The other day I was talking to my friend Sandra about missing certain perfumes. She asked whether I ever regretted giving a perfume away. Of course I said no at first, because the Serge Lutens back and forth shenanigans of my youth aside, I feel pretty good about my collection right now and don’t regret selling stuff. Or so I thought…
As I came home that evening I found myself craving a perfume that I did not actually sell, but gave to my father for his birthday last year - Atelier Cologne Oolang Infini. I never fell out of love with that perfume, but I gave it away because I thought I just wouldn’t get the chance to wear it enough. Now all of a sudden I craved it. Badly.
I suffered for a few days and then decided to check out the newly opened branch of Nägele&Strubell close to my home, take advantage of their introductory offers and smell my way through the line once more. To my delight the SA informed me that with purchase of a bottle (100 or 200ml) I would get a 30ml leather covered refillable travel spray with a perfume of my choice as well. I love offers like this. So I bought my coveted Oolang Infini and decided upon Vétiver Fatal for the travel size. Which finally brings us to today’s review.
Vétiver Fatal was created by Jerome Epinette and includes notes of bergamot from Calabria, lemon from Sicily, heart of bigaradier from Paraguay, orange flower absolue from Tunisia, violet leaves from Grasse, fig, heart of vetiver from Haiti, cedarwood from Texas and dark oud accord.
«He was alerted immediately and called on the case, another diamond stolen mysteriously. The moment he opened the dossier, a smile sparked in his deep eyes as he recognized her signature mark. He took one of his passports, burned the file and began the pursuit. This time she wouldn’t get away…»
Vétiver Fatal, a secret agent captures a dangerous encounter between bright and mysterious, as Heart of Hatian Vetiver and Tunisian Orange Flower Absolute surrenders to seductive Violet Leaves, smoky Texas Cedarwood and dark Oud.
- from the Atelier Cologne website
I honestly thought I had the vetiver front covered. I own Chanel Sycomore for days when the equivalent of a slap on the back is needed and I have Hermès Vetiver Tonka for a softer, nuttier incarnation of a green, grassy, woody embrace.
Vétiver Fatal opens with a bracing citrus accord, uplifting and refreshing, but not yet surprising. In the development that follows Vétiver Fatal does surprise me though. It mellows and warms considerably, it broadens, it reaches out to envelop me with tender arms, violet-tinged fingers caressing, the lazy smile of orange blossom ever enticing. They lure you onto a soft bed of vetiver grass and cedar wood. No overly harsh oud note dares to disturb the atmosphere of softness, warmth and quiet repose the perfume evokes.
Vétiver Fatal is insidious in its way, it captures me softly, without once raising its voice above a seductive whisper, a melodious hum, a thrumming undercurrent. Its message is loud and clear nonetheless – come here, stay here, let me take away your sorrows, let me make you happy.
It is fatal in the sense of killing me softly with its song.
Vétiver Fatal has very good sillage and longevity. It is available in 30, 100 or 200ml Cologne Absolue concentration 18%.
I couldn’t be happier, to tell you the truth. After a very long phase of perfume indifference and an overwhelming sense of ennui towards the industry and its neverending flood of crappy releases, it turns out I can still be seduced by a perfume.
I just cannot say no to this dashing vetiver. I’m utterly – fatally? – enslaved.
At least for now.
Image source: ateliercologne.com, my own.