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Route du Vétiver


Part of the “Les Parfums du Levant” series, the Maître Parfumeur et Gantier website says that Route du Vétiver is “a magnificent stroll in the hills of the Reunion Island, amid the inflorescences of vetiver!  With the vetiver roots, Maître Parfumeur et Gantier has created the fragrance of the island.”

Route du Vétiver opens with blackcurrant - tart, tangy and smelling like cat piss - along with a note of green leaf that sets the stage: we are in nature. There’s no citrus at the top, just a lemony fattiness from aldehydes. It doesn’t take long for the bourbon vetiver - heavy, woody, earthy and slightly sweet – it smells of roots and wet soil to bloom. There’s also a rich backnote of precious woods – I smell camphorous cedar, smoky guaiac wood and soft rosy, rosewood. Jasmine adds an indolic, animalic floral note to the rooty, woody heart. At the base sandalwood extends the woodiness of the heart, and along with musk, mellows it out.

Route du Vétiver is all vetiver: green, woody, earthy and dirty, with a medical/camphourous note that runs through it. It’s potent and heady and all the things I love about vetiver.

If Route du Vétiver is the smell of vetiver in the hills of the Reunion Island, then I was born a long way from where I need to be. Lucky for me, I know a short cut….

Notes:blackcurrant, green leaf, aldehyde, bourbon vetiver, cedarwood, guaiacwood, rosewood, jasmine, musk, sandalwood.

Type: EdT

Parfumeur: Jean-Paul Millet Lage

Price: $5.00