Monday, June 24, 2013

Oliver & Co - Vetiverus EDP

Photo Credit: OLIVER & CO

Olfactive Notes: VETIVER, OSMANTHUS FLOWER, Labdanum, styrax, ambergris, orange peel, patchouli, musk, coriander seed, clove bud.

Described by the brand as: Warm, intimate, dark, autumnal, velvety, deep and erotic.

Size and concentration: 50ml bottle/EDP

To purchase this fragrance click on the name VETIVERUS (to OLIVER & CO Online store)

Before reading my review on this perfume, please kindly read my past review of SYCOMORE EDP by Chanel. In that post I raised a question one year ago and finally today VETIVERUS came as an answer. But hold a thought till the end of this present post - we will go back to it later.

VETIVERUS EDP strikes at first as a leathery, soapy and slightly flowery fragrance, perfectly wearable and suitable for both genders. As the brand cleverly describes, it is warm, fall-ish and sophisticated.  A different vetiver perfume, exploring different facets of this worn out masculine raw material which happens to be presented in many male fragrances. Here perfumer Oliver Valverde combined the note with Osmanthus, a fragrance compound presenting milky, apricot, gardenia and ylang like undertones. Also in its composition, features labdanum and coriander seeds, bringing a greeny - soapy touch for the fragrance, while added musk, patchouli and ambergris brought such a voluptuous sensuality to the perfume, and in such intensity, that you will feel liquid passion, spreading warmly and rapidly on the skin, reminding us why Spanish man are intense, complexed and driven by passions, and Oliver Valverde is no exception!
VETIVERUS EDP is not salty like the vetiver explored in Sel de Vetiver or Terre D'Hermes which are my favorites; but as dangerously sensual as they both are.
Although Oliver has perfectly described his own fragrance, I would add the words MODERN or HIP to the list. It is a very urban, up-to-date vetiver fragrance, containing the same elegance of classic vetiver fragrances for men, but with a whiff of urbanity and youth.

Back to my review of Sycomore, Chanel in 2008 launched this perfume attempting to bring a different woody - vetiver option for women. As I said back then, the fragrance is nice, but failed to succeed as a feminine vetiver perfume.
In my opinion, VETIVERUS EDP is a great option for women who like to wear something different than florals and orientals.  In this case, Oliver & Co succeeded doing what Chanel didn't. 
Back then I blew a question to my readers: "Once upon a time someone created a pepper-citrus-vetiver combo. Since that day perfumers are reinventing it. Besides Encre Noir by Lalique, have you seen anything, anything at all that you can say it is exquisite, when Vetiver is the main note???". 
Well, now I guess I can say I have the answer: VETIVERUS EDP by OLIVER & CO.
One additional comment: Although I love Ormonde Jayne fragrances  I had a hard time wearing her Osmanthus EDP. In a way VETIVERUS EDP reminds me of it, but this time I can wear it because it is more delicate, more intimate. It doesn't shout OSMANTHUS!

I leave you with a bit of the Spanish passion of Carlos Montoya:

1 comment:

Discount Perfumes said...

Great Review on Vetiverus. Thank you. I can't wait to sample it. Oh also great guitarist video. Awesome playing!

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