It's a curious fact that in the last few years, some of my favorite fragrances have come, not from popular design or fashion houses, but car manufacturers. I'm fond of, for instance, the Bentley fragrances, oddly Intense and Absolute, and am continually impressed by how good the Ferrari fragrances are. Oh, man! Ferrari Vetiver Essence is really unconventional like something which is not considered beautiful but looks pretty gorgeous in its own unique way. I'm a huge fan of vetiver fragrances, like Vetiver by Guerlain, Pour Homme by Cacharel, and Encre Noire by Lalique are few of my favorites. Still, this vetiver is quite different, throwing in tonka bean, cardamom, and coffee beans to give things a warm, gourmand edge and featuring hazelwood – something I've not come across before. The fragrance itself is supremely modern and sensual.
Vetiver Essence on my skin is a warm, spicy, woody fragrance. It comes in a bottle inspired by the legendary Grigio Silverstone of the Ferrari GT car color library. Right off the bat, be part of a dream that only a few lucky ones can realize. A unique vetiver fragrance, not for all vetiver lovers, but for vetiver lovers looking for a scent that is a little different, it's worth trying.
The composition is woody-spicy and slightly gourmand. It opens with accords of Calabrian bergamot that lasts as an eye blinking, red and Sichuan pepper berries that add some pepperiness, and prevailing cardamom, the latter I get most with its balsamic, resinous, and minty tones.
The heart combines dark notes of Italian coffee, buttery orris root and essence of dry vetiver. Interesting to see that the vetiver is here present as a dull, sour, and fresh heart note instead of a rooty, grassy, and earthy base one, blended with fizzy, sturdy, dusty iris and floral lily. The resulting heart is powerful, dry, dirty, dark, and black as an espresso. The vetiver and coffee bean blend is very disruptive, impressive, of course.
Patchouli, Tonka, and hazelwood form the base of the perfume. The dry down juxtaposes dark and bitter patchouli with luscious and creamy Tonka. The hazelwood Hazel Wood smells just like hazelnut, the wet kind of scent one gets from a green nut, oddly enough. It also has the same texture and adds a nutty tone to the trail.
I also get a pencil sharpener vibe, which makes me think cedarwood is present, either.
A very underrated fragrance. This one should get more love in the fragrance community. Vetiver Essence is a beginner intake into the world of vetiver scents. It is a recommended try before venturing into the heavy-hitters such as Encre Noire or Sycamore. With Vetiver Essence, I get the vetiver, woods, hazelnut, and coffee accord most. A very pleasing aroma. Anyway, the result is a fragrance that's not remotely dominated by its keynotes like some vetivers and one that's warm, sensual, and lacking any spiky edges. If I have one criticism, it's that it could do better on the longevity front, but otherwise, it's a perfect fragrance for autumn and fresh spring, evenings, and nights out, but it is great to wear to the office too.