I had a big bottle of Guerlain Vetiver (vintage), which I loved and so gave it to a friend in a rare gesture of perfumic magnanimity.
I should like to report the recent discussions we had about the Guerlain Vetiver on the German Parfumo site.
As you might know, Guerlain re-invented the "old" Vetiver bottle last year. When Guerlain reformulated its Vetiver so recklessly in 2000, they invented a stylish, ribbed glass bottle - quite nice in my point of view. However, the reformulation had been a shock for many Vetiver lovers. The terrific, dark green fragrance that it had been before was transferred into a pale, bright green that was not so special any longer.
The bottle of the original was the same as Habit Rouge, only with a dark green instead of a red badge on it. Now we got back the same Habit Rouge bottle for Vetiver, but with a pale green badge and a silver cap instead of a golden one.
When the change of the outer appearance was announced for 2011, rumors spread that Guerlain also went one step back towards the old fragrance. However, when it appeared they gave out the information to the perfume shops that only the presentation had changed, not the fragrance.
Hm, some users at Parfumo got a different impression. Profumo did a comparison between the 2000 and the 2011 Vetiver, and he is sure that there is a change - somehow more tobacco in it. He likes it much better now.
When I took a sample of my 2000's Vetiver to the Maison Guerlain shop in Berlin, I could not find any difference. Nevertheless, I trust Profumo and others.
The Berlin Maison Guerlain was opened in summer last year, and Sylvaine Delacourte, Guerlain's art director, attended the event. Coriolon asked her whether there was a change or not, and she did not give a straight answer!
She gave a very strange statement: she said that they had not planned or requested any change or reformulation but on the other hand she said it might have been possible that it had happened nevertheless!
My theory is that they did a very slight change again but decided they wouldn't tell anybody about it since this time, they cannot blame it on IFRA regulations. Furthermore it looks like they filled some older batches of 2000's Vetiver into the new bottle along with the latest batches. So, at the moment, it seems it is totally unclear what you will get if you buy a bottle of Vetiver from Guerlain.
Anyway, I do not use Guerlain's Vetiver a lot. The vintage you got before 2000 was so gorgeous, but that is gone. The 2000 is considerably missing character.
At least, with "Vetiver Extreme", Guerlain released another great Vetiver that - although totally different - has the amount of character and uniqueness that the old one had. So, I am happy with Vetiver Extreme.
There were flankers to the 2000 Vetivers. Recently I found a ressource where I still could order a bottle of the "Vetiver Frozen Fragrance / Eau Glacée" - it is pleasantly light and nice to wear. Between this and Vetiver Extreme, the 2000's Vetiver is neither fish nor fowl.
The vintage Guerlain Vetiver cannot really be replaced, it is a deplorable loss. I would like to know - what is your replacement for the vintage Guerlain Vetiver?