Vetiver Royal Bourbon (new) 
Oriza L. Legrand (2014)

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There are 9 reviews of Vetiver Royal Bourbon (new) by Oriza L. Legrand.

A marvelous woody, aromatic green fragrance. Perfection in the mint and thyme top notes. Powerful heart with bourbon vetiver, iris, juniper, and tobacco. The latter being earthy, as in drying tobacco. Long-lasting base with labdanum, more vetiver, sandalwood, leather, touch of styrax. This doesn't come off as masculine on my skin, at all.

One of the best uses of vetiver I have come across in a long time.
Aug 28, 2018

A very nice, well done, traditional vetiver. I detect a subtle touch of mint at the start. There is little progression, but as it develops one can get hints of cade and tobacco. It is somewhat smoky, and slightly medicinal - which I like. Interestingly, it has a warmth but is surprisingly refreshing at the same time. It smells very natural, even a bit herbal at times - like something one would find at an essential oil store. I get consistent low-key projection, and duration is excellent for a vetiver fragrance at over seven hours.

At times one wonders whether Vetiver Royal Bourbon 'smells good'. It does, even with the occasional bitter-mothball vibe about it. It is one of those perfumes that's out of place in a world of instant gratification, but it does retain my interest after several wears. It's also not as raw and/or pungent like some other vetivers, notably Villoresi and Route du Vetiver. On some days I even prefer it to the Lubin.

Nov 12, 2017

The opening is a pleasant mix of vetiver, hints of spearmint and a slightly boozy notes of a terribly dilated whiskey. Pure Malt ultra lite, so to speak, the vetiver is fairy clean, but a bit of root and earthiness is shiny through in a nice and interesting way.

The drydown brings in a softer turn, an iris in the background and a good load of styrax. Whatever tobacco I get is few and far between and ultra generic; and hints of a suede-like leather are added in the base.

The sillage is moderate, the projection adequate and the longevity six hours on my skin.

This spring scent has strong points, but some of its components are lack vividness and intensity. There are however nice moments in the drydown, where the smoothly-executed blending leads to stretches of a harmonious combination of the disparate parts. On the whole, however, this just misses the mark as far as reaching a positive score is concerned. 2.75/5
May 22, 2016

Oriza's creation opens with a blast of minty vetiver. Within minutes, the scent becomes very aromatic and herbal. There is some sort of a boozy accord that is paired with smoke as it develops. This will increase the perceived density and shift it's cool and green opening to a warm and deeper dry down.
The vetiver, to my nose, is the Haitian type in the opening and in the heart and base it's different, more herbal and smokier, different from the majority of vetiver centered perfumes that I've tried; that is Bourbon vetiver, hence the name of the fragrance.
There are a lot of things happening besides the vetiver/mint combo, that will not really transform its heart, but play a secondary role. The composition is very well blended.

Not that is challenging, but I see it as a mood scent, classic, a vintage perfume that has been reinterpreted in a modern era. I think it's really masculine.
Apr 11, 2016

Old blade, new sword...

If we except the skills of the one who uses it, the most important part of a sword is its blade. Its hilt and scabbard can be exquisite pieces of craftsmanship, often adorned with precious metals and gems, but it's always the least adorned part, its blade, that gets the work done. And if anyone is wandering about what is sword talk doing in a perfume review, Vetiver Royal Bourbon is like mounting a very old and battle proven blade on a new housing. A century old fragrance launched anew, with what seems to be lots of respect to its ancestry. And this is like something that does not happen every day in people's lives. Like something that is exceptional enough to be mentioned elaborately and in great detail. Something like being unlucky enough to fall from atop a juniper tree and hit every single branch on your way down. But also being lucky enough, to land on a thick layer of vetiver grass, and thus escape your fall unscathed. And there you'll doff your leather gloves and light up your pipe and think. Cause if there's something that this curio engenders more than anything else, it's thoughts.
Thoughts like "How dare they?"
Thoughts like "Are they nuts?"
Thoughts like "Didn't they know it was 2014?"
And all that stuff which come to mind upon encountering such an oddity during the second decade of the 21st century. But despite banging its own drum while walking a very lonely path, Vetiver Royal Bourbon has actually a lot of things to say.
This little weirdo is a very-very interesting case. Very bitter, very earthy, very herbal and very unique. Oh, and very challenging to wear too. To my silly nose, it smells like hot stones. But not hot because of being under a scorching sun for too long, but hot because this castle was burned during a siege.
I don't know whether it's the fact that I have not smelled it for many years, but I'm under the impression that Vetiver Royal Bourbon is very similar with vintage Daniel Hechter's Caractere. At first, this thought seemed like it had no grounds at all, since the two fragrances only share a couple of notes. But then came the epiphany. Most of Vetiver Royal Bourbon's notes are somewhat neighbouring the ones of this forgotten relic from the late '80s.
-Artemisia instead of vetiver.
-Fir instead of juniper.
-Amber instead of styrax.
-Sage instead of thyme.
-Basil instead of mint.
With the mystery solved, I relished the thought of how much I loved Caractere back in the day, cause it smelled nothing like anything else. So, the verdict here could not be any different. I love Vetiver Royal Bourbon too. I like bizzare scents, and this one is surely of the kind that will raise the "What the hell is that smell?" question. A lot. And if it wasn't so damn pricy, I could vision myself buying two or three bottles just in case it's discontinued. Finally, and despite that this may sound a bit out of the blue, I'll finish this review the way I started it. With swords. So, since I take it that Caractere doesn't ring a bell to at least 50% of the readers, I'll crown Vetiver Royal Bourbon as the Yatagan of our time. Not based that much on sheer similarity, but on being heavy, sharp and sexy to the nth degree...
Nov 30, 2015

I haven’t been very impressed with the offerings from this necro house so far, and this one’s no different. It’s an old-school Italian apothecary affair—very ‘80s masculine. The vetiver is there, but it’s dominated by culinary herbs that are bracing, but smooth. There’s an intriguing iris facet, a nice minty touch up top, but the overall effect is really just a standard, placid herbal aromatic that winds down to a standard vetiver note. Perfectly pleasant, but nothing to get excited about. It’d go well with a huge mustache and polyester clothing.
Mar 4, 2015

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