In the Weeds: Vetiver Extraordinaire

by pjmcbride

{It should come as no surprise that I don’t know how the photo ended up at the bottom of this post instead of the top, and that I don’t know how to move it back, or if that’s even possible.}

…by Dominique Ropion

Top notes: bergamot, bitter orange, pink pepper

Middle notes: vetiver, cedar, sandalwood

Base notes: oakmoss, musk

For the first time, I’m dealing with a fragrance that’s primarily marketed to men. So I won’t be judging it according to my usual will-it-work-for-me criteria, but I will include Rom’s opinion.

Vetiver (derived from the roots of a grass found in, for example, Haiti) is a love-or-hate note for me. Some of my favorite fragrances (Mitsouko by Guerlain, Sycomore by Chanel, Vetiver Tonka by Hermes) contain a bunch of it. It lends a smoky dryness to a scent that I find very appealing. However, it also has a “nutty,” almost meaty aspect that I can find bothersome, and that is the case here.

The notes list would indicate that vetiver is just one of many components here, but trust the name of the fragrance instead. This is all about the vetiver, and the other notes are just accents to make it even more Vetiver.

For that reason, it’s taken me a long time to get around to reviewing it. Not because it’s complex, but because–it’s vetiver. What else is there to say? If you already know what vetiver smells like, you’ll already know what this smells like. If you don’t know what it smells like, but want to find out, try this and you’ll know.


“At first there’s something harsh, almost like detergent. And something that tickles my nose–maybe the pink pepper. But after that, there’s something stony, kind of mineral, that I really like. It smells like something a wealthy middle-aged man would wear. But for evening, not for the office.”


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