Vetiver 2012 Parfum

Vetiver (Parfum) by Roja Parfums
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Vetiver (Parfum) is a popular perfume by Roja Parfums for men and was released in 2012. The scent is green-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is still available to purchase.
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Roja Dove

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot
LemonLemon
Litsea cubebaLitsea cubeba
Heart Notes Heart NotesGrasse jasmineGrasse jasmine
May roseMay rose
CistusCistus
Base Notes Base NotesCarawayCaraway
CedarwoodCedarwood
Cedar needle
Celery seedCelery seed
GalbanumGalbanum
Gaiac woodGaiac wood
NutmegNutmeg
OakmossOakmoss
PepperPepper
Pink pepperPink pepper
VetiverVetiver
LabdanumLabdanum
AmyrisAmyris

Ratings

Scent

8.6165 Ratings

Longevity

8.2141 Ratings

Sillage

7.5143 Ratings

Bottle

9.0155 Ratings

Value for money

5.846 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 30.09.2021.

Interesting Facts

The scent was re-released in 2016.
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Reviews

6.5
Scent
10
Longevity
7
Sillage
10
Bottle
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Average vetiver in the most beautiful bottle
I should mention before I get started that I'm pretty unsympathetic to the Roja brand. Not Roja Dove itself, but everything around the brand. A lot of fragrances are pretty average, but hyped up quite a bit due to marketing and the whole shishi.

The fragrance starts for my feeling pleasant zitirisch, where you notice from the beginning that the vetiver is the core of the composition. This is a less earthy-green but for a woody-grassy wellness vetiver that I actually quite like. The vetiver of Roja itself is reminiscent of Vetiver Fatal or Bal d'Afrique. Also, the scent is very easy to wear and so not oppressive at all. Really very pleasant is the Roja.

Durability is really enormous whereby I have the feeling in the projection that is very close to the skin. The bottle is just a Roja and looks just mega.

As a conclusion, I can only say that the for me is in no way worth the money. Absolutely overdrawn and I would always reach for the better Vetiver of Tom Ford, Atelier Cologne or Guerlain.
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ColinM

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ColinM
ColinM
Very helpful Review    5  
Overpriced dailyness
Not much to say about this, except for the fact that the “extrait” name (and the price) may be somehow misleading. Vetiver Extrait smells great, but well... simply put, it’s no different from any good vetiver scent. It’s a really simple, smooth, light straightforward vetiver, classy and cozy, not particularly powerful (actually, not at all) or rich, just diligently bearing most of the usual nuances of most vetiver scents – it feels initially zesty, peppery and crisp, slowly becoming smokier, rootier, still keeping vetiver’s traditional subtle feel of “oily grassiness”, subtly paired with a rather conventional base accord of powdery-dusty notes. It’s all good, really. It wears extremely well, it feels refined and laid-back, carefully mannered enough to avoid any “raw” earthy effect – on the contrary it feels rather polished, bright and distinguished. It conveys an extremely enjoyable albeit slightly pedantic sense of calm, class, confidence and sophisticated weightlessness. If compared to dirtier or richer vetiver scents, this is quite on the opposite spectrum – it feels very clean, almost ethereal. Even a tad too much, as it soon feels quite – if not, completely – unexciting, and almost kind of mute (I suspect there’s some generic “woody smoothener” used here – some very generic plushy woody base). The longevity is a bit weak, but that’s the price to pay for higher concentrations of natural materials.

So all in all, it’s unquestionably nice. But really only that. For £ 275. Not grounbreaking, not heart-melting, not mind-blowing – just an impeccable everyday vetiver fragrance for office time. Ready to let your rock and rule the printers’ room and the vending machines’ corner. Just as any other good vetiver scent. It can be fantastic for you if you like vetiver, but in no way it can be worthy that price and that pomposity (and come on... for that price, some crap cardboard box? I want my box to be lined in Elton John’s skin!). It does no more and no less than any simple, solid vetiver fragrance (there’s so many of them I can’t even think of a couple of specific names to mention – Guerlain? Carven? Ford’s Grey Vetiver? Heeley? Anyone, really), and I think there is really no standout features that would explain why one should prefer this over others. Clearly, the value lies in the “status symbol” allure of the brand and the presentation. And that has nothing to do with fragrances, so... Anyway if you’re really wealthy and you really like vetiver then go for it, otherwise I see really no need to break the bank for this.

6,5-7/10
8
Scent
10
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
10
Bottle
Drseid

797 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review    3  
Reference Clean Vetiver
Vetiver Extrait opens with a nose tingling mix of effervescent lemon and bergamot before quickly moving to its heart. As the composition reaches its early heart the lemon remains, sans bergamot and effervescence as it joins clean citric, grassy green, slightly woody vetiver infused by bitter-green resinous galbanum and slightly sharp cedarwood, with a relatively subtle wet concrete-like undertone. During the late dry-down the composition loses the wet-concrete-like undertone, with the clean vetiver remaining, supported by slightly powdery oakmoss in the base through the finish. Projection is excellent and longevity outstanding at around 20 hours on skin.

Roja Dove's Vetiver Extrait is not the usual vetiver presentation I go for. I love my vetivers rough, aggressive and smoky, and Roja's Vetiver is none of those. One might think that I disliked the composition as a result, but that would be quite far from the truth. To the contrary, while this presentation of vetiver is more of the grassy, clean variety, it uses extremely high quality raw materials throughout. Another distinguishing aspect of the composition is its very appealing use of natural smelling lemon through most of the composition's development. If there was an aspect that required a bit of getting used to, it would have to be the concrete-like undertone that hangs around through the entire mid-section, but while the accord is a bit unsettling when sniffed up close, when experienced in the composition's generous sillage it melds rather nicely with the lemon infused vetiver, giving the composition a distinguishing facet while still smelling extremely pleasant. "Pleasant smelling" is probably the best descriptor of the end result, come to think of it. This is the kind of vetiver composition that even folks disliking many others may still enjoy wearing due to its highly refined clean nature. While I maintain there are a lot of great vetiver options far below the composition's relatively stratospheric price point per ml, if one can afford Roja Dove's Vetiver Extrait, it is hard to say it is a poor investment, especially if you enjoy your vetivers of the clean, polished variety. The bottom line is the $395 per 50ml bottle Vetiver Extrait is quite the bank account buster, but Dove delivers the goods with top-notch raw materials and superb execution earning it an "excellent" 4 star out of 5 rating and a solid recommendation. I don't know if I can personally afford the price to purchase a bottle, but I certainly envy those that can and do.

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