St. Vetyver 2021

St. Vetyver by D.S. & Durga
Bottle Design Kavi Ahuja Moltz
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St. Vetyver is a new perfume by D.S. & Durga for women and men and was released in 2021. The scent is spicy-green. It is still available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBitter orangeBitter orange Pink pepperPink pepper SeagrassSeagrass
Heart Notes Heart NotesCaribbean sugar caneCaribbean sugar cane Clove leafClove leaf
Base Notes Base NotesHaitian vetiverHaitian vetiver Breadnut RumRum

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Scent

8.041 Ratings

Longevity

7.737 Ratings

Sillage

7.139 Ratings

Bottle

8.338 Ratings

Value for money

6.821 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 07.05.2022.
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8
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Landshark321

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Landshark321
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Creative, balanced vetiver - a little fresh, a little dark, with some pep
D.S. & Durga St. Vetyver is a robust vetiver-laden mix, somewhere between fresh and ashy/earthy, with touches of classic fougere in the background, perhaps as a function of some of the other notes—for example, orange, pink pepper, sea grass, and clove. There’s complexity but a relative ease of wearing, and I suspect that vetiver fans in particular will find this to be quite the treat.

It’s a very strong fragrance, and probably comes off being a little darker due to its strength. I like it overall at the intersection of classic, provocative, robust, and creative. It’s roughly about as dark of a vetiver fragrance as I like to wear, though something like Lalique Encre Noire a la Extreme is a singular exception when some of the ashy vetiver dominance if ceded in favor of resins. It’s a study fragrance with a good amount of range from fresh to dark, a year-round option that I might not wear in the heat of a summer day but otherwise feels like a sophisticated, interesting option.

The retail pricing for St. Vetyver is $260/175 for 100/50ml, very much in line with most of the house’s offerings, though the 100ml size is currently on sale at FragranceNet for $171. It is sold via the house website as well as boutiques like Tigerlily Perfumery, from whom I obtained my sample.

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No way 5 stars!
Mr. Syco and Mrs. More first met on Sylt and have been a couple ever since. Regularly - they found out in common conversations - they visited this very beautiful island during their summer holidays. Both are quite decent people, neatly dressed, fine manners. And. extremely life-affirming and thoroughly likeable.

In that year (say a fictional 2023) they wanted to do something different. Something wild and new for a change.
They sat down a globe and did the crazy thing. Mrs. More got to spin it and Mr. Syco was supposed to stop the spinning globe with his finger to hit their next vacation destination.

St. Vetyver! One happy Island!

No sooner said than done. Mrs. More and Mr. Syco set up - after a long flight and short bus shuttle - comfortably in their hotel room (everything a little worn, nothing there 5 stars and never all-inclusive) and ran - after the whistling wind - to the beach. They had exchanged their sometimes (too) fine clothes for shorts and T-shirts. Mr. Syco still tried it with his sandals (without socks), Mrs. More had absorbed the Caribbean feeling faster and ran barefoot into the first waves...

Both spent a wonderful holiday on St. Vetyver: a somewhat dirty, stained and worn Caribbean island with a corresponding flair. And with it, a couple with black feet and a big laugh in their sunny hearts!

The two want to marry soon in any case!
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Top Review    46  
Great expectations
DS Durga is coming out with a new summer scent. (Cool! Wow! Yippee!)

-It's all about vetiver. (Expectations rising)
-Scenery is set in the small French Antilles. (Expectations rise frappant)
- There are to the fragrance release as always videos and Spotify soundlists (with Caribbean music from Haiti, Guadeloupe and Martinique-identical to my daily playlist (even if you do not believe it! Expectations take morbid traits))
- Basis should be a Rhum Agricole accord (half my living room cabinet consists of it)

---> this made Durga St Vetiver my most anticipated fragrance this year. Great expectations... usually a bad omen?

Calm, breathe. Look at bottle. Spray!!

It starts very citrusy green, rather bitter, a nice bitter orange peel. Yet green and very fresh and airy. Then the pink pepper kicks in - it suddenly crackles and tingles and it feels like a bitter orange cocktail with sprizz! Great effect. The background continues to be diffusely soft and kind of green. Airy. The diffuse soft soon turns into a special sweetness. A kind of green like leafy green from leaf stalks or leaf sap, but in sweet. This will probably be the sugar cane accord. A good balance between green and sweet! Bravo!
Now, as a spicy counterpoint, the clove leaf comes into play (St Thomas Bay Leaf??) With the spicy warm undertone of pepper and clove. That too, well dosed. Can make overdosed a fragrance broken.

So the bitter orange gets spicier, more resinous, gets a tad smokiness and this background green sweetness. Here, the scent is somewhat reminiscent of "Ishtar" by Rogue and "Chinese Tobacco" by 19-69.

Slowly I wonder where the hell the rhum is. And I haven't really been to the Antilles yet either. David, what's going on? I want to be picked up! Vetiver? Did it jump out over the ocean?

The scent gets more "ambery" over time the sugar cane accord resembles an amber accord. Warm, soft, fluffy, resinous and a bit smoky. Above it still citrus. The sweet green slowly turns into recognizable vetiver - but a quiet, fine, very decent vetiver.

Rhum Agricole? My wife is shaking her head, too. So am I. David, what did you do to the rhum? Okay, distantly, very distantly, the scent reminds me of a Shrubb in the drydown. That's what they drink in the islands at Christmas. A white rhum based rhum liqueur, usually very strong, with bitter oranges (orange de pays) or mandarins, limes, plus cloves, star anise, cinnamon and other barks. Removed David, removed. Yeah, kind of.

Where were the seaweeds, anyway? Breadnut tree? Here we would land again in another discussion, because I think it was rather the "Fruit de Pain" tree meant, which would be the breadfruit tree. But actually totally doesn't matter, because you can't taste any of it anyway.

Durability is super, 10h for a summer fragrance. Top.

How should I rate this now? I am disappointed. That's for sure. This is way too clean, way too sterile and too clean for the Caribbean. Here it would need more life, more dirt, more "Fête!!!". A rhum distillery is dirty, noisy and chaotic. Just like the rest of the island.

At least I can say it's a great and special summer scent with a lot of staying power. And not everyday! Make yourselves a picture.

Many thanks to Mr. Dubben from Cologne! Insanely nice!

And thanks for reading!
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JvorlicekJvorlicek 1 month ago
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The smell of a Caribbean holiday when you visit a local rum distillery filled with sugar cane.
RahulESJRahulESJ 4 months ago
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Green, slightly bitter, smokey & spicy Vetiver which was instant love for me. Very modern and contemporary take on the note of Vetiver!
SmellGoodGuySmellGoodGuy 10 months ago
Why do i smell Musc Ravageur in this bottle?? Or is it only me?

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