Saturday, November 26, 2011
If I had sampled this blindfolded and then asked what house released this 5 seconds after applying it, I would have guessed correctly. Diptyque seems to have a strong house signature that connects each fragrance not only with texture, but its ingredient gene pool. It's more a good thing than a deterrent in my opinion. Guerlain isn't the only one who has succeeded in doing it for years.
For me, the vetiver note is a tricky one to like when it's the dominant theme in a release. It's nothing more than a personal quirk and I either like it or don't want to smell that rendition again. Diptyque's Vetyverio is one of the more superior versions I have smelled. It's clean, smooth and extremely unoffensive in every aspect. It possesses just enough of an earthy element to announce that it's vetiver and then allows the others to do their job. I like how Diptyque has tuned this.
Naturally, the initial blast of Vetyverio is citric, but the vetiver is immediately apparent. The listed spices add some heft for the vetiver note and seem to stay on the periphery of the accord. It's as if they are framing the vetiver. I like this effect and even better is the fact that they have no inclinations to become overtly obvious.
The floral notes also do nothing more than add buoyancy. Like the spices, they assist in keeping the vetiver front and center and smoothing out the accord. From the opening until the heart is established, Vetyverio succeeds in being a citric vetiver with a spicy bite. The texture is smooth and while calling it elegant may be a bit of a reach, I find it very close.
This accord remains through the life of the scent and only lowering its volume come drydown. Wood and musk slowly insert themselves into the transition and the transfer is seamless. The base is as compatible as the beginning and middle. The end result is that we have a very nice rendition of vetiver with Diptyque's usual sillage and longevity. My thumb can only go in one direction for Vetyverio.
Up,up and away from Aromi for Diptyque's Vetyverio.