Saturday, December 5, 2009

SOTD: Creed Original Vetiver

Vetiver, Wikipedia tells me, is a grass closely related to other fragrant perennial grasses like lemongrass and citronella. Its fragrance is used frequently in perfume. In my experience, it's associated most often, though certainly not exclusively, with masculine fragrances.

I haven't yet mastered the "serious" vetivers, like Guerlain Vetiver or Guerlain Vetiver Extreme. I find them alarmingly aggressive - sour and bitter and earthy, in the way that only vetiver can be. I'm sure that they're a great fix for hardcore vetiver fans. That's not me.

Creed Original Vetiver is more my speed. It's bright, soft, and green, with enough wood to keep it from being transparent and enough aggression to keep it from abandoning vetiver altogether. I usually wear it in the summer, and I love it then.

I'm finding that I don't like it as much in winter - not, as one might expect, because it's too light and sunny for that season. It's actually the opposite - in the winter it seems to last much longer, perhaps because it's not being burned off with heat. This means that I get several hours of the final base notes, and I find that I don't like those notes very well. I suspect that what I'm getting is the vetiver itself, unhampered by the rest of the notes, and as I already admitted, serious vetiver is a little much for me.

Review Roundup: PereDePierre and Basenotes and Fragrantica and MakeupAlley.

Photo: By Naac Baal. Wikimedia Commons.


  1. I like vetiver in small quantities, still not as a main note. I never tried Creed's before, but I'll try and find it.
    Btw, how can I contact you? I can't find a mail address on your blog. :)

  2. I think of Original Vetiver, and also Hermessence Vetiver Tonka, as my "gateway vetivers". Not challenging enough to put me off, and just tantalizing enough that maybe they'll make me want more vetiver someday.

    I've emailed you my address. I need to figure out a way to make it available to humans while unavailable to address harvesting robots.