Vetiver is one of those notes, like rose, that I love because of its versatility. It’s one of those notes that can shift and transform. It can be bright and sharp or smoky and dark. Plus, it goes with everything. It can bring out the best (and sometimes the worst) of surrounding notes. For the most part, vetiver is a supporting actor but it also has had some lead roles. I think that Malle Editions de Parfums Vetiver Extraordinaire is one of vetivers best leading roles.
Vetiver Extraordinaire reminds me of burning leaves and the humidity that you feel right before a thunderstorm. It’s earth and ozone. Dry cedar and spice. It opens with dry, spicy pepper and glimmers of bright lemon.The vetiver, like I’ve already said, is a humid and damp vetiver. It dries down with a small amount of smoke and musks. It’s a moody vetiver and that’s why I like it.
I’m from the school of thought with many things in life that if you are going to have a staple, get the best. I apply this to a black t-shirt, a milk frother and yes, even vetiver perfumes. I feel like if you want to own only one straight-forward vetiver, then you better try this one.
Notes listed include bergamot, bitter orange, pink pepper, cloves, vetiver, sandalwood, cedar, oakmoss, myrrh and musk. Launched 2002. PERFUMER – Dominique Ropion
Give Vetiver Extraordinaire a try if you are looking for an exceptional vetiver. Or if you like perfumes like Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, Phaedon Black Vetiver, Roja Dove Vetiver and/or Les Excusifs de Chanel Sycamore. Being a vetiver, many will see this one as masculine. However, I wear it frequently and feel comfortable wearing it.
Projection and longevity are average.
Vetiver Extraordinaire comes in two sizes (1.7 and 3.4 oz) with prices ranging from $200-290 at Nordstrom. A travel size is also available.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A humid vetiver with “atmosphere”. I would really like to own a full-size of this one.
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