It may surprise some people because not many perfume lovers declare this, but I love aquatics. Now before you start judging me, give me a chance. I don’t love melon/cucumbers that verge into household cleaner territory. I love salty, mineral scents that remind me of the sea. Unfortunately, the 90’s ruined this “ocean” genre of perfume for most people. But, I promise, there are some really great ocean inspired perfumes out there and Annick Goutal Vetiver is one of them.
Vetiver is well, vetiver with brine. The opening has a fog of “ozone” like fresh cucumber with a smoky vetiver and seaweed washed upon shore. It’s a dry vetiver that is rather linear. It really does remind me of a cool sea, driftwood, beach pebbles and seaweed. Of course, a cleaner, more perfume-y version but still salty and oceanic.
Notes listed include: Java vetiver, rare woods, Burmese spices, and maritime “hint”. Launch date 1985.
Give Vetiver a try if you like salty or vetiver scents. Or if you like perfumes like The Different Company Sel de Vetiver, HEELEY Sel Marin, Anu Essentials Sea Scape, CB I Hate Perfume Mr. Hulot’s Holiday and/or Escentric Molecules Escentric 02. Vetiver is unisex. It’s a light scent so I prefer it in humidity or on warmer days.
Projection and longevity are below average.
The 6.8 oz bottle retails for $175 at Nordstrom.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Vetiver and brine. I’ve always found solace in the sea and it sounds cheesy, but Vetiver is like serenity in a bottle.
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