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Vetiver – A deep aromatic dive into vetiver


Hiram Green "Vetiver" - 

Question: What do you get when you combine Hiram Green and vetiver?

Answer: Magic.

Hiram Green is an immensely talented perfumer who is self-taught, a Canadian now settled in the Netherlands who creates the most extraordinary natural fragrances built around single notes. 

Moon Bloom is tuberose, Slowdive is honey, Arbolé Arbolé is woods, Hyde is leather (birchtar), Dilletante is orange blossom, and Vivacious is violets. And his just-released 2021 fragrance, Vetiver, is…VETIVER. A deep aromatic dive into a note which is one of my most very favourite perfume notes. 

You know about vetiver. An extraordinary tall fragrant grass sourced from the hot climates of Java and Haiti, a classic note used by perfumers for decades for its distinctive green woody scent and fixative properties. You know that it is a complex note - how the Haitian version smells bright and fresh, very green with citrusy or spicy overtones, the Java version more moody, earthy green and woody with smoky bitter overtones. You know that vetiver is used in both women’s and men’s fragrances, how it’s like a chameleon, and can blend effortlessly with florals or woods or resins to form brilliant accords.

You can read our descriptions of Guerlain VetiverVetiver Oriental by Serge Lutens, Encre Noire by LaliqueCouer de Vetiver Sacré from L’Artisan ParfumeurVetiver Extraordinaire by Frederic MalleVetiver Insolent by Miller Harris, all superb scents featuring vetiver as the star ingredient, some of which are now regarded as classic scents. Hiram Green Vetiver is 100% natural, a blend of Haitian and Java absolute oils, and it’s a vetiver that is in a class by itself. 

Vetiver has a big bold vigorous start with its green limey citrus opening, shot through with the firey heat of fresh-grated ginger, an intense aromatic accord which subsides slowly, revealing more of the pure fresh greenness of Haitian vetiver. Into the heart, the Java vetiver emerges to stand side by side, dark green and earthy with woody aromas licked with smoke.  The two grass notes entwine and twist together slowly, langorously, wafting their exotic damp green-ness and the effect is pure bliss.

As Vetiver dries down and the base notes emerge, its character shifts slowly into a soft warmth, sweetened with the perfumed woody aroma of cedarwood resins, subtly accented with the sublime muskiness of ambrette seed with its soft whiff of tender florals and distinctive nutty warmth. And the ginger spice floats past, this time sweetened with a honeyed beeswax, trailed by faint wisps of smoke..Vetiver now has an elegance about it, a charming and mellow waft that keeps my nose on constant alert while its scent lingers for hours. describes Vetiver:

“…This spicy and woody fragrance is what we imagine heartthrobs of Hollywood’s golden age smelled like: elegant and charming, yet vigorous and adventuresome..."

Male heartthrobs or female heartthrobs? Hiram doesn’t say. His Vetiver may have been inspired by iconic actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age but it’s clear he created this fragrance for twenty-first century perfume lovers, regardless of how they identify. Bold suave elegance for the masculine, spicy smoky elegance for the feminine, in a single fragrance. Vetiver is complex and totally unique.

His vetiver fragrance is so unusual and different I can’t imagine anyone resisting its sensual appeal. Try it, and take a deep aromatic dive into Vetiver

Vetiver is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $8.00 for 1 ml.