Vétiver Oriental • Serge Lutens
House Serge Lutens
Perfumer Christopher Sheldrake
Fragrance Family Woody Oriental
Notes Petitgrain, neroli, orris, vetiver, licorice, myrrh, guaïac wood, patchouli, sandalwood, moss, amber, musk, Peru balsam, Copahu balm, benzoin, incense, vanilla
Description Vétiver Oriental is back and we couldn't be more excited. First, let's get one thing straight: Vétiver Oriental is, above all, a lovely fragrance. It is one of those rare scents that always seems to be a perfect choice, no matter the weather or time of year. It's soothing and comfortable in equal measure and, as if that all weren't enough, it's eminently wearable. In addition to all of this, Vétiver Oriental also happens to be a one-of-a-kind fragrance: a warm, ambery vetiver (just as the name on the box promises). Fragrance enthusiasts will note that vetiver as the central focus of a fragrance most often means a citrusy-fresh composition (Guerlain's Vetiver) or a mossy-leathery composition (Etro's Vétiver). While there are outliers, the name of the game when it comes to vetiver is dryness—vetiver fragrances all possess a marked lack of sweetness. This quiet respectability has always struck me as the olfactory equivalent of mid-century masculinity: staid and chic (remember that JFK wore Guerlain's Vétiver). So what happens when you take a respectable vetiver and add a dash of joie de vivre in the form of an oriental base? Something magical, apparently. Vétiver Oriental really is unlike anything else—sweet and salty with a savory nuttiness and a mouthwatering base of vanilla and chocolate—a whirling dervish of aromatics that never ceases to surprise.
100 ml eau de parfum spray
1 ml eau de parfum sample