Vetiver Essence 2014

Vetiver Essence by Ferrari
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Vetiver Essence is a popular perfume by Ferrari for men and was released in 2014. The scent is green-spicy. It was last marketed by Perfume Holding.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPetitgrainPetitgrain
GrapefruitGrapefruit
Red pepperRed pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesVetiverVetiver
Citrus notesCitrus notes
CardamomCardamom
IrisIris
Coffee beanCoffee bean
Base Notes Base NotesHazelnut woodHazelnut wood
Tonka beanTonka bean
PatchouliPatchouli
CedarCedar

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7.837 Ratings

Longevity

6.634 Ratings

Sillage

6.535 Ratings

Bottle

7.843 Ratings
Submitted by Michael, last update on 02.09.2021.
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7.5
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7
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7
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8
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MonsieurTest
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MonsieurTest
Top Review    28  
E-bike with wooden frame or Bobby-Car? Vetiver scents with false names
No, The Essence of Vetiver does NOT offer this fragrance. Instead, a gentle vetiver framed by light citrus, cardamom and nutwood that might appeal to many a greengrass-phobe or vetiver novice. For a scent worthy of the name vetiver essence, please turn to the monks of the Monastère of Ganagobie; their monothematic vetyver scent offers a wondrously enjoyable parcours (not a cloister!) through the many vetiver aspects from ethereal freshness to rooty-herbaceous to earthy-chocolatey notes.

That one is seduced as a perfume lover by the reading of Parfumo articles to fragrances whose brand or licensor are far from one ideologically as well as lifestyle-wise, belongs to the (temporarily) irritating aspects of the Parfumo existence. From the somehow obvious designers (Armani, Boss, Cerruti, etc.) one ends up - even though one prefers to ride bicycles and finds car fetishists stupid - unexpectedly with Bentley, Jaguar and Ferrari. Or even - as a more worldly-minded hedonist - with southern French monks. And rubs his eyes, which brands and images are now suddenly emblazoned on the (my?! Is that still me? If so, how many?) shelf.

What the heck: Always follow your nose, always follow the most plausible and seductive Parfumo comments, that's the tried and tested pilgrim rule to the fragrance paradise.

Vetiver is one of those difficult notes that put off many perfume lovers. At Parfumo.de romp many avowed Vetiverskeptiker and Grüngrasangsthasen. But also some conversion reports of successfully mastered confrontation therapies can be read here. Also the undersigned rather belongs to the converts, has not eaten the green grass (more exactly: its roots) to the mother's milk.
I still remember the medium-strong shock when I first had the tart Guerlain Vetiver from 1959 under my nose. It truly took a few approaches to appreciate this classic from my favorite house. But I still wear this heavy, earthy, old-school fellow less often than its more pleasing, tonka-cedar, tobacco-free, thus more restrained and far less extreme son. Which was baptized the name Guerlain Vetiver Extrême; fragrance names are often insane!

This Ferrari fragrance is not crazy, but hardly anyone actually has to fear him. This vetiver does not come loudly booming around the corner (like the innocently named Encre Noir by Lalique), it creeps up rather gently whirring like an e-bike. A little citrusy freshness with grapefruit and petigrain (but none of the ingeniously ellenic pungency of a Terre de Hermes) in the head; a few gentle spices with cardamom, coffee and iris dusts around the vetiver heart - and finally a little wood down below and out the back. Where, in my opinion, the gentle nut wood note actually provides a refined, elegant counter-bearing to the green-tart vetiver.

Conclusion: the vetiver of the monks of the Monastère de Ganagobie is the real, nature-based hiking or biking fragrance: the vetyver essence! Guerlain's old vetiver is a rather edgy and bulky, but tart and elegant classic of the fragrance: a heavily motorized vintage car with worn leather seats, in which once smoked.
Ferrari (closer: the license taking Perfume Holding) offers a not badly made, today's vetiver pleasure, which is practical and agile. Whereby the materials here already seem a little artificial - and have been joined to a possibly somewhat shakily screwed aroma chord: as it were an e-folding bike with a lousy battery. It fits in the suburban train, the train and in the trunk. You can use it in the city, but it also works in nature. Rather sporty than elegant it looks; fits consequently better with jeans & T-shirt than with suit and cufflinks.
The friendly little water is more suitable for transitional seasons than for extreme temperatures. Durability and sillage are moderate and thus definitely contradict the Beast Mode, that drone up, which one would expect from Ferrari yet brand-appropriate.
Still there is this humane, a little lame fragrance, more bobby car than bolide (that's a compliment, people!), online at moderate prices.

EPILOGUE and small PROPOSAL for adjustments to juices, names and brands:
As a language and nose worker, one is, well, always trying to bring the words and the things (Les mots et les choses - to flail a little with Foucault) in line. Order should be, we think, quite unneurotically!
So we ask Guerlain to exchange the names on their Vetiver and Vetiver Extrême bottlings. Furthermore, the following ring exchange is requested: Lalique passes on the sharp-loud content of its art vetiver drone 'Encre Noir' to the Ferrari licensee. Under this brand you can really roar! Ferraris/Perfume Holdings already beautiful, however nevertheless average middle class brew is to be driven out now by Ford as Grey Vetiver (so it fits!) While the vacated Vetiver Essence name now rightfully passes to the monks of Ganagobie Monastery, who offer just that (at Christian prices!). Their elegantly ypsilonated Vetyver name may now go to Lalique for my sake - although I am now in danger of losing track of what Lalique is supposed to put in these great flacons in the future, whose previous contents are now being marketed as Ferrari. Please send any relevant information to Monsieur Teste, c/o Paul Valéry, Cimetière Marin, Sète, France - or to Lalique.
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Akela

9 Reviews
Akela
Akela
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Very weak....
A nonsense sold under the name of perfume. It lasts exactly 30 minutes. Then you have to stick your nose to the skin to feel something and even then you are not sure if it is the perfume or the soap you washed with. I hate it when I spend money on something like that. In the end, you buy a perfume ... not a 30-minute scent sold under the name of PERFUME. How the hell do some people manage to feel the middle and base notes of something like that !? The top notes actually sting you ... then .... nothing. It is strictly my opinion.
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Elysium

503 Reviews
Elysium
Elysium
Helpful Review    5  
The Pinnacle of Elegance
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.

-Elysium

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ElysiumElysium 6 years ago
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A bit zesty, a bit dirty, a bit earthy, a bit gourmand it's perfect for this time of transition between winter and summer. I happen to love!

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