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Vetiver Extraordinaire


Right now I’m sniffing vetiver, which I think is one of the truly beautiful notes in perfumery. Some people think of vetiver as a masculine, I think its unique character transcends the whole male/female discussion, and should simply be called sublime. This version under my nose is Vetiver Extraordinaire by Dominique Ropion for Frédéric Malle, a fragrance I’ve loved for years and finally added to my collection.
Vetiver Extraordinaire is vetiver undecorated, unadorned, unadulterated, and opens fresh and crisp with bergamot and bitter orange, a big smack of sunny citrus which is mixed with the unmistakable vegetal magic of Haitian vetiver, the roots, the leaves, the whole nine yards, musty, mossy, earthy, green and dry – a wake-up call to the brain. It feels like a perfect morning in the great outdoors! Then there’s a mysterious tweak of peppery spice, a fleeting minty vibe which fades quickly, and gives way to the array of heart and base notes which transform Vetiver Extraordinaire into a piece of art. 
Wood notes – sandalwood and cedar, oakmoss and cashmeran – predominate from the heart through the long drydown, strong, refined, aromatic, softened by myrhh and musks in the base, but layered under the beautiful faceted vetiver note which the fragrance wears like a velvet cloak. It smells so real, exactly like I imagine the scent of vetiver must be where it grows in the heat and humidity  - a deep aromatic earthy green scent that’s been wafting for millennia, a primeval scent.
Notes:bergamot and bitter orange, pink pepper, cloves and vetiver, sandalwood, cedar, oakmoss, myrhh and musk.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Dominique Ropion
Read the May 24, 2013 blog post here.

Price: $8.00