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Nature boy and gentleman in beautiful harmony
Vetiver Extreme is one of the first fragrances in my collection to have vetiver as its main theme. In others it is more of an accompaniment.
At the time I had to see what Vetiver was all about. Ah, a sweet grass species from Asia. I had already suspected grass, so I was not wrong. And you don't want to stay completely uneducated
Basically, I am a mainstream trulla in my heart, as I mainly look around the mass market. First small steps towards a niche market have been cautious and hesitant so far.
The house Guerlain serves both departments very nicely, from affordable to highly exclusive, everything is included.
Vetiver Extreme belongs to the more affordable fragrances, but is not a mass market in my eyes.
Yes and already they caught me again that I have a guerlain smell on my wrap...
I changed this scent here a few months ago. I didn't know it before and I have not yet met the original father from 1959. In the shops you don't find the Extreme version so often, mostly you have to order it
And I was torn for a while as to whether the fragrance would be allowed to stay in my collection or move on. But I have decided and it may stay
As for the fragrance itself, let me say:
It starts off citric, but bergamot and lemon are of a serious and very tart nature right from the start, they are rather subdued in their actually fresh brightness and appear very herbaceous green. Quickly dry-spicy components are added, a fine pinch of pepper brings a very slight pungency, nutmeg a little bitterness, which underlines the serious character very nicely.
Vetiver sets the tone here, underlined by cedar wood, which gives a beautiful woody impression. A touch of warmth pervades the fragrance the whole time. I can only guess at tonka bean
What strikes me very strongly is this somewhat peculiar tobacco note, which appears again and again. Tobacco is not listed, but seems to have been used. There is a hint of smoke in the air. This makes Vetiver Extreme a very dry looking scent, quite idiosyncratic
A rich, dark and woody green buzzes in my head when I wear the fragrance.
I am often a bit distant from the rather harsher scents and am not really attracted to this scent, but the whole thing has been implemented here in a really pleasant way and nothing disturbs my nose, nothing scratches, nothing pricks. And this seriousness is of very friendly basic character.
In my opinion, the right season for Vetiver Extreme is autumn, when it is already getting cooler, the leaves are changing colour and nature is developing a very special peculiar scent, of leaves, moss, damp earth and much more. Vetiver Extreme is the perfect companion to this special autumn scent.
I see the perfect gentleman in front of me, correctly dressed, who knows what he wants and doesn't want, but who also likes to be a robust nature boy with a checkered shirt, rough boots and a casual full beard and who has retained a certain ladishness and wisely roams through nature. So through and through fundamentally sympathetic.
Regarding the durability it can be said that an office day without overtime is definitely possible and the scent is anything but obtrusive, even if it is one sprayer more. Colleagues at work will not be annoyed by any means.
The bottle is the typical one that has been used by Guerlain for men's fragrances for some time, simple and well made.
The term "extremes" is misleading here again, but I don't want to talk about marketing again.
Vetiver is certainly not extremely knocked around the wearer's ears and the scent is not extremely strong either. Smell extremely well, you can attest to that.
In short, a beautifully made vetiver scent suitable for everyday use, which I like very much, but into which I had to grow a little. Now it has not become the greatest enthusiasm, but I like to have Vetiver Extreme with me and it is a pleasant, very sympathetic and reliable companion. And I can transfer the individuality to myself very well ;-)