Every perfume has its time and for me, in spite of its all time classic aura, this is the moment for testing and talking about Guerlain’s Vetiver. The first fragrance developed by perfumer Jean Paul Guerlain (the great grandson of founder Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain!) Vetiver was released in 1959, geared towards the South African market, as mentioned by the official reports. Then, in 2000 the fragrance was re-released, this time contained in a new designed bottle and perhaps reformulated.
I only read good things about the original version, however since I never got a chance to sniff it I will share with you my impressions on what is known today as Vetiver by Guerlain. This masculine woody aromatic is, according to the official website, “a particularly original reinterpretation of Vetiver”, rendered by master perfumer Jean Paul Guerlain. In my opinion, this scent represents a classic in its category, appropriate for every man characterized by a definite sense of fashion. Therefore, in case you’re after the green notes, this might be your fragrance for an occasion when you need a woody, yet aromatic scent that will accompany your mood.
The combination of ingredients employed by Mr. Guerlain was meant to develop a complex aroma, which unfolds in every moment that follows the initial whiffs. Starting with the refreshing citrus accord that is shaping the top notes, the subsequent phase is clearly dominated by a spicy combination between pepper and nutmeg, carefully planned to reveal a woody accord of cedar and the warmness of amber in the end. The official listed notes encompass: bergamot, lemon, orange, pepper, coriander, nutmeg, oakmoss, tobacco and Tonka bean.
Overall, given its green characteristic, I’ll promote Vetiver as the ideal choice for the burning summer heat, which is not the case for the current season, but anyway it’s always good to be prepared for the future. Should you need more incentives in case you haven’t tested Vetiver so far (which is less probable, in case you are a perfumista), this scent represents the classic approach for Tom Ford’s Grey Vetiver, and one of the few scents that truly deserves the word “vetiver” attached to its name.
Guerlain Vetiver Perfume Details
- Vetiver by Guerlain is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray, 200 ml Eau de Toilette Bottle and complementary products in the range, such as: 100 ml After-Shave Lotion, 75 ml After-Shave Soothing Gel, 200 ml Invigorating All-Over Shampoo, 150 ml Deodorant Spray and 75 ml Deodorant Stick; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Aromatic
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 1959
- Perfumer: Jean Paul Guerlain
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Casual