I received a sample of Vétiver pour Elle quite some time ago and, typically for me, ignored it, because I am – to a large degree – influenced by name. To my vindication I have to say, there must be something I go with, because my sample box is so full, I cannot possibly smell everything I get, immediately. And if a perfume has the bad luck to be called a name I don’t care for, well, it gets pushed back. Guerlain or not.
Vétiver pour Elle was initially only made for duty free sale, but has been made a part of the Les Parisiennes collection. The Non-Blonde recently reported that it is discontinued along with Iris Ganache (What? WHAT?)
Notes include bergamot, orange blossom, honeysuckle, muguet, nutmeg, vetiver, and tonka bean. Vétiver Pour Elle was created by Jean-Paul Guerlain in 2004.
The male counterpart, Vétiver, is the more famous part of the two perfumes and rightly so. Vétiver is a classic masculine, I like it a lot on a man, but would not wear it. (Mostly due to the fact that my father in law wears it and it is firmly associated with him in my mind, which is a good thing, but ultimately keeps me from wearing Vétiver.)
Vétiver pour Elle opens fresh and green, a bit soapy at times, at develops into a heart of dominant lily of the valley and subdued orange blossom, with a twist of nutmeg. The vetiver is very prominent to my nose, although I have read (and puzzled over) reviews that do not find the vetiver to be present at all in there. To me Vetiver pour Elle is what it says on the bottle – a vetiver presented in a cute floral dress and a little lipgloss. It never completely loses the clean-soapy feel.
Since I am no great vetiver lover (although there are exceptions), I rather like the “feminized” version presented here, but I suspect true vetiver lovers will find this a bit too cushioned and decorated, too lovely and cute.
Vètiver pour Elle is a perfume for vetiver-shy people with a lot of money on their hands. As a next step on the vetiver ladder, I’d try Hermessence Vétiver Tonka.