Vetiver: A Timeless Scent for Men & Women

Vetiver grass blades

You may not be able to easily identify the scent of vetiver, but you’ve likely smelled it many times. It has a signature earthy, woody, mossy, and fresh quality to it. Originally, vetiver was a significant ingredient in men’s colognes and the essence of masculinity. Now it can be found in as much as 40% of women’s perfumes.

When I smell a fragrance with vetiver in it, I’m transported back in time to my childhood and getting a haircut at our local old-time barbershop. Scientists says that our sense of smell is the most powerful of our five senses, and it can conjure up specific memories and even cause an emotional reaction. I’m a believer.

What is Vetiver?

Vetiver (chrysopogon zizanioides) is a perennial grass that is native to India and other tropical countries. However, Haiti now produces 80% of the world’s vetiver oil. Vetiver is closely related to other fragrant grasses like citronella and lemongrass. Vetiver is not extracted from the leaves, but rather from the thin roots that are aged up to two years. They are then distilled and processed to extract the oil. It has such a complex chemical make up that it cannot be produced synthetically.

Vetiver oil is also used in soaps, cosmetics, creams and aroma therapy. It’s known for its soothing and calming effects, and the oil also has It also has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties for topical skin applications.

Vetiver Colognes for Men

Hermes Terre d’Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver Eau De Parfum

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Hermes Terre d'Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver Eau De Parfum
Vetiver, inherent to Terre since its origins, is the culmination of this new composition. The initial woody and mineral balance of Terre becomes woody and vegetal. The strength of vetiver is mixed with the vitality of the Sichuan pepper and green bergamot. Top Note: vetiver. Middle Note: Sichuan pepper. Base Note: green bergamot.

Guerlain Vetiver Extreme Eau De Toilette

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Guerlain Vetiver Extreme Eau De Toilette
Vetiver is one of the most popular ingredients in men colognes. In this woody/spicy/ aromatic fragrance, the top notes are citrus, bergamot, lemon, tarragon and licorice. The heart notes are spicy and smoky, and include pepper and nutmeg, what accentuates the as well as frankincense. The base is intense and includes cedar wood and balsamic tonka bean.

Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir Eau De Toilette

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Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior Eau De Toilette

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Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior Eau De Toilette
This long time treasure from Dior is a masculine aromatic fresh citrus scent that is nothing short of magnificent. With a full personality that you will find irresistible and a sheer pleasure to wear. It is clean and crisp at the top. As it settles in you get the pleasure of experiencing a bit of spice and warmth to the cologne. The top notes are basil, fruit notes, caraway seed, rosemary, bergamot, lavender, cumin and lemon. The heart notes are jasmine, orris root, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, coriander and carnation. The finishing notes are oak moss, vetiver, amber and musk.

Creed Original Vetiver Millesime

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Creed Original Vetiver Millesime
Original Vetiver by Creed was introduced in 2004 as a sophisticated scent for men. This masculine scent possesses a blend of bergamot, ginger and mandarin. With middle notes of vetiver, iris and sandalwood that slowly dries down to a musk and ambergris. Original vetiver is the perfect scent for any sophisticated man.

Vetiver Fragrances for Women

Burberry The Beat Eau De Parfum

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Burberry The Beat Eau De Parfum
A hip and trendsetting floral/woody scent with english attitude. Traditional floral notes of iris, bergamot and bluebell combine with ceylon tea, cardamom, pink pepper, mandarin, white musk, vetiver, and cedarwood for a smoky and sexy composition.

Prada Infusion D’iris Eau De Parfum

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Prada Infusion D'iris Eau De Parfum
The combined opening notes of mandarin and galbanum orange give this scent its fruity and modern aroma. There are also strong notes of Virginia cedar and benzoin which give Prada Infusion D’iris for women it’s woodsy-oriental fragrance. In the middle notes you’ll find a hint of the Mediterranean with resin from the mastic tree. The aroma hovers softly around you, leaving a lingering scent that isn’t overpowering. It’s well suited to daytime wear and can last through an entire workday.

Lancome Hypnose Eau De Parfum

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Lancome Hypnose Eau De Parfum
Hypnôse is a captivating fragrance that will draw you into a world of seduction. The intimate blend of passion flower, warm vanilla and jasmine sambac notes embodies pure femininity and creates an exceptionally fresh, modern and radiant impression. Fruity, floral essences with gourmand nuances surround slightly spicy vetiver oil to create a deep and lingering scent that is soft enough to wear during the day or a night out on the town.

Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon Eau De Parfum

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Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon Eau De Parfum
The top notes in this fragrance are gardenia, almond, neroli, and amaretto. The heart of the fragrance is primarily floral, with iris, jasmine, and roses, as well as cedar and musk. Finally, the dry down of the fragrance is comprised of amber, patchouli, benzoin, caramel, vetiver, cedar, and dark chocolate.

Sarah Jessica Parker Covet Eau De Parfum

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Sarah Jessica Parker Covet Eau De Parfum
Launched in 2007, it has top notes of wet greens, geranium leaves, Sicilian lemon, lavender and chocolate; a heart of honeysuckle, magnolia and muget, and a base of musk, vetiver, bois de cashmere, teakwood and amber.

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