Vetiver Oriental 
Serge Lutens (2002)

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Reviews of Vetiver Oriental by Serge Lutens

There are 44 reviews of Vetiver Oriental by Serge Lutens.


Review of Palais bell jar:

Everything the pyramid says is here, is here. It comes down to how the balance works for you.

I'm finding this a lovely scent that thankfully doesn't plunge into Sheldrake's typical dense fruitiness. It does, however, flirt with gourmandishness via the combo of chocolate and amber. As gourmands are not my thing, I'd have preferred either/or, and given the "oriental" designation in the name, the chocolate seems more expendable. But, while the amber-sweetened chocolate is more present than I'd have wished, it's far from overwhelming. I'd rather have more vetiver in the mix, but it's certainly here, closely mated to the gaiac and musk in a dusky woody-grassy accord that's subtle and somewhat fascinating.

I don't think this is ever going to rise through the ranks to become a personal favorite of mine, but I can easily see how someone else would fall in love with it.
Nov 6, 2021


Vetiver Oriental opens with fresh sap enhanced by underlying slightly sharp, woody vetiver before quickly transitioning to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart the vetiver remains sharp as it takes control, supported by moderately sweet, creamy powder-laced amber and slightly leathery labdanum rising from the base. During the late dry-down the vetiver recedes, leaving the amber and labdanum joining remnants of the woods through the finish. Projection is average and longevity good to very good at around 9-10 hours on skin.

I can't really say much about Vetiver Oriental except that it smells pleasant at all times but never really separates itself from some pretty stiff competition as vetiver compositions are seemingly a dime a dozen nowadays. The woody vetiver kind of reminds me of the vetiver heart somewhat hidden within the amazingly successful spiced Earl Grey tea focus of Coeur de Vetiver Sacre by L'Artisan, but while that composition uses the vetiver in an unexpected way, Vetiver Oriental seems rather unadventurous by comparison. I find it hard not to recommend sniffing Vetiver Oriental as it does smell good, but with so many others that are similar but more interesting it is equally hard to recommend a purchase. The bottom line is the $100 per 100ml bottle Vetiver Oriental smells polished and well-blended, but needs something else to distinguish itself from the ever growing pack, earning it a "good" to "very good" 3 to 3.5 stars out of 5 rating and a tepid recommendation to at least try for vetiver lovers.
May 22, 2021


The iris pallida and the sap top notes greet me at the beginning all right, but both are rather pallid on me, but apart from that they work together well on me

The vetiver that appears in the drydown is simple, bright, lacks any earthiness, and is rather insipid again. Touches of milk chocolate, white musks, and whiffs of neroli develop at this stage too, with a transient whiff of ginger noticeable too at times.

The base combines an ambery woodsiness (sandal, guaiac) with mossy greenness and a touch of spice, which is contributed by a labdanum note.

I get moderate sillage, adequate projection, and nine hours of longevity on my skin.

An original concept of a scent for cooler spring days, but quite pale and anemic in most of its ingredients. It is a shame that the notes are not stronger and more vivid. It is not bad though. 2.75/5
Apr 8, 2021


A stylized vetiver that borders on the gourmand. It is almost Baroque, with many facets that point to an Orientalized vision. Greenish and woody, spicy but slightly sweet as well.
If a pronounced vetiver fragrance is what you want, this is not it. Rather the vetiver is coy and hinted.
Hidden. It is like going into a deep forest that darkens, with danger pulling you in.

Well made, coherent, and highly recommended! Especially for the cooler months.
Sep 12, 2020


Vetiver?? Where??

This should be called Cocoa Patchouli Oriental, because there's no vetiver here or anything even green about it.

At first I thought it doesn't smell bad, but after wearing it more, it's kind of a stinker. Not to mention I am not, nor will I ever be a fan of patchouli. Though I gave it the benefit of the doubt due to praise, and respect for the label Serge Lutens. I'm guessing the reason this is probably the cheapest Serge Lutens male fragrance out there is because nobody wants to wear it. It's a stinky, stanky, musty patchouli, there's no vetiver anywhere to be found, it's extremely strong and overpowering even in small doses, and there isn't anything to balance it out. It's super linear. Sap and iris?? Where? What are these notes, did someone pull them out of their ass?

Bottom line.. don't expect vetiver here. If you like
LIDGE, you may enjoy this. I will never let a prestigious brand like Serge Luten, Comme des Garcons, Creed, or anyone else ever influence my decision of a a fragrance, if it's bad I'm gonna let you know, and this one sucks!
Nov 25, 2019


Vetiver Oriental is a dry, dusty vetiver fragrance that highlights the rooty aspects of vetiver and is infused with a powdery cocoa note. There is a green, sappy, resinous aspect with a hint of iris that accentuates this rooty vetiver. During the initial phase the fragrance is more dense and green, but later on it evolves into something more dusty, with a presence of cocoa, and hints of amber. It's almost as if a plant changes its colour from green to golden brown in autumn. The dusty, powdery dry down is retained till the fragrance fades away. Sillage is quiet but persistent, and I experience a moderate duration of about 5-6 hours.

Among vetiver fragrances this is definitely a unique composition. There is some similarity with Borneo 1834 - particularly in the way the cocoa note is utilised. However, personally it falls well short of being a favourite since I do not find the composition as attractive. I appreciate much more Borneo 1834, and the cocoa-vetiver accord here doesn't work for me as such. The other relatable fragrance is Vetiver Tonka - but only because both are vetiver fragrances that flirt with gourmand aspects. However, personally it is nowhere near as enjoyable as Vetiver Tonka. If you enjoy the vetiver note in Route du Vetiver, Vetiver Oriental might be interesting - though it is a much less bold in its exploration of vetiver.

In summary, Vetiver Oriental is an interesting composition that's far from the worst in the Lutens lineup, and fills up a very niche corner in the pantheon of vetiver fragrances. Definitely worth sampling, though whether one would want to stay in that niche is a question of preference. I am happy to observe from a distance.

3/5
May 4, 2017

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