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
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