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Coeur de Vétiver Sacré – A coup de coeur (September 15, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

I know I’m a bit of a scent junkie. After all, I do write about fragrances I own and my love for them. But even for me there are times when I get it into my head that this or that note de jour is overused, over hyped and over sold and I develop a bit of resistance to it – “you can fool some of the people most of the time, but you are not fooling me with this…..”. That’s how I currently feel about vetiver. Sure, I own a few vets and I love the ones that I do own, but really, how many more does the world need? At least one: Coeur de Vétiver Sacré.

The newest frag from L’Artisan has only been in town for a week or so and it is going to be a real flyer. I got a pre-launch whiff a while ago and couldn’t wait to buy a bottle – it’s that good. So, what makes Coeur de Vétiver Sacré such a great vetiver scent?

Vetiver is green and, depending on its provenance, it can smell grassy, rooty, earthy, floral, sweet, spicy and/or smoky. Coeur de Vétiver Sacré is all about the vetiver. It combines different vetiver types and then uses other notes is to highlight the various aspects of the vetiver. The result is a gorgeous, one-of-a kind, fully rounded scent that is a pleasure to wear.

The start is cool, crisp bergamot, which echoes the cool, crispness of the vetiver. Black tea joins the bergamot and adds a smoky note that heightens that aspect of vetiver. Tarragon appears and adds a green herbal note of anise that emphasizes the green of vetiver. The sweet note of anise is played up with notes of dried stone fruits – dates and apricots - highlighting the sweet aspect of vetiver. But there is still more vetiver to show and to know - pepper and ginger showcase its warm and spicy dimensions; a note of rose brings out its floral aspect and iris plays up the dirty earthiness of it. Sandalwood and cedar wood at the base soften it with warm woody notes, while tonka bean and vanilla give it a touch of sweetness so it is never harsh.

Every time I smell it, I smell more in it. Wait, is that amber? and incense? Who knew vetiver could be so interesting?

Coeur de Vétiver Sacré is my new coup de coeur.

Coeur de Vétiver Sacré is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.