Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Route du Vetiver, 1988

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route du vetiver

Jean-Paul Millet Lage.

Closest thing to dried vetiver roots I’ve ever smelled in a perfume. Captures the dusty, arid quality of dried soil on roots. Vetiver, along with sandlewood, frankincense and a handful of other non-floral botanicals, can stand on its own not only as a scent but as a fragrance.

Route du Vetiver takes this path and goes straight to the root. It remains undistracted and doesn’t try to highlight any particular facet (eg. licorice) or juxtapose materials against vetiver (eg. citrus.) It just sticks to the the whole root-cellar vibe. Feels a bit searing in a nice, powerfully dry way as it goes on, but then calms down on a fairly linear course to a low-sillage, intimate scent.


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