As a fan of both the Prada Infusions and vetiver, it did not take much to persuade me to spring for a scent-unsniffed bottle of Prada INFUSION DE VETIVER, and the deal was sealed by the endorsement by one of my dear Canadian fragrant friends, RRCOOLMAMA2, who not only has superlative taste in perfume, but also owns a bottle of this noble creation!
Like the other Infusions, INFUSION DE VETIVER offers a refined and light linear layer of lusciousness. In this case, the lusciousness is leafy green tarragon--which does not smell exactly like culinary tarragon, but is also very different from grass green--combined with pepper and ginger, both applied judiciously, all of which complements the gorgeous vetiver very well.
In keeping with the aesthetic of this series, nothing sticks out from INFUSION DE VETIVER. Unlike many ginger and pepper perfumes, these notes blend seamlessly with the tarragon and vetiver so that one does not (at least I do not!) immediately peg this as a pepper or a tarragon or a ginger perfume. Even the vetiver is shrouded in mystery in this composition. Yet it all smells so natural and nice and wonderful. And completely unisex, I should add.
The texture reminds me a bit of EAU DE CARTIER CONCENTREE, which is a big, fat watery violet leaf perfume. The notes here are very different, but there is a similarly aqueous (I don't want to say "aquatic", because this smells gorgeous, not gross), demeanor. I am happy to have acquired a big bottle of this appealing fragrance, and so is HRH Emperor Oliver, as you can see below. Fortunately, in his magnanimity, he has decided since that photo op to share this lovely source of royal redolence with me, his Chief of Staff. Which makes a lot of sense, actually, since he benefits, too, from the delightful scent which wafts through the air each time that I don this refreshing perfume.