Saturday, December 5, 2009
SOTD: Creed Original Vetiver
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.
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Photo: By Naac Baal. Wikimedia Commons.