Sel de Vétiver (2006)

Sel de Vétiver by The Different Company
Bottle Design: Thierry de Baschmakoff
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Sel de Vétiver is a popular perfume by The Different Company for women and men and was released in 2006. The scent is fresh-green. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Céline Ellena

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCardamom, Grapefruit
Heart Notes Heart NotesHaitian vetiver, Geranium, Lovage
Base Notes Base NotesYlang-ylang, Iris, Sea salt

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (256 Ratings)

Longevity

7.1 (188 Ratings)

Sillage

5.8 (179 Ratings)

Bottle

7.9 (164 Ratings)
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Coronation in oil
Sel de Vétiver was my entry drug into the world of other fragrances. I can't say that things went smoothly right away - but with drugs it's one thing: only the unpleasant experience counts. Terence McKenna already knew that.

Things got off to a tough start. I liked the scent and I didn't like it. I was disturbed by his weight between salt and sea. Only I didn't smell salt or sea. I smell and smell oil. An oil film on the surface of the water? Yes. What now. Although the scent was not completely unappealing, proximity and distance led to an ambivalence spiral in which I was allowed to turn for some time. Only years later did I find my way out - into love.

Sel de Vétiver has been my subtle companion ever since. I like the oil in him; his certain medically bitter, fleeting side, for which I am now quite grateful. For many things that come from spicy woody herbs quickly make life more difficult.

Here the vetiver appears detached from its material substance: fleeting, oily, full and earthy. No jumps in the air, but a measure and a middle. A day with perfect weather: the sun neither hot nor bright, a few clouds, little wind, a lot of silence. Wooden bench and book. Plenty of time. And one more thing: Sel de Vétiver.
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Cel-Ray Vetiver?...
Sel de Vetiver opens with a brief squirt of fresh grapefruit. After the opening, the grapefruit turns slightly sour and the vetiver heart notes begin to dominate in full force. This vetiver is of the rooty variety with an almost celery-like accord joining it. There is actually a slight touch of sweetness in the scent, most likely the result of patchouli being added to the mix in the base, combining with the still starring vetiver. Projection is minimal, and longevity is relatively brief at 3-4 hours.

I loved the opening of Sel de Vetiver, but the celery accord mixed with the rooty vetiver in its heart did not mesh with my preferences (as I hate celery). This is not a bad minimalist composition at all, and I could see many others liking it... That said, while I respect the effort, I can't recommend it as there are so many better scents in the vetiver category out there that don't remotely smell like Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda. 2.5 to 3 out of 5 stars.
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Sitting on a Pier at the Seashore on a Cool Day
Well, this is a pleasant surprise! With a name like SEL DE VETIVER, what could one realistically expect? In fact, this creation by The Different Company really is quite different. A refreshing vetiver with a very detectable salt note which offers all of the refreshment of sitting out at the end of a pier at the seashore on a cool day. The vetiver is there like the planks of wood that form the pier, and as the waves crash rhythmically on the shore, they create a mist which dries on my face, leaving a fine salt layer behind.

This is a unique take on the classic vetiver cologne. A great example of "less is more"! Or, perhaps more aptly, in this case: "a skillful blend hides most of its notes..."

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