean White Vetiver, these both being 2 darker and more challenging vetivers to wear, taking both of those and cleaning it up. There's an interesting note in Extreme, I think it may be tarragon.

    Overall though, happy with purchase.

    Ahh now, I know what it reminds me of the most. The vetiver note is very close to Malazia Uomo Vetyver.
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