Vetyver 2015

Version from 2015
Vetyver (2015) by Le Galion
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Vetyver (2015) is a popular perfume by Le Galion for men and was released in 2015. The scent is green-spicy. It is still available to purchase.
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Top Notes Top Notes
NutmegNutmeg BergamotBergamot Italian mandarin orangeItalian mandarin orange CorianderCoriander
Heart Notes Heart Notes
VervainVervain PetitgrainPetitgrain LavenderLavender TarragonTarragon Clary sageClary sage
Base Notes Base Notes
VetiverVetiver Tonka beanTonka bean MuskMusk SandalwoodSandalwood


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The tonka twist
The past few months I've been working my way through Le Galion's current line-up. That resulted in an addition of "Cuir" and "Sang Bleu" to my collection and a few more on my watchlist. I saved "Vetyver" as one of the last to try. I had high hopes for this one, simply based on the notes listed and the praise for its predecessor "Eau de Vetyver" by Paul Vacher.

Vetyver is a rather well-behaved gentleman. No big bang entrance, but a gentle introduction. Citric and spicy, yes, but in a controlled manner. Mild citrus and just a little nutmeg. Slowly the scent gets a more herbaceous character. Petitgrain, verbena and a grassy, almost hay-like vetiver fade in. The overall composition feels bitter-herbaceous, which is exactly what I was hoping for.

For an hour or so, the scent stays in this grassy vetiver stage. Compared to Guerlain's Vetiver and Terre D'Hermes, this is definitely a step up in terms of class or finesse. This Le Galion can easily be matched with a designer suit, while with the other two I'd feel more comfortable wearing a casual outfit - think jeans and lumberjack shirt or so. This Vetyver is conservative, classic and perhaps a bit too safe.

And then.. the whole scent undergoes a transition. The bitter herbs and vetiver start to fade out and instead comes a solid amount of coumarin to dominate the scent for a few hours. It is also slightly bitter, although much less than the herbal notes in the heart, and there is a slightly 'burnt' aspect to it. I can't really enjoy this development. I'm not a fan of coumarin-heavy scents in general. For me, it somehow triggers an association with sweetness and vanilla, even though no such notes are present here.

So the drydown for me is a let-down. I'd rather have the scent remain in this lovely bitter-herbaceous heart stage and slowly fade out from there. What a pity! Nevertheless, the scent is a classy take on vetiver and certainly of good quality.
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