Since I had such success with the other perfumes in the line, I wanted to smell Vétyver as, albeit I must say it was – along with Cuir – my lowest priority, as I am not really drawn to vetiver perfumes. Ines’s glowing review, and the excellent Oud, Tubéreuse and Vanille, made me curious though.
Notes of Vétyver include Bourbon vetiver, blue ginger from Madagascar, Virginia cedar, violet, cistus labdanum, clary sage absolute, tonka bean and musk.
Vétyver is beautiful. Simple as that.
Very cooling on top, it unites a very fresh and green aspect with Mona’s signature warm, musky base. Vétyver opens with an unusual top note of blue ginger that introduces a bracing breath of air to the perfume that stays for a long time. Underneath this grassy, smile-inducing facet, warmer sides of vetiver are coming to the fore. A dry woodiness of cedar and a soft sweetness of labdanum and tonka bean, bring out the nutty side of vetiver.
The base has this musky note I have come to associate with Mona di Orio perfumes by now, and it makes Vétyver into a lot more than a fresh, green scent.
The richness of the composition reminds me of L’Artisan Parfumeur Coeur de Vétiver Sacré, but there the fruity side is played up, whereas with Vétyver it is more the green and fresh aspect of vetiver, as well as the warm and furry underbelly that are emphasized.
Some time ago Another Perfume Blog posed the question what perfume Don Draper of Mad Men would wear. I did not find an answer that was completely satisfying then, but as soon as I sprayed Vétyver for the first time, I had my answer. That is what Don Draper, this elegant, complicated, brooding, devastatingly attractive and intelligent man would wear.
Vétyver stands for well-tailored elegance hiding a deep, dark secret. I could loose myself in that smell.