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Vetiver by MURDOCH rarely gets talked about. It's not outstanding, IMO, but it's a small surprise from a somewhat not well known brand.
I think Escentric 03 should be on the list.
One of the best spring/summer vetivers I've ever smelled.
It is in the Sycomore realm of freshness, earthiness. Unisex.
The ginger makes it IMO.
Edit: I see it on the list, dont know how I missed it! Vote++ for me!
Vetiver Tonka by Hermès Hermèssence line has been with me it seems like forevermore. I enjoy the unique tonka support outside of the normally sweet go-to designer/date night. This one will remain with me for a while.
Despite the Comme des Garçons 2Man comparisons (I made my decision, thank you) Vetiver 46 by Le Labo with its brooding, somewhat spicy opening and middle refrain, has a vetiver finish that really suits my chemistry. It was my first Le Labo (maybe around 2008) and this introduction has stayed with me since.
Vetiver Ambrato by Bois 1920, while more ambery, is perhaps my most “mature”-smelling fragrance. But I love its more staid approach. Beautifully blended. This was always the black sheep in my entire collection because it’s scent countenance just exists more outside my usual likes. A lovely number for the gentle refined soul.
Uncertain about renewal
Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford is good . . . but I got bored and stopped reaching for it. I won’t be getting another bottle.
Terre d'Hermès Eau Intense Vétiver by Hermès confounds me. Ms. Nagel’s first update to the TdH line is like a vetiver shriek! Whereas I first believed I could handily rock it due to the known factor of its DNA I find it too metallic and piercing.
Vetiver by Guerlain, what else is there to say? I gave it to my father as a Christmas gift and, during the holiday, I spent some valuable time with it. It’s not outstanding to me but it is such an effortless, organic thing to wear. Plus it’s classic . . . oh, and it’s relatively cheap through the grey market. I really cannot lose.
Then there is an upcoming competition between Vetiver Geranium and Original Vetiver by Creed . . . I probably cannot go wrong either way but my wish list will only allow one this year. Plus I should do it before the takeover perhaps lends the recipes to new corporate bottom line cost savings. OV wears so well on warm Spring days and most of the Summer where I live, but I also have a hunkering for some geranium fragrances right now. I like the more dandy-ish feel of VG but perhaps I should more strategically choose the OV and then grab a bottle of JB by Jack Black? - that would settle the geranium issue while providing a reboot to my fatigue from the otherwise great TdH line. And save money!
Gotta get a nose on
Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla is one whose profile intrigues me. When last I checked it hadn’t arrived yet prior to things shutting down, so I couldn’t get my nose on it. It’s not a rush, however, as vanilla isn’t my usual thing and I have Vetiver Tonka to carry me well.
Yes, Escentric 03 is stunning. I may buy it at some point, with its small brother Molecule 03. By layering the two of them, it becomes a masterpiece.
I rarely see it discussed but Infusion de Vétiver by Prada (on Andy’s list, too) is really nice.
I really enjoy it and cannot wait to wear this one with a crisp white shirt. I’m curious if others have been wearing it?
I recently bought a Murdock sample set, so I'll be sure to give that vetiver a try. I rather like the "vetiver shriek" of TdH EIV, but I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone, and it's certainly not a traditional vetiver—of which there seems to be no shortage. (My choice for that is over-the-radar and discontinued/historical.)
I see some talk here about Ellie Essence Vetiver. Without even knowing anything about it, other than it's a FK frag, I blind bought a bottle on Fragnet for $60. I read reviews after and it looks like it's gonna be something I will enjoy. Fingers crossed.. I really need a good long lasting, high quality vetiver, that doesn't cost an arm and leg.
Also.. Andy the Frenchy, this is the best vetiver list BY FAR, and a 1 stop shop for vetiver-heads alike. I am going to book mark this, even though I think i said that last time, this time is for real. Kudos to you for your work and contributions in putting this together.
I only tested it on skin. Very nice and fresh, like you describe it, but a bit too subtle for my tastes. In that series, Infusion d'Iris Cedre captured more of my attention tbh. Still, IdV is one I found very pleasant!
I rather like the "vetiver shriek" of TdH EIV, but I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone, and it's certainly not a traditional vetiver—of which there seems to be no shortage.